Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pizza Portfolios...Freebie and Giveaway!!

All summer I was so excited about the prospect of doing Pizza Box Portfolios in writing this year.  A few weeks before school my plans were altered.  I sent my computer to be worked on, a screen issue, and received it back with NO MEMORY!!!! I cried. 

Okay, so skip forward. I lost all and am creating new. I went to Dominos and they gracious gave me 20 pizza boxes. :) Happy Day! 
This is our Writing Delivery Station. My kids love the days they get to deliver writing pieces to their portfolio.













They did such a good job decorating and preparing their Portfolios.

Now, back to the computer stuff. Well I had to start from scratch, after losing a 50 page document for my Pizza Box Portfolios. You may remember seeing pieces of it in a previous post. Well it is long gone. So I created a more concise and Common Core focused product, 30 pages, to use instead. I love it so far. My kids are having a wonderful time using the writing organizers and we are currently in the process of learning how to self assess with my student rubrics. We use our Writing Spectrum to help with our Student Self Assessment Rubric.

LOVE THIS!! So glad I finally got this together and am putting into work in the classroom. Here is a freebie from my soon to be posted TPT product.







To celebrate a successful start I am giving away a free copy of the entire TPT product to one lucky person. To enter you must follow my blog, and post a comment letting me know your favorite writing assignment for your students. I will choose a winner on Wednesday September 18th, 2013. ENJOY and God Bless.





Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Kindness of a Stranger

I have so much enjoyed the beginning of this school year. My students are wonderful, and we are off to a great start. I spent some time this summer surfing the web and looking for ways to get great products for my classroom at reasonable prices. I stumbled across Donors Choose and took a leap. I wrote up and got funded a project that materials were just sent to us from. My students now have 5 brand new portable CD players for reading center. We also have 4 audio recorders for recording our student authored work and recording our favorite books onto audio. I AM SO EXCITED!!!, and I must say so are my kiddos.  My students are phenomanal.  They saw our new toys and were so exstatic. They asked me "how could we pay those people back?". Precious. 


Writing "Thank you" notes.
So happy to have new tools for reading.

  








I am so amazed with each new day I am blessed to work with these children. They are more than I could have ever asked for. So Blessed.


We also received an unexpected blessing just this week. Mrs. Thompson, a sweet lady who found me through DonorsChoose.org sent a gift package to my students. Their sweet faces were priceless.  We have already been blessed beyond measure this year. I cannot fathom what is to come with this phenomenal group of children.



Love my job!!!! So glad I have been called to be an educator and to impact the lives of children.