Monday, May 4, 2015

An Organized Planning Solution for Teachers: The 2015 Teacher Anchor

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An Organized Planning Solution for Teachers

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Hi Kleinspiration readers! My name is Chandra and I own the shop and blog C. Jayne Teach! I'm the creator of a lot of organizational products for teachers, but mainly the Teacher Anchor™, an all in one lesson planner and organizer to help teachers keep track of their plans and student progress throughout the year! You can read more about the Teacher Anchor and see a short video of the "why" behind this product on my website here. But I also want to share about the updated 2015Teacher Anchor™ here!
 Last year, I partnered up with Erin for her to review the Teacher Anchor™. I had followed Erin for a little while and had even used some of her lesson plans and ideas with the college students I teach. She was so kind and did a great job reviewing the Teacher Anchor™ last year and even showcasing the product in a video! Based on her feedback from using the product over the past year and the feedback I received from hundreds of other teachers, I decided to update this years edition! 
 Here are some of the changes that I want to share with you now:

  -The Anchor will ship immediately this year! No pre-selling, just shipping in 3-5 business days beginning May 1st! Yay! 
  -One of the biggest pieces of feedback was that the cover on last years spiral planner just wasn't sturdy enough. So this year, the cover is super sturdy and durable. It's made of synthetic plastic, which is lightweight but virtually non-tearable! I've been carrying one around since before Christmas to test it out and it still looks brand new. Plus the shiny metallic dots on the cover just make me happy. :) 
-The binder now comes with the option to not only personalize but also to choose your color! You can see all 12 color options here. Of course our signature navy and red solid binders are still available too, but in a VERY limited quantity. Personalization was a big request and I think you all are going to love them. 
-The spiral bound planner now includes the "student data sheet set" within itself. If you remember, last year those were included separately, but this year I decided to just make a section of blackline masters within the planner itself, so they're always easily located!
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-Speaking of sections, the planner now has dividers to separate the 5 main sections of the planner: monthly calendar, weekly calendar, grade book, blackline masters, and the Common Core! 
  -New forms and pages have been added to the planner including more "notes" pages, a professional development planner and log and allergy record to name a few. 
-The planner this year is not hole-punched. I found that lots of teachers were using it outside of the binder and just using the binder for student progress monitoring. So we eliminated the three holes so that it can be used alongside and not within. Also this is helpful for teachers who just want to use it and purchase it alone (which is totally do-able!). 
If you'd like to see more, I also recorded a video blog for you this year. You can see that here. I have to tell you though, that I recorded this on the fly in our guest bedroom, between feedings and toddler playtime. :) So you'll have to excuse my no makeup, unscripted self! BUT you get a lot of views and information about the Anchor itself, so enjoy!
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Also the rest of the complete 2015-16 C. Jayne Teach collection launches May 1st! So be sure to check out all new designs, organizational items, and new products (my favorite being the water tumbler version of our popular Pep Talk mug!) 
 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me here or email me: chandra@cjayneteach.com. And thank you to Erin for all of her feedback and help promoting this little brand of mine. I'm lucky to call her a friend!

Thank you so much, Chandra!  So happy we've become friends!!
Always inspired by your warmth and creativity - Hugs, Erin

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Friday, April 17, 2015

[New Release] Award Winning Author, Maria Dismondy, Launches her NEW children's book (a must have)!


Check out Maria's Amazing Book and Explore Her Fun Blog Tour

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I'm so excited to share my dear friend's new book with all of you!  Maria is a brilliant children's author who really captures the ability to build empathy in young children.  Her engaging books provoke such rich class dialogue and are perfect for any character lesson or class meeting.  I have all of them!  Our school even had her out recently to be a guest author... it was amazing!

Author Bio: Maria Dismondy is an award-winning author, specializing in books about challenges children face. A topic close to her heart, Maria’s own childhood experience inspired her first book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. Maria’s dedication to empowering children with courage and confidence has reached new heights, touching the hearts and hands of children the world over. Grounded in her belief that all children deserve a voice, Maria’s latest book, Chocolate Milk, Por Favor, drives home the important message of celebrating diversity with kindness, inclusion and empathy. As a sought-after speaker, Maria spreads her message by presenting at schools and conferences across the country. She holds degrees in education and child development. Maria lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband, Dave, and their three book-loving children.



Book Synopsis: Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives. Gabe doesn't speak any English, and that doesn't stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind.
But what will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Will he join in the fun of making a new friend or turn the other way? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story where student differences are celebrated. Read to find out how chocolate milk plays a major role in the discovery of the real universal language.  Be sure to see more on Maria's YouTube channel

Now hop on over to Andrea's blog for more details... click here!

~ Also, check out Maria's blog... it's one of my favorites! ~ 
*Her site truly is one of the best ever!*


Saturday, April 4, 2015

[Registration Open] 4th Annual Summer Mobile Learning Experience #mobile2015


   

4th Annual Mobile Learning Experience

What
When and Where
  • Dates: June 10-12, 2015
  • Location: Tucson, Arizona
  • It’s at the Westin La Paloma Resort. It’s big. it’s elegant. It’s in the foothills.
Details
  • Mobile 2015 has international speakers and participants.
  • Mobile 2015 will have 55+ breakout sessions and 3 keynotes.
  • Participants have the option of including 2 nights hotel in the their registration fee.
  • Registration includes the opening dinner 
  • Registration includes breakfasts and lunches.
  • Every keynote and breakout room has round tables to facilitate conversation and collaboration.
  • Participants have the option of spending one evening “speed apping” and stargazing.
  • Keynotes from Adam Bellow, Tim Rylands, and Tony Vincent
  • Featured speakers include Wes Fryer, Erin Klein, Sara Martinez Crawford, Felix Jacomino, Katherine Burdick, Rodney Turner, and Jonathan Nalder.
  • The schedule of sessions will be posted by April 18th.
  • Everyone gets a stylish Mobile Learning Experience bag.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Homework Help Desk: Amazing [FREE] Interactive Resource to Help Kids and Parents!


A Must Have Resource for All Parents
- I made 2 brief videos below

As I attempt to catch up on mass amounts of unread email, I enjoy browsing the various resources that come through my inbox.  Because of the volume of email I receive, I find myself either deleting the conversation or clicking to see the site for a few seconds.  If the site has a video, I'll usually play it for a few seconds, unless it captures my attention.  Then I'll view the entire video and spend a bit of time exploring the site.  If the site's interface is clunky, I'll navigate away and continue with my email.  However, when the site is user-friendly AND the resource seems valuable, I find myself compelled to share.  Typically, I'll Tweet it out possibly post on Facebook.  Occasionally I'll also Pin it on Pinterest, if it's a resource I can see myself also using down the road.  On very rare occasions I find myself compelled to actually open up a new tab and begin blogging about the resource.  This is one of those very rare times.  

When I first opened the site, I noticed the chat box.  So, I decided to give it a try.  Honestly, I wasn't hopeful it would work out as I had hoped.  Most sites don't deliver the way we hope they should.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Check it out...

Testing the Live Chat Feature


Because the chat feature was such a success, I decided to scroll down and see what else the site had to offer.  As a parent, I was so happy with the treasures I was finding.  Most of all, I LOVED that they were ALL IN ONE SPOT!!  Being an avid lover of tech resources, I have a variety of ways to bookmark certain sites and resources.  However, they typically only benefit me since I'm the one who knows exactly how to rapidly locate all of them.  I now feel confident that I can have my children save this site and use it many times in the near and far future!

As a teacher I'm always asked about additional resources the students can use from home to practice the skills we are learning in class.  Sometimes it is difficult to always find quality resources that are free.  Even when I find a great resource, it's remembering where I saved it to pull it out for the following year.  Now, I can simplify matters and offer this one resource to parents that they can use all year long!

A Brief Tutorial of the Site and Why I Love It


I can also see using this in the classroom for stations.  Sometimes students just need to hear information presented in a different way.  After all "the more ways we teach, the more students we reach," right?  This could be a great way to reteach certain skills and concepts or even provide an additional exposure for those needing support.  Additionally, the practice links would be a fantastic extension to daily lessons for center based practice.  What a great, organized resource!

Thank you Donna for sharing this great resource!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

EdTechTeam Maryland Summit Featuring Google for Education [Register Now] w/ @adambellow @kleinerin @kylepace


We invite you to join us for the EdTechTeam
Maryland Summit Featuring Google for Education


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Open to attendees from around the globe


The Summit includes two keynote presentations, 8 breakout sessions, a demo slam competition and a closing capstone session. Participants will be able to attend beginner through advanced sessions on uses of Google Apps in the classroom.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

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Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!
One program that is doing an unbelievable job of gamifying math is Prodigy Math Game. Prodigy is a free, adaptive math game that integrates 1st to 7th grade math into a fantasy style game that students absolutely love playing. Prodigy’s math content is completely curriculum-aligned and covers standards from the Common Core, MAFs, and TEKS curricula depending on your location.  Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.

Over 1,500,000 students and 50,000 teachers use Prodigy for free math practice and it’s easy to see why. Here’s what teachers we spoke to had to say about the program:
The Prodigy program has been an invaluable tool to my students and me. My students are motivated to practice their math skills in a fun and interactive way both at school and at home. The greatest benefit for my students is that they are able to work on skills currently being taught in class and Prodigy automatically adapts based on their performance. The progress reports highlight individual strengths and needs. This helps with my planning and differentiation for my students.  Ivan Dublin, SERT Brimwood Blvd. Jr. P.S.
“What I really love about the Prodigy program is the feedback that I get in terms 
of what the students know and where they need to improve. I also love the fact that I can see what questions were difficult and how the students answered them. I believe that students have improved their confidence in all areas of the math program. They are so excited to play and learn!Sue McCulloch, Grade 3/4 Northport Elementary School

Prodigy is extremely effective at engaging students using an adaptive technology to cater to each individual. Prodigy’s personalized approach quickly identifies gaps in students’ understanding and works with them by pulling them back to prerequisite skills and then scaffolding them forward through more difficult concepts. Prodigy has also built out tools like virtual manipulatives, which teachers can use to walk students through solving certain problems.  Prodigy also has a fantastic assessment feature, which allows teachers to customize content and align the game with what they are teaching in class. Assignment questions are integrated right into the game so students have no idea they are working on an “assignment”!  The program is very user friendly and makes teaching math easier and more enjoyable.
You can Sign-up your class for free in less than 2 minutes, and see why teaching math will never be the same!  

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics unless specifically noted. This author was compensated to host this guest post.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay


Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation

Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instructional pedagogy and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessments, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and personalized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career. The Alliance for Excellent Education, one of the top bipartisan, non-profit education-focused organizations in the nation, has been a leader on the digital front. Their nationwide initiatives reach millions of students and educators each year. Listed below are two resources to support your school’s transformation as well as two ways to get involved in nationwide efforts.

  1. Webinar: “Getting Started: Practical Tips for Going Digital”, Digital Learning Day Series
With billions of dollars invested in educational technology each year, there is always a new set of devices, software, applications, and digital tools competing for the attention of educators and education leaders. Whether you are starting a school-wide digital initiative for the first time or simply looking to refresh the digital learning toolbox in your classroom, what questions should you ask before going digital?  During this webinar Tom Murray, is joined by Rich Kiker, Kyle Pace, Tony Sinanis, and Amber Teamann as they discuss how the Future Ready Schools effort can provide a great framework for digital decision making at all levels and how Digital Learning Day can help districts celebrate their success. This webinar covers the following digital transformation components:
  • Strategies for mastering the art of blended instruction;
  • How instructional techniques influence the choice of digital tools;
  • Professional learning in Future Ready Schools;
  • A “yes culture” of leadership;
  • The leadership necessary for digital initiatives to be successful; and
  • Community engagement
  1. Webinar: “Co-Creating Digital Learning Experiences”, Digital Learning Day Series
When implementing a new lesson idea or digital device into classrooms, developing a habit of co-creating those experiences—rather than creating them in isolation—is often the key to increasing relevancy, effectiveness, and student engagement. In Future Ready schools, the co-creation process often involves:
  • Transforming physical learning spaces to be more student-centric and better support blended learning instructional practices;
  • Incorporating student input on personalized, project-based learning opportunities; and
  • Borrowing, remixing, and partnering with other teachers and/or institutions to develop cross-disciplinary digital learning experiences.
During this webinar, Tom Murray is joined by Steven Anderson, Erin Klein, Joe Mazza, Joe Sanfelippo, and Angela Watson as they discuss what the co-creation process looks like in a Future Ready school.  



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Helpful Resource to Support Close Reading in the Classroom via Snap!Learning



Taking a Closer Look at Close Reading
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I've had the pleasure of speaking across the country on a variety of literacy topics, mostly focused on reading and writing workshop.  Recently I've been asked to consult with several districts and speak at many conferences on close reading.  Last year was the first time I presented on the topic of close reading in Las Vegas.  Wondering how I could speak for 75 minutes on close reading, I decided to model a lesson and make the session interactive and hands-on for the participants.  It went so well that one of the districts in my session recently flew me out from Michigan to return to Nevada to do an entire day workshop on literacy strategies and technology integration for their faculty.  What a great experience! 

What is Close Reading?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) describes close reading in light of the Common Core State Standards.  Close, analytic reading stresses engaging with a text of sufficient complexity directly and examining meaning thoroughly and methodically, encouraging students to read and reread deliberately.  Directing student attention on the text itself empowers students to understand the central ideas and key supporting details.  It also enables students to reflect on the meanings of individual words and sentences; the order in which sentences unfold; and the development of ideas over the course of the text, which ultimately leads students to arrive at an understanding of the text as a whole. (PARCC, 2011, p.7)


How Should I Implement Close Reading?

Over the past few years, I've been collecting resources to support the implementation of close reading in our classroom.  Because the resources have been challenging to find, I typically end up creating my own.  This can be time consuming, especially when trying to think of engaging ways to have students dig deeper into a variety of texts (some in which I may not be familiar with).  I found myself spinning my wheels trying to stay current on the many stories the students were reading.  While I enjoyed creating my own resources, I began to wonder if a simpler solution was available and would be just as effective as what I was doing each day for my students.  That's when I came across Snap!Learning.  I liked them so much, I invited them to partner with my blog so I could be sure to share their resources with all of you.  Just the graphic (as seen above) alone helped me so much!

What Resources Are Available?

I had been familiar with Snap!Learning for guided reading, but now I could utilize their resources for close reading strategies as well.  This was exciting!  

With the resources from Snap!Learning, I now felt like I had not only a framework of how to structure my lessons over the course of a few days but I also had the materials available for me to plan and students to utilize.  The site is comprehensive yet easy to navigate.  


One of my favorite components of Snap!Learning is that it doesn't tell me how to teach or provide me with a forced script that I must do with fidelity each day.  Instead, Snap!Learning offers me resources to support my teaching in a successful manner.  For example, I have an array of texts at my fingertips.  I can sort through those books quickly by reading level, grade level, or genre.  Then, my students have access to step by step close reading strategies that can help them be successful as independent readers.  

What About Resources for Teachers?

As a teacher, I'm also given access to a variety of resources that can support my professional learning as I dive deeper into close reading with my students.  Snap!Learning provides teachers with user-friendly guides that walk you through implementing close reading into your literacy instruction.  These helpful resources are available in print and in video.  


How Can I Try Snap!Learning?

I am excited to share a resource with you that will not only save you time and simplify your planning but most importantly that will benefit student's reading abilities.  You're encouraged to try it out for free... you can request a demo simply by clicking here!

Be sure to check out the Snap!Learning blog.  They feature teacher interviews, funny comics about literacy and learning, and helpful tips to support teaching and learning.

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact  Erin at erinklein12@gmail.com.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.



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