Thursday, June 25, 2015

Save Your Seat: #STEAM & Arts Online Conference (8 PD Hours 15+ Sessions)

Summer 2015 STEAM & Arts Integration
Online Conference
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Attend LIVE: July 23, 2015 from 10AM-4PM EST | Watch On-Demand: Anytime between July 23, 2015 and July 23, 2016

An Exciting Opportunity for ALL Elementary Teachers
don't miss out ~ reserve your seat

This year I am honored to be a featured presenter at the STEAM & Arts Integration Online Conference.  If you are an elementary educator, this conference is a must for your summer list!  What I like most is that the sessions are available for an entire year after the conference is over.  This way, you can access all of your favorite content for months to come.   

Each session is created to be 100% actionable in your own classroom.  Plus, you can watch in your P.J.s!  I encourage you to check out this great learning opportunity and save your seat today!

Special Offer Now - End of May
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Click Here to See Sample Sessions, Presenters, and More!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD

What Great Educators Do Differently
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I've always been "addicted to" professional learning.  I was fortunate that during my first year of teaching my principal strongly believed in growing new teacher's skills and confidence.  During this year, I attended our state's annual reading conference, Kagan professional learning 5 day workshop, several Lucy Calkin's writing workshop sessions, numerous district level conferences, and received private coaching from some of the nation's top educational consultants.  Since my first year of teaching, I've grown to understand the importance of high-quality professional learning.  I would not be the educator I am today without the many mentors who have guided and shaped my practice throughout the years.  

Professional Learning Varies...

Some of the best professional learning comes directly from your own building.  I can't say enough about the positive benefits of learning from great teachers directly down the hall.  Each time I get to visit and observe educators in our elementary, I take something away that my students can benefit from.  There's just something magical about seeing dynamic teachers in action... 

With all aspects of life, I think balance - or at least variety - is essential in effort to continue moving forward.  With that being stated, I always encourage fellow educators to not only see the great teachers within their own buildings but also to attend conferences outside of their districts.  I am always inspired when I attend conferences around the country and find out about incredible practices other districts are doing to transform teaching and learning for their communities.  These ideas are gems that I'm able to take back and share with my own colleagues so that our students may also benefit.  

This year I have attended and will continue to attend some terrific conferences and workshops.  However, I am always excited when a new conference becomes available.  When three of my dear friends and educational mentors told me they were hosting a conference, I couldn't have been more proud but most importantly... anxious to attend.  These three mentors were educators who I knew from their body of work far before ever meeting them in person.  Their work has inspired thousands of educators around the globe, and I know their conference will help to spread their ideas even further.  

Who Exactly are Todd, Jeff, and Jimmy?

Your conference hosts, Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas are three of the nation's top educational leaders.  Their newest book shares how being connected can help to transform your practice through practical strategies you can start today!  

Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.
Prior to moving into higher education he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.

Prior to moving into higher education he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.

One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 30 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Shifting The Monkey, Dealing With Difficult Teachers, 10 Minute Inservice, The Ball, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is a professor of Elementary Education at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children; Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.

Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to working in this capacity, Jeff served as a district administrator in Rock Island, Illinois, and a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation's largest and oldest non-profit school improvement network. Jeff also served as a principal with Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, and with North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois.

Before serving as an administrator, Dr. Zoul was a classroom teacher for 18 years in the State of Georgia, teaching elementary school, middle school, and high school English.
Dr. Zoul is also the author of several books, including Improving Your School One Week at a Time: Building the Foundation for Professional Teaching and Learning and The 4 CORE Factors for School Success, co-authored with Dr. Todd Whitaker. Jeff has also served as an adjunct professor at North Georgia College and State University, teaching graduate level courses in research and assessment. In 2014, he was awarded the Bammy Educators Voice Award as the School Business Officials of the Year.

Dr. Zoul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Science degree in education from Troy University. In addition, Zoul earned an Education Specialist's degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and a doctoral degree from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Jimmy Casas is in his 20th year of administrative leadership.  He currently serves as principal at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa.  An experienced administrator at both the middle and high school levels, Jimmy brings a vast knowledge and understanding of school improvement reform initiatives, critical changes required to improve academic performance for all students, and the positive impact shared leadership has on the educational process.  His passion for teaching and learning coupled with a vision for developing a community of leaders has procured a culture of excellence and high standards for learning amid a positive school culture for students and staff.  

Jimmy’s core purpose lies in serving others.  He continues to give back to his profession by presenting both at the local, state and national levels, including SAI, ITEC, ISTE, and NASSP.  Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. Most recently, Jimmy was awarded the 2013 Bammy Educators Voice Award as the Secondary School Principal of the Year.  Finally, he is the Co-Founder & Co-Moderator of #IAedchat, moderating the on-line discussion every Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. CST.

Why Attend This Particular Conference?

Two weeks ago I was asked about great conferences to attend.  This, of course, was on my list of a few I suggested.  I was asked a follow up question: "When you attend a large conference, how do you know which sessions to attend?"  This question is one I think everyone struggles with answering.  We often select sessions based on the catchy title, the detailed description, where our friends are headed, what relates to our grade level, or who the speaker is.  Because our time is limited at conferences, it is imperative that we select wisely.  I'm sure we have each had a mild sense of disappointment after attending a session we thought would be more relatable to our practice.  I can tell you that I have personally seen 9 out of the 11 speakers at this conference, and they are each some of the absolute best in their fields.  You simply can't go wrong when selecting a session.  

A Special Gift for Kleinspiration Readers:

I asked my three friends if I could share their event with my readers and if there was anything special I could offer.  They graciously donated autographed copies of their NEW book, What Connected Educators Do Differently, to the first 10 individuals who email me after registering (or just click the "contact page" at the top of this blog).  Additionally, those 10 will receive something special at the conference in Chicago this October... how exciting!  

Early Bird Registration Now - July 31

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Google + Pinterest + Dropbox = [NEW] Free @appolearning (Lesson Planning Dream)!

Find Engaging Resources, Save them to Your Collections,
and Organize Your Lesson Planning Favorites!

- See Organized Collections of Educational Resources -

Easily Find that Perfect App or Webiste You've Been Looking for!

As teachers, we all know the countless hours we've been sucked into the computer looking for that "just-right idea" to add to our lesson plans.  Most often we end up searching for an engaging app, website, video, or game that will help students understand the concept, skill, or strategy within the lesson.  Thankfully we've found our favorite blogs that usually inspire us or our favorite friends to follow on Pinterest or Twitter that typically provide us with those ideas.  


What do you do when you can't find what you are looking for via your favorite blogs, Pinterest buddies, or Twitter PLN?  It's often back to the drawing board... Google.  

If you're like me, you enjoy this process.  It's fun to search, have a million tabs open, and get side-tracked by the plethora of other engaging resources you weren't looking for.  However, you're probably also like me in that you become stressed once you realize 90 minutes or so have passed yet you still haven't found what you're looking for.  Wouldn't it be nice if there were one spot where someone has already curated/gathered all of these great resources AND organized them for you?


Not only if that spot was organized but if there was also a way within that treasure chest of resources to also start saving those items as your own?  -- and you had the ability to organize them the way you wanted.  What if you could also share them easily with friends or colleagues?

Your Personalized Google for All Digital Resources & Content!

What is appoLearning Collections?

appoLearning Collections enable teachers to create, annotate and share lists of hand picked digital resources, including YouTube videos, iOS and Android apps, and websites, around specific subjects, topics or lessons. Collection creators can easily:

select from thousands of expert-vetted, standards-aligned resources from appoLearning search
and/or add their own resources (including anything that is URL-addressable including videos, apps, websites, assessments, Dropbox links, Google Drive links, Evernote links) and upload their own files (Photos, Lesson Plans, Videos, PowerPoints, PDFs, etc.). 

Collections empower teachers to continually manage the use of great digital resources into their classroom and to share these with peers, parents, students, and administrators.  You can CLICK HERE to search for yourself and see how easy it is to find the "just-right resources" for your lessons!

How to create Collections on appoLearning

Here is how one can create and view Collections on appoLearning:  

Click or tap “Create a Collection” to get started. From there, login via Facebook, Google or Twitter to get started. Once one has named, described and tagged a collection, there are three simple and fast ways to build it. 

Resources for any Collection can be pulled from the thousands of digital resources already vetted by appoLearning experts. Simply type in the search term on appoLearning, or browse by subject, grade-level, device and Common Core Standard, to find a list of vetted resources. While searching, one can also filter to show only FREE options. Simply press the “Add” button next to each resource to add to a collection. Click the “View” button to go back to the collection at any point.

Add in resources from other collections by simply pressing the “Add” button for individual selections or the “Add All” button to grab the entire collection

Digital resources that are not included in appoLearning search can also be added to a Collection. Simply paste the relevant URL - any URL, including those that point to a website, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play,  Prezi, Pinterest, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc., - of the selected educational resource, and it will be instantly added to the appoLearning database and included in the collection. 

Files can also be uploaded to be shared via a collection.Simply drag and drop the file - any digital file including photos, videos, lessons plans, quizzes, powerpoints, pictures, Smart Notebook software and more - and it will also be added to your appoLearning Collection. 

How to share appoLearning Collections

Each collection has its own unique URL that can be shared via email, messaging, or any social media channel.  appoLearning includes an embed feature to include the collection on a website in addition to one-click sharing for Twitter and Facebook.  . 

How to find Collections: Even Search by Common Core!

All appoLearning Collections can be found via the search box at top of the Collections page or by using the tag navigation to the left of that page.  

What’s next 

appoLearning Collections are free of charge.  As you begin to plan and organize your lessons for the upcoming year (after some well-deserved time off!), we encourage you to start creating and sharing your own Collections of resources to understand how easy - and addictive! - it can be. 

We are getting tremendous feedback from teachers on how to make the product even better, as well as a lot of special requests for how schools and districts can best take advantage of the platform and technology. 

Want a Personal Tour From appoLearning?

You can get started right away, or contact them for a personal demo so YOU can become that teacher everyone turns to for recommendations. 

“Disclosure of Material Connection: This post is sponsored by appoLearning. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Perfect Headset via @iThinkWrite for Your Blended Classroom!

ThinkWrite Headsets: Build with Students in Mind

I was so excited when a great friend of mine suggested I try these headsets for my classroom.  She knew I was trying many creative strategies with my students to personalize instruction within our classroom.  The more we talked, I shared some of the positives and negatives within our attempt towards a blended learning space.  Honestly, the only negative aspects were issues where we lacked resources.  

When she and I discussed the environment, it was clear that one area that could be improved was the need for a quieter space.  Because our classroom is small, noise travels.  Therefore, anytime we would work with technology, I would have to have the students turn the volume nearly all the way down.  Otherwise, nearby groups wouldn't be able to focus on the work in their center, or station.  Additionally, when each group was working around the room, it became a bit chaotic with the different sounds bouncing from each group, even though they were doing their best to be as quiet as possible.  It became even more of a challenge for me to work with my teacher guided small group because of all the noise happening within the small groups.  Sadly, each group would get mildly frustrated because they couldn't even hear the information being shared from their device since the volume couldn't be turned up that loudly.  

I knew we needed a simple fix... headphones.  I had students each purchase a pair of earbuds to bring in the room a few years ago.  Unfortunately, when it was time to use their earbuds, they either couldn't find them or they'd be in a tangled mess.  I decided to help out the kids and get a plastic craft divider for each child to house their earbuds.  Sadly, my plan didn't really work.  It seemed like a good idea in theory, but it was hard to crumble up the cords and put into each tiny, square compartment.  We tried a few other options, but none truly seemed to be efficient - even after looking at some creative ideas on Pinterest.  We simply needed a better solution.

Why would I need headsets in my classroom?
  • reduce noise volume for students working with devices
  • allow students to record and share their voices
  • enable students ability to successfully hear the content being shared

What makes ThinkWrite Headsets special?
  • they're built with students in mind
  • the headset's special plastic allows them to be bent without breaking or snapping
  • extra thick cable with built in volume control
  • compatible with iPad and Chromebook's single jack for recording and listening

How could we creatively use these to enhance the work we're doing?
I love the ideas shared from the ThinkWrite website - I can't wait to try some next year with my kids!

1. Record themselves reading so teachers can monitor fluency.
2. Record themselves reading their own writing.
3. Record voice overs for multimedia projects. (iMovie)
4. Get speech feedback from language applications. (Duolingo)
5. Participate in a Skype or FaceTime connection with a student in another state or country.
6. Leave voice feedback on other students work and projects. (Voice Thread)
7. Compose a first draft of a writing assignment using voice to text. (Siri or Dragon)
8. Teach a math concept to other students with Explain Everything.
9. Create an original song in GarageBand with voice effects recorded with headset.
10. Use Siri for voice commands.
Compatible with Scholastic Read 180 and Imagine Learning.
Is it expensive to get these for my classroom?
Each unit is $19.99; however, they do offer discounts for volume purchases.  You can click here to get a quote.  

How can I get these for my students?
  • Set up a request through Donors Choose - your project could get funded by a generous donor!  I've had SEVERAL friends receive donations for their students from the hospitality of others through Donors Choose
  • Add a ThinkWrite headset to your school supply list - this way, each child can have their own and take it with them once the year is over
  • Write a grant
  • Request through your parent organization

Be sure to click below to see up close details and exciting videos!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top Tips to Create an Organized, Blended Learning Space for Students!

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I am honored to share some of my most useful tips for setting up a brain-friendly learning space that encourages student collaboration and hands-on learning.  I invite you to simply click above to register for this free, jam-packed one hour webinar about effective class design and personalized learning for students.  I look forward to sharing with each of you soon!

Webinar Description:
Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra set of hands in the classroom to work with students while you worked with a small group? Join us May 21st to see how international classroom design consultant and elementary teacher, Erin Klein, is leveraging technology to maximize her teaching time, while differentiating and personalizing her instruction for all students.

If you do Daily 5, Centers, or Workstations, you'll love these simple yet dynamic and creative teaching ideas:
  • Internally flip your classroom using only a few devices
  • Provide focused support in a limited time frame
  • Explore Erin’s favorite sites and methods for assessing students and personalizing learning
  • Support classroom planning while getting your kids connected
You’ll learn creative ways to organize your classroom and create unique spaces—all in the service of helping children learn. Erin will also walk you through the fundamental elements of creating a space that is developmentally appropriate, personalized, brain-friendly, and future ready, for today’s learners.


Erin Klein

Monday, May 4, 2015

An Organized Planning Solution for Teachers: The 2015 Teacher Anchor


An Organized Planning Solution for Teachers

- click here to see Chandra's amazing products - 

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!
-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!
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: 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

~ click here to see Chandra's site ~ 

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

- click here to see this book on Amazon -

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

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.
  • 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.