Tuesday, April 26, 2011

So I tried!

So I tried to make a button...it is not great but it is a start.  Will someone please let me know how to get the box for the code?  What else do I need to do?  I am still a bit confused about the whole thing:)

The NEW and Improved!

Out with the Old and in with the NEW!

So very excited to announce the launch of the new and improved www.theschroederpage.com!  Recently, Webmaster Ken has been putting the finishing touches on my larger site.  I am now able to fill it with more goodies!  Be on the look out for more down-loadable Smart board lessons, videos from my classroom and thematic units.  There will also be a place to reserve a Skype session with me!

Click below to visit my new site.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.  I would love some suggestions about Smart board lessons needed out there in blog world!  I will be adding to the site in the coming weeks!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Learning Styles

I thought I might share today how I use learning styles in my classroom to help students understand how they best learn.  I have the labels above printed on cardstock and they are mounted throughout my classroom. I 
place them in my center areas to show which learning strategy they are using.  We often discuss that in order for a learner to get a new idea to stick in their brain they need to practice it at least 12 times.  Learning styles help us practice new ideas in a varitey of ways.  The photo below is in my Math Center. 

Click the picture above to go to Google Docs and download your own!

I also add the strip of styles above to my lesson plans so that I always am sure that I am hitting as many learning styles as I can with my lessons. 
How do you use Learning Syles in your classroom?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Question of the Day!


So...softball has taken over my life!  My daughter plays traveling softball and just won her first tournament~she even hit a homerun!  That is my excuse for not posting for so long:)  I thought today I would share with you my Question of the Day board.  This is a morning responsibility that helps with the end of the day pack up.

First, I bought a small chalk board from a craft store and puff painted it up!  Each child has a "clip" -clothes pin with their number on it.  I start at the beginning of the year writing  basic yes or know questions that relate to what is going on in my classroom.  I sometimes make mistakes so that we can edit them later,  As they come in they answer the question by clipping their clip on the board for yes, no, or not sure.  At the end of the day...we read the question and I call the clips off.  The students then begin their packing up procedures.  I love this because it allows me to control how many students are packing up at once.  It keeps everyting running nice and smooth.

As the year progresses my attendance person takes over writing the question.  (Be sure to talk with the class about not writing questions that will hurt someone's feelings.  Like Do you like Mrs. Schroeder?)  It is also fun to edit the questions that the student's have written too.  The student who wrote the question gets to take it home.  For some reason that is a BIG honor. 

Sure hope this helps someone struggling with that end of the day PACK UP Drama!
Happy Almost Spring Break for ME!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Seat with a View...My Chat Chair!

I love staring out into a crowd of 2nd graders from My Chat Chair...especially when they are sitting criss-cross, eyes up front, and hands in their laps.  The Learning Position as I call it.   I can't take full credit for this wonderful chair because my very BEST teaching buddy Mrs. Wood and I made these chairs together the year we moved from first to 2nd grade.  Next to my smartboard,  my Chat Chair is my
 go to teaching tool!

My chair sits in our meeting place up front.  It has taken quite a beating!  It made it through a move to a new school, a pregnancy, a move to a new state, and 4 years in 2nd grade.  In fact, I almost lost it last year. The screws started falling out and it was super wiggly.  I sadly decided that I needed  to replace it and placed it outside the door of my classroom for our custodians to get rid of.  I thought about it all night...I am very sentimental and that chair had a ton of memories.  As I went in to school the next day,  I knew things would never be the same.  To my surprise...my Chat Chair was sitting up front as good as new!  My wonderful Fairy God Custodian had rescued my chair and replaced all of the old screws.  Good as new and still in it's rightful place in the front of my classroom.  Right next to my smartboard.  

Gosh...that got sappy quick.  Does anyone else have a special artifact of their teaching in their classroom?  Please comment and share.  I can't be the only one...right?

Download a Free Copy of my Body Check that I use at my Chat Chair!