Monday, February 28, 2011
I am running 4 centers right now. Math Games, Timed Tests, Math Computation with Slates, and Flash Cards.
Check out the slates on the top shelf. I got this idea from my friends in Kindergarten. They drilled a hole in each slate, added a metal ring & sock. Markers are stored in the sock "eraser." Perfect!
Watch a short clip of the presentaton @ http://vimeo.com/20483566 or at
I will keep the box and raffle it off at the end of the year! I sure can't wait to show it to them!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
That is where the stage came into play. It is just a carpet runner that I lay in front of my smartboard. The class makes their rows just behind it during our large group lessons. Now there is always plenty of space for friends to come up front and work.
I also love to give directions from the stage. My class knows if I am on the stage...they need to be listening!
Start collecting now for your Wreath of Many Seasons!
Now is the time to hunt for insects and frogs at the dollar store. Plan you back to school board now and be on easy street in August!
I am so excited that I was able to figure out how to add a blog template fro LeeLou all by myself. I am going to try and add some images of my classroom today. Wish me luck! Sure hoping to get a follower today so that I can stop writing to myself:)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Totally reworked my math routine. 45 minutes is not enough time for the math workshop that I want so...I am going to make things work. Made some cute center icons and filled some tubs with manageable math games and we are off to the races on Monday. I need more hands on centers! I need more time with my math kiddos. Switching classes in 2nd grade is tricky. I sure hope this system will give more small group time to my class. Happy Friday tomorrow!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Presented today to the UNCC student teachers on smartboards. A fantastic crew of newbie teachers. Lots of great questions and experimentation by all. So glad I was able to do this...I am used to talking to little ones. Grown ups make me nervous. A big thank you to my assistant who video taped the whole thing for www.theschroederpage.com and to my 2nd grade team who came to support me:) Looking forward to some good feedback!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
So very excited about completing It's a Peep Thing unit today. 36 plus pages on the adoption of Marshmallow Peeps. Could things get better than that for a group of second graders??? I always plan this day for right before Spring Break. I offer Peep Credit for students who take their marshmallow-ie treats with them on vacation or a day at the park.
Now it is off to find plastic Easter Eggs to stuff with Peeps for adoption day. Can't wait to see their faces when the bell rings. Check out FREE downloads for this special day...including center icons and response sheets. You can also download the full unit from start to finish at www.theschroederpage.com.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I am obsessed...what happened? I started on Friday reading through a few blogs and now I am thinking of ways that I can sneak off with my laptop and have a blogaffair! It is so super fun to have all of my favorite things right at my finger tips...crafts, teaching tips, and recipes! I lay on my couch thinking of all I should be doing but coffee and a blog are my new loves.