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Monday, May 4, 2015

Show Some Love! It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

It's a great week for educators! What's even better is the chance to participate in a linky and huge giveaway for those of you who work super hard at providing quality education for your students! I have always been appreciative of the teachers and professors that helped to mold me into the teacher I am today and for that, I will always be grateful! 

So, here's my chance to give back! I'm sharing some teacher secrets on "what works" in my classroom and I'm encouraging you to enter the contests for many, many, many awesome prizes! 
Real World Experiences
A big part of my teaching strategies involve exposing my children to things outside of the classroom. If they know that what they are learning is something they could encounter in everyday life, it increases their understanding and keeps them motivated to learn!
In the spring, we take the second graders to see a minor league baseball game. We read Just Like Josh Gibson in our reading series and study the history of the game that entire week. A field trip to a real ballpark puts the game into perspective for the little ones. 
The mascot, "Riptide" from the Norfolk Tides - the triple A team for the Baltimore Orioles. He always visits with our students when we are there. So much fun!
Since we already live in the age of technology, and just about every child knows how to use something electronic, I incorporate technology in my teaching daily.
On the computers, the students complete Reading and Math tasks on a website called ScootPad. They LOVE it! They earn coins for every problem completed and then redeem the coins for rewards. The great thing about this site is that it is Common Core Aligned! 

We use QR codes galore in our classroom - in just about every subject! Here, a student is watching a video on the life cycle (on an iPod) of a chick after having answered questions about the development of the chick on that particular day.

This student is using the iPad to scan the QR codes posted in the room about Groundhog Day traditions in the US and Canada.

Interactive Journals 
This has been my first year working with Interactive Journals and the kids enjoy working in them. It's so much better than working on a worksheet or in the workbook and it gives the students an early glimpse into what studying looks like when we review their pages.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I have joined a linky party with several other TpT stores for a HUGE giveaway! See the information below.  And remember, the more entries you have on the rafflecopter (below), the more chances you have to win.
Just take a look at everything you could win...One lucky reader will win this entire prize package!!!
Prize Bundle #1 Includes
PLUS....$140 Gift Box of Fabulous Teacher Supplies sent to you from Amazon
We aren't finished yet....take a look at everything a second lucky winner will win!!!
Prize Bundle #2 Includes
PLUS....$140 Gift Box of Fabulous Teacher Supplies sent to you from Amazon
Be sure to enter both rafflecopters for a better chance at winning one of these amazing prize bundles!

Enter to Win Prize Bundle #1 Here

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You won't want to miss out on all the other great secrets being shared by successful teachers!  Be sure to check out all the other great posts below.


  1. I love how you incorporate a trip to the ballpark into the curriculum. It is truly an experience the students will never forget. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Kim - Last year the students had the opportunity to run out with the players for the National Anthem. It was an exciting experience to watch!