Literacy

Data Notebooks

Math

Awesome Purple Pencil Sharpener!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

A few years ago I had the privilege of coming across this 

pencil sharpener created by Classroom Friendly Supplies.

I just couldn't believe how awesome it was!!!


This week they are launching a brand new color, Popular Purple,

which just happens to be the color that everyone asked for!



I was lucky enough to be asked to review the newest color, and I must 

say, when I took it out of the box I was excited about

how bright the color was!!!

Isn't it so pretty!?!?!?!



So, after that, I had to take it for a test drive!

Once you pop out the front part, it's time to get started sharpening!

I love that it retracts as it sharpens, that's how you know it's ready!


My bestie walked in, and just had to know what was so special about it,

so I let her give it a whirl!  She was pretty impressed!


Look at the point on this pencil! You never get this from any other

pencil sharpener that I know of!


I'm in love with it!

Head on over to Classroom Friendly Supplies to order yours!
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Data Notebooks Vol. 1 (A Blog Series)


Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Today I want to begin a discussion about a topic that I have worked

hard on for the past few years, with varying degrees of success.

I think that I've finally hit the jackpot this year,

and I would like to share with you what I do in my classroom.



Today will be a very brief introduction into what a data notebook is, 

and why teachers use them.


First, let me share my experience and 

introduction to data notebooks with you.

A few years ago, my school voted to become a Leader in Me School,

and I was chosen to be on the initial Lighthouse Team,

which guides and facilitates the school's transition. 


A part of this is each student having a data/leadership notebook,

which includes student data in every area that you can think of,

whether it be academic, social, behavioral, etc. 

This allows students to keep track of everything that concerns them,

and helps them to set goals for themselves.

(There's more to it, but we'll get into that in the next blog post!)



This is the first year that I'm not on the Lighthouse Team,

and they decided that data notebooks needed to be up and running

by the end of August.

Yeah, umhmm.....it will never happen. For 2nd grade that might

be ok, but it will never happen in Kindergarten....

and if you're wondering, nope, it didn't happen in my classroom.

However, I did have a piece of data included, which I'll get to a bit later.



Our data notebooks are in white binders, which also contain

a lot of other stuff as well. Since I have a circus themed classroom,

I have a CIRCUS binder. I've also had a STAR binder, and a DOTS binder.

It doesn't matter what you call it, whether it be data notebook,

leadership binder/portfolio, there's no right or wrong way. 


Inside is the student agenda, which happens to be a 7 Habits agenda,

(but that doesn't matter either).


Behind that I have a take home folder, 

with the two sides designated for something. 

It really helps with organization.


My one piece of data that I begin the first day of school is 

the behavior chart. This matches our school-wide clip chart.

For the month of August, I already print it with the colors,

or I color them myself, so that the parents 

understand what the colors mean. 

The students are responsible for coloring in their color for the day.


Now, let me say, this takes some work at the beginning of the school year. 

First, they have to take it out of the sheet protector

(and put it back in when they get finished!).

We do it whole group, I have everyone point to the number that

we're coloring, and I walk around to make sure that everyone

is on the right number. I also project it on the board

and circle the number. 

It's also a great way to teach/review number recognition.

If a student is absent, when they return, they will

place an 'X' over the date. 

This way, we do behavior and attendance on one chart.


Data/Leadership Notebooks for the Primary Classroom are a great tool for keeping track of students' progress. It provides accountability for student learning, goal setting and more!

By September, they are responsible for coloring the 

mini behavior chart on the side. Are there mistakes still? Yes.

There are some who still will color the wrong number, 

or some who will color it the wrong color on purpose. 

By coloring their the mini chart on the side, and their

own behavior daily, it helps them to take ownership over

their own behavior. They also begin to see how their week

is shaping up in regards to fun Friday and treasure box. 



By the end of September, I have trained them and their parents to 

 understand that the chart is to stay in their binder,

it is what I use to determine who earned fun Friday and treasure box

Once the month is over, I keep it in their student files in case I need it

for parent conferences, etc. 


Once everyone is trained on what to do, then we can move on

to the next step, which I'll cover in the next blog post in the series. 

If you haven't begun data notebooks, but would like to,

this is a great place to start.

For more information on the data notebook pack,

please click here or on any of the pictures in this post. 


So you've gotten data notebooks started, now what?

Check out the second post in this series here.

Talk to you later!

Having trouble deciding where to begin with data notebooks? Here are some easy to follow first steps to getting them started in your classroom!


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October Math Centers for the Primary Classroom

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

It's October, and that means all things fall and pumpkin!!!

I feel like I have my sea legs back under me, 

and I'm ready to rock and roll!!!


I'm just popping in really quick because I completed

October Math Centers for the Primary Classroom!!


This month's math centers focuses on a lot of counting, 

1:1 correspondence, number recognition and subitizing,

which is a lot of what my kiddos need right now.

We're building the foundation of number sense, 

 and trying to build it as strong as possible!



Leave a comment below and I'll pick a few winners 

to receive this month's math centers!

Congratulations Kay & Jennifer Larkin, 

check your email!

October math centers focuses on a lot of counting, 1:1 correspondence, number recognition and subtilizing, to help develop those early numeracy skills, in addition to counting and cardinality.

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