Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Little Less Cutesy

I recently attended a GATE training with John DeLandtsheer through Lompoc Unified. I have to say it was probably the best training I have ever attended. It was labeled as a GATE training; however, his book/seminar promoted making ALL kids smarter.

I learned over the past six years I have been doing a lot of "cutesy" things in my class; rather than deep level thinking. Cutesy can be good sometimes, but not the majority of the time.

I am an avid pinner on Pinterest; however, now I see stuff and the "cutesy red flag" alarms.

This training has come at the perfect time as I will be teaching GATE (fifth grade) next year. I am so excited to implement some of the ideas I learned at the training. Wish me luck!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Vista Print

I was blog stalking other 5th grade blogs and someone had mentioned the freebies from Vista Print. I am familiar with the company as they did cards for me in the past; therefore, I decided to check out what was "free." It is true. They do offer free things, you just have to pay for shipping. In addition, the shipping price is not bad. I ordered bathroom punch cards and a rubber stamp. So excited and cannot wait for my freebies to come. Whoop Whoop!

La Honda First Grade

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Thursday, February 23, 2012


It's all about the candy hearts. I love that I can take these sweet candies and turn them into a math graphing lesson.

Also, I couldn't help but posting this.... so true!