Sunday, November 22, 2015

Teacher Secret Santa

Join us for the teacher Secret Santa.  You don't have to have a blog, on periscope, or blab to participate.  The link is on the image or you can head to The Teacher Blab Show on Facebook!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas door

I am so not taking credit for my door but I want to share it! Our new 1st grade teacher did all of our 6 classroom doors. She is awesome!



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Join us tonight!

You don't want to miss this show especially is you love tech as much as I do! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


This week our Featured Teacher is Heidi Martin from Droppin' Knowledge!

Heidi Martin is a 1st Grade Teacher & Whole Brain Teaching Staff Member! 

She is also a mother of a 13 year old daughter (lord help her), a newlywed, 

and expecting a baby boy in January! 

Heidi has been a teacher for 4 years at a priority school in Racine, WI.  You 

can read all about her teaching journey HERE!  She was voted 2nd best 

teacher in her county last year & recently won 3rd Runner up in the Thred-
Up – Raise a Hand for Teachers Campaign! Heidi has a passion for 

helping under­privileged students & loves to watch her First Graders grow 

into leaders.  Through Whole Brain Teaching, Heidi teaches her students to 

become teachers & run a self­managing classroom.  Whole Brain Teachers 

like to call it “teacher heaven”!  You can read all about Heidi’s WBT 

Journey here!

If you want to learn more about Whole Brain Teaching, join Heidi for WBT 

Wednesdays on her blog and Blab.IM show! Just search WBT on Blab to 

find upcoming & past shows!

Besides running her blog, Heidi is also a TpT Author!  You can find her 

store at Droppin’ Knowledge with Heidi Martin. Some of her newest 

products include...

*Morning Meeting Sentence Building Activities*

These packs are perfect for working on sentence structure while team-
building at the same time!

To see how she uses these in her classroom (and see other versions 

available), CLICK HERE!

Her **BEST SELLER** is her Editable Newsletter Templates!

This comes in a PowerPoint format so all you have to do is add your own 


Now, how about some FREEBIES?

For 2 days only (November 17th & 18th), you can get a copy of Heidi’s Add 

the Room activity ~ November Edition! & the Add the Room DECEMBER 

edition for FREE!

A favorite forever freebie are Heidi’s “Author Check” cards!

Get more Freebies HERE!

Thank you for checking out this week’s Featured Teacher!  Have a Happy 

Thanksgiving and we will see you back on Tuesday, December 1st to meet 

Elisabeth from Literacy and Lattes!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mentoring Minds Math Program

I was asked to review the program from Mentoring Minds and I was very excited at the opportunity. The workbooks arrived and I was very impressed!
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Here is the teacher's guide:
I have to say that I absolutely love that the Common Core Standard is identified on each page.  This is so easy for teachers to determine what they want to use to help their students meet those specific standards.  I also love that each lesson has a introduction and ideas on how to start the lesson.  The Blooms level is actually listed on each lesson and I have NEVER seen that before.  It gives you suggestions on a formal/informal assessment and also gives you extended connections with literacy.  
Below is just one example on the teacher edition book.  
The lessons have:
Unpacking the Standards
Getting Started
Childen's Literature Connections
Vocabulary Focus
Suggested Instructional Activities
Suggested Relection/Closure Activity
Extending Student Thinking
Answer Key and Coding (ex.picture below)

Here is the student workbook for 1st grade math:
The student workbook is just as awesome!
They have a Unit:
Partner Practice
Independent Practice (ex.pictured below)
Critical Thinking
Motivation Station

Motivation Station Example:

Next, I want to talk about the web version of Mentoring Minds
This next picture is an example of what you would see as an administrator.  I love that everything is broken down by question so the teacher can see what a student is specifically struggling with.
This is an example of the teacher view online.  As you can see, you can make assignments, view reports, manage assignments, and grade assignments.

This is an example of a 1st grade math assignment online.

This is a view of the tools that are available to the student that they can use while they are completing an assignment.

Please check out their website:  Mentoring Minds

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

You HAVE to try Nearpod with your class!

I just did a test run with some awesome tech teachers on Periscope.  Check it out and email me if you have any questions.  You won't regret trying Nearpod!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday with the awesome Amber Unger!

Grab your beverage of choice and settle in for another exciting round of Featured Teacher Tuesday!
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This week our featured teacher is Amber Unger, a first grade teacher who shares real estate with 

the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, lots of cows, and many beer breweries. Yep! You 

guessed it; Amber is a proud educator in Wisconsin. She is in her 7th year of teaching: 4 years in 

Kindergarten, 2 years in ESL, and 1 year in first grade so far. Amber never thought she would 

find a grade level that made her happier than Kindergarten, but she quickly learned this school 

year that first grade is the place to be!
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Her “home” away from home looks like this:

And she shares her real home with these men:

Amber has been blogging since 2011. You will definitely want to stop by her blog, Mrs. Unger's 

Unbelievable Elementary Experiences, for years worth of great teacher tips, student-centered 
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You will also want to swing by Amber’s Teachers Pay Teachers store, as all of her products are 

free! Amber has a dream to find TIME to make products that she feels are worthy of selling, but 

until then - enjoy the freebies (currently 59) in her newly updated TPT store. Here are a couple of 


Whole Brain Teaching - Super Improvers Wall

Community Worker Matching Cards

You can also follow Amber in these ways, too:

Be sure to stop by our Featured Teacher Tuesday linky party next week to learn about another 

fabulous first grade teacher!