Monday, November 30, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday

Featured Teacher Tuesday is back from our Thanksgiving break!  

This week we are featuring Elisabeth from Literacy and Lattes!

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Elisabeth has been teaching kindergarten and first grade for 11 years and is a National Board Certified Teacher.  For the past 4 years she has taught a literacy, science and social studies in a first grade classroom and provided one-on-one reading intervention in Reading Recovery.  Elisabeth is passionate about helping her students find a love of reading and making sure that each student feels loved and valued when they come to school each day.  

When she’s not in the classroom or creating products for her students, Elisabeth spends time with her husband and two crazy kiddos.  She loves to hike, read, watch Grey’s Anatomy, put monograms on basically everything and drink way too much coffee!

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Elisabeth is also a Teacher-Author on TpT.  You can find her store at Literacy and Lattes and she specializes in products for Reading Recovery/reading intervention and science in the primary classroom.  

Her newest product - Learning Letters with QR codes - is a perfect no prep literacy center.    
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Her best selling product - Reading Recovery and Small Group Data Collection and Planning -  includes everything you need to track data in reading intervention or guided reading groups.

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Elisabeth also loves teaching science in the classroom and making materials for simple science lab investigations.  

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Keep your literacy centers fun and engaging with the Super Fun Centers packs!
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And how about some freebies?!?
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You can also follow Elisabeth by clicking the links below.


See you next week, when we feature Sarah from Learning is for Superstars!

Be sure to check out what these other great teacher bloggers have in store for you this week!

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