Welcome to the party! I am inviting all of my teacher author friends to link up a FREE resource or blog post that will be useful for teachers to use during the first month of school. So, please link up your free resources and don't forget to check out the other resources from the linky party!
Writing centres are a big hit in my classroom. Writing centres can be set up in a variety of ways, you can have the centres set up in such a way that it allows student choice in what centre each student goes to, or you can set up your centres so that each student gets to visit a variety of writing centres each day. The benefits of writing centres include: 1. Practice. No one does anything well unless they practice, by setting up writing centres regularly in your classroom your students will get lots of writing practice. You can even structure writing centres in such a way that students are practicing a particular still at each centre which you will have given a pre lesson before the writing centre about that particular skill. For example, you could do a lesson on using descriptive language in writing and have writing centres that all involve descriptive language. 2. Novelty. With writing centres students will be able to write in a variety of different ways and forms during writing centre time. 3. Independence. Set up with the right structure and routines writing centres will allow students the independence to work independently. 4. Allows opportunity for small group time and for student/teacher 1:1 time. You could make one centre an extra help station, or you could use centre time to work with those student who may need the extra assistance. Accommodations: A variety of accommodations can be made to help students who may struggle to work independently at a writing centre. Ideas to help these students feel successful might include: using technology to assist with the writing process. iPad apps such as Story Maker, where students can make their own stories using picture and recording their voices with the app, or Dragon Speech Recognition Software where students can use technology to type for them. Students can also draw pictures and make comic strips to tell their stories, or you can have a helper use a highlighter to do the writing for a student, and the student traces over the highlighter to practice their printing. How to set up writing centres in your classroom: Writing centres can be set up in a variety of different ways. You could have a writing centre set up in the classroom for early finishers, or you could have a rotation of centres set up so that everyone spends a small amount of time at each centre, and when the timer goes off everyone moves to the next centre. You could also set up 4 or 5 centres and allow students the opportunity to choose what centre they would like to work at. Also check out this blog post I made last year that includes directions on how to set writing goals.
I spent my weekend bundling together my products. I have bundled a variety of products together with the themes back to school, math, and science. Each bundle contains 8-11 products from my store which I have priced at a 20% discount in the bundle. (Which means a 20% savings for you!) These bundles each contain a variety of interactive and fun activities including: games, task cards, interactive notebook activities, graphic organizers, posters, hands on activities, formative assessment methods, as well as individual, partner, and group activities. Click on the pictures below to check out my new bundles! :)
This year I was lucky enough to attend Teachers Pay Teacher's Annual Conference which takes place each year in Las Vegas Nevada. I got back home yesterday, but I'm still feeling the jet lag. The conference was a 2 day event that 1100 TPT sellers attended. It was my first experience ever meeting another established TPT seller, and it was so exciting! As soon as I walked into the Venetian I saw other sellers walking around with their TPT gear on, and I started introducing myself right away. I met so many teacher authors and I heard so many amazing stories. I also had the honour of meeting Adam Freed TPT's CEO, and Amy Borrell-Berner who is in charge of TPT's community and editorial. I attended nine very informative workshops that has renewed my excitement for writing curriculum, and has given me some great ideas for marketing my products and tips for creating more products.
Thank you to Nicole from Primary Teaching Resources for creating the 'On the TPT Eh Team!' Button and thank you to Suzy from Student Savvy for creating the 'I love TPT Cha Ching!' Button. It was lovely meeting both of you!
The top 3 things I learned at the conference were: 1. Collaborate! I heard this over and over from tons of successful TPT sellers. Collaboration is key, and you need to collaborate with other teacher authors who have either the same amount of followers as you or more, so that you are sharing followers. Ways that you can collaborate with other sellers include: linky parties, blog hops, Facebook groups including mastermind groups, collaborative Pinterest boards, product swaps and reviews, guest blogging. Whatever you do find your people and work with them! 2. Images are everything! Try to use real images of products in action this catches attention. This is also important because buyers can then see what your product can do. I have been making all of my pins and blog post images using keynote (because I am a MAC user), but you can use PicMonkey Collage Maker and other online collage makers to create picture collages more easily. (The above pictures are my first attempt at using PicMonkey. This program was really was easy to use). 3. Set weekly or daily goals, think positively, and keep at it! I had a great time at this year's conference and I enjoyed meeting and learning from so many TPT sellers. I can't wait for next year! :) Thank you to Jessica from The Elementary Entourage for organizing this blog hop you can click the link below to check out other terrific blog posts about the 2015 TPT Conference. http://theelementaryentourage.blogspot.com/2015/07/viva-las-vegas-tpt-conference-linky.html