Saturday, July 22, 2017

Oh yeah ... in my classroom WE always have our hustle on.  We are all about giving it 100% .... alllllll day errrrrrday!  So in life, people are rewarded for that hustle, a job well done and achieving THAT goal. You feel proud when you are actively working hard towards a goal.  In my class, I use a few ways to acknowledge student success to build self esteem and work ethic.


I love glow sticks!  I always have, since I was little.  This school year I made a bunch of glow stick tags to hand out to celebrate successes.

My kids LOVED receiving these at random times throughout the year.  You never know when you were going to get a "glowing" reward for doing a super job!  You can check out the glow stick tags here.  These are super easy and an inexpensive way to celebrate a success!

Also, with my glow stick craze, I asked my students what they wanted to earn if we filled our compliment jar.  The compliment jar consisted of puff balls and a container from Dollar Tree.  As a class, we were looking for compliments from other teachers and staff in our school.  We did not tell anyone, but we worked hard all around the school being on our best behavior to receive a compliment.

I offered a couple of class rewards, like extra recess or a neon math party.   We voted and the neon math party...WON!  What is a neon math party?  A neon math party consists of turning the lights off, pulling the shades down, glow necklaces and bracelets, neon pencils, neon paper with math, and music.  What I did NOT know... was that this was going to be one of the HIGHLIGHTS of the school year!  My students worked the ENTIRE time on math having such a good time.  :):):)

I totally was expecting them to choose extra recess, but this neon math party...was outstanding.  Kids love glow sticks and you can make some fun puns (I love a cheesy saying)!  

So glow sticks are one way that I reward and motivate my students.  Check back soon for another way I reward and motivate my students.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hi Friends!

Can you believe that we are already in the middle of March?  But don't worry as *LUCK* would have it, we just had a GIANT snow storm here in Massachusetts.  I am on my second snow day in a row, now that is UNLUCKY!  This teacher does not want to be going to school later in June... #summertimesadness 

 In my class, we have been SHAMROCKIN' our addition strategies.  This year we are using three different strategies: place value chart, new groups below (standard algorithm from Eureka math), and expanded form.  These strategies give students three different ways to solve addition problems.  Using strategies differentiates to meet the needs of all students in the class.  Students are able to discuss and explain their thinking through the strategies.  We are now on to addition within 1,000.  YAY!!!!  Shamrockin' it!  
Grab some task cards ... here!

And ... because I love St. Paddy's Day and all that it entails... I have made some freebie glow stick tags for you!  Glow sticks are a REAL crowd pleaser in my class!  They are a FUN and inexpensive way to add some holiday cheer!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy these freebies!  :)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

 Hi Friends! 

It has been WAY too long since I wrote a blog post.  But, what better way to spend a snow day than with some catching up.  At the beginning of this school year, I purchased a condo, you're immediately thinking I am crazy because you KNOW how insane the beginning of the year is! I mean if the beginning of the year doesn't have enough going on... why not purchase a condo.  First of all, I had NO idea about the home buying process and how intense it is.  That being said, I had the best loan officer, who was so great and calmed my *slightly* over the top nerves.  Hey ... I survived the beginning of the school year and buying a condo ... I am officially ADULTING! 

So you want to know how adulting is going ... I am killing it (insert crying laughing emoji)!    I am loving decorating my new place, but it can be a little overwhelming at times.  Who knew there were so many decisions to make.  I really think wish that I was Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper. Can I get some subway tiles?!?!?!  And apparently I LOVE quotes because I have so many sayings in this place (I enjoy the positive vibes of the quotes) ... and obviously RAE DUNN everything except the butter dish that is NO where!!!!! Oh and the hot mess part ... I have managed to lose a set of keys that had my mail key and my garage door opener haha it's FINE! hahahaha  

Now, on to the school year... this school year has been FLYING by.  Is it already the 100th day of school?   Well, we have been doing so much work, work, work, work, work.  *I can hear my students saying, "Miss VonKahle you love commas."   Yes, yes I do!  

Our learning isn't always pinterest worthy or instagram ready=hot mess class!  We are on the floor a lot and spread out over the class working in different spaces.  My "rug" are mats I bought at Home Depot.  I prefer the mats over the rugs because you can clorox wipe and disinfect!  But, despite the pictures not worthy of pinterest, my little friends in my class are seriously making progress!!!!  We have them googling questions that have about their nonfiction reading, going back and re-reading their writing, using their math strategies, and that accountable talk... :):)   I am really proud at how far they have come already!  Here's to another 80 days of learning!