Time to recap our week with Five for Friday at Doodle Bugs...
Individualized Spelling: Getting More Organized
We are sharing this organization accomplishment and are linking up for the first time with with Lady Bug Teaching Files for her Optimum Organization Summer Linky Party...
As many of you may, we do individualized spelling with our kids. We find that we have many kids that are quite good spellers that end up needing to replace core words with more challenging words to help them grow as spellers. We do not want these kids to just select random "hard" words to add to their lists, as many of them can work with more appropriate words for their needs that have the same spelling patterns present in the week's core words. For the last two years, I have added additional words to the pretest, but this has been done the day of the pretest (as I sit down at the computer and search for words online while giving the core words). Has it worked alright? Yes. Is there a better way? Of course! In our conversations last week, Courtney and I decided to get more organized and create a word list for each spelling pattern that includes the core words, high frequency/word wall words, additional "challenge" words (with the same spelling pattern as the core list), and content area words.
After pretesting kids on the first three types of words, those kids who are still in need of additional words will be able to choose from content area words. The final place for students to select words, if needed, will be from a list of frequently misspelled words and/or words of their choosing. Click here for a free download of frequently misspelled words.
We will add to the word wall and content area word lists the week before a pretest is to be given, and place the list in a binder for the coming week.
Check out other great organizational tips by visiting the Optimum Organization Summer Linky!
I'm Done!!! (Courtney)
All week I have spent my days sitting in a classroom (when the sun is shining beautifully outside) learning about school and community relations. Why, you may ask. Well it is my LAST required course for me to complete my Type 75 Administrators Certificate! Here in the good ole state of Illinois, in order to be a principal or any other type of administrator, you need a Type 75 certificate. That, of course is all changing soon, and I just want to keep my options open for the future. I am one that doesn't like to take classes to just take them and move over on the salary scale, I want a purpose when I take classes. I don't plan on leaving the classroom anytime soon, but I like to know that opportunities are open to me if the need were ever to arise. :)
A Great Tutorial! (Sarah)
As I am sure you all know, chalkboard art is the hottest new thing! I stumbled upon a great tutorial giving step-by-step directions for how to create a chalkboard effect using Adobe Illustrator. Visit the website to learn more!
Just messed around and created a simple sign to hang up when school starts...
Of course, there are oodles of neat chalkboard fonts on the internet, but I wanted to dabble in creating the chalk effect myself. Don't think it turned out too bad! :0)
New Clipart & Backgrounds (Sarah)
Just wanted to share some new clipart and backgrounds I made this week. Fly on over to my Graphics by Sarah Beth TpT Store to check them out...
Rubadubdub! One Dirty Dog in the Tub! (Sarah)
Welp, number five is just a filler to speak--but we really have had a busy week! My pooch, Daisy May, got a bath so she was ready for our visitors... Just like a kid--looked and smelled good!
Leaving you with a "smile" from Daisy May--have a wonderful weekend!