Thursday, July 18, 2013

Booktalk Thursday, GIVEAWAY reminder, Throwback Thursday, and a FREEBIE!!

Love linking up on Thursday for Booktalk Thursday and Throwback Thursday!  Here goes...

Booktalk Thursday: Now I Get It

This week I chose to share a book that I have had since it came out in 2005--Now I Get It: Strategies for Building Confident and Competent Mathematicians, K-6 by Susan O'Connell.  I am fortunate to have gone to three of Susan O'Connel's workshops related to problem solving and writing about math, and I have found her to be a wonderful resource and great insight into teaching math.  I recently stopped into my classroom to pick up all of my math professional resources to browse--I find that I forget I have some really good stuff... This is one that I found myself reading again.

Why do I like it?
It is comprehensive, shares foundational ideas, and is filled with classroom ideas and student/classroom examples.  Its an all-around good read for teachers, new through seasoned.

You can visit the publisher's website (Heinemann) to overview the contents and read a sample of Chapter 2: Helping Students Understand Basic Facts and Computations. 

Getting this book out made me take a look at the authors website, Quality Teacher Development by Sue O'Connell, to see if she has any new publications of interest.  Just ordered Putting the Practices Into Action yesterday...

 Looking forward to this new read!

Stop over to Reading Toward the Stars for more great booktalks...

GIVEAWAY REMINDER!: Place Value Cubes and Activities

Enter the giveaway below to win 50 foam place value cubes (for you to customize) AND my Place Value Cube Activities Grades 2-3!  TWO lucky winners will be drawn!! Good luck!

Throwback Thursday: Classroom Responsibilities Chart

For Throwback Thursday this week, I decided to share the classroom job chart idea that I shared last August.  It worked famously and will be adapted a bit for this coming school year...

*****Originally posted August 13, 2012*****

Inspiration: Classroom Jobs Chart

I was inspired by the classroom jobs chart idea posted on Building a House of Love!  My classroom theme is centered around the beloved Muppets, "Moving Right Along Together in Second Grade".  SO, when I saw this idea I had to create a classroom job chart incorporating our classroom theme...

I formatted each piece in Microsoft Publisher, printed, and laminated before putting together (using the directions given at Building a House of Love).  Then I hung the chart using two Command hooks (fabulous!), after simply punching a whole in each corner at the top. Students' names were secured to clothespins using a hot glue gun.

What I like most about this chart is that it's long, narrow, and fits perfectly by the doorway.  Well, and the fact that the Muppets are represented!!  Moi's proud of how nicely it turned out!!
BTW--The stylists are in charge of making sure the classroom looks good (nice and tidy)...
Head on over to Katie at Building a House of Love for simple, step-by-step directions!


Last, fly on over to my Graphics by Sarah Beth TpT store to pick up my latest FREEBIE--Dots & Squares Circle Chalkboard Backgrounds!

We will see you tomorrow for Favorite Pins Friday!


  1. I love your job chart! I am a huge Muppets fan :)

    Thanks for the freebie :)


    Fluent in Fourth

  2. Thanks for linking up this week! Love the freebie! I wish I would have known about this book when I was teaching math. I will have to share it with our faculty!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  3. I just found you! Thanks so much for linking my site and giving me credit for the jobs chart! :) Yours looks fabulous and I agree, I love for things to match my theme!
    My blog: Building a House of Love

  4. Thank- you for stopping by my blog! And thank- you for sharing all these wonderful things! I'm always on the lookout for good books so I will definitely be checking out your recommendations. Love those chalkboard frames too! And your giveaway...WOW...I just entered. Crossing my fingers I win!

    Color Me Kinder