Monday, 29 May 2017

Digital Task Cards Make Teaching Easy!

I can't believe it has been a year since I first started with the BoomLearning℠ platform to create BoomCards™ task cards as part of the Beta group.

If you haven't heard of this App before, you are seriously missing out!



The BoomLearning platform for digital task cards which can be used as a group activity or on an individual basis.

With the younger generation being more and more technologically minded, the BoomLearning service has come about at the perfect time.

There are so many positives!  Check them out:



If you would like to experiment with digital task cards, you can test it out with this FREE deck:



Subscribe for FREE here.  Click on the 'Sign in' tab.  Create an account.  Set up a classroom and get started.  The FREE subscription allows you to have 5 students in your classroom but you can upgrade to a better subscription for as little as $9 a year!

You can access the BoomLearning store via their website or download the App onto your devices (Google Play and Apple Store)

You may also want to check out some of my other decks:



This post about the BoomLearning service has earned me a year renewal of my subscription - yippee!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Share the Love Blog Hop

 February is the month of Sharing the Love.  This post is doing exactly that...Sharing the Love.  A blogging friend of my has started a collaboration with another TPT seller and together, they decided to share the love with all of us.  So this blog hop focuses on Introducing The Crazy Daisies.







 The Crazy Daisies is part educational resources, part clip art! They’re putting their heads together to make learning fun for their students and OURS. 

Amanda Smith of Daisy Designs is a 2nd Grade teacher in Florida. She also teaches Musical Theater and Dance at a local theater. She’s passionate about reading and is a total dog-lover! In fact, Daisy is the name of her 5 pound chihuahua. She has a 5-month old son, Isaac. 

Jodilyn Blake @DaisyADayDoodles has been teaching for 8 years on the Indian Reservations of New Mexico. She has taught as a reading specialist, 2nd grade teacher on up to Middle school Language Arts. Her TPT shop has teaching resources along with her artwork. She has been doodling since she was 12 years old for fun. However, her doodles became digital creations in May 2015. She is relatively new to the clip art world, but she loves to share her joy. 

By  combining their powers, they wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day with free valentines featuring Jodilyn’s art and Amanda’s witty puns.




I thought to take this opportunity to Share The Love from my side too.  This fun little Valentine's Day puzzle is great for vocabulary development and problem solving (to build the puzzle).



You can grab this for FREE in my TPT store.  If you find it useful, please consider leaving some feedback.

 Grab your Free Crazy Daisies Valentine's card here.

Once you have downloaded your freebie, enter the giveaway to win two $40 TPT Gift Cards:


And then don't forget to click here or the image below to move on to Kooky Kinders' Blog to grab the next Crazy Daisies FREEBIE!



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Monday, 12 December 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 6

My students loved getting involved in the class.  I taught sixth grade and they were all eager to do anything (well, most of them).

 One way I got my students involved was we set up a daily cleaning roster, where a group of students would stay behind on a certain day to do some 'cleaning'.  This involved sweeping, cleaning the boards, wiping down counters and even disinfecting desks.  It was on a volunteer basis but if a student committed for a certain day, that's when they were expected. It taught them responsibility and respect for their environment.  I graded papers and organised my planning  while they were busy. I also enjoyed the 'bonding' session between my students and myself during that time.  



I was also given a lot of files from a previous teacher.  They were fairly disorganized with numerous duplicates spread throughout a number of files.  A few of my students loved coming in and sorting the files for me.  They threw away duplicates and placed pages in plastic sleeves.  This would have taken me ages had I done it on my own.

These are just two ways in which I got my students involved.

You might be thinking that my students were in sixth grade, but you teach a lower, less responsible grade...  try placing an advert outside your door for older students.  Mention the job you would like done, the number of students needed and the date and time and see what kind of response you get.

Getting this right can free up a lot of your time!  Let me know how you got your students involved!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 5

I am one of those people... when I'm asked to volunteer for something, whether it be retyping a worksheet or heading up the English department, I can't say NO!  This is a problem for me!  Sometimes my plate was so full and I was stretched so thin that I felt I was not coping.   My inability to say NO forcefully and like I meant it, was my downfall.

I thought it was a sign of weakness, but it definitely is not!  Sometimes it is good to say no and mean it.  You don't need to be rude about it, but be firm.  "Unfortunately, I  will not be able to ..."  "No, that will not be possible."  Don't leave room for negotiations.

You also deserve down time, family time and me time.



Monday, 28 November 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 4

Some admin or planning tasks take far more time and effort than others (like those ones done in Tip 2).  Schedule a time for these tasks when you know you have a fair amount of time to really get into it.  

Also find a spot where distractions will be limited.  If you work best at school, find a spot where no one can find you.  If your fellow colleagues are expert hide-and-seekers, sit at your local Starbucks.  If you have had your fair share of caffeine for the day, position yourself in your living room at home (or lock yourself in the bathroom if there are kids around).  

If you are like me, I also tend to work better in the morning, rather at night.  So mornings would be my most mentally productive times.

It doesn't matter where you are, just find a space where you can focus for the given amount of time and tackle the task at hand.



Monday, 21 November 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 3

Have you ever arranged a parent conference, where it be in person or on the phone, and it seems as though there is no end?  It is so nice to have a good chat to parents about all kinds of things, but it is not so nice when they leave and you realize that for the past hour and a half you have been making small talk when you have a good few piles of grading that needs your attention.

Leave the chit chat to the sports' field or school events if you are on a tight time schedule!

Try to arrange conferences at time when you know time is limited.  Before school, during recess or during the parent's lunch break are all 'restricted' times.  You will get to your point and they will get to their's as both of you know the end is in sight.


Teacher Time Saving Tip 1 will also help to speed conferences along and avoid time being wasted.

Till next week - happy time saving!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 2

We all have our favorite TV shows and I'm not sure about you but once the show is over I regret wasting the time watching, instead of working.

I then realized that there were some things meant to do while watching!  I would cut, paste, laminate, staple or sort while my show was on.

Before you leave school, grab a folder of which ever 'mindless' activity you needed to complete, and plan it for that hour slot of telly time.  That way, after the hour, you can see progress and you have relaxed on the sofa!


Stay tuned for next week's #teachertimesavingtips !
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