Monday, August 8, 2016

Back-to-School Season

Back-to-School season is in full effect. For the past few weeks, I have been transitioning into my new classroom; as well looking around for great deals and loading up my shopping cart with school supplies for the new school year. 

Even with all the great deals out there, it can add up quickly. I am personally giving away $35 worth of secondary science resources, to two lucky winners, from my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Bond with James.  The methods to win will be shown in the Rafflecopter below. 

A few of my resources include:
1. High School Chemistry Bundle for Interactive Notebooks - which contains 7 topics and includes the gradual release model (I do, We do, You do) in the note taking process.
2. Chemistry Task Cards Series 9-in-1 Bundle - currently includes 459 task cards with answer keys and student answer sheets. 
3. Cells and Viruses for the Biology Interactive Notebook -  contains various graphic organizers, readings, and other activities covering cells and viruses. 
4. Food Chain and Food Web: Biome Card Sort Bundle - contains 6 different interactive biome card sorts. 

Please note that the winners will be contacted and must tell me which items the would like to select as I will not be providing gift cards.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

We have put together a BIG Blog Hop Giveaway: Four $100 Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards. Each blog post has a secret code word and number. The number tells you where the word falls in the secret sentence. My code word is: tomorrow's (11).  Make sure to collect the words from each blog, write them down in numbered order, and copy the secret sentence into the joint rafflecopter giveaway. This form is the same on every blog, so you only need to enter it once from any of the participating blogs. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
After you have entered my Rafflecopter and the secondary science Rafflecopter, make sure to check out each secondary blog at the bottom of this post to enter the other Rafflecopter giveaways.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

Teacher Interview Tips (Intro)

Are you a new-to-profession teacher and looking for a teaching gig? Here are 6 simple tips to keep in mind while interviewing for a teaching position. Keep in mind that this is not all-inclusive list.  I created the videos on short notice and may add more to the series based on feedback that I receive and/or thoughts that fly into my head. 

Is there something I missed or you're interested in hearing more about? Let me know what you think in the comments section.  

Friday, December 25, 2015

Twelve Techie Gifts - Day 12: Plickers

Merry Christmas! The final day of Twelve Techie Gifts is upon us and I'm a little excited about sharing the last gift - Plickers.
Plickers is an awesome and fun way to quickly formatively assess your students. If you're familiar with the remote clickers concept, then Plickers is essentially the same thing - only without having to fork over tons of money for the actual clicker remotes and software.  

What you need to get started:

  • Go to and create a free account.
  • Download the Plickers app onto your phone or tablet device (this is important because using a QR code reader, other scanner, or your phone/tablet camera will not work).
  • Visit to select the type of student cards you want and print out them out (see image below). 
  • Use your phone or tablet as a scanner and also have Plickers open on your computer screen (if you wish to show the results LIVE to your students). 

If you utilize student interactive notebooks, then you could print out the standard cards (which come 2 cards per sheet). Plickers provides the capability to assign students a card. This prevents having to print out new cards each time. 
Or you can play anonymously and give students new cards each time; however, I recommend creating class rosters and assigning names to gather data about your students. 

Currently, the only question formats are multiple choice or True and False. You can add pictures and choose more than one correct answer. 
The only caution I would add is to avoid laminating the cards as this may interfere with the Plicker scanning app. Plickers does provide a set a special laminated cards, however, there is a cost associated with it.  You could also order cards from Amazon for a reduced fee.  However, the cards will hold up if students place them in a pocketed section in their interactive notebooks as I previously suggested. 

Take a look at Plickers in action. I hope this is something you can utilize for the New Year as you head back into the classroom refresh and revitalized.  Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twelve Techie Gifts - Day 11: Smore

Smore is a free program that allows you to create classroom newsletters.  This is a great service, especially if you're interested in getting classroom information out to students, parents, and/or the rest of your school's community.  There are various selections you can choose from to enhance your newsletters - including pictures, videos, audio, and links.  Additionally, you can easily drag and drop the components within your newsletter to the areas you like. Smore is easy to use and a great way to showcase all the excitement and learning that occurs in your classroom on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Twelve Techie Gifts - Day 10: Google Slides

Google Slides is another tool located in the Google Drive.  You will need a Gmail account in order to access the Google Drive application. Google Slides is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint.  Since Google Slides is available through Google Drive, you are able to share your presentation with others. This is a useful feature if you would like to collaborate with other individuals - which may be great for a group of students working together on a project as they can edit and/or make comments on the presentation.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Twelve Techie Gifts - Day 9: PROJEQT

PROJEQT is another interactive presentation software. Similar to some of the other software applications  I've shared, PROJEQT allows you to work and view your presentations on multiple technological sources and screen sizes. The one thing about PROJEQT that I noticed was different from some of the other software applications was that you are able to embed real-time feeds from various social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blogs, and more. Check out the video below.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Twelve Techie Gifts - Day 8: Canva

Do you need to create a new Facebook or Twitter cover photo? Or perhaps you need to update your blog or classroom website header but you don't know how to utilize graphic designing tools such as Photoshop. Don't worry!  Check out Canva - a graphic design software that makes the graphic designing process easier for you. Canva provides more than 1 million images and fonts in their library to help you get started.  Additionally, you can share Canva designs with other people and even give them access to edit your design (if they have a Canva account).  One thing to know is that there are items that have fees associated with them and you'll be prompted to pay for those elements during the publishing process.