Sunday, September 29, 2013

New iPad means find new apps

Recently our new principal gave us a dream come true.  Our entire staff got new iPads. Now the search is on for apps. I am a big fan of freebies.  Haha.  What teacher does not like a free app.  Now if I find an extraordinary app for .99 I will take the plunge.  

These apps are kid tested , so far bug free, and common core friendly:

These apps are for elementary age students.  I teach 5th grade and they have approved of them. The favorite is math zombies.  

We begin cells this week, so I am anxious to see if it is helpful.  Kids like to play with it and the amebia app but the true test is the quiz!   Not shown is the socrative app.  LOVE it. Online quiz app that grades and emails you a spread sheet.  

My students using our Crome lab and taking a quiz on socrative!  They love it.  One young lady is testing it out on her tablet.  Works great.  I am very excited about our district using BYOD this year.  I am taking full advantage of this everyday.  

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Clemson Gamma Phi Beta Parent Weekend...

This is a year of last.   Today was our last parents weekend.  My daughter will be graduating in December from Clemson University. We are so proud of her.  I have relived my college days through her and once again they come to an end all to quick.  My advice to her was Stay In School.  Lol.  We all have to grow up, but we miss our years of young fun, no worries, and college football.  

I am not sure if we will still attend games, but it has been a nice long run.  I have been attending homes games since 1978.  It is a family tradition.  My dad still attends.  So I am sure I will see a few more games in my time.  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Busy Year all ready...

We are in full swing and starting experiments.  Students are enjoying planning and executing  the scientific method.
But my planning is very time consuming.  With common core for Math and trying to help students adjust, it is very stressful.  I am very fortunate to have sweet kids, loving dogs, and an amazing family.

It is nice to come home and relax with a cup of coffee before more planning and research.  With this peaceful backyard I can get much accomplished.  I can see great things happening this year.