Thursday, June 19, 2014

Technology Thursday/Throwback Thursday

This morning, I'm linking up with Teaching Trio and Teacher's Desk 6 for Technology Thursday and Throwback Thursday.


I thought that these would be the perfect parties to link together because what I would like to share for Technology Thursday is actually and Throwback post from the past.  Which I've discovered over the past year has been a true GEM!

This past year, my students complete paper facts test on various mathematical functions.  Each student started the year out on addition and when they score three 95% or higher (not in a row), they  progressed to the next function.  Midway through the year, I made a change to include something different.


What is XtraMath?  XtraMath is a FREE website that allows students to master fact fluency in just a few short minutes.  Students can access the website at school or at home to practice their facts.  In addition, teachers can get emailed updates that show the progress of their class.  Trust me, I hate overloading my email with junk, but this is one email that I don't mind getting.  

So now what does my math class look like now?  Well, twice a week, I have half of my class using a technological device (computer, iPad, iPod touch) to practice their math facts in as little as five minutes or less.  This has been way better and more exciting than a paper version for both the teacher and the student!  

 I was also able to discover that once a student completes all four functions on Xtra Math, you can increase the difficulty level allowing them to continue on. SWEET!  Also, I had a student who was having difficulty responding in the allotted amount of time.  Don't worry, Xtra Math has a fix for that one too!  I was able to increase the response time, providing that student the perfect amount of time!

Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stitch Fix #1 Results- Tried It Tuesday

It's time for...

Back in April, I had posted about the journey that I was going to be starting with Stitch Fix.  Well, I finally received my first box last Wednesday and I'm anxiously awaiting my second box.  Here's what I received and my verdicts!

Item #1 
Tivola Wide Leg Chambray Pant
Kut From The Kloth

Verdict: Returned- Pants were way too long for me!

Item #2
Lexis Abstract Print Henley Tank Top

Verdict: Kept!  Loved everything about this tank from the cut, to the colors, to the print!  Perfection!

Item #3
Rhea Burnout Detailed V-Neck Knit Shirt
Under Skies

Verdict: Returned. :( I really wanted to keep this one, but I did not like how uncomfortably short  it was in the front.  Such a shame because I liked the rest of it.

Item #4
Aleah V-Neck Solid Dolan Sleeve Shirt

Verdict: Returned.  Peach?  Seriously?  Um..NO!  Loved how soft it was, but the cut was not for me. :(

Item #5
Rylin Rhinestone Teardrop Pendent Necklace
Marlyn Schiff

Verdict: Returned.  Such a pretty necklace, but I couldn't justify buying another necklace to hang in the jewelry box. 

And so I await the arrival of my second fix!  It's scheduled to arrive the first week in July so check back soon!

Monday, June 16, 2014

First Official Monday Made It- Summer 2014

I'm starting my week off right with my first official Monday Made It for the 2014 Summer.  This Monday Made It is a big accomplishment for me because I just hosted a bachelorette party for my BFF who is getting married in two weeks!  EEKKK!  Can't believe that it's happening so soon!

For her bachelorette party, she wanted to go country line dancing!  So, I went with a classy girl country theme.  
The Flower Vases
I created these country flower vases with a classic canning jar from Michaels.  In the middle, I hot glued laced ribbon and then followed up with a pink ribbon bow.  Topped off with some babies breath and it was the perfect floral arrangement for a bride who hates flowers. 

Country Wine Glasses

I skipped the normal party cup and created these lovely party favors that people were able to take home.  Using the classic canning jar from Michaels, I ordered the bronze flower lids from Jane and then topped them off with colored string and name tags.  Keep in mind that this was a bachelorette party (hence the reason for the naughty straws).

Mantle Creation

Last, but not least, I use some string and clothes pins to create a "recipe line."  Each guest was asked to bring their favorite recipe to share with the bride and I used the recipe cards as part of the decor.  In the center, I used an extra veil that we had to hide the clips that held the string to the mantle.  

All in all, the party was a huge SUCCESS!  We had such a blast and I'm so sad that it's over.  Now, I'll have to plan another party just so that I can start "crafting" again.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Technology Thursday- Google Educator Group

WAHOO!  I am officially on summer break and I'm so excited to get started working on my summer to-do list.  Before, I start that list, I'm linking up with Teaching Trio today for Technology Thursday.  

I recently came across an article regarding the launch of Google Educator Groups.  This is a new project that was just recently launched by Google as a way for educators to share their ideas regarding the use of Goolge products within their classroom or school. After reading the article, I decided to give it a try and join a GEG group within my area. I was lucky enough to find one in the Chicagoland area and I'm excited to start sharing and learning about new ideas with the use of Google.  Best of all, if you can't find a group in your area, you can become a leader and get one started.  Anyone else interested in joining the GEG-Chicagoland?