Saturday, December 29, 2012

Title 1 Conference

I will be headed to the Title 1 conference in Nashville, Tennessee this year.

I am hoping to come back with a wealth of information to share with the teachers in my building and on this blog...
patricia whitfield madison

Sunday, November 4, 2012

On hiatus

So it has been awhile since I posted...I have been working on my school's website to bring it soon as that is complete I will resume my blogging.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Common Core Resource

Common Core Logo

Although I have a Common Core Page from time to time I will be creating additional posts about specific common core topics. The Common Core Page will house mostly videos about Common Core.

Here are a few websites with information about Common Core and how teachers can prepare...

Pearson Logo

illinois state board of education

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Differentiated Learning

I always thought I was doing a pretty good job at meeting the needs of the students in my room. I considered myself a strong advocate of modified assignments until I really began to understand what differentiated instruction really is.  Differentiated instruction is truly about making sure that each student is academically successful. That does not mean less questions, or work that is a grade level below. It means taking the concept, standards, and benchmarks and presenting them to students in a way that every student can achieve mastery. It's about knowing each student and how they learn. It's about creating and maintaining a learning and teaching relationship. I was fortunate to be able to attend the differentiated instruction professional development in Las Vegas at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. The sessions that I attended opened my eyes. It was professional development where the money was well-spent. I came home with a new perspective and a host of ideas and strategies for my classroom. In this post I will provide some links and resources that I use in the classroom.

Are You Making these Four Differentiated Instruction Mistakes?
This is a website that makes differentation easier.

National Academies Press

This is a great addition to a professional development library

Classroom Instruction that Works

Here I am with one of my favorite authors Robert Marzano.

You Can Handle Them All
Before you can begin trying to change a child's behavior, you have to properly identify that behavior. The identification must be specific—for example, The Talker, The Cheater, or The Bully.

When I was in the classroom, this was my classroom management Bible. This site addresses the reasons behind behaviors and outlines the triggers and defusers for each type of behavior. At the beginning of the school year, I assessed my students behavior and created a behavior file for each of them. Learning about their behaviors helped me to be proactive and although it was time expensive for the first two weeks, I gained the time back because I spent less time with discipline issues and more time teaching.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teachers Pay Teachers

Well, I finally opened a selling account of Teachers Pay Teachers. This summer, I will spend a few weeks refining lesson plans and templates for upload.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Teacher Talks

I just discovered a wonderful and free resource on Scholastics website that can provide extra professional development for teachers. The site is called Teacher Talks. Educational experts are invited to give free webinars to teachers about different education topics. You are able to sign up and join in the webinar if you would like, the cool thing is these webinars are then posted for teachers and others to revisit.
Below is the lick to the site and then I have listed the links to some of my favorites

Teacher Talks
Ruth Culham
Pam Allyn

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Permission to Pin

I just happened onto a blog that had some interesting news about Pinterest's pinning terms. I didn't know and was enlightened by Laura Candler's blog post  HERE about Pinterest's pinning rights.

According to Pinterest's terms, we are agreeing to the following terms:

  • We own the rights to images we are pinning.  
  • We grant full rights to Pinterest to use those images in any fashion!

  • Here are Pinterest's terms HERE.
    Unless you have permission from the blog owner, you can't pin their pitures or posts. This means that from now on, unless I have permission from a blog, I will just be pinning from other pins. Please post the following on your blog:

    You have permission to repin anything that is on my blog that has not been specifically identified as being copyrighted to someone else. You may visit my boards at HERE.
    I still think Pinterest rocks and is an amazing resource. 
    Happy Pinning!

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    Classroom Design

    picture from the Daily Five


    Online Library of Classroom Design, Bulletin Boards, and Home Learning Space Ideas

    Inside Angela's 4th Grade Classroom

    Here are some links to short video clips found on the 2Sisters website
    The 2 Sisters/First Year Teacher Talk About Storage Areas
    Simply Organized: Classroom Libraries and Storage Area
    Simply Beautiful