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10 Things That Made My Day

Did you ever have one of those days….

when everything was…

GREAT??

Today was one of those days.

I had a 5 hour meeting today to help me prepare for my new Resource Room class. There were 10 teachers/speech therapists at this meeting and our agenda was full.

I now have so much knowledge I am bursting at the seams and it only seems right to pass things on to you.

10 things That Made My Day:

1. Unique Learning System – Our district has a license to this program and it looks awesome. I think if you teach students with disabilities you should check it out. There is a huge Olympic 2012 unit I just downloaded for free. I know it will be after the fact, but I’m going to use this unit for the first few weeks of school. I think we will be able to do lots of research and writing and can utilize so much media.

2. News 2 You – A related site to Unique and just as neat. Again, you have to pay for a license but it might be worth it.

3. BUMP – – I always love when I learn about nifty apps. This app will make sharing pictures so much easier with the girls.

4. Dictation Dragon – A speech to text app that I can use on the iPad with students and also put on my iPhone! This was the one thing I missed about my Droid.

5. QuizCast and Studylicious – I have to look into this more but these two work together. You are supposed to be able to put your own content into a quiz format for the iPad.

6. Appsfire Deals – Every day this app gives you a list of paid apps that are free!

7. The Five Finger Pinch and other fun gestures I had no idea existed (but it does explain why sometimes apps mysteriously close on my iPad.)

8. My new Vera Bradley Smartphone Wristlet in Paisley Meets Plaid arrived today! Finally a wristlet that fits my iPhone when it’s in its case. I bought it new on eBay and got a great deal! ($49 retail. Mine = $34.50)

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Isn’t is lovely? And smart?

9. I’ve been saving my school clothes for, well, school. But I figured a school meeting was school-ish enough. So I wore a new shirt today! Gotta love the feeling of wearing brand new clothes!

10. I was driving home for lunch and saw a little boy sitting on the corner at a lemonade stand. Bless his heart! The sign said:

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I was going to stop on my way back to the school, but by then he was gone. I so wish I would have turned around and gone back when I first saw him. Some people are addicted to pop, but I love lemonade and I thought his attempt to make some money on a hot day was precious.

I feel like somehow that lemonade stand was a reminder of something that is so clich√© but definitely worth repeating. You all know it…

“When life gives you lemons….”

Honestly, I’ve been a little stressed lately and feeling overwhelmed with all of this school stuff happening so quickly and at the last-minute.

However, after today, I am feeling refreshed, inspired, and excited.

Today I am making lemonade.

Shake it Up! (Board Games and Apps in the Classroom)

It’s been so hot here lately, as it is pretty much everywhere the past few weeks. The heat is the only part of summer I really don’t like. If it could be 75¬†every day and I’d never complain again (at least not about the weather.) I’d even trade in my 5 snow days for 75 degrees every day.

Today we stayed inside and played a lot of games…Tweedle Ian and I played two Cranium games (Dice and Cadoo) while Tweedle Dee was hanging at her friend’s house. Tonight after dinner we all played games together.

My kids love Boggle. I love that they love it. This game is obviously good for spelling and reading skills. Tweedle Ian has finally figured the word family and plural strategies and is in it to win it these days.

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I see a 6 point phrase. Do you?

While this game is good for very small groups sitting around a table, there are some computer games and apps that use the same concept and reach more learners at a time.

A personal favorite is a great web-based game, Letter Blocks, that we play on the SMARTBoard and trust me when I say it is addicting.

  • I have used this game at the end of the period as a reward for hard work.
  • I have used it as part of a “rotation” (I won’t call them “centers” since I’m working with middle schoolers.)
  • I have left this link for the substitute in case my plans run short or if he/she needs something for my intervention study hall.
  • I also have a link to this game on my page on Edmodo. If a student wants to play this game during study hall or at home they can (and they do).
  • My own kids play this game on the weekends if we go into school for a few hours.

Below are the names and screen shots of some similar apps that we use at home on the iPad. (I am so excited that this year our school is piloting a BYOT program -Bring Your Own Technology- and I will be able to use some of these apps in the classroom.)

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