Did You Know?

Teachers Pay Teachers is a site that millions visit to purchase resources for their students.   Even though this site is visited globally, there are many customers who do not leave a review on their purchase.  Perhaps they do not know that leaving a fair feedback on their purchased items gives them TpT credits or points, which they can use toward future purchases.   I have personally even purchased items for free using my TpT points!  So… if you have not left feedback on the resources that you have purchased on TpT,  click on MY PURCHASES, and you will be able to see which items are missing feedback.

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❤️ Naomi

 

Processing New Information

 

I have learned that processing new information is instrumental to engage students in learning new concepts.  In my experience, students need to be provided with processing experiences after new critical information is presented.  According to Dr. Marzano, these processing experiences may take from 2-3 minutes or 30 minutes.  Time spent on processing experiences depend on the level of difficulty, rigor, or complexity of the critical information that is being presented.

How can teachers facilitate the active processing of new content?  There are several teaching strategies associated with facilitating the active processing of new content:

  1. Teaching and modeling, including the use of the Gradual Release Model
  2. Planning and providing extensive opportunities for students to process new content
  3. Organizing students in groups
  4. Facilitating the implementation of active processing
  5. Monitoring students for the desired effect

Students can process new information independently; however, it is more effective when processing in small groups.

How do we know that students are processing new information? The observable behaviors of active processing include the following:

  1. Talking/Discussing
  2. Sharing
  3. Predicting
  4. Explaining
  5. Writing
  6. Summarizing
  7. Paraphrasing
  8. Questioning
  9. Generating conclusions

Many of my lessons and unit plans on Teachers Pay Teachers include activities to promote effective processing of new information.  These resources are available individually or bundled.  Please click on the links below to explore these resources:

Lesson and Unit Plans Reading and Math BundleLesson and Unit Plans ReadingLesson and Unit Plans Math

For additional information on processing new information, please read Dr. Marzano’s books, especially The Art and Science of Teaching.

 

National Librarian Day Giveaway!

TpT Librarian Day 2018

Happy National Librarian Day! A team of amazing teachers and myself have grouped together to gift an awesome teacher with a TPT gift card to show them how appreciative we are!

PRIZES INCLUDE 1 x $100 TPT Giftcard

Starts: Friday 6th April 2018 12am

Ends: Saturday 14th April 2018 12am

ENTER HERE: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b4951b8537/?

REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!

Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 14th April 2018 12am

GOOD LUCK!!!

Naomi ❤️

UPDATE: The winner was Jessie Tilbrooke!  Congratulations!

EASTER GIVEAWAY!! ~ $150.00 TpT GIFTCARD

Easter 2018
A team of amazing teachers and myself have grouped together to gift an awesome teacher with a TPT gift card to show them how appreciative we are!
Starts: Sunday 25th March 2018 12am
Ends:Sunday 1st April 2018 12am
Prizes: 1 x $150 TPT Giftcard
REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!
Good luck!
Naomi ❤️
UPDATE: Congratulations to Olivia for winning this giveaway!!!

How to Add Pictures/Emojis to your Custom Categories on Teachers Pay Teachers

Custom Categories

I have been frequently asked how I add pictures or emojis to my Custom Categories on TpT.

It’s very easy!

  1. Google keyboard symbols or emojis.
  2. Copy and paste the ones that you like on your Custom Categories.

Some symbols or emojis are not compatible with TpT, so try the ones that you like and see if they work after saving your changes on your Custom Categories.

If you don’t know how to set up your Custom Categories, these are the steps:

  1. Go to “My Products Listing.”
  2. On the left side, you will see your Custom Categories.
  3. Scroll down and click on Manage Categories.
  4. Click on “Add New Category.”
  5. Enter the categories that you want to have on your store.  If you want to have emojis or keyboard symbols for each category, paste the symbols/emojis that you want before entering the text.
  6. When completed, click on “Save Changes.”

It takes some time for the categories to show on your TpT store page… from half hour to an hour.

I hope you enjoyed this post…and feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

Naomi ❤️

Do You Want to Have a Chance to Win one $150.00 TpT Gift Card?

TpT Gift Card $150

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Feeling lucky? A team of amazing teachers and myself have grouped together to gift an awesome teacher with a TPT gift card to show them how appreciative we are!

PRIZES INCLUDE 
1 x $150 TPT Giftcard
Starts: Friday 2nd March 2018 12am
Ends: Saturday 9th March 2018 12am
Prizes: 1 x $150 TPT Giftcard
REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!
Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 9th March 2018 12am

Good luck!

UPDATE: Tania Richardson was the lucky winner! Congratulations! 🙂

Meet the Teacher and Open House PowerPoint Presentations!

I am a visual learner.  This influences my teaching and everything I do as an educator.  In the classroom, I utilize diverse modes of showing my students new concepts and ideas.  I also use PowerPoint presentations with parents for Meet the Teacher and Open House, which I have created using different themes.   They are editable!

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I hope you enjoyed this post!

 

How I Organized my Home Office on a Budget

I couldn’t stand the look of my bookshelves any longer, so I decided to give it a make over… on a budget. Take a look at the “before” and “after” pictures below:

Before and After Pictures

First, I took everything out of the shelves and checked it.  I purged, consolidated, and removed empty bins.

I had previously googled decoration boxes, but they were all so expensive!  I finally found what I wanted at IKEA in light green, which is the color of the room, in order to be consistent with the rest of the décor.  I purchased 6 FJÄLLA boxes with lids.  They came with a metal bookplate to insert a label.  I paid $5.99 each plus taxes.

I also purchased magazine files in the same color for $4.99 at IDEA.  They come 2 per pack.  I purchased 9 packs (18 magazine files total).   These also came with the metal bookplates.

IDEA boxes and magazine files unopenlabeled magazine file

I labeled each box and magazine file and finished the bookshelf on the right side in no time for about $80.00 total.

My plan was to spend $100.00 for the makeover.  After spending $80.00 on the one on the right, I only had $20.00 left.  No problem! I had everything planned in advance.

Prior to ordering the IKEA boxes and magazine files, I had plan to use the boxes that you can see on the BEFORE pictures (on top of the bookshelves) and wrap them after seeing this post from Namely Original on Pinterest: http://namelyoriginal.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-cover-box-in-fabric.html

In her blog, she used fabric to wrap her boxes, but my budget was limited, so I thought about using contact paper in light green.  I found the one I wanted at the Dollar Tree online: Con-Tact Quick Cover Green and White Self-Adhesive Shelf Liners, 18×54“ for $16.00 a case.

This is how the order came:

This is the first box I wrapped using contact paper:

This is how I spent the money:

6 FJÄLLA boxes with lids $5.99 each = 35.94

9 sets FJÄLLA magazine files $4.99 = 44.91

Contact Paper (Dollar Tree) = $16.00

1 pack adhesive metal bookplates = 5.99

Total Make-over: $102.84 (plus taxes)

You can save even more if you wrap your own boxes instead of purchasing decorated boxes and magazine files like I did for the first bookshelf.  Although it would have saved me some money, wrapping my own boxes was a bit tedious, time consuming, and frustrating at times.

I didn’t spend any money for my desk area… just organized, consolidated, purged, and added spines/covers to my binders as you can see on the pictures below.

Desk Before and After Pictures

Now… it is a joy to look at my bookshelves and desk area in my home office!