Thursday, April 28, 2011

Classroom Blogs

I'm not sure if you've noticed or not, but there is a link to my class blog on the top left of this page! (or click here!) I encourage you to check it out.  Here is place where my students are actively, and yes I mean VERY actively, involved in their education.  I chose to go with because of the commenting format.  I love the way students are able to communicate with each other in a clear lay out from the indentations.  Please feel free to comment or browse as you wish!

Today, I wanted to specifically address how to insert SMARTboard Notebook files into your blog.  We just did this yesterday as part of our math review!  Together, as a class, we reviewed what we knew about perimeter, area, and volume.  Then we did some sample problems (using the capture tool in notebook).  I was able to save this file to a PDF (File, Export, PDF) on my computer.  Then once on the blog you can add files from your computer.  This takes the lesson from the classroom directly into the homes of my students.  Now they are able to go back to the sample problems we did in class (that, oh my gosh! look shockingly similar to the problems on the homework!) to get help for for the homework.  What a great tool for parents when their student says, "Well that's not the way my teacher did it!" 

Let me know what you think!  Do you have other great ideas for classroom blogs or SMARTboards?  Please share!! 


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Intolerable Acts

I am new to fifth grade this year, and I have to say this might be my favorite lesson of the year!  I apologize there are no fancy pictures, colors, or gadgets, but hang with me because it gets good! 

We're studying the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.  So far this week we've discussed taxation without representation, debt, The Stamp Act, The Quartering Act, Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre.  Today, before reading the section on the Intolerable Acts - we had to have a special meeting with our principal. 

Our principal came in, very serious, and distributed a letter to each student.  On this letter was an explanation of state budget cuts to education (not far from the truth...).  Due to these cuts, parents and students were going to have to start paying for different aspects of school.  Lunch was raised to $5, recess was $2, specials classes were $3, computer lab was $4, etc.  (He provided a list in the letter.)  Our students went crazy!  "How could you?"  "This is unfair!"  "We should protest!"  He then excused himself.  I let my class stew for the rest of social studies, math and science.  Students kept bringing it up again, "Can I share a locker with someone to cut the price?"  Needless to say, it was on their minds!

Just before my class left for art class, the principal came back.  He asked what we learned in social studies today and the kids did a great job explaining the Intolerable Acts.  The principal asked if this was fair, how they felt, etc.  Slowly, I could see the light bulbs going off ... this wasn't real!  We had a great discussion related these two activities and really getting a sense of how the colonists felt.  I'm pretty sure this is a lesson they won't soon forget... even if they are mad at me! 


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Our Week in 3 Words

Alright, so I can't take complete credit for this idea.  Have you ever seen the segments on Good Morning America's Weekend Edition called, "Week in 3 Words?"  They're amazing.  Completely inspiring.  There are several examples on  youtube (it may be my secret pasttime..) to preview!  At any rate, we took this idea into the classroom and my fifth graders ran with it! 

As you can see, some students talked about what we learned in class while others talked about what they were going to do this weekend.  They are starting to get more and more creative with the way they display their words.  I find them now approaching me throughout the week saying, "I already know what my 3 words are going to be!"



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Monday, April 18, 2011

Blog Addict

I'm proud to announce that I am a new member of Teaching Blog Addict.  Feel free to follow me here or there.  There are several teachers working together collaboratively!  Please grab my button (new as of April 18, 2011) and share the wealth of knowledge! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Texting in Class?

I attended the Macul Conference in March in Detroit, Mi.  This is an amazing technology conference.  Anyway, one of the coolest things I learned was called Contxts.  This is a website designed for presenters to post all of their contact information - then the attendees can simply text the number to get all of the presenters information without frantically writing.  So, I gave this contxts a little twist.  I update my profile with homework for the week.  The kids can then text this number (which is in NO WAY related back to your number...) to see this week's homework!  Go ahead and give it a try!  Text "MsMetevia" to the number 50500.  Pretty cool, huh?! 

Check out their website to create your own free account!  Contxts 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Favorite Things Linky Party

I'm so very excited about joining in on my first linky party! Katie over at Persnickety Pickles has invited us all to list some of our favorite things, with one catch - "non-teaching" favorites.  I love that it involves non-teaching favorites, but I hate that it's so hard to think of non-teaching favorites!  So, without any further ado here are my fantastic favorites!

Favorite #1: My family!  This is my step-dad, sister, mom and me at a wedding in Georgia last summer.  There is no way I could be where I am today without each of them! 

Favorite #2: Paisley Puppy!  This is my chocolate lab, Paisley.  (Yes, after Brad.)  She is almost 2 years old and since I have no husband or children of my own yet... she is my BABY!

Favorite #3: Photography!  I am still in the early stages of this new hobby, too, but I have to say I love it.  I have a Nikon D3000 and I love what it does to my photos. 

Favorite #4: Target!  I love shopping at Target.  I promise you there has never been a time that I've walked into a Target and walked out with nothing.  I am still in great shock that the nearest Target to my "new" house is half an hour away... :( 

Favorite #5: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!  Anytime of the year, any type of emotion, and any time of day, I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.  I've also  been known to enjoy peppermint ice cream at Christmas. 

Favorite #6: Music!  I am in love with music.  I can sing (in my car or in the shower) and I can dance (in my kitchen)!  I am going through a country music phase right now and am really enjoying Sugarland, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood.  That's not to say a little Katy Perry doesn't get me pumped for work every now and then. 

Favorite #7: iPad!  I don't actually own this yet... but I'm hoping to earn one through a grant I applied for in the fall.  I will let you all know by the end of the year.  (I promise if I don't get the grant, I WILL be buying one!)  I am a technology junky- can't get enough!

Thanks, Katie, for letting me be a part of your linky party!  What a fun break from tonight's lesson planning and grading! 


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Thursday, April 7, 2011


Attention Teachers, Tech Lovers, or people who love to Talk - this blog is for you!

I teach fifth grade in Adrian, Michigan. I am somewhat new at the blogging world but I am finding it extremely addicting!  I have a blog for my students and our classroom (link in the upper left corner) and they are really getting into it.  I love being able to link our math  lessons from our SMARTboard to our blog. 

Anyway, I wanted to start a second blog that was dedicated to other teachers.  I've noticed there aren't many blogs for upper elementary teachers - so I'm hoping to start a trend!  If you have any great technology ideas, I'd love to hear them!  If you have any great teaching ideas, I'd love those too.  If you simply want another blog to follow and "stalk" I'd love that too!