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TpT Seller's Challenge - Make Your Masterpiece


This week's TpT Seller's Challenge is all about creation. Make Your Masterpiece.

As a seller, it is so important to create products that are meaningful to both yourself as a seller and your buyers and their classrooms. Sometimes I struggle to come up with how to turn an idea into a sell-able product. I've been selling resources for about 2 years now, so this process is becoming much easier, but I think this is something nearly every seller goes through. 

For my "masterpiece" I created a set of QR Code activities for the Human Body Systems science unit that appears in most intermediate grades (3-5). There are 4 activities included and you will need a device and app to scan the QR code and complete the activity. I included a question to be answered after each activity. In my classroom, I have students write their answer in their interactive notebook using both words and pictures or diagrams. The activities might be a reading passage, video, or interactive game. These might be websites you've seen before and even used during instruction. My goal was to provide a center or station activity that students can work through independently. 

I've created several other sets of QR code activities for other science units, all of which you can find in my TpT Store. Thanks for reading about week 3 of the TpT Seller Challenge. 


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Should I Stay or Should I Go Series - Part 4


Part 4 of my series about what I am going to do next school year. I've spent the last 2 weeks interviewing. 4 total interviews with 2 different schools. I received a call-back interview with both schools!

I seriously considered running for the exit when one of the schools handed me a piece of paper and explained that I had 15 minutes to prepare a lesson. The topic was on the paper. I was to teach the administrative team about 2 digit subtraction with regrouping. I could use the SmartBoard, a laptop, and anything I could find in the classroom. I have never taught subtraction to anyone (technology teacher over here). It went fine but I had a total moment of panic for a minute or 2. I have to say, the new SmartBoard that is basically a touch-screen TV is awesome. No projector! 

In the end, both schools offered me the position. The offers were nearly identical so it was not an easy decision. Lots of prayers for the answer, but I think I knew all along which one was more in line with the direction I want my career to go. I made a decision! More details to come soon. Thanks for reading!

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Technology Essential Questions


A few months ago I had the opportunity to take a class on project based learning and inspiring it by creating the perfect essential questions. I took this information and created a set of Technology Essential Questions based on the International Society for Technology in Education Standards (ISTE) for Students. 

There are 6 basic standards and each standard has 4 sub-standards. I created an essential question for all 24 sub-standards. In this blog post I am going to explain how one of these essential questions can be use AT ANY GRADE LEVEL to inspire a project. 


Primary:
Young students need to practice this skill early and often. Here are a few ideas.
Intermediate/Middle:
I grouped these students together because they are using very similar technology tools. Here are a few ideas:
Secondary:
This age group is all about college and career readiness. Here are some ideas:
Hopefully this gave you and idea about how one technology essential question can be used across the grade levels. The things that change are the technology tools used and the project it leads into. The academic content area can be anything you can possibly imagine. I'm all about integrating technology into the content areas and these posters are a great way to get students talking and thinking about using technology to learn. 

Thanks for reading!


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TpT Seller Challenge - Dare to Dream


This week's TpT Sellers Challenge is titled "Dare to Dream" and is all about turning our dreams into reality by putting them out there! Brave. 

My first dream is to support my husband's dream to play golf professionally. He has been so dedicated to his game and is now really good! He currently plays on an amateur tour locally, and we think in another year or so we will be ready to make the leap of faith to go pro. Golf is an expensive career because there are always fees to enter tournaments. If you win, you win your money back and then some, but there is always a risk of losing the fees. It would mean the world to me to support him with the money I make online!

My second dream is to actually do something with the amazing technology ideas I have. I'd love to turn my ideas into a presentation that I can give at professional development days and teacher conferences. If I ever leave public education I will need many income streams, and I think this could be a great one. I wouldn't love to travel all the time, but I could and would make it work for something I'm passionate about. 

TpT has been such a blessing for my life. Not only do I make a little extra money each month, but I have a creative outlet and a business I can be proud of! My family is starting to really show their support as I go into my second year here and it makes me so excited about the future. Thanks for reading about my hopes and dreams!

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TpT Seller Challenge - Makeover Madness


I am so excited to be joining the TpT Seller Challenge. I've taken a snapshot of my current stats: 

This should be so much fun and very motivating for me. The first week's challenge is simple: Update a product and/or product cover. A few months ago I added full-page posters to my Technology I Can Statements through grade 6 (still need to do the middle and high school sets). I decided that with that update, I should update the cover of the K-6 set, which has been the same since I uploaded it. I am a huge fan of chevron even though it is starting to go out of style, so I am a bit sad to see it go. 

Branding it a huge part of being a successful seller online. I am working on making everything coral, navy, and gold. This new product cover makes my eyes so happy! 

So week 1 is a success! Thanks for reading. Make sure to follow me on bloglovin and sign up for my email newsletter. I try to send out one newsletter per month with tech tips, current education stuff, and a freebie. 

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Series - Post 3


If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I totally overthink everything. I'm that girl that leaves a conversation and then can't get it out of my head because of something weird I said or an awkward silence, etc. Ugh I just can't help myself. 

So this week I had 2 interviews! While I don't necessarily plan on leaving the 4th grade position I have accepted at my current school (moving from being the technology specialist), I want to keep my options open. 

I was so excited to land an interview at a charter school that is a Leader in Me school. I love the idea of shaping students into tomorrow's leaders while also challenging them academically. I was majorly nervous the whole day - interview was at 2:30pm. I wore one of my favorite dresses with a cardigan and matching flats. It was like 90 degrees out so I was really sweaty and uncomfortable. Am I the only one who loathes belts that land right below the ribs, like on the diaphragm? It makes me feel like I can't take a full breath and then I get a stomach ache. So even though I said this was my favorite dress, it is not the most comfortable. While I was driving there I had to unbuckle. I nearly forgot to buckle it again when I got there. Can you imagine?! haha. 

Anyhoo... the interview was definitely just preliminary questions. They seemed to love my answers about classroom management and technology integration. I had no answer about using Daily 5 or Go Math, because I haven't used either of these in my technology classroom. I promise I'm a quick learner! I got a quick tour of the school (because there are only 6 total classrooms) and I was on my way. Y'all, I forgot to send an email thanking them until after business hours 2 days later! Oh I will kick myself for that one. 

The other interview I did was a digital interview in which I had to record myself answering 9 questions and submit it for them to review. Again, very preliminary questions. I didn't see the questions until the recording was live. I didn't love the questions. There was some wasted opportunity in my opinion. If you only ask 9 questions, make them great! I was totally thrown off by one question that was something like "who is responsible for student failure?" Did they want to hear that it is solely the teacher's responsibility? I talked about the cliche that it takes a village to raise a child, and I believe it is a team responsibility to ensure success, so then it is a team's fault when a child fails, right? Confusing. 

Obviously I was prepared to answer questions about technology (digital interview and all) but the questions didn't give me much of an opportunity to talk about the technology tools I'm excited to use. They were more along the lines of "how will I build relationships in a non-traditional setting?" Did I mention this one was for an online public school? 

So now I wait for call-backs. I am thinking I will get a call back for each of the positions. Hopefully I will know early next week. My birthday is the 18th and that would be quite the treat!

My friend Mary asked if I would accept either of these positions if they were offered. I feel like I don't know enough about either situation to say yes at this point. I do feel great about the 4th grade math and science position at my current school. It is intimidating but I know I would be great. Just nervous that I'm going to be the one who gets a crazy parent or 2 that hassle me. 

Tell me about your interviews!


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