Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Meet Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

Hello friends!!   I'm Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and I am THRILLED to have joined Spark of Inspiration this month!

Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

This blog is packed full of some of my absolutely favorite bloggy pals, and I am so glad to get to collaborate with them bringing ideas to you all in one place - HERE!  I've been teaching for a while now, blogging for 4 years, and I've been a TPT author for about one and a half years now!

Allow me to back up and tell you a little bit about me! :)

The basics . . . .I'm a morning person, I have a ton of enthusiasm and energy (prior to 7 pm) annnnnd I love all things coffee, all things organized, all things chevron, and all things TARGET :) . . .

Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, I am a 2005 Penn State graduate - WE ARE! - and, other than my job, I have more pride about being a Penn Stater than anything else in my life! My family bleeds blue and white and all you'd have to do is set foot inside my classroom or be behind me on the highway to figure that out! haha

that's my little sister and me tailgating in Happy Valley :) :)

After I graduated in 2005, I was hired the following school year as a first grade teacher in my home town - which was my ABSOLUTE DREAM JOB!! I had wanted to be a first grade teacher for as long as I could remember.  Add that fact to me getting to teach every day across the hall from my best friend in the world, I was one one happy teacher with some fabulous firsties to mold!   I am positive that I couldn't have asked for anything more!

Enter hubby.

Long story short - I met my husband, Ryan, on the beach while we were on family vacations in 2004.  Our story is a pretty crazy and fate filled one that I'll save for another day, but after we met and our relationship got serious, I knew that I would be leaving my dream job of teaching firsties with my best friend. {enter sad string music here}

SO after teaching 1st grade for 5 years in PA, I got married in 2011, moved to Ohio, and was hired to teach a new group of firsties at a charter school outside of Cleveland.  I met some of the most amazing friends while teaching there, who will be near and dear to my heart forever, but after a year, I was thrilled to have been hired a little bit closer to our new home further south of Cleveland at a public school teaching 2nd grade - which is my current position.

I was nervous about 2nd grade.  I knew first graders in and out! What was I supposed to do with 2nd graders?!  Little did I know, after 3 years in 2nd grade now,  . . . . 2nd graders are AWESOME.  I LOVE them…. and I kind of sort of think that it's my favorite grade ever.  JUSTTT sayin' :).

Here's a little bit of a peek inside my 2nd grade *home* this year!

Be sure to follow my blog, Facebook, Instagram, or TPT store so that you don't miss all of the shenanigans going on in room 201!

I can't tell you how much I have absolutely loved and have been inspired getting to "meet" and to know all of you via blogs, IG, facebook, and TPT! I am SO inspired every single day by so many of you.  I LOVE hearing from you and bouncing our ideas back and forth as well as bouncing our ideas all over the world.  I absolutely LOVE the network and the all star teaching team that my blog and social media have allowed me to become a part of in these last several months, and I am SO so glad to get to continue that journey with you all by way of Spark of Inspiration!! Thanks for reading, friends!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Meet Kayla Delzer at Top Dog Teaching

Hi everyone! I'm a new Sparkie here at Spark of Inspiration, and since you'll be hearing from me frequently, I decided to write this post all about me! I am super excited to be blogging here, and I can't wait to learn more about YOU! Please stop by my blog or comment below! I'd love to hear from you.

Here are 10 facts about me
(in no particular order)...

1. I graduated from UND with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education in May of 2008. I also just received my Masters Degree at UND in August of 2014 with a MS Elementary Education. I get to speak to future teachers once a year on campus, and it's always one of my favorite days. I am a proud 2x UND alumni, and oh, by the way…. I’m a HUGE UND FAN!!!!  This has a lot to do with my friend Zane McIntyre being the goalie of the hockey team. He comes to read to my class every year as a Mystery Reader, and you can read tons of posts and watch the news stories on his visits by clicking on his name under the "tags" section of my blog. 

Me, Zane McIntyre, and Beth Hoole of KVLY News

Mamma Mac  (Zane's mom) and Me
2.I have two crazy, funny, sweet, and sometimes naughty dogs that are spoiled rotten! Madi Mae turns 5 in October, and she is a Schnoodle. Dudley aka Duds (very appropriately named, I might add) is a Shorkie, and he turned 5 in March. They love kids!

3. I am married to a fourth grade teacher, Mr. Eddy Delzer. We both get to teach in the same school district, which is so awesome! We met playing in a golf tournament against each other, and the rest was history! 

4.  I have played golf since I was old enough to drive the cart, and all the way through college. I am still close friends with the girls I played with at UND, and I love playing the sport. I don't have enough time to play golf like I used to, which can be frustrating for a competitive golfer like me!

5. I am honored to be a contributing writer for the leading educational technology website in the United States, EdSurge.com. You can read my first article for them here. I will be writing another article about Digital Citizenship SOON! 

6. I was created and put on this earth to teach. I can't imagine doing anything else in the whole world. My mom was my kindergarten teacher, and I knew since then I wanted to teach! My dad was my music teacher from grade 5 until I graduated high school. Teaching kids is my passion in life, and I am blessed beyond words to be able to do what I do every single day. My job is to help kids love learning, what's better than that!? The hardest part of my job is that it matters everyday. That's also the best part of my job! I think kids should love where they get to learn, and I love designing classrooms!

My mom and dad, my biggest cheerleaders!
We recently moved back to North Dakota to teach, and we are loving the big city and our new district! We feel very fortunate and blessed to be where we are now! This is my seventh year of teaching.

More classroom pictures can be found on my blog under "Peek in My Classroom"!
7. I love dogs, chevron patterns, and coffee. Anyone who knows me knows I love everything chevron. I love to wear it and decorate with it!  Even my mini-me is wearing a chevron dress! I have a lot of energy most of the time, and people always ask me how I do it. Here's the secret: I drink a lot of coffee! My kids at school ask me why I like coffee so much, and I tell them I drink it so I can keep up with them! Last year we were graphing our favorite foods, and I asked my kids what they thought my favorite food was. One boy raised his hand and said, "That's easy, Mrs. Delzer, it's COFFEE!" I laughed until I had tears streaming down my face. My favorite kind of coffee is Starbucks Blonde, and I brew up a cup using my Keurig every morning. I also love getting to drive to our many Starbucks or Caribou Coffee in our new city often!

8. I get to give a TEDx Talk on July 23, 2015. My topic is: Our World is Changing, Our Schools Need to Change With It. You can read the amazing story about how I got the spot to give a TEDx Talk here

9. I have a sister that is a real life CSI. She gets to live in the most beautiful city in the world: Bend, Oregon. She will tell you her job is nothing like the TV show, and not everything is solved with the blue light! I think Tori and I are a lot alike, but I would not last 5 minutes at her job! She's the peanut butter to my jelly, and I love her lots! She just had a baby boy named Kaysen, and he holds my heart in his tiny hands for sure. I get daily pictures and videos of him that melt my heart. My brother  is a manager at Digi-Key. He is my little brother, but we always joke that he was bigger than me since the day he was born. I am so proud of the responsible young man he has become. He bought a house two blocks away, and we love seeing him often.  I love him to pieces!

10. Sometimes, I get to teach teachers! I am a technology addict, and I love blogging, tweeting, iPads, and learning new tech things! Over the last 2 years, I have been lucky to be the presenter and speaker at several different technology sessions. I have trained teachers from all over the Midwest on Teacher Blogs, Twitter in the classroom, Remind 101 and other Parent Communication Tools, Virtual Exploration, Developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter, Instagram, and Blogger, and iPads and Apps for the Primary grades.  I love sharing my passion for technology with others, and I am very lucky that this is a path my job has taken me on recently. I would like to continue traveling around speaking to educators, or maybe even teach a college class to future teachers down the road while continuing to teach 2nd grade. In the next few months, I will be the Keynote for a ND STEM conference (where my students will also lead a breakout session for teachers), give two different presentations at the ND Reading Conference, teach a summer STEM camp for kids at NDSU, and deliver several sessions at the Metro Tech Camp. If you're in the area, I'd love to meet YOU! You can also see feedback from people who have received professional development from me along with speaking/consulting session descriptions on my blog.

Sheila Jane is just THE SWEETEST! 
You can watch my interview with Sheila Jane Teaching, Essential Technology Tips for Teachers, by clicking here. If you want the 15 minute version of what I talk about in some of my professional development sessions and tons of resources to implement tomorrow, this interview is perfect for you! 

I was honored to be a featured EduCelebrity in March! 
They packed the room at TIES14 to listen to me speak! #humbling

Thanks for taking some time to get to know me!  I would love to get to know you better, so stop by my blog and say hello, or comment right below this post! You can also find me on InstagramTeachers Pay TeachersPinterest, and Twitter!

Heads Up App in the Classroom!!!

Hey everyone!!! How is everyone doing? I'm stopping by to share one of my FAVORITE apps we use in my classroom!!! Now, how much do you love Ellen??? Well, her hilarious Heads Up game is an app too!!! Awesome, right?!?
In our classroom, the Heads Up! app is played when they are finished with their vocabulary rotation.  I keep one of our iPhones in the magnetic folder so they can have easy access to it.  This is such a HUGE incentive for them to get their work done!

Now, how do I make it educational?

Well, once you buy the app ($0.99 well worth every penny), you can buy an in app purchase to be able to have an EDITABLE deck to add and delete whichever words you want to use! Now, it does cost $0.99 for the additional deck; however, I was able to have that deck on all of the iPhones in the room without buying it more than once! HURRAY!! :) 

Each week, I add our vocabulary words for reading and any other words we are working on that week.  Since we create motions to go with our words we are learning, the kids use their actions along with words as clues for their classmates.  We go over the voice level expectation and where they can stand to play it as well.  They LOVE IT!!!!!!  It's such a great way to make practice fun!!

To learn more on how to get it all set up and how it looks in my room, click on the picture below or the link HERE.
Thank you so much for stopping by here!!!  Hope you and your kids love this app as much as we do!!!  Don't forget to stop by my blog to take a look into my education journey!!! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Teacher Blogger Meet Up 2015

Hi!  It's Megan from Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade!  Two weeks ago, over 100 bloggers met in French Lick, Indiana to hang out!  It was a wonderful weekend planned by Brittany Bannister and Holly Ehle.  Head over to my blog to see all the fun things we did AND get a chance to win one of three swag bags like the ones we were given!  There may or may not be Scentos, Erin Condren, and Vera Bradley involved....just sayin'!  Click my blog button below! 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Technology In The Classroom: IPEVO

Hey everyone!

At my school, only three teachers have a SmartBoard. I super love technology and wanted one too, but as a new teacher, I knew that would be slim! Then my buddy Corinna at Surfin' Through Second wrote this blog post, and I knew this was something I had to show my principal!

I told him about IPEVO, this interactive whiteboard system. I kid you not, the next week he pulls me in his office and says, want one? Here you go! He had emailed the super and got permission to get 3 to test out in our school. We're going for a big technology push in the district!

So this is it. It comes with the pen, the little mount, batteries, plug in, and a spare nub for the pen.

I took the backing off the mount, because it'll stick where you put it, screwed on IPEVO and plugged him in (I think of it has a him lol) to my computer. 

Then you just calibrate it on the whiteboard (or wall!) and presto!  So now my mind is racing through all the things I can do with this!  It was hooked up on a Friday and then that weekend I created an attendance slide, down below, which was only good for two days (Monday and St. Patrick's Day).

Now I have to think of a slide for April! Flowers and bees? I don't know, but the kids sure enjoyed dragging their gold coin into the pot!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Classroom Countdown with Uncle Sam!

It is springtime.

Testing season is upon us.

Some of us have had spring break.

Some of us have not.

It doesn't matter which of these sentences applies to you, but I'm pretty sure this next statement is true for just about everyone: The kids are LOSING their MINDS.

Seriously - It is Nutbucket Central around my school right now and our EOG testing is quickly approaching. I was brainstorming with one of my 3rd grade teacher peeps and we decided our kids needed a "Countdown to 4th Grade." But instead of a celebratory countdown, we wanted more of a "Get ready!! 4th Grade is coming!!" kind of countdown.

So, I solicited a few more ideas about the posters and this is what we came up with!

I am laminating this for our third grade teachers this afternoon. We'll just use dry erase markers to change the countdown every day.

I added countdown posters for rising 1st-6th graders, but if there's a specific class structure you'd like me to add just let me know! 

Click the picture below to grab it from Teachers Pay Teachers


I hope it's something you can use! See you next time! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meet A Rocky Top Teacher

Hi y'all! My name is Sarah Young, and I am the teacher creator of the blog A Rocky Top Teacher. I am so honored to be one of the new bloggers of the collaborative group Spark of Inspiration.

Before I start posting regularly, I wanted to share a little bit about me. I am a fourth year teacher in East Tennessee. I have been in second grade for the last four years and LOVE teaching. I am currently in graduate school and will graduate with my Master's in Educational Leadership(administration) this May. I am also getting married in May. May is going to be one CrAzY month for me. :) I also talk about my furbaby, Hero a lot if you follow me on Instagram. He is my world.

One of the reasons that I began blogging was because I LOVE sharing, and I wanted to share my passion for teaching, collaboration, technology, and just education in general. I enjoy reaching out to others and just talking about what is going on in my classroom. Teaching is the BEST job out there folks. We are so fortunate to be educators, and I am so honored to collaborate with so many fabulous educators around the world. You are all truly inspiring.

Speaking of inspiration....I love being inspired and motivated by others. There is just something special about listening/watching others share their love for life. At the start of 2015, I made it a goal of mine to film a short video segment each week and post it on my Facebook page and YouTube channel. My goal was to create videos that shared motivational thoughts as well as tips and tricks about teaching with others. The videos are called my Monday's Moment. It has been an amazing experience. Here is my favorite one so far!

Shew! That was real, people! Thanks for letting me share. I am honored to be a part of Spark of Inspiration and look forward to blogging about my classroom adventures with you. Have a WONDERFUL rest of the day! YOU are amazing. YOU are incredible."YOU GOT THIS!"