Digital Interactive Notebooks

One thing I am most excited about for this coming school year’s flipped classroom are my digital notebooks! I will use Google Slides to help implement Reading and Math interactive notebooks. No more scissors and glues with the most incredibly small pieces of paper left behind! I know this will take some training at the front-end, but what doesn’t? My plan is to introduce my students to my Expectations Journal whole group. Then allow students to visit a device or use their own to explore it. The best part about it… they can’t mess it up! Students are better at technology than most adults, because they are fearless. The journal guides them as to where to type on each slide.

In my Google Drive, I have created a team named “Mrs. Williams’ Class” <–creative, right? **To add your own team drives, you simply click “New” at the top of the screen after clicking on “Team Drives”. Once you add it, here’s what it will look like!** I will add my students to it once I know who they are. Then, I can share out these journals to my students so they each make their own copy of it, and edit. They just click “File” and “Make a Copy”!

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Sounds complicated, but from the research I’ve done, I think I can do it! The best thing about 2nd Graders, they are very forgiving! After 8 years of teaching 2nd Grade, I am excited to venture into this new method in the classroom. It will definitely keep me on my toes!

Be sure to check out our Expectations Journal for the first week of school!

Let the Projects Begin!

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As my last post shared, I am moving towards the flipped classroom model! As excited as I am, I am also focused on making sure I start the year on the right foot. I am a very Type A person, so I feel that organization is a huge benefit in the classroom. I’ve been working with my school staff to make sure that I don’t have any “extra” things in my room where possible. They are generous enough to store my science/ss textbooks in a separate storage area this coming year. This is HUGE as I will only have 4 desks in my room, and the rest of my seating will be tables or flexible seating. Most of my students are ELL so they typically struggle to read the textbooks independently, so I will use other digital and created resources to help scaffold my students in that subject!

On a separate note, I had two personal bookshelves that came to the end of their 8 year career. They looked more like the leaning tower than a shelf. Shelving can be expensive, but it is 100% necessary to me in the classroom (especially with no desks to store anything in anymore). I am a bargain hunter, so I went on a garage sale site to see what I could find. I was able to find a pretty solid 3 shelf book case that had seen better days, but was sturdy. So I snagged it for $10, and my crafty heart got to work! I was going to paint it at first, but on one of my Amazon “paroozing” nights, I came across these CUTE chevron shelf liners. They are contact paper rolls. If you have ever used contact paper you know the struggles I faced doing this project (especially being Type A)! In the end, I am happy with the final product. I decided I’m going to use this behind my small group table to house group materials. (Bo decided he was ready to make his debut in the before picture.)

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