Friday, January 3, 2014

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

     My husband just rolls his eyes when I get on one of my tangents where I feel the need to move things.  I don't know what it is, but the moving of furniture, pictures, vases, flowers, and candles makes me feel refreshed and renewed. Do you feel that way when you change things up?  

     Well it isn't any different in my classroom...the monthly changing of seats and desks, the rearranging of groups and bulletin boards, and the introduction of new routines always manages to shake things up enough to keep the "kiddos" just a little off kilter, and little intrigued, and a little more interested in what's going on in the classroom.

     So here's what my new year will look like; I'm introducing My Classroom Economy to shake up the classroom jobs, engage the students in some real-life situations, and connect to the Common Core Standards. I'm also introducing the PALS math program where I can accomodate diverse learners and promote their academic success through Peer Assisted Learning Strategies. I'm also continuing to use my "Have you filled a bucket today?" where students acknowledge other students for doing "good" in the classroom. Last, but not least, I'm using "Keep it or Junk it or cloud it" to help students learn how to identify the main idea and write a summary of the facts. 

     All in all the changes I'm planning on instituting when my students return will help shake it up and invigorate the students, keep them engage and interested. I'm hoping it will increase their ability to think outside of the box, learn some lessons that they can use outside of the classroom, and will engage them to be problem solvers and thinkers. What lessons do you have planned to shake, rattle, and roll in the new year?


Friday, July 5, 2013

Free Friday Find For YOU! Fonts

I know I typically focus on websites where you can go to find free resources for your classroom, so today I'm going to give you a site where you can download fantastic, frivolous, and sometimes freaky free fonts. is a site that truly is just that, fonts...and they have a ton!

The fonts at represent fonts that are freeware, shareware, demos, or public domain.  As with any product you should check the readme-files in the archives or check the author's website for details about which area the font may fall in. If nothing is listed, then you'll definitely want to contact the author for further information.

To install a font, you'll need to extract the file you've downloaded and then:

  • Windows 8/7/Vista: Right-click on the font files > "Install"
  • Windows XP: Put the font files into C:\Windows\Fonts
  • Mac OS X: Double-click the font file > "Install font" button.

The last thing I have for you is a nice piece of chalkboard to place all of those fonts on.

Free Friday Find For YOU! Fonts, Heidi Befort, Globicate

I intend to use my chalkboard for name tags this year along with the fun, frivolous, freaky, and free fonts that I found at You can access my free template by clicking on the picture above, Enjoy!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Digital Manners

I know I've talked about digital manners or etiquette in the past, but I wanted to revisit it today after I came across this great graphic to post in your classroom from Jeff Dunn at Edudemic.

Digital Manners, Heidi Befort, Globicate

It's very important to not only share communication skills with students on paper, but with the influx of digital communication, it's important for students to know how to communicate properly even if it's only an instant message.  This graphic just reminds all of us of the importance of limiting our digital conversations, being respectful, and keeping it simple! 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Free Friday Find For YOU! Graphite

     I stumbled upon this fantastic site last week and was so excited to share it with you I almost did it before Friday, but I've held off until this morning! Graphite is a "dynamic community"  where educators can share their personal reviews, ideas, and suggestions on how to use specific websites, games, apps, and technology that works best with their students.

Free Friday Find For You, Heidi Befort, Globicate

"Graphite  is brought to you by Common Sense Media, the largest, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping kids, teachers, and families manage media and technology in life and learning."

Graphite has several pages when you visit the site including "Top Picks" and "Reviews and Ratings" that give you an idea of how well the site or app will work with students.

     The site also connects and tags items related to subjects, grade levels, Common Core and state standards, and skills.  What more could you ask for?  Well, they have a page for getting inspired and a blog to follow with tons of helpful advice!  As I roamed the site, I felt like Graphite and Common Sense Media truly do have educators and students best interest in mind.  And as always, it's FREE!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Shh! I Have A Secret!

Lesson Planning, Heidi Befort, Globicate

     I have a secret!  I feel guilty just writing about it today, but I wanted to share my personal delight.  I splurged and bought an Erin Condren Teacher Planner.  Now, I know what you're thinking, there are great products out there (I have one myself that I use) that you can use without spending that much money.  Well, I thought about it and decided I wanted everything in one place.  No more desk calendar, no more lesson plan binder, no more binder with student grades and such, everything all in one place! And the best part, it's personalized just for me.

     My second splurge was those fun pens you see in the picture.  These great pens are colorful, gel roller pens that are fun to use, and the best part...erasable!  How sweet is that?  I can write all those great ideas and plans and don't have to worry about making a mistake!

      My new planner has a durable cover and spine with different spots for all those notes and such you want to keep during the year!

     I haven't given up completely with my digital lesson plans and technology.  I'm still a proponent of technology to store all your products, resources, and plans.  I'm planning on using Google quite a bit this year especially since our district has Google Apps for Education.  Here is a glimpse at the beginning of my curriculum plans for next year.

The nice thing about using Google Docs for your work is it's easily accessible from everywhere, you can share with a team or partner, and it works just as easy as Microsoft and can be converted to/from those formats. 

So, you can see my summer is in full swing with planning and preparing for the next year.  My husband can't figure out why I spend my summer doing this, but I know that you get it...good teachers are always looking for ways to be better at what they do.  How's your summer going so far and what are you working on?

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