Sunday, June 28, 2015

Take It To The Max!

Take it to the max, MobyMax that is!

MobyMax is an all-inclusive K-8 curricular site that focuses filling in the missing gaps in a students education.  The students start with an adaptive placement assessment which then places the student at their grade level proficiency based on the Common Core Standards in the areas where gaps were when the student took the assessment. MobyMax provides a great visual for both teacher and student data tracking, progress monitoring, and setting goals.

Students are assigned automatically based on these CCSS and skill gaps. All subjects can be assigned, in addition to many other tools for the classroom use. Tools such as messenger, classroom wall, clickers, vibes which focuses on behavior, contests, badges, and games.  From what I see and have used, MobyMax has is it all.

As with other sites, you have automatic sign in, a unique school code for students to login, and full control of what your students see, use, and do on the site.  I found MobyMax engaging, easy to use, motivating, and intuitive for both the teacher and student.  Best part is that it has a free version, check out MobyMax and let me know what you think!

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!

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