Monday, July 9, 2012

NEW Teacher Blogger and Fundations Assessment

Hi everyone!!

I am soo beyond excited to be joining the blogging world with so many amazing and talented teachers! I have been watching so many of you create, share, and support other teachers that I just had to join in too.

Before I get into anything about teaching, I just have to tell you a little about myself. I am a Colorado native, and I still have family who lives there (THANKFULLY, none of my family was affected by the fires). I now live in Vermont, in our new house, with my fiance. We are set to get married July 27, 2013. I am so looking forward to that day! I have been teaching for 4 years at a small, rural school with about 40 students total. I will have 9 kids this year...I can hear many of you now, "Did she just say 9 kids?" Crazy, right?! It's an amazing school to work at and you REALLY get to know all of the kids in the school. Okay, so enough about me!

When I set out to start a blog, I realized how difficult it was to come up with a creative title. However, I knew that the two things I loved were teaching and style. As I wracked my brain, I noticed the T.J. Maxx commercial and I heard them say "Maxxanista. It's simple to say from there Confessions of a Teachanista was born. I don't feel that I have to give up style just because I am a teacher, I can really have the best of both worlds. Honey Bunch Designs did an amazing job in combining the two things I love...I just adore my blog!!

I wanted to start of my first blog by sharing an item that has become extremely important to me. During my 2nd year of teaching, we were introduced and required to start using Fundations to teach phonics skills. I loved the program and the unit assessments. It took me some time to become familiar with the program, but now I am able to create so many great activities to go with it. The one thing I felt that was missing or at least I couldn't find was a benchmark assessment. So the following summer, I went through the units and created my own assessment. It's simple, user-friendly and only takes maybe 5 minutes to give. What more does a teacher want?

I have decided to share my assessment with teacher friends. You have all been so helpful with the many items you add to your stores and share! You can find my Fundations Level 2 Benchmark Assessment on my TPT store (Click HERE). There is also a link to a student copy which is FREE. Right now I am running a sale on my's ONLY $5! I hope you find that it is as helpful to you as it has been for me.

Thank you for letting me rant a little bit...I can go on forever (this is what the soon-to-be husband would say).


Sarah said...

May I ask what city you teach in? I have always had my heart set on teaching in a small rural school and 9 kids is crazy small, but I bet they get all the attention and support they need and more:)


Caralee DeHerrera said...

Sarah, I teach in Savoy, MA. The school only has 40 students total. It's crazy when I think about the sizes of other classrooms. I feel so fortunate to know each and every student inside and out.

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