Sunday, April 28, 2013


Do you love instagram? I absolutely love it...I mean I am obsessed with it!! Originally, I just had a personal account, but I thought that starting a teacher account would allow me to share some snapshots from my teaching world.

Introducing @confessionsteachanista...I would love for you to become a follower (of course, I will return the favor)!!!

I love connecting with so many teacher friends through instagram and I have been so inspired by all of the cool shots I have seen so far!

What the Teacher Wants! and Apples and Abcs are starting a linky party for Instagram Teachers....

I love this idea and I am eager to start the sharing on Teacher Talk Tuesdays!!! 
To start the party our hostesses have asked us to share some of our favorite instagram pictures. While I don't have too many yet, these are a few of my favorite things...




If you don't have a teacher instagram account, please, pretty please, sign-up for one and if you do have an account, please join the party using the #teachertalktuesday

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pass the Torch Linky!!!

Get Ready for Bloggy Olympics!!!

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Join The 3AM Teacher, the Reading Olympians, and over 80 SUPREME education bloggers as we take you through a tour of the Reading Olympians Root Study Program!!

Do you love the Olympics ! Most people who know me and my future hubster knows that we LOVE all thing sports and always look forward to the Olympics  So when Michelle at The 3AM Teacher and The Reading Olympians offered me the opportunity to participate. in the Reading Olympics, I immediately shouted "YES!" 

The Reading Olympians have developed a comprehensive vocabulary program and when I say comprehensive, I mean COMPREHENSIVE! Each pack is chock full of all the necessary materials needed to support your students as they learn more about roots and participate in your classroom Reading Olympics!! Yay!

So as I said to my students on Monday, as we began our very own Reading Olympics, let the games begin....

I began by organizing all of my materials and preparing for the week's lessons. 

Here are some of the materials included in the pack. The flash cards, raps/chants (students LOVE these), a graphic organizer journal, and a small poster chart with the Nike Root List. 


I met with my students at our whole-group meeting area to introduce the Reading Olympics and the Nike Roots that we would be working with that week. The students were so engaged in learning the word parts and students were constantly sharing words that they knew included those word parts. I LOVED their enthusiasm and it was so exciting for the students that it was difficult to move the lesson through! 

After introducing the Nike Roots that we would be interacting with that week, I gave students a basket of supplies. Students then began to make their own set of flash cards. One side of the card listed the Root Name and Root Definition. The other side of the card listed the Root Rap. 

Here you can see a completed set of flash cards. The students took these home in their Homework Folders and used these to complete an assignment that night. The students were required to study the roots with their parents and go searching for at least one word that contained the root. The students mentioned that they enjoyed doing the homework and that their parents were also engaged in the assignment. 

I absolutely love this shot. Students are working in their journals and I took this photo as they were having a deep discussion about the root fill-in-the-blank. Don't you love hearing your students argue their points?

Overall, I found The Reading Olympians pack amazing!! They included everything I needed in order to implement the program successfully and I saw positive results when I gave them their quiz yesterday -- let me just say that every student will be moving on to Poseidon Roots!

Discover the program IN ACTION in more K-6th grade classrooms as you Pass the Torch!! Get ideas, discover the progression of the program, and enter the Raffle for a chance to win ONE of the three prizes listed below!!

First Place Winner : Gold Medal

  Prizes: Complete Reading Olympians Program
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Second Place Winner: Silver Medal

   Prizes: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
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Third Place Winner: Bronze Medal

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