PD Day!

Today we had a PD day.  Reading in the morning and math in the afternoon.

I walked in with my Starbucks (my special treat to myself on PD days) and settled down at our predesignated table.  Whomever sets these tables together, we need a bigger table next time!  Teachers have "stuff" and we need to layout our "stuff" during PD days!

After listening to the same information (and getting the same handouts), we filled out a data form to see where our students landed in reading.

2 hours later...

We watched an awesome video of a friend of mine.  She was doing an explicit  reading intervention lesson.  (West Virginia Explicit Phonics Lessons) We then shared about how we would implement it in our classrooms.  I highly recommend visiting that website for explicit phonics lessons!

After lunch is a STRUGGLE.  We had to unpack our standards (again)...uugh!  

I got to hear a colleague sing a math song.   She laughed, which made another colleague laugh.  Oh...we were tired.  Then we saw this...

Yep, we had to try it too.  Wow, we are bad students!! (And yes, you can see through them!)

Then, I was introduced to some awesome websites.

Well...I kinda already knew about Kahoot, but I did not know about all the awesomeness.  They have an array of fun quizzes preloaded for the students.  Students compete to get the highest score.

This is a great website for all grade levels.  First, you set up your class and pick the grade.  Second, oh...wait...that was it!  The students LOVE this website.  They get to play learning games and earn coins.  The coins can be used to dress their character.  

I also contributed www.learnzillion.com as one of my favorite sites.  It doesn't have games, but has several high quality lessons, videos, and practice sheets.

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