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Have You Heard About this Great New Math Practice Site?

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 8.41.54 PMTell everyone you know about this great new free animated website iknowit.com that helps elementary kids practice math skills by playing games.  This site will remain FREE for at least the next year while improvements and more lessons are added.  Iknowit was built by the makers of Super Teacher Worksheets and Modern Chalkboard, a SMART board lesson site.

The lessons give children immediate feedback so that they know if they have answered each question correctly or incorrectly.  There are drill lessons for basic math facts–addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  These lessons are timed.   Then there are lessons based on progress in which students answer a certain amount of questions.  Right now the lesson topics include addition, multiplication, division, time, money, fractions, and there are many more to come!

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In the future as a teacher, you can log in and set up a class roster.  You will be able to assign lessons, monitor student scores, and track their progress.  You will also be able to adjust the number of hints children are allowed to have on each problem.  Teachers will be able to set the amount of time students practice drills and set the number of questions a student must answer for a lesson.

Because this small business was set up by teachers, they value teacher’s and student’s constructive feedback as they venture forward with improvements to this site.  You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to give your input.  Just imagine a website built with your feedback in mind

Did You Know this about Super Teacher Worksheets?

In case you are a Super Teacher Worksheets fan, you may like to know this little secret.  On top of the fact that they have eleventy billion fabulous sheets at your fingertips at the click of a button (no losing your files here), they also have a new site for Smart Board lessons!  This new site is called Modern Chalkboard.    Their Smart Board lessons also are compatible with Smart TVs.  It gets better, their Smart Board lessons are also aligned with Common Core Standards!  WOW!  Imagine saving yourself so much time throughout the school year to have these lessons readily available to you.  Here are some of my favorite samples…

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If you are willing to pay $5 for all of these resources per month, which in my opinion is totally worth it, then you could invest $50 for all of their high quality Smart Board lessons for $50 a year.  I wouldn’t tell you they were high quality if they weren’t, so you might as well get a head start and buy a membership at the beginning of the year so you can have more time for your family ;)!  Here are a few free lessons to sample!

Use This New, Free, Quick, and Easy Classroom Management Tool

If you haven’t already heard of Class Dojo, a cutting edge classroom management tool, let me fill you in.

Our fourth and fifth grade teachers are using it and they absolutely L-O-V-E it!!  Class Dojo is a website which allows you to load all of your students and keep up with their behaviors, positive or negative, based on a point system.  You can upload the behaviors you want that match your classroom rules and expectations.  For example, you can include behaviors such as “off task”, “participating”, “showing respect” etc.  The entire system is on a website and/or it can be used as an app on an ipad or iphone (and android).

The marvelous thing about this is there is no walking over to a behavior chart to change a card or clip etc.  You can carry the ipad around with you and immediately respond to behaviors.  Then when you want to reward or use a consequence, you simply click/touch the child’s name.  Each child has a cute colorful avatar beside their name.

They also have a little red bubble that shows their points accumulated.  Students  avatars can be projected onto a screen or smart board so that they can see their avatars and points.  A whole classroom can be given a point at one time too–say for example all of the students walked quietly in the hall or all students were working hard on an assignment.  I also really like the “random” button.  You can push the random button and different names will flash on the screen until the program finally lands on one name.  Then when it stops on that one name, you can look to see if that student is using appropriate behavior and record his/her point accordingly.  This especially keeps the kids sitting up straight if the names are projected on a screen.

What’s even better is that there can be instant parent communication.  Parents can have a code to view their child’s behavior and see how they are behaving.  Students can even change and decorate their avatar to look like they want it to.  The best part about Class Dojo–it is totally FREE!!

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