Friday, August 10, 2018

Creating a Schedule

Creating a schedule should be easy, right? In theory, yes  ... but we have to work with our team and special education department to make sure students receive services at a time that works for all of us. 

My second grade team sat down and came up with this schedule (which I LOVE) and Emalie Lindsey put it in Google Drive for us to modify. Collaboration makes for successful teaching, and we have to work smarter not harder. 

In my district, we have to have 75 minutes of math each day and 150 minutes of English/Language Arts. That means we integrate A LOT of content into our reading/writing lessons. We also add math and reading into our morning center time to make up any deficits. You'll notice that I don't have quite enough minutes on Thursday for math, but students will be engaged in math activities each morning during center time and will be doing lots of problem solving in the Exploratorium. 

As much as I love integrated curriculum and project-based learning, I do my best to do the "content" part of each unit at the specified time. That way students receiving services outside of my room receive the content inside of my room at the right time. I hope that makes sense! Lessons don't always "stop and end," but we still have to make sure we meet our set guidelines.

My "contracted" time is from 8:10-4:10 each day. I do my best to leave when I can each day, but right now I'm taking too much work home. I'm looking forward to being in a routine again. My goal is to work at school and focus on family at home. That means I often have a working lunch ... every minute counts!

I recently started changing my healthy eating habits to counter my eat what I want when I want summer. How many days does it take to make a habit -- 21? That's what I keep telling myself. By the time school begins, I should be well on my way ... Life is all about balance. Don't forget to take care of yourself during this busy season of life. You matter!

I'm looking forward to this year, and I hope you are too! Our students are counting on us. 

Happy back to school! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Las Vegas

Thank you for coming to my sessions! I have a lot uploaded already, but I need to upload information from several sessions. My dad and I had a wonderful time tonight, and we're so excited to see the Grand Canyon tomorrow. I have two math sessions on Friday and plans Friday night. My goal is to upload everything while I'm traveling home on Saturday. If you need something sooner, email me:  

I'd love to stay in touch on Twitter. If you follow me, I'll follow you back. 

Twitter:  Cheryl_L_Dick

See you next year and stay in touch! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Writing Mini-Lessons

If you can't find what you're looking for, email me: Thanks for coming to my session and for filling out the evaluation. :)

If you follow the link in SDE's handout, it'll take you to a post with more resources. I'll update this post tonight to add more.

30 Days of Mini-Lessons:

Writing PowerPoints: Link to download writing PowerPoints: 

Parts of Speech PowerPoints:

Morning Message Ideas: *For K-1, consider writing each sentence in a different color of marker so students can see when sentences start and stop. :) Extending the morning message idea came from the book, Beyond Morning Message by Valerie Schifferdanoff.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

NOLA -- Fun Times!

I have so many wonderful memories from my time in New Orleans this week. It was fun seeing old friends and making new ones! 

I ended up having a fun night out with friends which means I didn't get my work done, but it'll be here tomorrow. I leave for the airport first thing tomorrow, so I'm hoping to upload everything while I'm waiting to fly home. Check back  ... I haven't forgotten. 

Thanks for coming to my sessions, and stay in touch. Email if you need anything: 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Critical-Thinking Handout

Link to handout:

Comprehension Strategies

Link to [free] Chewy Louie Summarizing PowerPoint:

Link to [free] Conversation Journal:

Hands-on Science Ideas

Science Picture Books:

New Orleans

Thanks for coming to my session! I'll upload everything from today when I get back to my room tonight. If you can't find what you're looking for, email me: :) 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Best Worst Video -- 7 Continents

Haha -- this video always makes me laugh out loud. Seriously.

I teach with Emalie Lindsey, and she said, "You HAVE to show this video to your class. It's the best worst video ..." I'm glad I listened to her!

So many of Mr. DeMaio's words were repeated in my classroom -- all year long. Plus, the students learned the location of all of the continents. EVERY time my students heard the word Africa, they broke out in song.

Here are some one-liners that are simply forever stuck in my head ...

"Seven, seven, seven on a hot dog seven ..."
"Top bunk, bottom bunk ..."
"You're up ... like you're up..."

Once you watch it, you'll understand. This may be my all-time favorite teaching video. Just remember, you've been warned -- this may just be the best worst video you've ever seen.

You might want to follow Mr. DeMaio on YouTube and Twitter to keep up with his latest work: :)