Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter....HILLTOP FLASH MOB!!!!

Happy Easter everyone!  It's been awhile since I have has been busy!  Tomorrow begins OAA (Ohio Achievement Assessment) testing for our 3-5 graders.  I wanted to share something special that our staff did as a pep rally last Thursday.  Each year, some of our creative staff members create an amazing rally to pump up the kiddos!  We have had a "teachers" band, a rendition of American Idol, a Wizard of Oz skit, and this year...A FLASH MOB!  You can check it out below.  Share your comments and let me know what you think!  I work with the best people in the world....

Friday, April 15, 2011

Constructive Criticism....need your help.

I have been working on my new website, trying to find the time to improve it.  With state testing approaching, sets and props to build for the school play, a marathon to train for, and a wife and two wonderful children at home....I haven't had a lot of time!

I need your help........please visit and give me some feedback.  You can leave a comment here or on the site.  I want some honest opinions please.  How would you improve it?  What can be better?  I still have a lot to learn about the interface itself.

I GREATLY appreciate it!  Try and find something on my site that you can use in your classroom!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Teaching Blog Addict

Okay, after only a few short months.....I am becoming addicted to Teacher Blogs..........check it out!  

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Spring Break 2011...much needed and I welcome you with open arms.  Now, don't go by at a million miles an hour so I can enjoy you!!!!!  I'll be spending the week with my lovely 2 1/2 year old daughter trying to find fun and exciting things to do.  Sadly, my wife, who teaches 1st grade, and my son, had their breaks already.

Anyway, I know that state testing is rapidly approaching for a lot of folks.  I know review questions are always good for the kids and I LOVE turning it into a game for them.  WOW, learn and have fun...novel concept right?

I have included the Ohio Education released questions link for OAA testing, as well as the NAEP "questions tool" link.  Please click the caption BELOW the picture to be redirected.  Please pass these on to someone you that you know that can use them with their kiddos!

NAEP Questions Tool

ODE Released OAA Material 3-8


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SMART Response

I am in tech heaven this week.  I have started using a new student response system in my room by SMART.  I upgraded from the Classroom Performance System that I had for 5 years and couldn't be happier with the switch.  SMART actually gave us a HUGE discount for trading in the old system toward a new one.  Check it's called the SMART Student Response PE.  They also have a primary and special needs "clicker" called the LE.  See the picture below the PE.  This works with the SMART Notebook software (which is included if you don't already have it).

Smart PE

Response LE
Check it out!!!!  The kids are engaged and loving it! can import tests that are already made (PDF) AND AND AND it will do item analysis for you (exported to Excel).