I am back with my second half highlights of the I Teach K conference. I hope you enjoyed what I shared in the first installment. :)
The first session started out with Melissa Leach again. This session was on differentiating math centers. She shared ideas some fun activities to take right back into the classroom. I especially liked all of her ideas for using a 100 chart.
The second session was also with Melissa Leach and it was on differentiated instruction. I really enjoyed this session. I want to use more differentiation in my classroom and I got a lot of great ideas from this session. She shared a great app called Stick Pick. You are able to put your students' names in and it will randomly pick the names. It also lists sentence stems for the different levels of Bloom's. It's currently only available in the iTunes store. I hope they get the Android version up and running so I can get it.
Our third session of the day was on quick and easy science centers with Heidi Butkus. She shared so many great, and easy to implement, ideas on how to add a science center into your classroom. She shared different experiments that you could use throughout the year. She also shared picture books that could be used to reinforce the science concepts. If you went to the conference but did not attend this session, I highly recommend downloading the handouts for this session. Lots of great ideas!
Our last session of the day was with Sherry Sloane. She shared some of her favorite songs for Rockin' and Reading. I especially liked how she put her books that she used when singing the songs. Pages flipping down - what a great idea!
Our first session on Thursday was with non other than Deanna Jump. This session was on how she organizes her classroom. OMG - I loved everything that she shared with us! Her new room looks amazing!
The next session was also with Deanna Jump on math centers. She shared so many ideas for activities. She was so sweet too. I loved all of the activities that she shared to do with dot cards and tens frames. At the end of each session, Deanna (am I allowed to just call her Deanna? lol) gave away some great packets. My bestie won her new math packet!!! She's so lucky. It's probably because I gave her a ticket. I knew I gave her the wrong ticket. ;)
Our last session of the conference was on homework bags with Susan Mazzarella. Unfortunately, my bestie got very sick and we had to leave early into the session. We did get to see how she uses reader response journals in her classroom for homework. I liked how they could be easily differentiated depending on the child.
So, that's the I Teach K conference in a nutshell. Well, the nutshell that I got to see anyway. lol I hope you enjoyed reading all about it. I plan on using so many new ideas I got in my classroom this year. If you get a chance to attend the conference, I highly recommend that you do. It's well worth the trip to Vegas or in my case, a 15 minute drive. :)