Posts by Rhoda Toynbee

Google Earth Tours in the Classroom

Using Google Earth Tours Creating lessons that integrate technology and provide information your students can relate to can sometimes be difficult. Google Earth Tours is a great way to show students how the great big world actually relates to them. It shows them how they are part of the whole. Their community is a part…

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Using iPads for Reading Literacy

iPads for Reading Reading is a fundamental component in education. Primary grades focus on reading basics such as letter recognition and sounds in preparation for putting those concepts together to create words. From there it is reading multiple words in a row that form a sentence. Children who struggle in reading often struggle later in other…

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Moby Max and NWEA MAPs Reports

Using Moby Max with NWEA MAPs Reports Our district has been using NWEA Testing for years. This year we have started using Moby Max to increase our math scores and we are working to integrate our MAPs information to increase our student growth. Moby Max allows a teacher to select the lessons and topics that…

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Spelling City for Differentiated Spelling

Differentiated Spelling Lists There are may activities, lists, and ways to differentiate your spelling. Ideally your differentiated spelling lists would be created from words that each student struggles with. Their own unique spelling lists. Unfortunately, that is a heavy work load! And most of us work in districts that have purchased $30,000 worth of reading…

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My Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education My philosophy of education has been the same since the time I decided to become a teacher, I have had an idea of what type of teacher I would be and how my room would be organized to provide the best possible learning environment for my students. The room may change, but…

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Interactive Math Centers and Lessons

Interactive Math Our school focus this year is to increase our students’ math abilities. We focused on reading a few years ago, carved out reading blocks, and saw a huge increase in their abilities and levels. In the process, our math has suffered a little. While teaching middle school math last year, I started to…

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Become a Pinterest Pro: Your Pinning Strategy

Rethink Your Pinning Strategy What are your goals with Pinterest? How do you plan to accomplish those goals? If you don’t have specific goals for your Pinterest marketing strategy, it’s time to make some now. If you do have goals, it’s time to refine your pinning strategy so you will reach and possibly even exceed…

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One Day Sale TpT Gift Card Giveaway

TpT Gift Card Teachers pay Teachers is having a one day bonus sale to celebrate back to school. August 22nd there will stores with up to 20% off. Enter a sale code at check out for an additional 10% off. That’s some serious savings. Yahoo! Would you like to have some extra cash to spend?…

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Saving Passwords for Websites and Apps

Saving Passwords Saving Passwords for websites and apps that you use in the classroom can become a management nightmare. The more sites that you have your students access that need individual usernames and passwords, the more information you need to keep track of. If you don’t you will be fiddling with the recovery process each…

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My Goals Lapbook for MAPs and Lexile

Goals Lapbook Our district is moving towards personalized learning. This school year the high school will be transitioning a few classes. Elementary teachers are starting to prep our students by making them more accountable for their own learning. After a few days of training and learning about how to use our NWEA MAPs score, I…

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100 Followers: TpT Gift Card Giveaway

$10 Gift Card Giveaway Wahooo!! It’s time to celebrate with a gift card giveaway!! I have officially made it to 100 TpT followers. Thank you to everyone who has followed my shop, purchased resources for their classrooms, and left feedback. Being a teacher rocks! Being a teacher who can share and collaborate with other teachers rocks…

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DIY Dairy Crate Stools

Crate Stools Dairy crate stools (or even non-dairy) are all the rage right now! You can purchase them from any of the major vendors like Target & Walmart. And they come in loads of colors!! It’s almost distracting and overwhelming with all the choices. Makes me want to have a rainbow room! Almost. I was going…

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Classroom Makeover: Classroom Reveal 2016-17

Classroom Reveal 2016 I’ve been working in my room so I could write about this classroom reveal most of the summer! This room was previously used as a teacher workroom, the speech pathologists room, and an extra room for the paras to pull a few kids and work with them in small groups. The past…

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Ugly Filing Cabinet Makeover

Filing Cabinet Makeover It’s time for a filing cabinet makeover! We all have one. That nasty beat up filing cabinet that has been in the building since the beginning of time. I usually try to hide mine in a corner or somewhere unobtrusive because it’s a massive eye sore and just takes up space. This…

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Classroom Makeover: Bulletins Ready

Classroom Bulletins All of the foundations are set. I spent a couple of days in my room gluing new cork over a chalk board, painting a bookshelf, starting a filing cabinet makeover, and hanging new paper and borders on bulletins. You can see the “before” photos in this post: Classroom Makeover: part 1 It seems…

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New Classroom Makeover

New Classroom Design I’m moving to a new classroom. For the past 5 years I have taught junior high and high school art. This year I am heading back to the elementary school. I will be teaching the 3rd/4th combination classroom. The classroom that will be my new teaching space was formerly the teacher workroom…

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Wonders Reading Program for 3rd Grade

Spelling and Reading Centers: Wonders Reading After a whirl wind spring teaching math to grades 5-8, I have been assigned to teach a 3rd and 4th grade combination class. I taught a combo of 2nd and 3rd graders years ago. My learning curve is growing again. And so is my resource base. The first few…

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Lifestyle and Technology

Lifestyles and Technology Go Together It’s unavoidable in our current times to not have technology be a part of your lifestyle. They go together like peanut butter and jelly! However, it is an aspect of our lives that we can manage and every now and then it is necessary to unplug. I’m guilty of telling…

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Pinterest for All Types of Business

Using Pinterest for All Types of Business Pinterest is a search tool that is set up for visual discovery. Using Pinterest for all types of businesses is an effective way to increase followers and traffic. People search Pinterest for inspiration, activities, and to shop. It’s a social way to share things that you find visually…

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Using Pinterest for Your Business

Curious About Using Pinterest for Your Business? Maybe you aren’t sure if Pinterest is for you. Or maybe you think that because you offer a service that Pinterest won’t work. It will. And you can learn more by playing around and experimenting with pins and graphics. Using Pinterest for your business is one of the best…

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Marketing with Pinterest

10 Easy Steps to Marketing with Pinterest One hundred million people can’t be wrong. Or we all have major addictions. People are visual by nature. Proof of that is watching Pinterest’s audience and users reach sky high numbers. Pinterest is the 2nd largest search engine not owned by Google! When we see information along with…

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