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Summer Break and Pinterest: The Lounge Podcast: Episode 8 1

Posted on July 16, 2012 by Natasha

Welcome back to The Lounge – we know it’s been a while, but that is the price we pay for being rookies.  Now that the summer is here, it will be our goal to deliver more content, including blogs, podcasts, and interactions on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

For those of you who are reading or listening for the first time…The Lounge is a biweekly podcast brought to you by TheRookieTeacher[dot]ca.

photo: Summer with no Boundaries [Explored!], by: Brandon Christopher Warren, flicrkcc.net

Welcome to our Lounge Summer Series.  On this episode, two RookieTeachers discuss Summer Break and Pinterest.com. We wanted to take a moment to recognize the benefits or summer break and talk about the variety of things teachers (new and experienced) do over the summer months.  It was clear that many teachers rest, relax, rejuvenate, plan, organize, read, spend time with loved ones, take AQ courses, collaborate, and prepare for September.

This week we were happy to hear from our readers and followers of twitter.  We asked: “What do you do with your summer break?” Thank you to all of you who answered – listen in to hear what everyone had to say.

SHOW NOTES

Each episode features three segments:

  1. Topic Discussion
  2. Quick Tip for Tomorrow
  3. The Rookie Resource Bank

Topic: Summer Break & Pinterest.com

Quick Tip for Tomorrow: Something you could do the next day in class with little or no prep and is applicable to most grade levels.  This episode we are focusing on what we do for ourselves, how we prepare for back to school (yes, even in the second week of July).

  • Andrew: Picture note frame (via Pinterest)
  • Natasha: No Name Clips: non-verbal way to get names on those no-name papers (via Pinterest)
The Rookie Resource Bank: any electronic, print, or event resource that we found helpful in our first few years of teaching.  Of course, these are all applicable to all teachers.
Quick Shout Outs
  1. We will be working this summer to develop some content – what would you like to read about?
  2. Please join our discussions on Facebook.com/TheRookieTeacher
  3. We are also spending time gathering some great ideas for the classroom on Pinterest (http://bit.ly/rookiepins)
Rookie Teacher Online

We are always looking for ideas, feedback, tips and tricks of the trade.  Find us on Twitter @RookieTeacherCAFacebook.com /TheRookieTeacher.  If you are looking to get involved with our team, please contact us!

Thanks for listening. Join us for our Summer Podcast Series. Topics included will be: More about AQs, Classroom set up, the first day of school, Long Range/Annual Plans, Applying for Jobs, Setting up your Day Book, Developing classroom routines for your first month of school.


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Thumball 1

Posted on November 06, 2011 by Andrew

Hi folks!

In our upcoming podcast, one of our quick tips for tomorrow was creating your own “Thumb Ball” for use in the classroom. We suggested using a pre-existing one, or creating your own after a trip to the handy dollar store. All you need is a soft soccer ball and a permanent marker.

As students pass the ball to each other, they answer the question “between” their thumbs. A great way to connect this to curriculum expectations would be subject specific, or answering questions related to a re-tell of a story.

Here’s an image of a thumb ball from thumball.com

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Dollarama Finds [#1] – The Ice Cube Tray 1

Posted on October 26, 2011 by Natasha

In my pre-service year, I quickly found that I was spending money out of my own pocket on a variety of different initiatives for my classrooms.  I was able to save a lot of money (and time) by shopping at ONE store….DOLLARAMA!  They have a wide selection of toys, stickers, games, pens, pencils, erasers, paper, crafts, seasonal selections, electronics, household items and more.

Here’s just one example of what you can buy for less than Two Bucks [< $2.00] at your local Dollarama store:

We would love to hear what you’ve found, used, and integrated into your classroom with purchases from the Dollarama.  Please share in the comments section below, or send us a tweet @RookieTeacherCA.

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