So you want to join a Tweet Chat…

I know lots of you out there have taken the plunge and have come to tweet chat with us the past few Tuesday nights, but I know some of you are still a little nervous about taking the leap!  I’m hoping to get rid of some of your fears and hope that you will at least come and say hi!

Tuesday Twitter Chat Practice

We are learning right along with you and have meet lots of really awesome new twitter friends!  I’ve enjoyed chatting with new teachers, veteran teachers, and teachers from many grade levels!

I’m hoping to give you a glimpse into what a tweet chat looks like in the hopes that you will come join us!

First, just so you know, the tweet chat moves fast!  Almost too fast sometimes, but what else do you think happens when you get a bunch of teachers together with great ideas??  :)  For some, the chat moves so quickly that its hard to keep up with, but here are some ways that you can slow it down for yourself:

1) For your first chat, just send out a tweet letting us know you are there and then just watch the chat happen for as long as you are comfortable.  When you feel like jumping in, do that…even if it is 3 tweet chat Tuesdays from now!

2) Find someone in the chat you have something in common with; you teach the same grade, you read the same book, you live close to each other, etc, and chat with that person or persons.  That will help slow down the chat, if you just focus in on one or two people who you want to learn more from.

Once you’ve decided to jump in to the tweet chat, there are a couple of ways you can watch it.  You tweet right from Twitter or you can use Tweet Deck.  I blogged about them here and here.  There is no magic to which one is better, its more of a matter of preference!  I prefer Tweet Deck because I can add or subtract the number of columns I see and can customize it to show me just my one chat at a time instead of showing me everything all at once.  Great for those ADHD people like myself!

If you get involved in the chat, and you get lost or confused about how to reply or how to find the box to send out a tweet in, please ask!  Don’t feel bad about asking for help!  All you have to do is send me a message and use my twitter handle (@fuzzlady77).  I will get a notification that you sent it to me and I can answer your question. :)  There are lots of other folks on the chat that can answer your questions as well, so just tweet them out there.

In addition, if you are new, show up to the chat about 30 minutes early!  We (your lovely moderators) are hanging around about 30 minutes beforehand to answer any questions and to chat with new tweeters!  We want this experience to be helpful for you, so that is a great time to ask questions and to practice.

Typically, Debbie Clement (@KweezleQueen) will tweet out questions to answer and that gets the discussion going.  We have some super fun special “mystery guests” lined up who will be joining us in the next few weeks, so be sure to interact with them once they are introduced!

You don’t have to be a blogger to join us!  This chat is open to everyone!  The idea is for teachers to join us and to chat with each other and learn new ideas!

Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it on time!  Jump in when you’re able, even if its just for 5-10 minutes!  Maggie (@maggieskindercorner) and I are always lurking in the background of the chat to help you when you join us later!  We can answer questions and bring you up to speed about where we are in the chat–just ask! :)

The connections don’t have to end once the chat is over!  Find some people who you connected with during the chat or people you want to ask more questions of and have a conversation with them after the chat is over!

If the chat moved way to fast for you, Kim (@EducatorsSpin) uses Spotify to preserve the conversation, so you can go back and read it at your pace. :)

This is last weeks chat! There are some great bloggers to follow, ideas, and new friends you’ll meet when you read it!

There is no right or wrong way to join in on the conversation.  Just don’t forget to use the  hashtag #teacherfriends to join us!

You can always message me on Facebook or through my blog if you’re stuck!  I’m happy to help! :)

Give it a chance!  I think you’ll LOVE it!!

My friend and fellow moderator Maggie has written some more tips about joining in our Tweet Chat, so head to her blog and read all about it!

Hope to see you on Tuesday!!

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Busy, Busy!

I’ve been meaning to write some posts here, but we adopted two new black lab puppies late last week and they need lots of attention! :)

This is Maggie!  She is 8 months old and is into chewing bones and tearing up things. :)  Look at that sweet face!!  She loves to watch cars, squirrels, and little birdies. :)

 

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This is Sophie!  She likes long naps and being sweet!  She loves to pull you along when we walk and can run like nobody’s business!

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They have chewed up my calendar, but they left me my summer months and the rest of the school year, so at least I can go on with life. :)  They are both 8 months old and full of energy….LOTS of energy!  Keeps me busy.  My 10 year old loves rolling on the floor with them.  Obedience classes are starting soon! :)

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Christmas in July Sale!!

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Some blogger friends and I are having a Christmas in July sale the next two days!  Four products in my Tpt store are on sale for ONE DOLLAR each for two days only!

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Gingerbread Man Math and Literacy Activities

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Click on each picture to get your copies! ;)

Here are links to the rest of my blogging friends products as well! ;)

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Tweet Deck 101

Tuesday Twitter Chat Practice During our last Tuesday Twitter Chat, I tried using Tweet Deck for the first time.  I found it much easier to follow along with the chat using Tweet Deck.  Here is a little tutorial to help you use Tweet Deck if you think you’d like to try it out!Tweet Deck 1

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At anytime to reply to a tweet, just hover your mouse over the post you want to reply to and a reply button will come up!

Don’t forget to use our #teacherfriends hashtag in every tweet (make sure its in your retweets as well) so that we can all see your tweet!

Hope this helps!  Let me know if you have questions. :)

See you tomorrow night at 9pm (July 15th at 9pm)

Here is a time zone map to help you.  The yellow time zone is where I live and the time we start tweeting.  Check the rest of the map for the time in your state so you don’t miss out! :)

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Twitter 101

Tuesday Twitter Chat Practice I’ve had a few questions from some people who want to join in with our tweet chat, but aren’t exactly quite how to get started…so I thought I would try and show you in pictures and see if that at least gets you there. :)

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Hope this helps!  At anytime during the chat if you get lost, just tweet me @fuzzlady77 and I’ll try to help you!! :)

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Twitter Chat Tuesday

Have you ever wanted to participate in a Twitter chat, but you don’t know where to begin?  Join me and several of my blogging friends for a fun laid-back hour of non-stop tweeting fun! July 8th @ 9pm EST (9 pm in Indy and NY, NC, etc.)  is when the fun begins and don’t forget to use the #TeacherFriends to get in on the fun!  Hope to see you there!!

My friend Debbie Clement will be moderating, so its sure to be a good time!! :)

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Head over to my Twitter page @fuzzlady77  to retweet the picture you see above! Bring a friend along…there are prizes given out just for tweeting every 15 minutes, so don’t miss out on the fun! :)

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Back to School Literacy Work Stations

I’ve just finished creating a HUGE Back to School Literacy Work Station pack that is PERFECT for the beginning of any Kindergarten year!

Back to School Literacy Work Stations!

Included are 10 different activities that will get your students off to a great start!

Back to School LIteracy Work Stations!

Each of the 10 activities focus on upper and lowercase recognition and beginning sight word recognition

This pack is a HUGE 165 pages long!!  Even though there are 10 activities, I’ve included many different ways for your students to interact with these activities and all you will need to provide is a few basic materials!

Most of the activities include several different activity mats so you can keep changing the activities up as your students grow and learn!

The best news it that its on sale for 15% off the regular price!!

Click on any of the links above or on the pictures to get your own!

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Twitter Chat

Have you ever wanted to participate in a Twitter chat, but you don’t know where to begin?  Join me and several of my blogging friends for a fun laid-back hour of non-stop tweeting fun! July 1st @ 9pm EST is when the fun begins and don’t forget to use the #TeacherFriends to get in on the fun!  Hope to see you there!!

My friend Debbie Clement will be moderating, so its sure to be a good time!! :)

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Shell Science Teaching Award–Sonoma Race

Do you remember back in March when I told you about being surprised at an all school convocation?  I thought that was unbelievable, but there was more to come that has left me speechless! February 28th is a day I won’t soon forget!
 
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After sending me to Boston to attend the National Science Teachers Association conference, I was told that I would also be attending the Toyota/SaveMart 350 in Sonoma, California to meet the driver of the Shell Oil sponsored car, Joey Lagano!  My husband and I just got back from California and all I can say is that I am speechless!  It was one of the most unbelievable experiences I’ve ever had in my life!!  Totally, unreal, unbelievable, exciting, and humbling all at the same time.  I cannot even begin to put into words how unbelievable this whole experience has been.  
 
One of the other cool parts of this trip was being able to see my name on the back of Joey’s #22 car!!
This is it in the garage before the race on the 22nd.  Seeing it gave me goosebumps and I teared up!  I had to look away or I would of been a hot, blubbering mess before the race even started!
 
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Here is a shot of Joey’s car during the race. Sprint Cup Practice
 
My husband and I got to meet Joey Lagano, driver of the #22 Shell/Penzoil car!!  So nice and down to earth…he knows a lot about his car and the science behind it! Logano M&G
 
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I got goosebumps everytime Joey’s car went by during the race.  Seeing your name on the back of a NASCAR car for 110 laps–well…there are no words to explain the feeling!CUP PRACTICE
 
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We got to stand on “this side” of the red carpet before the drivers meeting. 
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We also got to stand behind the stage and look out at all the drivers during the driver’s meeting before the race.
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Here I am being interviewed by Claire B. Lang from 24/7 NASCAR Talk on Sirius XM Radio before the race.  DSC_1167 Karen Labat (The Social Investment Manager-Education for Shell), my husband and I on the track before the race.  We are standing at the beginning of Turn 11.  DSC_1171
 
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I got to stand next to Joey’s car pre-race in the pits so I could see my name on his car!!DSC_1173
 
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Joey was nice enough to take a picture with us before the race started. DSC_1183
 
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For about 1/2 of the race, we got to sit atop Joey’s pit box–talk about incredible!!  This is the part of my trip that made me want to cry tears of joy and humbleness!! I kept looking around thinking…how lucky am I to be here??  There are SO many other deserving teachers out there, so I was excited to be able to represent all of you and the work you do everyday!!DSC_1187
 
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This is the only way to see a pit stop!! :)
 
Look at the awesome jump drive my host Ron gave me with these pictures on it!!
 
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I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time I was there!!  I am super excited to bring racing into my classroom and to teach my Kinders all about the science at work in racing (plus it’s fun to watch!!)
 
For all of you teachers reading this…I just want you to know when you are having a tough day (or let’s face it…a tough year!), there is lots of LOVE out in the world for teachers!  I heard it and felt it loud and clear during this trip.  I was thanked so many times for being a teacher and for doing the job that I do; so I wanted to make sure to pass that along to all of you!
 
I actually sat down and cried when this trip was over…it was so MAGICAL (in that take your kids to Disney for the first time magical kind of way) that I didn’t want it to end…and four days later I still don’t want it to end!!
 
Then I got home and Googled myself…AMAZING!!  So many media outlets have been so wonderful in sharing my story and every time I read a new story, I just shake my head in disbelief!  I’m telling you…there are no words to describe this!!
 
But now the fun begins!  Getting the word out to you to apply for the Shell Science Teaching Award
Getting other teachers, parents, administrators, and community members to see that science education can and SHOULD be starting in early childhood classrooms. 
Getting my hands deeper into the world of science education. 
Getting out of my introvert ways and into ways of sharing my love of science with everyone. <3
 
Much love and many thanks to all of you who have supported me on my journey!!  I can’t do what I do without the love and support from each and every one of you, so THANK YOU!! <3 
 
A BIG shout out to Ron, Sam, Karen, and Joey for making the weekend so special–you guys are all amazing people and I can’t wait to get to know you all better! 
 
I think NASCAR has gained a new fan…despite growing up in Indy all my life and loving my IndyCars…I think there is room in my heart for NASCAR too. :)
 
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Frugal Friday #1

Welcome to my favorite day of the week! :)

Frugal Friday | Kristen's Kindergarten

During the summer on Friday’s, I will share with you some frugal ideas I use in my classroom.

First up…black socks!

Yes, black socks!!

Best idea ever!

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We use black socks in our classroom for a couple of things, but mostly as erasers.

We used to use tissues as dry erase erasers on our whiteboards, but each child would have to get up and get one each time we needed one…wasted too much time!

I thought that there had to be a better option–I started thinking of things that could erase the dry erase marker and came up with SOCKS!!  Black socks of course…they hide all the mess that gets erased, so they are perfect for the job!

The best part is that when they get dirty, I can bring them home, toss them in the washer and they are good as new!

They work great on dry erase boards, sheet protectors, clear pockets, and my dry erase stick on stars!  They even erase dry erase crayon. :)

We have also been known to use them as mitten substitutes if someone cannot find one of theirs. :)

Do you have any Frugal Friday ideas you would like to share?

Leave a comment below and I’ll pick my favorite Frugal Friday idea to receive my dry erase friendly Binder Pack #1!!

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