Wow, what a weekend! We had our big horse show on Saturday night and didn't get home until 5:00 AM Sunday morning! My husband's class went in the ring at 3:15 AM, but it was all worth it because he won. Sorry for all the nonteaching babble....but I'm awfully darn proud of my boys! Here we are after his show and now on to the teaching stuff.....
After a lot fo sleep I'm starting to feel like I'm coming back to life, so its time for some blogging fun! I'm linking up with two great bloggers today to share what I consider to be two must haves.
First up is Sabra's Must Have Monday linky.
I couldn't make it in my classroom without the Planbook.com site. I've used the site for two years now and I'll never go back to a paper grade book again.
Here is a screenshot of my planbook earlier this year. You can click on any of the pictures to see a bigger view.
The classes can be color coded and the times for classes can be easily modified at any time during the year. I like that there is no limit on how many classes I can add, so this year I split up my ELA block on my plans and had a section for writing, vocab, and mini-lessons.
All my state standards (and a lot of others) are already loaded into the program, so I just go into each plan and add standards that way. There is also a separate section for notes and homework on each tab. I really like the notes feature because I use it to add in little reminders for myself, things I want to say during the lesson, and even links I plan on using.
I consider Planbook.com to be one of the best finds on my teaching career. I keep it pulled up on my computer during the day so I have easy access to my plans without any clutter. I can quickly save a pdf and email plans to my principal.
Best of all I can type instead of write and the older I get the worse my handwriting is getting - I can type so much faster than I write. I've also found that because the plans are online I'm more likely to make myself notes of what did/didn't work.
Next up is my must have recipe from Pinterest. I've tried a lot of recipes from the site, but I'm declaring this one my all time favorite because it is so easy and yummy!
This one is great for those busy nights! I like to put any leftover chicken I have from another dinner into one cup portions in the freeze and then pull it out for this recipe. I've also added in the rice and peppers and put it all in the freezer!
I'm linking up with Christy from Teaching Tales from the Yellow Brick Road.