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Virtual Teaching Expo Question and Answer

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for!  It’s been a few months since I goodie bag for teachersannounced that I would be presenting at the Everything’s Intermediate Expo.  As of 12:01 am the Expo is live and ready for you to view.  The goodie bag is ready to be downloaded – and what a goodie bag it is – 9 different quality teacher resources, including my set of 6 reading logs.  (I was so excited to score some amazing resources from this goodie bag – including a Smartboard lesson from Laura Candler!)  The interaction and learning is ready to begin!

Each presenter will have a Question & Answer post today, so please stop by their blogs and tell them what you thought about their videos.  Here are quick links to their blogs:

Cara of Teaching… My Calling has done a wonderful presentation on Integrating Technology in the Classroom – with great, real life examples of how to use technology with your students.


Mor of A Teacher’s Treasure has made interactive notebooks simple and easy to understand, so you can start them with your class right away.




Tales of Frogs & Cupcakes

Janaye of Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes has some great suggestions on how to make math fun and meaningful for your students.


NEWLOGOAnd then there’s me!  For those of you who don’t know my topic – I have 53 minutes for you on strategies for teaching English Language Learners, which is a passion of mine.  We will be talking about all 4 domains: speaking, listening, reading and writing!


So, click on over to the Expo and watch the videos – and then come back here and give me a 3-2-1!  Have you ever done 3-2-1’s with your students?  I love them – they are such a great, simple way to gauge comprehension, and start discussions, plus they provide a nice structure for English Language Learners.  Here is a 3-2-1 for you.  In the comment section:

Tell me 3 concerns you have for the English Language Learners you teach.

Tell me 2 questions you have about: teaching English Language Learners, my classroom, the strategies discussed in the video, or anything else you’re burning to ask.

Tell me 1 strategy you’ll take back into your classroom on Monday.


Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

Visual Thinking Website

It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.


My class is currently working on shapes in math.  On my search for some sidshadowgood websites to reinforce shapes at my computer center, I stumbled upon this week’s Wednesday Website Suggestion – a game with the character Sid the Science Kid called Shadow Show.  In this game, students are given a shape to create using standard 2 dimensional shapes.  It is great for enhancing visual thinking while you review your shapes.


Hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s Website suggestion – check back each Wednesday for a new Wednesday’s Website suggestion and click HERE to view previous Website suggestions.



Lovely Blog Award

I received the Lovely Blog Award, from Anne Marie Smith of Innovative Connections on Tuesday and I am so honored!  Please visit her wonderful teaching blog to see the amazing stuff she does in her classroom!

Here are the rules for the Lovely Blog Award:

1. Link back to the blogger who gave it to you.

2. Pass the award onto 15 followers.

3. Follow the person who sent it to you.

Here are a few blogs that inspire me:

1.  Sunny Days in Second Grade

2.  Fabulous in First

3.  Runde’s Room

4.  Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade Tidbits

5.  Rockin Teacher Materials

6.  Ashleigh’s Education Journey

7.  The ESOL Odyssey

8.  Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

9.  Teacher Tam’s Educational Adventures

10.  Marvelous Multiagers

11.  The Techy Teacher

12.  Frog Spot

13.  Teacherfessions

14.  A Muslim Child is Born

15.  The Teacher Wife


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Thank You TPT

This weekend I have been absent on the “blogosphere”.  I have not written a Top 10 post, and I have not blogged here on Raki’s Rad Resources, on Simply Learning Centers or on Classroom Freebies Too.  The reason for my absence is a very pleasant one and I have Teachers Pay Teachers to thank.  I began selling teacher resources on Teachers Pay Teachers three years ago this weekend I was able to use the money to spend some serious family time with my husband and three sons in Seville, Spain.  We had such an amazing trip, that I just had to share some pictures!  Here’s what I was doing when I should’ve been blogging.  Smile 


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P.S.  If you want to find out more about selling your teacher resources to make some extra money for your family – here’s a link for you.




Internet Safety on YouTube

You can now find Raki’s Rad Resources on YouTube!!  I just posted my first video – on internet safety. 

Take a look – I’m open to constructive criticism.  I am planning on working on a few more videos – what would you like to see a video of?


My First Week

Well, I survived my first week teaching First grade (sorry this post is a little late – busy weekend), and unbelievably, it went really well!!!  We worked very hard on developing our routine and getting management under control.  For management, I am using a star chart.  Each student has a Dr. Seuss hat that they move up or down to earn stars – they start on 3 stars each day.  If they earn 15 stars for the week, they get to go to “Friday Party”.  Then, those with more stars can go to special centers (18 stars for Kids’ Yoga; 20 stars for computer time).  It was very helpful to motivate my students, and hopefully it will motivate the 4 boys who missed the party to be on their best behavior next week!


I also finally got my word wall and calendar area up!  Here are some pictures, get the word wall labels here, or by clicking on the picture.  We are using some of my husband’s lovely clipart in our calendar numbers, get them by clicking on the picture.  The rest of the calendar stuff came from – a great site my lovely friend Barbara turned me on to.




Now the really exciting part – my kids rotated through centers 3 times in 1 day!!!  We did reading centers, writing centers and math centers!!  Here’s hoping that the center rotations go as well this week, then I might be able to finish my assessments! 

Almost There!

Okay, I finally feel like I’m getting close to being ready!!  I have my letters up and my desk in order.  I have looked at the basal reading series and the math workbooks.  I even have a tentative schedule!!!  Today was a long day of meetings, but it was good to have some idea of what to expect.  Overall a school is a school, but here are few of the differences between my school here and my school in the states:

1.  There are no set school wide checkpoint assessments (DRA, IMI, etc.)  There is MAP testing, but otherwise assessments are set by individual teachers and grade levels.

2.  All grades are in one school – I’m talking Preschool through 12th grade.

3.  All teachers have 3 preps almost every day.  My kids get 2 specials most days, in addition to French in order to make this happen.  They go to library twice a week, PE twice a week, Music twice a week, computers once a week and Art once a week.  But these are not always at the same set time each day.

4.  The kids are not allowed into your classroom until you come and pick them up from the holding area, so all kids enter the room at the same time (unless they are late).

I am sure there are many other differences, but these are just the few that stand out for me.  Anyways, here are some of the newer pictures of my progress:


Here are my desks.  Each one sits 2 kids and I have 10 sets, so I can seat 20 kids.  I am only supposed to have 17, but I’ve been told that number can fluctuate as we go.  The blank wall behind these desks is going to be my Word Wall, and the white board to the right of it is going to be my center rotation schedule.  (Ignore the guided reading table that is covered in papers already!)


Here is my alphabet wall.  I am SO happy with how this looks, all bright and colorful.  It is right next to our morning meeting area, so we can do our phonics chant with it each morning.  BTW – if you click on the picture, you will find the link to download these!

Tomorrow I am going to finish putting together my posters for Number Aerobics, and I’ll upload it here as a FREEBIE!!

Pictures of the Progress

Okay, so the day after I posted pictures for Where it Goes Down Wednesday, I was told I was moving to a different, smaller room.  Here are some pictures of my NEW room.  It is not ready by any means, and I just found out that these tables are being switched out for desks, but anyways, here is what I have.



Large Meeting area and classroom library – the display shelf is empty on purpose.  It is my “Warm Reading” shelf which will be filled with the books we read at read aloud and shared reading.



Isn’t this tree great?  I didn’t make it, the room’s previous owner did, but I love it.  I goes well with our Dr. Seuss theme.  I’m going to make a sign that goes next to it and says “Welcome to the Jungle of Nool”.  The other picture shows my big seat to use for read aloud, and the sign in area.


These tables are going to be switched out tomorrow for desks, but everything else is staying.  My whiteboard is not too large, but it will work Smile.

More pictures to come over the course of the week.  I was able to get the pieces of my word wall printed and the gentleman who does our laminating has it, so as soon as I get it back and get some tape (yes basic supplies have been lacking in this transition period) I will get it up and get pictures up.

Free for All Friday

Today is  the last day of  Blog Hoppin’s Teacher Week, and she saved the best for last!!  Today everyone who participates will have a freebie listed, oooh la la.  I am actually listing many, many freebies, as this list will include everything that you can find FREE at my TPT store.  However, the first freebie is the easiest download, because I actually took the time to upload it into Google Reader, lol! 

This is one of the self-correcting puzzles that I have been making for this year.  I am super excited about these puzzles because it is a center that I don’t have to do anything for, or collect anything from.  I tend to get bogged down in making copies of worksheets for my kids, and then figuring out what to do with those worksheets after the kids have completed them.  Anyone else do this????  So, this year, I am trying to make sure that every center is either 1.  Part of a journal that the kids work on for a long period of time OR 2. Hands on with no paper required, like these self correcting puzzles, and the word family file folder games I made earlier.  So, here is the Google Doc Version of the Self-Correcting Puzzle on Number Words.  See the bottom of this post for the TPT download – also FREE.



Here are links to all my other FREE products, at my TPT store.  I am offering an additional $2 of FREE products from my TPT store to anyone who RATES an item (that’s $2 per product – so it could add up!).  This offer is good for the rest of August, so if you rate an item, leave me a comment with your e-mail and what items you would like, or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving your e-mail – you can e-mail me at









I hope you guys enjoy all the FREEBIES.  I have to go change classrooms today (yes I know I just set up the 1st classroom yesterday, lol!), so I am saving all the other FREEBIE posts for when I get home, kind of a treat for all my hard work!

3 for Thursday

Today’s assignment from Blog Hoppin is our top 3 favorites: font, blog and online resources – so here goes!

My favorite fonts are:


Both are from Kevin and Amanda.

My favorite blog is:

Her teaching philosophy is no muss, no fuss, just like mine

My favorite teaching resource is:

Virtual Manipulatives

They are my best resource when teaching math.


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