Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Peek at My (FOUR DAY) Week

Today I'm linking up with Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for "A Peek at my Week."

This week is going to FLY BY! 

Monday and Tuesday will be fairly normal. I plan on experimenting in my classroom with a sweet formative assessment tool that a colleague of mine discovered, Plicker.

So, here's how this free site works. Sign up FOR FREE using an email address. Create a class and add your students. Print the cards. (Each kids receives their own card, and the cards look kooky...but by turning the cards, they create A, B, C, or D answers) The teacher downloads the plicker app to a phone or iPad. When asking questions, the teacher scans the room as kids hold up their individual cards. Immediately, the responses are graphed on the iPad! You can display the data and discuss or use it to drive instruction!

Kiddos hold up their individual cards. Directionality determines their answer choice.


Immediate results!

This seems like an awesome way to motivate students and act as a GREAT formative assessment tools for teachers! I'm trying it this week! Yay!

So, on Wednesday, my entire fourth grade is preparing the students for their NYS Science assessment. We have a performance piece of the test, so each teacher is teaching an experiment and the students are rotating from room to room. This will be an entire day of science! When I told my kiddos about it they were bummed that we wouldn't have math, but they were really okay about skipping writing. Hmmm....

Thursday is our big Memorial Day parade! Thank goodness all of the rain occurred last week! The entire school will march together on Thursday! Afterwards, the fourth graders hop on the bus and travel to local cemeteries to place American flags on the tombstones of veterans. I will have to come up with a relaxing activity for the afternoon, though! What to do the afternoon before a four day weekend?

And my sister is coming to visit!! 
And I'm getting my new pretty kitchen appliances!!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to ALL!


  1. Thank you for sharing this cool site. I pinned it and plan on giving it a try next year, for sure. Have a great week!

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. I downloaded the app for plickers onto my phone and I plan on giving it a try this week! I'll blog about how it goes!

  3. Thanks for sharing this tool! It looks amazing! I might have to try it this week or next too. (Poor kids, at the end of the year, I feel like I treat them like little guinea pigs!) Can't wait to see how it goes for you!
    Chalk & Apples

    1. I was just telling another teacher friend that I experiment with new ideas on my kiddos near the end of the year! They're getting antsy as summer gets I think switching up the routine with new gadgets and gizmos is good for them! :)

  4. This looks like fun! Thanks for sharing this great website. I am going to print off the cards now so I don't forget about them before next year!!

    Funky in Fourth