What you aren’t doing in your classroom that you should be.
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Kelli Alaina is an amazing blogger and leader of the teacherpreneur movement.  She consults with teachers, hosts fun chats on her FB page, and provides content on her blog that helps teachers in any stage of their entrepreneurial journey.  It has been such a pleasure to get to know her and I’m so excited about an interview we did recently!

I was sharing with Kelli the struggles that I see, not only in my own classroom, but also in my student’s classrooms (my students are at the collegiate level and are typically in their M.Ed or licensure programs).  In the interview, I share the tips that I give my students no matter what stage of their teaching career they are in.  I have some pre-service and first years and also some veteran classroom teachers who take my classes.  I see them not doing critical and simple things each day that is detrimental to their planning flow and their student development!  To hear more, please join me over at Kelli Alaina’s blog! In addition, I’m also sharing practical lesson plan tips, giving a preview of how the Teacher Anchor® was created, and walking you through the entire system!

After you’ve visited her blog, come join us in the #TeacherpreneurTribe Facebook group to enter to win a Teacher Anchor® and also a copy of Kelli’s Goal Diggers Fun book!

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Good luck!

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Hooray! Today’s the Day!
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Welcome to the all new C. Jayne Teach shop and blog!  I am so happy you are here.  This site is a long time in the making and I can’t thank Love Inspired, Nicole Yang, Meredith Teasley, and Whitney Williams for all of their contributions to the site!

I hope you’ll shop the all new Teacher Anchor® for 2016-17.  It is so beautiful in person.  I am so proud of it’s evolution and all of the features that have been added this year (More cover options!  More forms!  Metallic ink!  Pocket!)  Also the new collection of desk accessories, teacher gifts, and stationery is so pretty and simple.  I’m just so proud of how it all came together.

All month long we are celebrating with my favorite bloggers and friends and giving away over a thousand dollars worth of prizes (Eeeee!)  I am SO excited!  And today we are kicking off with some great TpT shops!

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Today you can enter to win a $15 gift card to my dear friend Amanda’s TpT shop as well as a $15 credit to Kristen and a a $25 credit to Michelle’s TpT stores!  Yay!  The giveaway will only run until tomorrow night, so enter below!

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And make sure you come back all week to enter more giveaways!  I’m so happy you’re here!

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Teacher Anchor 2016-17 Overview

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Want to see an overview of the brand new Teacher Anchor (on sale Sunday, May 1st)???  Watch the video above or Click here to see the video on my Facebook page!

xoxoxo,

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Shine-A-Light on Research
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If you’ve followed me for a little bit, you know I love student research projectsYou may have even heard how much I love the Shine-A-Light Series by Carron Brown.  After I Periscoped about it, I had a lot of questions about what it actually looked like in the classroom.  So with the help of my former colleagues (Sarah Svarda and Angela Bunyi) and their first grade team (Bunyi, Suzanne St. John and Julia Hudson), I bring you some research projects and ways you can incorporate it into your own classroom!

The standards covered in this post will be the same Common Core Anchor Standards from the research project I posted about here.

The first grade state science standards for Tennessee that I’ll be using in this post are based on living things and their habitats:

TN.2.0. Life Science Interactions Between Living Things and Their Environment: The student will investigate how living things interact with one another and with non-living elements of their environment.

1.2.2. Realize that organisms use their senses to interact with their environment. 688

1.2.3. Examine interrelationships among plants, animals, and their environment. 320

1.2.4. Recognize that the environment and the organisms that live in it can be affected by pollution. 372

Project Overview

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Animal habitats are a big study in elementary school.  But it can be hard to find new and creative ways of teaching it every year.  Enter the Shine-A-Light books!  If you aren’t familiar with these titles, you can watch this neat video here.  But basically they are books about various non-fiction topics that give information on the front of the page.  But by holding a light up behind the page, you are able to see the hidden pictures.  “The clever see-through reading technique creates an experience of interactive learning. showing both the surface and what is hidden underneath at the same time.” (Amazon.com)

The trick is that the back of each page is done in black and white, making the images easy to see when a light is shone on them.  This one is from Secrets of the Rainforest.

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Your students will choose an animal and their habitat to research.  Once they’ve researched, they all create one page (or a whole book depending on the grade level) where they give clues about their habitat/animal on the front, and then sketch a hidden “answer” on the back.  Students write the text for both pages and the teacher will type them up.  Here are a few student examples:

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They are then gathered into a large class book and placed in the classroom library or school library next to the Shine-A-Light collection!

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What a fun and interactive way to incorporate non-fiction research in with your science curriculum!  And just as there is a wide variety of titles in the Shine-A-Light collection, you could do this with a wide variety of topics in your own classroom.

I’d love to see if you gave this a try.  Tweet me your class photos and I’ll share on Twitter!

Happy researching!

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