August 11, 2014

5th Grade is Wild!~Jungle Themed Classroom

As last year was winding down, my team teacher told me that she really wanted to do a grade-wide jungle theme.  So, of course I was on board.  I loved my technology themed classroom last year, but it's always nice to change things up. 

I've been in and out of my classroom all summer. I know, I'm VERY lucky! My secretary and custodians are so friendly and helpful. It was nice to get most of my room done before August, so I've been able to relax a little more than usual at this time of year.  Don't get me wrong, I still have a lot of lesson planning to do :( and school starts next week! Ahh!

I just wanted to share some pics. of my classroom, so you can see what I've been up to!

August 10, 2014

OTES ePortfolio Design {for Ohio's Teacher Evaluation System}

Last year was the first year my school district used Ohio's Teacher Evaluation System. I created materials to put together a binder that showcased the work I did to address each standard. I don't know about you, but I wasn't a huge fan of printing off my evidence, hole punching it, and placing it into my HUGE binder. 

This year, I decided that I wanted to do something a bit different. Something that would make my life A LOT OTES ePortfolio! It's an easy way to type in my evidence to support each standard (which I don't need to print out), and there's also a feature that allows me to upload samples to support each standard (again, no printing out pages/wasting paper). AND, the BEST part is that I can easily share my work with my principal using Google Site's easy sharing feature.

So, if you're looking for away to stand out during your OTES evaluations, and you're tired of lugging around a huge binder with artifacts to support your tireless work, you may be interested in my ePortfolio design. Check out the video below and fill out this form if you are interested! :)