Saturday, 27 September 2014

How To: Create Notebooks, Notes and Templates in Evernote

I had posted last week about how I use Evernote for assessing my kids and keeping track of their data. I also use it for all of my day plans. Some people had a few more questions as to how I created the assessment notes or day plan templates, so I thought I would try and share as best I could!
Whenever I create new notebooks or notes, I use the Evernote Computer Application. I find it easier and it has more functions then creating on the ipad. If I am just writing a simple note however, I can do it on the iPad.

Create a Notebook Stack:
One thing I like about Evernote is that you can create a Notebook and then stack other notebooks within it. For Example I have a Big Notebook titled “2014 Daily Plans” and within that notebook, I have notebooks for every week of the year, which hold my notes for each day. You just create a notebook and then create other notebooks and drag them into the Notebook Stack.

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(I put letters in front of them because Evernote likes to sort the notebooks Alphabetically…which I don’t want for this)

Create a New Note:
Go into the notebook you want, and click on New Note.

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Your new note will be blank. Give it a title, you can add tags to find it easier later.
Here is a note I titled “Day 5”


Create your Template:
For more complicated notes, where I want a template that I can use again and again, (assessment, Day Plans, Conference notes, etc) I first make the table or template I want in Word and then copy/paste into Evernote.
Here is an example of a table I made for what my Day 5 looks like. I then go into the note each time Day 5 comes up and add in the notes and details about what I am doing on that day.


Here is what it looks like when I paste it into a new note in Evernote. I save it in a notebook titled “Templates”.


Copy a Note:
I then save the note in a templates folder. I copy the note into the weekly notebook whenever Day 5 comes up!

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Here is another example. I made a table for an assessment called Concepts of Print in Word. It is a blank assessment form for when I assess each kid. I then copied it and pasted it into a note in Evernote.


Here is what it looks like when I paste it into a new note in Evernote. I added check mark boxes in Evernote to help with the assessment.


I then copied this note into each child’s assessment notebook. So when I went to do this assessment, the note was already there and I just had to type in the form and click the boxes and add comments!
Hope this helped a bit!

Let me know if you got any use out of this!

You can find other posts about how I track assessment and Evernote under the Technology Topic on the side!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Assessment Tips on the Ipad

I have shared before about how I use my Ipad for most of my assessment on my kids. I wanted to share some extra tips and ideas for getting started.

Today in my division we had something called Strong Beginnings. There are no classes today and Monday and kids come for 1 hour appointments with their teacher. During those appointments we assess literacy and numeracy skills. I am assessing all their literacy skills on the ipad.

These are the skills I assessed today:

Concepts of Print
Hearing and Recording Sounds
Letter Identification
Word Reading
Writing Vocabulary
Burt Test (word reading)
Running Record (Fountas and Pinell)

I use Evernote for the bulk of my assessment on the Ipad.

Each child has their own assessment folder in Evernote.

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I made “Notes” in Evernote for each task (concepts of print, word reading etc) and saved them each as a template. I then copied each note into every child assessments folder so that I would be ready to record their data in them when they come. Here is what a students notebook looks like right now:

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Every assessment piece is a new note in her notebook.

Here is what one of the notes look like when you open them up. This assessment was done on a whiteboard and then I took a photo of it. In Evernote, I can now annotate and mark right on the photo scoring it .

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Another great thing about using Evernote for assessment, is I can access it anywhere on anything! Nearing the end of the day today, my ipad only had 8% percent left and I still had 3 kids coming to assess! And I forgot my charger!! I quickly grabbed my class Ipad, signed into the Evernote App on there and was able to access all my notebooks and finish up!

Benefits of using the Ipad for assessment:
Saves paper
Have your data wherever, whenever(no lugging binders back and forth during report card time!)
You can email your data to other colleagues, parents, specialists, etc

Try it out!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wordless Wednesday Daily 5 Freebies

Here are some new Daily 5 routines and strategies we have been working on!

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Click {HERE} to download the I Pick Poster

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Click {HERE} to download the Stamina Poster

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Click {HERE} to download the 3 ways to read a book Poster

We also started Writing Time today.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Read to Self, CAFE Titles, Turn and Talk Sharing

We began Read to Self on our 3rd day of school. This is my 6th year doing Daily 5 and CAFE and every year I change something or many things! This year I want to focus on daily mini lessons on CAFE and utilizing the board as much as I can. I had to move tons of furniture around and lost a bunch of storage and space. My CAFE board had to move as well, as it became too high up for me to reach! Here it is on the back of my reading corner shelf. It is now at kid level and more friendly for them to reach and refer to. I also changed my CAFE headers and papers to reflect a more calming presence.Click {HERE} to download the CAFE headers. 

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Here is our Read to Self Anchor Chart. I hope everyone’s anchor charts look like mine when they do them with the kids! The next day, I hang up the nice smaller one. We are also tracking our stamina on the bottom lol. (we are now at 8 minutes)

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I also created a poster to help when us when we turn and talk after mini lessons, sharing, etc. I got the idea from Mrs. Rios’s Blog and tweaked it to fit my kids.

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Click {HERE} to download the Turn and Talk Poster.

How is everybody else doing with starting up Daily 5 and CAFE?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Classroom Pictures 2014

AHH! I finally found some time to come on and blog and share! Last week, we had staggered entrance and I had half the kids Thursday and half the kids Friday. Yesterday was our first full day being all together and it went pretty well!

My room is not completely done as I still have a crazy long list of things to do!

Over the summer, the whole school received a new balanced learning environment in their classroom, so lots of rearranging was needed. (you will see the new furniture in the pictures)

The balanced learning environment works in 3 areas. Students can sit and work with peers (ex tables), students can work alone (ex desks) and students can stand and work (standing tables and standing desks). We also have a variety of chairs in our rooms. Some wobbly stools, some rocker chairs and some sturdy normal chairs.

Here’s some pictures of my room!

I teach in an open concept school as well, so you will see in the pics that I have no door and only 2 1/4 walls. lol You will be able to see into other classrooms!

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View from the hallway looking in

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Wobbly stool

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Alphabet posters (in my shop), word wall and Smartboard

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community supplies (markers)

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community supplies (whiteboard markers, whiteboard erasers:mittens and gluesticks)

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classroom view from another angle

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rocking chair

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chart area and community supplies

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carpet area

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small group area (guided reading and daily 5 math) I used to have crate seats but they put new big legs and wheels on my table :( and now I need big chairs

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classroom view (blue table is a standing table)

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job chart

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The Reading Corner

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community supplies (pencil crayons)

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whole classroom view

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Daily 5 bookbins

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community supply buckets (scissors, pencils, erasers and glue on the floor)

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Math Daily 5 Bins, also listen to reading and math tool bags

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Close up of 1 side of the reading corner

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Community supplies (crayons)

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Moose Bin (holds our black take home folders)

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Standing desk (you can see the hallway in front with the computers, our class opens up into the hallway!)

Hopefully I will be back on Friday or Saturday to share what we did this week!
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