Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The iPad Planner?

So, I came across a neat blog (on Pinterest, of course!) by designer Amanda Hawkins from www.ahh-design.com that inspired what may become a great idea... Now, I have been looking for YEARS for a good online lesson planner--and I don't mean a type-it-in-and-we'll-save-it "lesson templates" where you type out your resources, standards, anticipatory set, direct instruction, etc. I teach kindergarten, for crying out loud! I certainly think about all those things each day, but I certainly don't write out full-on work sample lesson plans for every single thing we do each day! I want a customizable, weekly lesson planner just like the paper ones I make and print out--only online. I have a computing device in my hands way more often than I have my lesson plan binder, and for me it's much faster to type something in and copy links or pictures instead of hand-writing things out.

Amanda may have just solved my problem... http://ahhh-design.com/ipad-notes/

"This is UPAD. I think it may be a way to draw lesson plans instead of writing them or creating an app to keep track for me! Now, can I learn to write small enough?"

I tried my hand at a quick mock daily lesson plan template last night:
Lesson Plan Layout for iPad

It's pretty scattered and very right-brained! I think it just may work, though! We shall see...

What is your favorite lesson plan method?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Testing Email Posts

Hey, the settings say I can post by email. Really? Let's see! Will this show up?

Happy reading!

Daisies, Dots, and Kinder Spots

So, I accidentally discovered the whole wide world of kinder (and other grade) teaching blogs by clicking on a link in Pinterest over Christmas Break. As I started following, reading, and blog hopping, my eyes were opened to a new and fascinating full-time job! (As if I don't already have enough jobs...)

I have been wanting to start a cutesy blog of my own since then--if only to participate in linky parties, blog hops, and to have something cute to leave in other people's comments! I also like the the idea that I can post all the fun, crazy, creative ideas that come to me randomly (often in the middle of the night, or during church [shhhhhh...]), and tag them accurately. Then, I can search and find those ideas when I actually want them. This sounds so much smarter than emailing myself, and later trying to find the right subject line!

I had planned to work on a blog during Spring Break, but then I got sick. Again. For the millionth time this year. Fast-forward to June, and I finally had time to sit down at the (real) computer. It was then I discovered that choosing a cute, catchy, concise name for my blog that tells who I am and what I do was way more pressure than I could handle! I spent lots of hours waiting in line at Disneyland and California Adventure thinking, browsing, and trying out names. Hopefully I came up with one that will stick!

My husband just asked me, "Are you blogging?" "Yes." "For what and who?" "Ummm..." I don't know? We'll find out!

So, here goes nothin'!