Saturday, January 26, 2013

Odds and Ends

A couple of weeks ago my laptop died right after I had finished uploading the free materials to The Teaching Oasis. I was worried that I had lost all my files... and no, I hadn't backed them up so I was super nervous. I mean I had most of them on my school laptop but personal documents and pictures were only located on my personal computer. My gracious sister offered to buy me a new laptop (she had a Dell line of credit) so I accepted the offer. After almost paying Geek Squad to tell me if my files could be recovered I did some searching on the net. And low and behold... I found out that I could get a screwdriver and take my hard drive out of my dead laptop. Go to Best Buy and spend $30 on a case to make it an external hard drive. After my new laptop arrived, I hooked up my old hard drive and ALL my files were there. Fonts, Desktop, My Documents, Pictures... everything! I was so happy!

So it snowed here in central Virginia yesterday and the roads are clear but I have no good reason to be out there in that slush so I'm spending a quiet day at home playing with my new laptop. I even created something today, a Peer Writing Checklist.

I took a snapshot of the document with Microsoft Word and loaded on Google Docs (I've never used that before) to see if this will work. Let me know what you think and if you think you can use this in your Writing Workshop.

Then I created a Conversation Heart Math Activity for my students.

Would love feedback... do you think you'd use the Writing Checklist in your classroom?


  1. I love the writing checklist! I teach second grade and it will work for my students. Thanks so much!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. I really like your writing checklist, & yes, I think it would work well in my room. We've already peer-assessed using a rubric (though we were only assessing topic sentences) this would be a nice extension to what they already have done. THANKS for sharing!

    Primary Inspired

  3. Love it... and the font you used for your credit info! Can you share what that font is?

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

    1. It's KG Love You Through It... KG has a lot of fonts I like, I just discovered them this weekend. Yours are next on my list Christina:)

  4. I know it's been over 5 years, but I would love that wonderful checklist you created above. The link isn't working anymore. Do you have another? Many thanks!

    1. What's your email address? I'll also try to fix the link.