I thought what better ways to share ideas than with my first Linky Party? My followers are the best, most resourceful teachers around! Maybe you have a great flipchart you'd like to share, maybe it's a nifty website you've found, or possibly just a tip that would help us newbies out! Whatever information you have is likely more than I already have, so link up! I am so excited to find out what you already know and do with this amazing classroom tool.
Here are two things I learned at my initial training (I know probably old news to you pros, but I wanted to share SOMETHING since it is my Linky Party! :)
#1: How many teachers use magic wands in their classroom? I know kindergarten is especially "magical", so it is definitely a prerequisite!
Well, I just found out that there is an ActiveWand for Promethean Boards! Woo hoo! As Mary (my excellent trainer who has been lucky enough to have a PB for 2 years in her classroom) took out the "magic" wand, it entranced me! I was thinking of the possibilities of it with my kindergarten kiddos and how excited they will be to use a magical wand that will reach very high on the PB. The magic wand + a step stool = being able to reach the ENTIRE board! I love it and I just know they will, too!
#2: Of course, with this awesome piece of technology, comes a remote. I am the queen of sitting things down without thinking about it and needing my children to search high and low for me, so a remote is a dangerous tool for me. So, when Mary (my PB trainer!) showed me a little trick she uses to prevent her from "misplacing" her remote, I knew that I would immediately use it in my class. She hung a cosmetic bag (how about all of those free Clinique bags?) on the wall next to her board and that is where her remote is stored! Marvelous-- now if I can just remember to put the remote in the bag, I'll be all set!
Your turn! Link up with your great ideas, tips, lessons, and resources!