Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome to All Things Upper Elementary!

Wow, what growth we have already seen in less than a day! I am beyond amazed to be a part of this amazing collaborative blog that has been started thanks to Jennifer Findley!

Over the course of the next two weeks you will be introduced to each of the 14 collaborators, learn a bit more about us and ways to follow us.

In the weeks following we hope to provide you with inspirations, strategies, tips and tricks to help you in your Upper Elementary classroom!

Let me begin by introducing myself...




Hello, my name is Jennifer Smith-Sloane. I am (now) a Special Education Teacher for 3rd-8th grades through Texas Virtual Academy. This is a brand new position for me after teaching Middle School Math and Special Education (7th and 8th) for the past four years and Elementary (2nd and 5th) for five years prior to that. I have a strong passion for Math as well as Special Education. I love seeing the light in a student's eyes when something finally clicks and I do everything that I can to make that happen as often as it can.


I am a Texas-native and love every minute of my time here. I am in the process of moving back to the Dallas area this month after living on a farm of 10+ acres for the past two years. More info about that can be read about it over on my blog in my Transition blog post.

Are you ready for a FREEBIE? If you have been following my blog for any time, you know I am in LOVE with Interactive Notebooks! They are the BOMB.COM! Recently I completed an Earth Science unit (yes, Earth Science!) for a great friend and I loved using the Envelope Flippable that I created and I want to share that FREEBIE with you! Simply click the pic to download it from Google Drive! (Be sure to let me know how you use it and if you love it too!)

FREE download here!
And if you are as amazed with using Flippables in your classroom than the Flippable Template Pack I have created is PERFECT for you! It includes 51 Flippable Templates in PDF and Editable PPT format for only $14.75. Also, as an added perk, any time I create a new template, I update the file and you get it for FREE!

Check it out here!
Whew! I'm all excited now and ready to go create some goodies for my classroom! Don't forget to check me out at the following links.

Blog (you might want to leave a comment for a chance to win something today)
Facebook (big FREEBIE coming for followers)


Don't forget to come check back tomorrow for another intro from on of the amazing collaborators here at All Things Upper Elementary!


40 comments:

  1. Way to go, Jennifer! You are causing an Upper Elementary Blog explosion!!!!!!

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  2. I'm excited for an Upper Elementary Blog!! I teach 4th grade math and science.

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    1. Awesome! My passion is math and although I will be covering everything, it will still remain a focus of mine!

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  3. Jennifer,
    Just started following you on your other blog recently. I love your dachshunds! I have two boston terrorists at home myself. I was looking at your new school. It seems very interesting. We have not gone that route yet here in Canada, but I can see it in the future! I wish you the best of luck with your new life and new position. I am the newest follower of this blog and can't wait to see what others have to share as well!
    Come and check out my blog if you get a chance at http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca!
    Happy, Healthy New Year!

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    1. Thanks for such an awesome comment! I am off to go check out your blog! :)

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  4. Thanks for all your behind the scenes work! Looking forward to collaborating with everyone.

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  5. What an amazing first post to get us going :) I am so excited to start this journey with you all and can't wait to see each introduction!

    Heather

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    1. I'm so excited to have you as a part of this Collab Blog as well! I think it's going to be amazing! All the energy is astounding.

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  6. Thanks for the freebie, even though my masters is in literacy, i truly love teaching math. I know what you mean about the moment that lightbulb switches. Love it!

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    1. That's a great thing about Flippables is they cross all subjects! This would be great to hold sight word cards, spelling words, etc.

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  7. YAY for the first post! I am so excited to be a part of this! The amount of work and true collaboration is a recipe for success!

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    1. Thank you for such sweet comments! My head is beyond spinning today!

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  8. A great start Jennifer! You rock!!

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  9. This is an incredibly AWESOME idea! I can't wait to follow all of you AMAZING educators!

    Mathematically yours,
    MissMathDork!

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    1. Making me blush to see such kind words from you! Thanks again!

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  10. Thank you for taking the initiative to create something just-right for upper elementary classrooms. It's so tough to find GOOD stuff. We just started notebooking in fifth grade this year and the kids love it. They are working harder and digging deeper to put their notes together. This flippable-foldable will be a great addition to our lapbooks.

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    1. That is so awesome! I would love to see pics of what you come up with to use this on!

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  11. Congrats on the new job! Going to check out that science freebie now...

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    1. Thank you Amber! It's actually a blank FREEBIE so you can use it for ANY subject!

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  12. I am so excited to see your blog. I teach special ed reading in grades 3-5 so this will definitely be a blog I keep a close eye on.

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    1. Then you will love the collab board! I am seriously so excited about this community!

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  13. Great to see your blog - I teach Year 4 in Australia and have found lots of blogs to suit lower levels but not so many for upper levels. I am going to become your newest follower! : )
    Cheers,

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    1. Thank you for the sweet words! I am so happy that we could fill a void in the Elementary Blogging world!

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  14. Finally a blog for upper elementary!!! I'm so excited.

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  15. Jennifer thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. Also, thanks for the helpful comments and link to the GCF foldable on TPT. I also wanted to say thank you for this freebie too...I have added it to my interactive notebook file and will find a way to use it during the year. I will let you know what I decide to do! Hope you are having a great day!

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    1. Just left you another comment! Check it out!

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  16. I love your ideas! I am excited to check out your freebie. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. So glad that you liked it! I can't wait to see how others use it!

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  17. I also love interactive notebooks. Even though I teach middle school, I think this blog will be a great resource. Thank. Looking forward to seeing this upper elementary blog grow :)

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    1. That's awesome that you are here Tara. I think that you will be able to find some amazing stuff from this group of teachers as well. :)

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  18. Great first post! Also, I may need to confer with you on something...do you ever sleep? :) If you do, how do you do everything that I have seen you do in the last week? I need to know your secret! You have been amazing and I look forward to collaborating with you and the other wonderful teachers and bloggers!

    Andrea

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    1. I do sleep but I survive on coffee quite a bit! LOL! When I give myself a task, I can't let people down so I keep going until it is done!

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