Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Sunday Scoop is Back!

I haven't joined up with Teaching Trio for the Sunday Scoop in a little while, so I think it's time to get back in the game!

Tomorrow my class starts taking the SBAC (Smarter Balanced) Assessment....!!!!!!! I'm a little nervous for my kiddos. This test is INTENSE! I think they can handle it academically, but I'm worried about their stamina. The performance task asks them to read 3 pieces of text then answer questions and write an essay... all on the computer! Students have to scroll through the 3 pieces of text on one side of their screen while answering the questions on the other side. Hopefully I will find time today to make them some little care packages with encouraging notes.

I've started to work on creating a series of tech tips that I will post here and on my TpT store. Check out the first one below (click on the image to download the full tutorial FREE on TpT!)

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to join me for my new monthly linkup to share your Inspired Ideas! My inspired idea for the month is my new classroom Readbox display! Stop by the linkup to check it out!


  1. You are so sweet to make them care packages before testing. What are you putting in them?

    1. Thanks! They are still a work in progress, so I haven't figured out all the details yet. :-)
      I know I want to include some positive messages, a little snack (granola bar?), maybe some cute pencils/erasers. Just a little something to let them know "they got this!"
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Your tech tip tutorial looks great! Thanks for sharing! I'm sure your students will love their test care package - so sweet and thoughtful of you! Hope you have a great week!


  3. I love the care package idea. I always do a positive note with a piece of candy on testing days. I think it raises their spirits a bit. They also eat peppermints to "spark" their brains, so I throw a few of those in as well! I hope that the icky parts of your list are over quick so you can enjoy the better parts of your day! Your tech tips look great! I'm following! :-)

    Mrs O Knows

  4. You totally just inspired me to make a class website on Weebly next year! I always have a goal of making my communication with families better and this could be great. I want to start using Remind as well next year! I would love to see your SBAC testing care packages! We start in three weeks and I would love to do something for my students but haven't decided what yet.