Miss Galvin Learns

July 19, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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A Bright Idea for Thinking Hats

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Welcome back to another Bright Ideas post!

Slide1Most of you will be familiar with DeBono’s 6 Thinking Hats.

For those of you who aren’t, the 6 different coloured hats represent 6 different ways of thinking:

White Hat: Facts
Black Hat: Cautions
Yellow Hat: Benefits
Red Hat:  Feelings
Green Hat: Creativity
Blue Hat: Process

At my school we use the Thinking Hats to use different ways to think about tasks, problems and any number of activities. That said, it can be a little challenging for my Foundation students.

Thus, (many years ago!) I purchased these fun glitter hats from the local dollar store and any time an activity calls for a Thinking Hat, we pull them down and we wear them!

Slide3I’ve found that the kids really enjoy having the hands on, physical representation of the type of thinking they’re trying to undertake – it’s also a fabulous reminder for them that there ARE different ways of approaching a task because they can see the hats displayed all the time in the classroom.

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July 17, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday – July 17th

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I’m linking up again, so here’s a sneak peak at my week!

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You guys know by now how much I love to decorate my planner! I really love this week’s layout (it’s full of writing at the current moment!) and I have a blog post up here talking about the process of putting it together.

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This week our applied focus for maths was capacity. We talked about full, half-full and empty, and then read Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen. In groups students made a boat out of foil and estimated how many Unifix cubes it would take to completely fill (and sink) their boat.

We tested it out, of course.

(I couldn’t tell if they were more excited about the big number of cubes they all fit or the fact that their boats sank?!)

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We’re in the middle of Winter here in Australia. It’s been quite chilly this week (for us).

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Today we had a Curriculum Day for Staff Professional Development. During our lunch break our Wellbeing School Improvement Team put on a Christmas in July lunch for us in the staffroom. It was a lovely surprise!

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Over on my creative blog, I’ve started a new series on Friday – Fauxligraphy Friday. These are all words/phrases I’ve hand lettered and then digitised. Check out this week’s collection. Feel free to leave suggestions for what you might like to see in the future!

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July 11, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday (July 10th)

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Okay, so it IS Saturday here in Melbourne, but things kind of got away from me last night, so apologies for the late Five for Friday post!

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Those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while may know that I’m a BIG comic book nerd. (And proud!) However, I do not video game – because frankly, I’m useless at it. BUT, due to the modern wonders of technology, last weekend I was able to watch a very good friend of mine, from Philadelphia, play Arkham Knight and boy, it was like watching a mini movie! (Okay, so it was kind of long, but, it was super fun and we were able to chat about it at the same time, so I thought it was kind of cool!)

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On Tuesday my Nonno turned 82. He’s fabulous and hilarious and this is how he chose to utilise the crocheted blanket my Mum made for him. <3

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I was in the city yesterday and had a bit of time to wander around and so I stopped by (briefly) to The Art of Dr. Seuss gallery at the Block Arcade. It’s only small, but it’s amazing and I definitely want to go back and spend some more time there.

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The reason for being in the city yesterday?

Catching up with these amazing Victorian teachers! It was so lovely to have lunch and chat – for hours – with Jemima (Jem’s Bright Buttons), Paula (Paula’s Place), Chantelle (Miss Jacob’s Little Learners) and Bec (Stars and Wishes). These ladies are simply amazing, and I hope to catch up with them again soon!

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Over on my crafty blog (Noveltea Corner), I’ve started up a regularly Friday post – Fauxligraphy Friday – which will feature seven samples every week of my hand lettering practice. Simply click the links above, or the image before to view the first week’s collection!

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I’m back to school on Monday (man, the holiday breaks go by quickly!) and I hope to have some fun classroom posts for you soon!

Until then, happy weekend, friends!

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July 6, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Word Wall Alphabet

My goodness, it’s been a while. I hope all my Aussie teacher friends are enjoying their mid-year break, and that all my Northern Hemisphere friends are enjoying their Summer!

I had a few requests after my last post (the June Bright Ideas Linky) for me to share my Word Wall Alphabet letter tiles. As of this morning, I have finally been able to upload it to my TpT Store:

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It’s currently on sale for  $1.50 until tomorrow lunch time here in Melbourne. Grab it here.

For images of what it looks like in my classroom, don’t forget to revisit my last post.

Have a fabulous week, my friends!

June 20, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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A Bright Idea for Magnetic Tape

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I’m linking up again with a quick idea for managing all those pieces on your whiteboard!

One of the biggest saving grace’s in my classroom decoration toolkit now is magnetic tape.

I know – it seems so simple, right?!

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I’m fortunate enough to have 2 magnetic whiteboards (and an interactive whiteboard) in my classroom, but I only use one on a daily basis. My biggest whiteboard I do use for lots of different things every day, but I don’t often write on it this year.

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This year I thought it would make an amazing interactive word wall that kids could add and take words on and off of.

But my dilemma was Blu Tac. Blu Tac is horrible on whiteboard surfaces, because it leaves residue and when you go to clean it, it smudges. I didn’t want to do Blu Tac.

Which is where the magnetic tape comes in.

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I printed and laminated my word wall cards, cut them out, and add a small piece of magnetic tape to the back. The brand I use is completely flat so the cards lay flush with the board (which stops them being knocked off accidentally!), but the kiddos are still able to pull them on and off the board as needed.

Now, for those of you who need perfectly straight displays – this may not work for you! However, I like to think that the unperfect columns is further proof that my kiddos are actually USING the display to assist with their writing.

I also use it for any other displays I need to put on the board, too, like group names and other labels!

If you liked this Bright Idea, I’d love for you to join me on FacebookInstagram or Twitter! Don’t be a stranger!

For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!


June 5, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday (5th June, 2015)

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I’m linking up with Kacey for this week’s Five for Friday linky party!

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I had my nails done again this weekend. Same colour as last time, but added a fun foil detail just for interest. Loving these colours!

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Every week in Investigations, we have a fine motor table. This week we were exploring letters (using Victorian Modern Cursive font) with glass beads and mirrors. What started as letter practise, turned into word practise with some of my kiddos deciding they could go that one step further!

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This week we read a favourite picture storybook – Herman and Rosie. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it. It’s just a beautiful story about inevitable friendship set amidst a big city (New York, for the curious). We also did a fun book craft following it, creating a big city scene with newspaper buildings on dark cover paper and adding our Herman and Rosie characters to the rooftops!

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Today was Happy Hats, Headbands and House T-Shirts day at school while we celebrated the letter/sound /h/. These are my Minnie ears that I wear during Guided Reading/small group time so students know that my attention is focused on my small group. Today they got a full-day work-out (along with funny looks from the staff when I walked into the staffroom with them still on!).

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Last week I finally got my new blog – The Noveltea Corner – up and running. It’s especially for my planners, craft hobbies, Youtube channel and Etsy store. I’d love for you to stop by, say hello and follow along with my crafty journey. (I’d also love for you to link me to your craft blogs if you have one!)

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Slide5I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! <3

Stef xx

 

May 30, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Handwriting Placemats

MGL-HandwritingPlacematsDue to popular demand, I’ve got a copy of my Handwriting Placemats in Vic Modern Cursive available in my TPT store.

If you read my Bright Ideas Blog Hop post back in February you would have seen my updated handwriting bags, featuring this placemat.

Featuring dotted thirds and Vic Modern Cursive, this is perfect for Victorian teachers, but I hope to have a more generic handwriting placemat available soon for others to use. Keep your eyes peeled!

This .pdf placemat does not student names on the page – simply write them in for students to trace, or leave the line blank so students can practise writing their name independently or practise writing sight words/etc.

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Happy Saturday, all!

 

 

May 29, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday – May 29th

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Last weekend I knuckled down and actually managed to Project Life the entirety of May (up to last Sunday) in my 6×8 album. 18 pocket pages done! I feel really proud of myself! I used Studio Calico and Messy Box supplies, along with some ephemera I’d collected throughout the month.

If you’re interested in following my crafty life, I’ve started up a brand new blog – The Noveltea Corner. It’s only new, but I’d love to see you over there!

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A very pretty sunset this week. Love the colours!

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I found this magazine this week – it’s a book for paper lovers. Everything inside it – except for a short introduction section – is PAPER. Notepaper, craft paper, paper dolls, envelopes, stickers, banners, ephemera/cut-outs, etc. If you’re of a crafty-mindset, you’d love this!

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One of the jobs I loathe, as a teacher, is pencil sharpening. NOT ANYMORE! This little beauty arrived yesterday and it is my new favourite thing! Sharpening a whole class set of grey leads and coloured pencils took far less time, and I didn’t end up with ridiculous blisters! Total WIN in my book!

Yes, it’s a bit pricey and yet? For the sake of my sanity? Completely worth it!

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A few weeks back I got a die-cutting machine, and now I’m slightly obsessed. How cute are these stitched borders and the PICKET-FENCE?! I’m already plotting ways to use these for the classroom! I foresee some fun crafts in the future!

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That’s all from me! Don’t forget to head back over to Doodlebugs Teaching to join in the Five for Friday fun!

 

 

 

 

May 5, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Teacher Appreciation Sale

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Stopping by real quick to help celebrate Teacher Appreciation by contributing to the TpT Teaching Appreciation Sale.

Click on the banner above to visit my store, which is 20% for the next 2 days. And don’t forget to add THANKYOU as a promo code to get up to 28% off everything!

Teachers, you are amazing!

May 2, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Currently May!

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Linking up with Farley for this month’s Currently linky!

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LISTENING: Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon. And you MUST check out this version (thanks to Shanyn for sharing this on Facebook!):

LOVING: Doing very little today… which is a problem as you’ll see below!

THINKING: I have SO MUCH to do. Like clean. And put away clothes. And plan.

WANTING: To just keep creating pretty things. I’ve been doing ALL the hand lettering of quotes today!

NEEDING: To start writing mid-year reports. Sigh. That’s tomorrow’s big job!

SUMMER: Is a full half-year away for me here in the Southern Hemisphere. I’m really bad at planning that far ahead. Instead I’ll commit to continuing to be creative, hoping for a good next few weeks and dreaming of that far-off Summer! <3

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the links for the month, and thanks for stopping by!

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