Monday, January 28, 2013

Bloglovin!

My bookmark toolbar is so over crowded its become quite the chore to click through all the blogs I read looking for updates. This predicament has totally taken all the fun out of one of my more enjoyable hobbies. One afternoon I was chatting with a friend about my dilemma when she suggested that I use Bloglovin

Bloglovin is an amazing website that allows you to follow the blogs you read by letting you know when they update! Additionally, you can organize your blogs into folders by category (you know how I just LOVE to organize and categorize). So for instance, I have my school counseling blogs, food blogs, home decors blogs, etc all separated into different folders. Below is a screen shot of the school counseling blogs I follow. The blogs with current updates are listed from top to bottom on the left, along with a preview of the new post on the right. 






Bloglovin has helped me make effective use of my reading time by streamlining all my blogs into one website (no more over crowded bookmark toolbar for me). There is even an app for the iphone and ipad so I can check my blogs on the go. 



AMAZING!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

We Went To College So Can You!

As part of my College Bound initiative I created a bulletin board to display the different colleges staff members attended. To do this I asked staff to complete a form with the following information:

1. Name of college/university attended
2. Major
3. How did going to college help prepare you for your current job?

I then typed up their responses, took their pictures, and pasted them on different color card stock. I cut the card stock in the shape of college pennants and rectangles to make it more visually appealing.

This was such a fun, easy, and effective bulletin board to make. Staff members were excited to participate and students were anxious to find out where their teachers went to college! 


Next up-College Bound Scavenger Hunt!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

College Bound!

This year my district has a goal to increase college and career readiness. I came up with four short term initiatives to help my school reach this goal. My first initiative was to create a college pennant for each hallway. Each hallway will be named for a college or university in the state of New Jersey. Here is a look at some of the pennants I created:




Teachers will be asked to refer to the hallway as the college/university name. For instance, you can find the school counselors office in the "Rutgers" hallway. This is just a small and easy way to get elementary school students familiar with simple college vocabulary! Stay tuned to find out about the other initiatives I will be starting later this month!

What do you do at your school to promote college readiness?