Friday, June 9, 2017

Full Hearts: Can't Lose

Part of my commitment to "full hearts" in my classroom this year meant a focus on growth mindset and professional talk.  To that end, I created some resources (in Canva, which I mostly love), and used them in a lesson before the first group project and in mini-lessons in all subsequent group events.

If you'd like to use any of these, you can click on them to get a downloadable .PDF or just save the image.

I made these two into a two-sided laminated guide that was placed on each group table.
 PDF version





Students who violated one of the group talk guidelines received a "violation card" from me or Human Resources Manager at the table.


In addition to students being kind and patient with one another, I wanted them to be kind and patient with themselves. I made a guide for how to describe our progress and taught this as part of my character education unit that incorporates the Habits of Mind.

I highlight "growth mindset heroes" throughout the year and this was one of them. This year, students will highlight some for extra credit.  Honestly, this is also part of my goal to have images that reflect the beautiful faces that fill my classroom as well.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

TCEA 7 2015 Conference Materials

Here is the material for my TCEA Region 7 Conference Materials.
I also wish the TCEA website was easier to update. This is my current bio, in case you are burning with curiosity:

Sarah McManus is a teacher in Henderson, Texas. Last year, she taught Computer Applications, Career Education, and Texas History. Next year, she looks forward to teaching just Career Education and having time to use the restroom ever (traveling teachers, I know you feel me). An East Texas transplant, she has worked in Maintenance at Southwest Airlines, the sales department at HEB's Central Market, the swimming pool at Texas Instruments, and, for six years, in Plano Independent School District's Jasper High School ESL Department. 

Actually, it's a long story and just leads to more questions. Stick with the outdated bio; it makes more sense.

Monday, June 16, 2014

On my first conference presentation

Let's just take a minute and think about the time when I didn't have sound linked to my Mac so I made the Instant Chewbaca sound for my attendees. Twice.




Friday, June 13, 2014

Conference Materials

Exit Ticket @ TCEA Region 7 June 13, 2014

  • Presentation


  • Coffitivity - Get quiet groups talking and help set a decent volume level in your classroom with this easy background app.
  • Instant Chewbacca Everyone needs a fun signal that tells kids to take their hands off their devices and to put eyes on the teacher. I use this one. Because what's not awesome about Chewbacca?
  • Exit Ticket Pinterest board of thoughtful, masterful classroom applications 
  • Symbaloo board for example and with great Project Based Learning tools