Printable Paper

Printable papers website screenshotPrintable Paper is a top resource for teachers – and students – with a huge range (1300+ and counting) of paper templates, graph paper, lined paper and music paper.

It’s all free, it’s all organised beautifully (just don’t click on the occasional ‘Start Download’ ad links) and there’s no registration needed.

Try these pages:

Graph paper – imperial and metric measurements.

Music paper – grand staves, tablature, chord charts and SATB

Handwriting practice paper – huge variety of line spacing, orientations

Calendars – monthly, weekly, perpetual

Templates – doorhanger, CD cover, postcards

Paper games – battleships, hangman, dot game, word ladder

Comics pages – three panel;, top action, grids

Storyboard template – small, medium, large, 4:3, 16:9

Teacher resources – attendance, grade book, lesson plans

 

 

FastEver Snap

FE Snap ScreenshotEach week I take photos of our Primary School merit cards for inclusion in the school newsletter. I usually use my iPhone, but I really don’t need the high resolution the camera provides; 640 x 480 would be more than enough. The iPhone doesn’t provide this ‘downgrading’ of functionality itself, so I’ve been using the nifty ‘FastEver Snap’, a photo app that automatically (well usually automatically) uploads the photos to Evernote, using a resolution I choose. The app is simple and straight forward.

  1. Set a resolution in options.
  2. Link your Evernote account and select a folder.
  3. Take your photos.

To further simplify my workflow I lay the phone in the top drawer of a transparent plastic document box. With the drawer fully extended I can place the student merit cards beneath, then trigger the iPhone camera with my earbuds – less shakes! At home, I open Evernote, sync then select the picture-notes. These are then saved to a folder for placement into the newsletter inDesign file. Quick and easy!

Options

Along with changing the photo resolution you can opt to:

  • save the pictures to the camera roll
  • use a grid
  • reset tags after saving
  • preview
  • upload over wifi only
  • add tags
  • write a title

Problems

Just one; every so often the photos refuse to upload and the counter sits there spinning. Usually a logout / login to Evernote fixes this.

Overall

If you have Evernote, this is one handy tool. If you don’t have Evernote, the ability to select camera resolutions is useful, especially if you don’t want to fill your disk space with high-res photos. FastEver Snap on the iTune Store

Classroom Rights & Responsibilities

Here are three posters sets from my classroom.

The first chart in each set lists five rights children have as students. The second chart lists the relevant responsibilities these create. The third chart lists ten class rules that will help safeguard students’ rights and guide their responsibilities.

I use adaptations in my Drama and Music areas.

Music:  ‘Listen while others speak or perform’, ‘Applaud performances’. “treat the Music Area with respect’

Drama: ‘Listen while others speak or perform’, ‘Applaud performances’. “treat the Drama Area with respect’

Graduation Certificates

Here are samples of the two certificates we presented to graduating students from our primary section in 2012. The Year 7 students received their certificates (along with a big slice of cake) at our annual Graduation Dinner where we celebrate the  completion of their Primary education.

The Year 2s received their certificates at a special assembly.

Both certificates were designed in Adobe inDesign with an Excel spreadsheet providing the data (names, personal pronouns etc). Contact me if you’d like a copy of the files.

Velcro Storage

Velcro (sorry, ‘Hook & Loop’)  dots and strips are hugely versatile items in any classroom.

  • My students’ names are attached to desks, step charts, monitor charts with Velcro.
  • Displays are mounted onto pinup boards with Velcro.
  • Games are constructed with Velcro pieces.
  • Tray labels are attached with Velro.

Storage can be a bit of an issue though, with Velcro quickly sticking to its opposite number. My solution?

  1. I keep the boxes the ‘Hook & Loop’ variety comes in (Cheap As Chips, $2.50 a box).
  2. I open the boxes carefully and fold the lids down into the box. This strengtehns the edge.
  3. I then staple the boxes together into a 4 x 2 grid.

Each box contains one, and just one sort of fastener: hook dots, hook strips, loop dots, loop strips. If you buy both black and white you can also sort by colour. Result: easy to find, easy to store. The picture above shows the boxes in a just-the-right-size plastic tub. Note the cable loops at the top right. Very handy in the classroom. Here are the boxes prior to stapling:

Stickers

Cheap As Chips have a great (in range, design and price) line of sticker books.

There’s a wide range of designs, including sets personalised with children’s names.

They’re designed in Australia by KEA, a novelty gift wholesaler. Unfortunately they don’t appear to be available online, so you’ll have to find them in-store.

At $2 each, the 180-sticker booklets are perfect for the classroom and considerably cheaper than more traditional educational sellers.

I particularly like the rather creative ‘Build Your Own’ series. These are booklets of 450 mini-stickers which can be assembled to construct pictures such as a house. Children can combine several sheets to make larger houses or combine them with other themes such as ‘Spooky House’. Other useful sets include ‘Aussie Alphabet’, ‘Computer Keyboard’ and ‘Calendar’.

The stickers can also be used for decorating worksheets prior to photocopying. This can prove a lot quicker than downloading and inserting clipart.

As my collection of sticker booklets grew, I clearly needed a better organisational system. My solution was a CD album. The booklets slide easily in and out and will retain single pages too. Not shabby for a $2.50 investment!

CD Sticker Book Collection

 

 

 

Choice

 

Choice screenshot

Choice screenshot

Choice was one of the first apps I ever downloaded for my iPhone and for a free app, it’s certainly been one of the most useful.

Operation is simple; up to five people place a finger each on the screen. Grey dots form under their fingertips. the dots flash on and off then just one ends up red. A winner has been decided on!

I use this app at least once every day with classes. Students never argue with the decision and it’s quick and painless. A few believe they can ‘game’ the result by being the first / last to put their fingers down. No statistical proof of this helping to win has been established however.

The app did disappear from the App Store for a while but developer Christian Stropp brought it back and produced an updated (thank you!) version for the iPad that takes up to eleven fingers.

It’s almost as good as rock / paper / scissors!

I use it to:

  • Select leaders for Drama / Music groups
  • Choose classroom monitors
  • Arbitrate on contentious classroom issues
  • Pick teams
  • Bring about world peace