On Puzzle Day Meet Mrs. Shipley’s Classroom

“Task cards are engaging; they’re effective they’re quick; they’re easy and they help your scholars practice standards. To me, if it helps my scholars practice standards, it’s quick, it’s easy, that’s a no brainer. And it just got easier because Boom takes that and makes it digital. No more printing, no more laminating, no more cutting.” -from Technology Tuesday (live on Facebook) with Mrs. Shipley’s Classroom.

Mrs. Shipley is a veteran teacher: six years serving in US Army, 13 years serving as an educator.

Unlike some, Mrs. Shipley didn’t plan to become a teacher when she entered college. On her way to becoming an attorney, Mrs. Shipley taught at a private school to pay for her undergraduate education. She graduated and decided against law school. Instead, she obtained her teaching certificate and considers it the best decision she ever made.

She has taught in Pre-K through 5th grade, but finds her home in 1st. She has a number of first grade phonics bundles available in her Boom Learning store. In the classroom, Mrs. Shipley’s passion is engaging her students. She loves creating stations and centers, along with games for reviewing standards. It is not a surprise that in addition to being a classroom resource author, she also is a professional development leader and campus engagement coordinator.

One of her best sellers at Teachers Pay Teachers and on Boom Learning is her Squares Your Brain game, a mental puzzler for students.

In Mrs. Shipley’s classroom, she uses Squares Your Brain games as early finisher work, stations or centers, and homework. Parents enjoy homework the whole family can play. Although her Boom products is for K-1, our fourth grader enjoyed playing: “It’s easy, but fun.”

Mrs. Shipley hasn’t let fear keep her from trying new things. Although she teaches professional development, she is terrified of public speaking: “I have been providing PD for over 10 years and I still throw up before every appearance!” In the spirit of being fearless, she and her husband just sold everything to travel the country for the next year. We are looking forward to her travels and invite her to visit the Northwest contingent when they come through here (hint: it is amazing in August and dreadful in October and November).

If you’ve decided to push past fear to start providing professional development or begin classroom resource authoring, Mrs. Shipley advises:

“Start small and be unique. Find your niche and BE PATIENT! Find a mentor. I have been a mentor teacher and one thing I made sure was that my mentee knew that no question was a dumb question. Find a good mentor and LISTEN TO THEM!  Just make sure you find one that listens as well because this old dog can always learn new tricks.”

Schools and teachers today face many challenges: including balancing traditional skills acquisition, such as reading, with student interest in and fluency with 21st century technology. Boom Learning can be one part of the solution. Mrs. Shipley loves its portability: “I can carry over exactly what we are using in class with the home environment. I love that my scholars think they are ‘playing’ but they are actually learning!”

Mrs. Shipley is a nationally recognized Whole Brain Teacher, Retired National Presenter for WBT, Blogger, and Teacher-Author.


Rosie’s Resources

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“Climbing to the top of the Sun and Moon Pyramids found near Mexico City and built around 100 AD makes one realize that we are here on Earth but for a short time.”

When she is not being inspired by the ages, Mrs. Kasper is inspiring readers and writers. She writes curriculum and assessments for teachers across the world. Her resources can be found on Boom Learning, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Teacher’s Notebook. She taught for 15 years, mostly in 4th grade. During the summers she taught students from a variety of grade levels.

Her third grade teacher, Miss Transue, invited her to read in front of Miss Transue’s college class one summer. Although the book read has faded from memory, Mrs. Kasper identifies that as the moment she knew she wanted to teach children to read.

Nothing brightens her day more than watching children blossom as readers and writers:

“To see the beaming face of a student who has chosen his favorite topic, used his own voice, published and shared writing that he owns from beginning to end is truly inspiring to me. To watch a child’s eyes light up as he reads fascinating facts and understands underlying meaning in his reading motivates me to track down that most beautiful book for his next journey. I love kids, and I will always love teaching! Today, I mentor writing teachers and tutor students with their writing, as well as create amazing resources to make life easier for other teachers.”

Rosie’s Resources include everything a beginning or seasoned teacher needs for direct instruction, from interactive Powerpoints to printables and learning stations to interactive Boom Cards. She has an abundant selection of literary and expository reading materials, as well as poetry materials and classroom management tips.

Rosie’s goal is to make instruction easier for teachers. She considers her Daily Language Spiral Review the centerpiece of her materials. Rosie suggests providing direct instruction with a Daily Language Spiral Review and assign practice of the same objective with Boom Cards or printable task cards.

With Boom Cards teachers get to skip the printing, cutting and laminating and the materials self-grade (providing reinforcement and assessment all at once). Boom Cards can be played on tablets, netbooks, Chromebooks and laptops (apps are available from Apple, Google and Amazon or play at http://boom.cards). Scores are automatically saved for teacher access and student accountability. Kids are engaged and love their practice.

When she is not lighting the fire of learning for students, she spends time with her children and grandchildren in her garden and at church in the Texas Hill Country.

Image credit: View of the Pyramid of the Moon from the Pyramid of the Sun by Daniel Case, 30 June 2015. Creative Commons License
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