Do you use sign language in your classroom + a helpful website

I'm fairly certain after visiting friend's classrooms and my colleagues that some sort of sign language goes on in your room.  Even if it's a form of unwritten/unspoken gestures that you use to communicate with your students. Here are a couple I use every year: 



One year a few years back I had the sweetest girl that was hearing impaired.  I used this device to help her.



Communicating is so important in the classroom to help second language learners feel more comfortable...to help kids that have hearing issues or verbal issues of some kind and to be honest just for a teachers sanity sometimes as well.  Whether you have a second language learner, an emotionally disturbed child that has verbal issues or want to establish a well run classroom I'm sure you agree how important non verbal cues can be.  
If you are looking to reach a more diverse audience on your website for your classroom or your blog you need to check out:

http://www.smartling.com/use-cases/translate-websites/








They offer website translation so you can reach more of an audience or the parents in your classroom even on your own classroom website.  Swing by and check them out! 

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12 days of Christmas Giveaway

Are you guys ready for a giveaway?!?  I've hooked up with some very sweet and talented bloggy buddies to bring you an amazing 12 days of Christmas holiday MEGA giveaway!  Here are the details:



As you can see it is well worth your entering each day!  Here's the 411 for today's giveaway:  


Join in the fun and enter to win there's 3 more days!!!



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Texting the Elf...


Hi guys ~ so here's a new twist on the Elf on the Shelf...I moved from first to third grade this year and I'm sure most of you know I'm absolutely LOVIN' it!!!  So....I  have changed a few things but knew I HAD to still do the Elf.  I looped some of my kiddos from when I had them in first and they were asking if Snowflake was coming back.  So I did this to get the momentum going...
I showed the kids my contact info on my phone with Snowflake the Elf's picture and contact info.  I told them we've been texting back and forth for weeks.  I even told them she got a bit sassy with me and I didn't want her to come right away.


So as you can see I was kind of their 'hero' today...I mean you should've heard the ohhs and ahhs and shocked responses after I showed them my phone.  My phone ding dongs like a doorbell when I get a text and I got a couple texts today...the kids would whisper - "the elf, the elf!"  This has been a fun way to get the excitement rolling.  
I didn't want to do the elf as long this year.   We have a lot of district assessments this time of year and I didn't want to take the focus off of learning...look at me I sound like admin - LOL.  But seriously we have been working so hard I didn't want the daily distraction.  So I thought the last week and a 1/2 would be perfect!  If you want to still do the elf thing but don't want the stress of having something everyday of December start it later and use this idea.  It's been fun to see their excitement...the momentum before the elf actually comes has been really fun and different!  More elf fun to come soon...swing back by friends!

If you need an elf supplemental pack to go with your elf on the shelf you can pick one up {here}




















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