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  • Stamps in the Paperless Classroom. Stamps and stickers are a fun way to, traditionally, communicate great work or areas in need of improvement for students. However, as schools (like mine) are moving towards the 1 ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2016, 6:45 PM by Monica Weick
  • EXTRA! EXTRA! - Reading Contest As of October 9 , my 6th and 7th-grade students (~45 students) have read a total of 99 books! What great start! However, we can do better, I know we ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2015, 6:44 PM by Monica Weick
  • Easy Headers for Google Classroom I, like everyone else, was very excited last year when I discovered Google Classroom, had made the class headers customizable. However, I soon discovered the headers size was actually ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 3:12 PM by Monica Weick
  • School Starts in 7 1/2 hours... Here it goes. A New school year. 180 days, 1,080 hours, or 64,800 minutes. Each minute is valuable learning time. Due to this, I want to reward students ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2015, 8:15 PM by Monica Weick
  • New School Year & New Books I am so excited about the 2015-2016 school year! There are so many fantastic things that will be happen. First, of all, let's welcome Mrs. Stewart to the ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2015, 5:16 AM by Monica Weick
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Stamps in the Paperless Classroom.

posted Jan 17, 2016, 9:46 PM by Monica Weick   [ updated Dec 31, 2016, 6:45 PM ]

Stamps and stickers are a fun way to, traditionally, communicate great work or areas in need of improvement
 for students. However, as schools (like mine) are moving towards the 1:1, stickers and stamps are harder to use. Last year, I began playing ways to utilize stamps in my almost paperless classroom. This year, I am more 50/50 traditional/paperless. Yet, I still love the idea of being able to easily mark or communicate ideas with students. 

Although, I can't just mark the screen as I make my rounds talking to students, I can easily, just copy and paste, mark their work as I check it. I had actually forgotten that I had used these until I joined the 40 Hour Teacher Work Week Club (http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/40hour). I was reminded of the huge benefit of utilizing stamps in the grading process. So I was inspired to create some new stamps to use on digital assignments. 

Here are some examples: 

I'm so excited to start using my "stamps" more often. What a great way to communicate with just a simple copy & paste right onto the document (i.e. google docs).  

In case you're interested - the stamps are simple to make. Especially using Canva (canva.com) and Pixabay (pixabay.com). Canva allows for simple formatting and saving as a .jpg or .png (AND IT'S FREE!) and then Pixabay offers free pictures that aren't under copyright. So put the two together and look what we get - STAMPS! 

Hope that helps! 

Side note: All pictures were found on pixabay.com - a website that focuses on collecting images that have been released to be used for any purpose without attribution. 

EXTRA! EXTRA! - Reading Contest

posted Oct 22, 2015, 6:44 PM by Monica Weick

As of October 9 , my 6th and 7th-grade students (~45 students) have read a total of 99 books! What great start! However, we can do better, I know we can. Since the beginning of school year, students have been encouraged to read around 15-30 pages a night. A page here, a page there, it's all perfectly acceptable. Just keep reading each and every day. Read books, magazines, comics (1/2 pages), articles, and almost anything with words. 

So let's read and have fun in the process. We're having a READING CONTEST!!!! 

Here's how it works each student is asked to read 20 pages per day at least 6 days a week for the next 4 weeks (by Friday, November 20). That totals about 480 pages per student. Each class has added up the pages per student in each class so the
goals look something like this: 

6th Grade (1) - 7,200 pages
6th Grade (3) - 8,160 pages
7th Grade (6) - 5,280 pages
  7th Grade (8) - 5,760 pages 

Each class that reaches their goal will have a party! WAHOO! Students may bring a snack to share. I can't wait to share our progress as we near our reading goal! I know we can do it. 


Easy Headers for Google Classroom

posted Aug 12, 2015, 3:38 PM by Monica Weick   [ updated Aug 14, 2015, 3:12 PM ]

I, like everyone else, was very excited last year when I discovered Google Classroom, had made the class headers customizable. However, I soon discovered the headers size was actually quite small (800px x 200px) and quickly decided I didn't have time to figure it out (during the school year). Well, this year, I wanted to make my own covers. I was determined. 

As I started creating different headers, I started with pictures from my recent trip to the Uk and Ireland. 


Yet, no matter what I did, I couldn't get the part (or enough of) the picture I wanted to show, so that didn't work. 
So then I tried to get a group picture of my students in each class.But the pictures were too large and wouldn't fit properly. 

Then I started thinking of all the new tools I learned about, through some of the e-learning workshops, this summer. 
One specifically came to mind.  

It's called Canva. Canva is a free web-based service that allows for everyday people to design images or PDF documents that look professional.  Although, Canva does allow you to buy some of their stock photos for $1 a piece, I am able to use the service completely free, it even allows me upload my own photos,  like I used in my catalogue for my class prize shop. 

Well all this to say, once I thought to use Canva, I wanted to keep the header simple. So upon looking at the variety of templates Canva, I realized still didn't quite fit the bill, but a custom size template is available. Phew. So upon creating an 800 (length) by 200 (width) pixel header. 

These are what I came up with: 

But when I tried to upload it to Google Classroom, I wasn't satisfied with my design, but I was able to go back to Canva and try again. This is what I came up with...

I'm not a graphic designer, but I do like things to look a certain way. Canva is my new favorite tool to get things just the way I want them. 

School Starts in 7 1/2 hours...

posted Aug 4, 2015, 8:15 PM by Monica Weick

Here it goes. A New school year. 180 days, 1,080 hours, or 64,800 minutes. Each minute is valuable learning time. Due to this, I want to reward students that come prepared for class, follow directions, and work hard. I do this in two ways. 

1. Daily Tickets: 
Students have the opportunity to earn a ticket during each class. This 
ticket is earned by arriving on time, coming prepared, participating appropriately, doing in classwork and homework in a timely manner. Overall, just doing what is expected. 

Tickets can also be earned by doing something over and above what is expected. Helping out or doing something extra kind for another student or myself. 

These tickets can be used to purchase a wide array of fun (albeit) small prizes. 

2. Group rewards: 
Each day the class will start out with 3 stars. If a majority of the class isn't behaving they will lose a star. If all 3 are lost the entire class will lose their tickets as well. However, students will be given the opportunity to earn lost stars back, if they really turn it around. If the class is doing an amazing job, really involved, working hard, truly blow me out of the water with their amazing
 work and behavior the class can even earn over and above the 3 stars (max of 5). Stars earned will then be added to the previous class total in an attempt to earn enough stars (predetermined goal) for a reward. 

Ultimately, it is our job to train students to do their best, with or without a reward, in an effort to glorify God (Col. 3:17). However, while we're in school earning rewards makes it more fun. 

New School Year & New Books

posted Jul 29, 2015, 5:15 AM by Monica Weick   [ updated Jul 29, 2015, 5:16 AM ]

I am so excited about the 2015-2016 school year! There are so many fantastic things that will be happen. 
First, of all, let's welcome Mrs. Stewart to the Middle School (and High School) team! I (Miss Weick) will be teaching 6th grade and one section of 7th grade. Mrs. Stewart will be teaching a section of 7th grade, as well as, 8th grade and a few high school classes. Mrs. Stewart and I will work to streamline 7th grade, regardless of the teacher. 

For 6th and 7th grade students, we will have a separate classes to focus on the development of reading and writing (or literature and composition). I am super excited about this, it will allow for more collaboration, communication critical thinking, and creativity. Each of these, essential to help student's be successful now, in high school, and beyond. 

   Picture from: http://goo.gl/rSVNnU 

New Books and The Library: 

Guess what?! I have purchased over 200 NEW books to read. I'm super excited about the books you all get to read. We are also going to have the opportunity to read a few different books this year together! 

In addition, by the time school starts my library will be, ready for this, SEARCHABLE!!!! WAHOOO!!!! If y
ou go to the One 
Stop Shop (formally the Meeting Place- aka the homepage). Although the database is still being updated so that ALL the books will be in the database. It will offer a scanned checkout. Check out what's there so far!

Miss Weick's Library

Fundraising - a family affair

posted Apr 20, 2015, 8:55 AM by Monica Weick   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 11:10 AM ]

Robbie's Run           
Did you know that Horizon Christian School works very hard to keep tuition affordable and still offer an education that surpasses expectations? Horizon strives, not only, to excel in the academics, but also to understand who Christ is in the everyday workings of life, school, and the world around us. However, tuition only meets the basics of the budget. It doesn't account for the extra needs, like Chromebooks, new computers, or security system updates. 

In the past, the school has held a silent auction, but this year we wanted to start a new tradition. A tradition that can involve the entire family and extended family. HCS has decided to join with the Geist 5K & Half Marathon. Don't feel like you can run a 5K (don't worry I can't either) you are welcome to walk it. Just 
in case you don't know a 5K is about 3.1 miles. We'd love to have you join us. 

As you can see, we have named our part of the fundraiser, Robbie's Run. This is named for a young man, a sophomore, here at Horizon that lost his battle with Leukemia, and went to be with the Lord,  this past school year. Robbie loved his time here at Horizon. So in memory of this young man our participation with the Geist Marathon has been dedicated to this young man. This year Robbie's run is based upon 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. 

Ok, ok. You are probably thinking, "Let's get to the point." 

There are two major ways to participate: 
-->  Participate in the fundraising and volunteer (race or work the food tent) during the event on May 16, 2015.  
--> I don't want to participate, but I would like to make a donation to the school. 

For more information see the parent letter from Principal Slack.

Now what? 
If you would like to set up a fundraising page, or would like to donate to the Weick (two of my sisters are student's here at HCS) team, feel free to use my page to kickstart the process -http://igfn.us/vf/HCS/MonicaWeick 

If you would like more information, or have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Todd Melloh (he is organizing this event) at 317-417-3525 or tmelloh@horizonindy.org. 

OR visit http://

Ready to Register? Use this Registration Form

Thank You for your time, consideration, prayer, and/or support throughout this process. 

Are you reading the right books?

posted Jan 19, 2015, 8:49 AM by Monica Weick

As a middle school teacher, I've heard kids say, "I don't like reading," more times than I can count. Yet, as someone that loves reading, I am painfully aware that most kids, that don't like reading, are really just telling us that reading is hard OR that they haven't found the right book. Today, while I was on Pinterest I stumbled upon this quote (and picture) by James Patterson. 

I couldn't help but
picture from www.imagesbuddy.com
 agree wholeheartedly. I am always encouraging my students to read, read and read some more. Read a variety of books, styles, genres, and (or) structures. Honestly, though, the ability to read can (and will) bring the unknown right to your doorstep. So keep on READING and Read More Books! dents that take me up on it, always seem to at least find a place for reading, even if it's not their first choice of entertainment. Really, though, can a teacher want more than that? Keep reading, find that genre that makes you want to read, read, and read some more. Don't give up. Try something new. Read more Books. 


New News with Google Classroom!

posted Jan 15, 2015, 9:54 PM by Monica Weick   [ updated Jan 18, 2015, 5:51 AM ]

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Google classroom released an update. 
(most information from @GoogleforEducation  and the selected YouTube videos)

Google Classroom - in case you didn't know. 
Do you know about the system Google developed for GAFE schools called Google Classroom? GAFE released this in the FALL of 2014 (for the 2014-2015 school year). If you haven't seen it yet check out this video from when it was released.  

NEW Features- Check it out! 
Both students AND teachers can now take a picture and add it to Google Classroom WITHIN the NEW MOBILE APP! That's right, an APP is now available for iOS and Android. This app also allows for sharing from one app, picture, document, PDF or file directly into Google Classroom! In addition, there is now a way for students to use parts of Google Classroom offline, that's right, offline! Yahoo! Google Classroom just keeps getting better and better. 

In addition to new ways to add information to Google Classroom. Teachers have now been given two long-awaited features: 

    1. Assignments that a teacher needs to track 
        It's the "homework list" for teachers. Which assignments have I graded? Which need to be graded?             What an awesome idea. I wouldn't have even thought to add this. Wow! People have fantabulous,            simple, but awesome ideas. 

    2. The ability to archive a class  
        Do you teach a quarterly class? Or did a class on your schedule change? Maybe you don't want to             delete an old class (want to allow students - and yourself-- access to the materials that were               posted to Google Classroom, but don't want it to interfere with your active classes. NOW it can be          ARCHIVED!!! I felt like a little kid, this is an AMAZING idea. Now if only they would allow archiving             (or hiding) of specific assignments within a class [You can change the name of your class here             too]!

Changes keep coming. I look forward to seeing the next set of updates. It just keeps getting better! I wonder where this is it going next?

Do you need some help?

posted Jan 9, 2015, 12:07 PM by Monica Weick   [ updated Jan 9, 2015, 12:11 PM ]

Have you been feeling unsure how to start using a new website? Or maybe you've just wanted to learn more? Check out the student made video and article tutorials that have been posted to http://weickopedia.blogspot.com. Feel free to comment or share your positive or constructive feedback on a student's post. Let these students know that their work has been seen. 

Thank You so Much! 

Technology Today

posted Dec 15, 2014, 12:47 PM by Monica Weick   [ updated Dec 15, 2014, 12:47 PM ]

  It used to be that it took months for news to reach from the east coast to the west coast. Today information is shared and spreads almost instantaneously. 

Technology is quickly developing and changing how we approach the world around us. Truthfully, "We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented solving problems that we don't even know are problems yet. In fact,  the top 10, in-demand jobs, in 2013 didn't exist in 2004."

Using technology as the resource it is, is essential to helping each student reach one's fullest potential. 

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