Welcome to the Saratoga Union 5th Grade Teachers' repository of information. We are new to this too, so bear with us. We can use this site to keep documents that other teachers in our district GL may find useful. For a quick tutorial on wikispaces, click here.

Another useful sharing tool is del.ico.us- it is a bookmarking website that you can accesss from any computer. For example, Sandy can bookmark (tag) a page at home and see the tag on her computer at school. this is a great tool for organizing and sharing bookmarks. You can also look at other people's links and create a network, so Linda can look at the bookmarks I have created, or I can suggest links she might be interested in tagging. My link is http://delicious.com/sandymac59 or you can look me up and see what I have tagged./slm

To illustrate the del.ico.us bookmarking tool, check out the following simple video:
Teacher Tube: Social Bookmarking

We are still playing with how to organize pages. For now, please use the convention of subject area- chapter - topic

I know I am preaching to the choir - but I wanted to share this:
What Do Teachers Make?

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, 'What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?' He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: 'Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.' To emphasize his point he said to another guest; 'You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?'

Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, 'You want to know what I make? Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental. You want to know what I make?'

I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write.

Keyboarding isn't everything.

I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math. They use their God-given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God, because we live in the United States of America .

I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.'

'Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant... You want to know what I make?
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What do you make Mr. CEO?'