5 (and more) Reasons Why I Want to Thank My Daughter’s Kindergarten Teachers

My baby girl is now 3 years old!! Geez! Time really flies so fast huh. This post is not about me as a mom of Naomi…this post is about her teachers in pre-school. Saying Thank You is not enough for these teachers. So I dedicate this post to all her kindergarten teachers. 

Dear Teachers (farangs & thais),

First, I want to thank you for really taking the time to know Naomi…her moods, her wants, her needs, her weaknesses, and her source of happiness.

She is not the shy and quiet little girl anymore because you make her feel confident in your class.

I want to thank you for helping us to teach her to be confident in using the potty. She now tells us when she needs to do number 1 and sometimes number 2.

Thank you for taking the time to mark all her activities. Her fine motor skills shows a great improvement because of your well thought activities in class.

Thank you for taking the time to do lovely hairstyles on her. Every time I pick her up in the afternoon, she always tells me “my teacher do my hair”.

Thank you for using ClassDojo for keeping me and her dad updated on her developments everyday.

Thank you for always informing me if something bad happens. I know that I can trust you and I know that my child will be safe.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your effort and most importantly, for making my child’s time with you fun and engaging.

Love,

Fritzie

ClassDojo Back to School Update (Surprise to the nth Power) 

Who wouldn’t fall in love with ClassDojo? If you happen to be hibernating for a while…then you must be wondering who or what the hell is ClassDojo!! It’s an app that helps teachers to manage their classes. Please visit my introduction about ClassDojo here.  

Surprise to the nth power because every year the ClassDojo team never fails to give magical powers to the teachers. It just gets better and better each year!! Yay!!

So here we go with the surprises…(drum rolls please). 

Surprise #1. Introducing the “Toolkit” 


Most of the tools that we use in our class are now in one place. From the Noise Meter, to Timer, to Random which is now called Popsicle Sticks to Group Creator which I like the most. 

Check the image below to know more about these tools…

Surprise #2. Student Stories Updates
Last year, I only used Student Stories to post student’s work and Term grades. This year, I want to let them take ownership of their digital portfolios. Epecially now that they can annotate their photos, add stickers/borders, and add journals too. 

For those of you who are new to ClassDojo or don’t know what a Student Stories is. It is a student-led, digital portfolios for the classroom. Student Stories replace boxes and binders of students’ work with beautiful, simple digital portfolios that are shared between school and home, sparking meaningful conversations on what students are learning every day. (Source: http://www.classdojo.com/studentstories

The following are the 2017-18 Student Stories updates:

1. Post with any app: students (and teachers!) can post photos and videos to their Story from other apps directly, or by uploading from the camera roll. “App smashing” becomes a reality!
2. Any device: students can post from any device: iOS, Android, Chromebooks or web

3. Easy and secure access: no need to remember usernames or passwords – students can log in instantly by scanning their secure class QR code

4. Journal entries: the easiest way for students to reflect on their work, they can now create written journal entries

5. Draw and annotate on photos: students can add more context to entries with drawn or typed comments

6. Record and upload videos: students can record and share video up to eight minutes in length, or upload saved videos from other apps

7. Drawings: when words fall short, students can let their inner artist shine by creating a drawing all their own!

8. Filters, frames, and stickers: students can add a dash of fun to their posts, creating portfolios as unique as they are

9. Voice notes: students too young to type? All they have to do is speak into their device and add a voice note to their work. 

Students are able to start adding to their own Stories from a shared classroom iPad or Chromebook immediately as part of the ClassDojo app. For more information on Student Stories and ClassDojo, please visit: https://www.classdojo.com and https://www.classdojo.com/studentstories.

 

Letter to Mama

Dear Mama,
We are celebrating Mother’s Day today. These days a mother  gets to receive countless messages from friends on different social media platforms.  You will see posts in FB, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, and etc how they appreciate and honor their mothers today. It’s good to see that  some will change their profile pic into their moms/nanay/mama. They will post a Skype session photo. Some will treat them to a fancy restaurant or to a simple  cup of ice cream, etc.

I remember you. I never forget you Ma. There is not a single day that I don’t think about you. I still have dreams about you like it seems so real.

Whatever I am today and what I hope will be is all because of you po.

I know that you have loved me and Pot/Shylla unconditionally. I saw how you worked so hard for our family.

It’s still sad though that you weren’t there when I gave birth to MJ and Naomi. You’re not there when I got some really good news about my job.

I hope I am making you proud. You’re not there when when I’m at my rough times. You don’t know how much I wish you’re there to comfort me or to give me advice.
Ma, I love you so much and THANK YOU!

Love,

Chu-chay

ClassDojo Ambassador

This year was an awesome year with ClassDojo as I am now Thailand’s ClassDojo Ambassador. 

I feel very fortunate to be chosen here in Thailand. This is such a big role and responsibility but I am ready! ClassDojo team is very supportive to all its users and most especially…the teachers! 

I can’t wait to spread the dojolove!! 

Khop khun ka ClassDojo 👍🏻

  

ClassDojo Surprises

This is about the recent features that CD added to their tool. 

1. Quiet Hours – Oh! I love this feature very much because it can inform our parents that we, teachers are human beings like them! That we need quality time with our family/loved ones, and we are not nocturnal mammals. 

How to do this? Click your profile, then select Push Notification, then select your preferred time.

 

This is how it looks like to a parent.

 
 

This is how it looks like on our end.

 
2. Notifications – Like Facebook, we have now a notification button. Here, you can see who liked your Class Story posts, which parent is now connected, etc.

  
3. Experimental Features – I am not really sure if this experimental features are for just a certain amount of time or so…but I like it! You can post your goal points of the day/week, have a banner to post something positive/encouraging or topic of your lesson, and a full screen feature 🙂 

Aren’t all these awesome? 

Sign up and give ClassDojo a try! You won’t regret it! 

Top 10 Classroom Preparations

I just want to share my top 10 list to make sure my classroom is ready for the new school year. 

1. Bulletin Board – for me I have one for Math, one for Science, and one for displaying best works.

2. Calendar – whether I’m teaching grade 1 or Grade 9, I want my calendar to be colorful and informative. 

3. Classroom Rules 

4. Whiteboard – I decorate my white board, from the border to what I want to put on and around the whiteboard. I usually have here the Homework, Objectives, date,class schedules, positive  quotes, and other important reminders. 

5. Birthday reminders – you don’t want to miss one birthday of your kids or else… 

6. Book shelves

7. Stationary or school supplies 

8. Tables & chairs

9. Setting up ClassDojo classes 

10. Last but not the least, lesson plans!

If you have other things to add or have your own top lists in preparing your classroom, please comment below and we’ll have an interesting discussion! 🙂