Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tired teacher....UNDERSTATEMENT

I am sure that you all have seen this floating around on Pinterest. This is an understatement...and the reason my blog has not been updated. We've officially been in school with students for 4 weeks and boy have we hit the ground running with Common Core, PBIS, and many other things. I have also started "Interactive Notebooking" for both Language Arts and Math during my tutorial class. The students LOVE them and creating the foldables to go in them {will share pictures soon}. How has the beginning of school been for you?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Homework Binder & Classroom Sneak Peek with a Tiki Hut

Hello bloggy friends! I wanted to follow up with one of the FREE products in my TPT store that I discussed here.  I actually "borrowed" this idea from another blogger {here}, but changed some things.  I am going to assign my students numbers at the beginning of the year, so I decided to use the number tabs so that students can't look at others. Also, I thought that it would help keep other student's information confidential at parent conferences. Parents obliviously won't know other student's numbers. Here is what my binder looks like. I am thinking about making the grey behind "The Dog Ate My Homework" a little bit lighter.

I worked in my classroom one day last week for a few hours. Here is a little sneak peek...ignore all of the clutter in the middle. I am dying to get up there this week to eliminate that and organize more! How do you like my Tiki Hut?! I am so excited about it and plan on using it for a shelf for student books, bell work folders, etc...) I am also going to set up a student work station with their own stapler, tape, pencil sharpener, etc... so that they don't have to use supplies from my desk. I am SUPER excited about this new edition to my classroom. Hopefully, I will have more pictures to post the weekend, if not definitely by the middle of next week. Can you believe that school is about to start?! We have registration this week and then a PBIS meeting after. So, basically school is starting! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

I Opened a Store...

So I took the plunge and FINALLY opened a TPT store. You can check it out here! I only have two things, in which both are free! Hey, that's a start :). Both items will have a "big reveal" coming soon on how that I will be using them in my classroom. Check back tomorrow on the bargain that I found at the salvage store and how it will be used in my classroom...eeeK!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creating Stuff and an Award

The past two weeks I have been creating lots of new things for my classroom...{Thanks Pinterest}! I will be sharing two of the projects tonight. The rest will come later so stay tuned!

The first thing I did was painted this canvas with a saying that I found on Pinterest {side note: picture is terrible quality & the jazzed up the writing a bit more...forgot to take a picture of the final one}.

Next, I jumped on the "band wagon" and created a teacher's toolbox like many of your in blogging world have. Here is the final product...I am so happy how it turned out! 

Stay tuned for the rest of my Pinterest projects and also my VistaPrint creations. I tried to upload a couple of days ago from their website, but they were having technical difficulties so I am waiting for my shipment to arrive. Can't wait to shoe you all! 

Thanks Shannon over at First Grade Heart for nominating me for the Liebster Award. This award recognizes new teacher bloggers who have less than 200 follower. Now I have to find 5 other new bloggers and let them know.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy and paste the award onto your blog;
2. Thank the giver and link back to them;
3. Reveal 5 other bloggers and let them know by commenting on their blog.

Here are my 5:
1. At Home In First
2. A First Grade Fairytale
3. 2nd Grade Glance
4. 1st Grade Hip Hip Hooray! 
5. Krazy Fun Teaching With Mrs. Kacz

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Busy Week & Phoneme Segmentation has been a {BUSY} week! My hubby and I painted my classroom this week and I am SO EXCITED how it turned out. See a preview below. Before my walls were the standard grey color and I wanted to SPICE it up a little this year so I chose Nomadic Desert by Color Place from Wal-Mart. I painted my built-in shelf last year Furry Ottertail {where do they come up with these names?!?}, so I went two shades lighter on the same color family for my walls.

**Terrible "after" picture I know...I will be posting more classroom pictures when it is finished. Our school is shut down for two weeks.                                              

These are the colors that I am using this year...what do you think?

Do your students have trouble with Phonemic Awareness? We have students that come to the middle school that still struggle with phonemic awareness or were never taught how to read using phonics. Our Special Education Department started using Language! by Jane Fell Greene. I LOVE it for the population of students that I work with. We saw HUGE growth and progress with the students and I couldn't be happier! Here is a little tool that I will be using with this program to help with phonemic awareness {I saw something similar on Pinterest, but I have adapted it slightly}. This little "gem" can be used in multiple ways, but here is what I am planning to do with it:
1.) Use each bead color for each sound in the word (students will slide a bead to the left to represent the sound and then slid all beads back to the right to say the word. Example: /c/-/a/-/t/ students will slide 3 beads to the left
2.) Use each bead color to represent prefixes,suffixes, and roots
3.) Use to teach syllables

The best part is I got a BIG bag of beads for $1 at the the dollar tree and I had the string at my house so it is VERY cheap and I can make one for each child to have.

That's all for now...will post some "Pinspiration" projects that I am working on later this weekend!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Keeping Track

I am re-vamping the way that I kept track of my student's behavior.  This year our school is implementing PBIS so I needed a way to track tickets earned and good behavior for my students.  You know "middle-schoolers" are smarter than us and they will probably find a way to "work" the system. So I needed to have something to keep track and tickets that I reward.  I did not want to add another form to my paper work so I decided to combine it with my behavior logs.  Do any of you use PBIS at your schools? If so, what has worked for you?

Behavior Management

Friday, June 22, 2012

Do You Use VistaPrint?

I am completely obsessed with VISTA PRINT!! In fact I have been BUSY creating stuff for next year all week long! For the past 2 years, I have went WAY {and I mean WAY} overboard buying stuff! They usually have a REALY good sale around 4th of July. I can't wait to show you what all I have been making. Thanks to Pinterest, my order will probably be doubled! What do you create for your classroom using VistaPrint?