I am SO excited to begin teaching this week. Although I am not in the classroom this year, I do get to teach Character Education as a special to K-5. This only lasts 12 weeks (now until Dec. 19), so I am going to soak in all the lesson planning love I can get until then! Keep a few things in mind that are different from full-time classroom teachers: I teach on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays only. I have a variety of grade levels on Tuesday & Thursday, but only 5th grade on Fridays. I only have 30 minutes with each class (EEEKKK!) I teach 2-3 classes of each grade level during the week. I have been told that this special is mostly discussion…however, I have added in a few short activities in case time allows. Here’s a little peek at my week. We are focusing on listening skills & being respectful students. This has the links to books, videos, activities, and lots of FREEBIES! I can’t wait to read these books this week! They are just plain FUN. I’m also curious to see what the kids come up with for their Lacey Walker activity. This version is exactly the Continue Reading
I’m excited to share this little freebie with you! Since, I don’t have a classroom this year, one of my sweet friends sent me a few pictures of her kids using this during math centers…(Pardon the cropping…I had to cut their sweet faces out!) So, the center activity consists of task cards, soccer ball number cards, and a recording sheet. Students read the question on the card. It may say something like “What number is 10 more than 43?”. Then they look for the soccer ball that shows 10 more than 43. The kids then match the soccer ball to the correct task card (as you can see on the top two cards in the picture). If this game were played on the floor or at a table, students would be able to “make a goal” by putting the matching soccer ball right on top of the goal! I’ve gotten some great feedback from teachers at my own school who are using it in 2nd and 3rd grade as a review of 5 more/less and 10 more/less addition and subtraction skills. The kids are all excited about the soccer theme and love “making goals”. Be sure to grab a copy of Continue Reading
This weekend I worked on a fun little editable project that you may enjoy! There are 20 slides that are ready for you to personalize. Take a look in this sneak peek! Add your name to this page! I’ve also added a page without the words “Open House”, just in case you have a different event name. Here is a preview of all the pages once they are completed. This page works as a little getting to know you page. You can let parents know all about your schedule here. I like to show parents what their HW checklist will look like so that they are not confused the first week of school. I added an image of it to this slide. Want parents to volunteer??? I included this slide and one about class parties! This product also has 4 blank pages with editable titles so that you can add extra pages with any specific information you need to share with parents. If you would like to see a larger preview or grab this editable presentation, click here.
Linking up for Day 2 of Teacher Week with the ladies at Blog Hoppin’! This one is a little abnormal for me, because I’m out of the classroom this year. Buttt…I figured I’d show you around anyway! Last year, when I was IN the classroom, it looked like this… But this year, I’m Communications Director & I teach Character Education to K-2, so I use all the classrooms in the school. Here’s where I work! It’s a private PK2-5th grade school that’s been around for 45 years! It was my elementary school, and I feel so at home here! Pavilion & PK Playground You can’t see the big playground from here but from here it is behind me. Our hallways are colorful and walled with bulletin boards that are painted. The blue and green walls here are all bulletin boards. This wall above is painted with white board paint! HOW AWESOME!? Our art teacher is beyond talented! This is one of my current favorite classrooms! It is a co-teaching 1st grade room. The teachers have set it up so well this year! Love all the space that two rooms includes! Be sure to link back up to Continue Reading
When I was a first year teacher, I received a little basket of goodies. So, when I found out there was a BRAND new teacher at my new school, I figured I would keep the tradition going! I grabbed one of those shower caddies from the college section of Target and some ribbon that matches her room’s color scheme. Then I found things that I had bought for my classroom and never used, and bought a few things at the Target dollar section. Voila! Adorable bin that she will LOVE! Do you have any traditions for new teachers? Be sure to link back up! for more Wordless Wednesday ideas!
My sweet friends Alisha from Missing Tooth Grins and Katie from Simply Creative in KY decided to get together for a mini product swap. We wanted to give ya’ll a closer look at some of our products! I have the wonderful pleasure of looking through Katie’s Let’s Talk About It: Teaching Students How to Talk About Text. People, it’s amazing! This pack has so many different resources to help you help your students discuss their reading. True Common Core, my friends. Discuss, discuss, discuss. First off, please just look at all that color! I mean, really! Who doesn’t love color?!?! This is just pure teacher happiness! This is the whole pack printed and ready to teach with! Okay, now let’s take a look at the inside of this pack. Katie includes: 1. Lesson Ideas about using sticky notes, summarizing, learning to take turns, and making conversations meaningful using various resources. 2. Stop & Jot and Text Talker anchor charts 3. Five Phrase Posters 4. Text Talk Bingo 5. Talking Sticks 6. Text Talker Bookmarks 7. Discussion Cards for chapter books, picture books, and nonfiction texts. Katie includes so many different options in this resource. I used it in camp this summer Continue Reading
This week I finally printed some of the things I have created this year. I started organizing my centers like this last year. We did literacy and math centers every day so I had A TON of activities and no where to keep them. Now I store my centers in plastic Ziploc bags. All the Ziploc bags go in a filing cabinet or the closet (depending on subject and topic). This is convenient for me & for early finishers who need to be kept busy! I print and laminate everything. I cut any extra white or lamination off of the big direction sheets. This way, they fit perfectly inside the zipper of the Gallon bags. Each activity has an individual bag that includes: 1) Anchor Charts 2) “I Can” Statement/Direction Sheet 3) Task Cards or Activities 4) One copy of the recording sheet for easy access. Just grab it and make copies. On Fridays before I leave, I grab the centers for the next week, take them out of the large bags, and put them in our center bins, like the one below. I leave the task cards in the small sandwich bags. I keep the empty Gallon bags in Continue Reading
So, I’m in LOVE with Keynote. I use both PowerPoint and Keynote to create. I just like the easy of Keynote better. HOWEVER… I am not a huge technology guru…When I finished my product and saved it as a PDF, I always got these thin white borders on the top & bottom. Strange, right? Annoying, yes. Plus, it’s not good when selling products because then the person buying the product may have to cut extra stuff to get that ugly white off! I had to find a solution, or else I was going back to my PowerPoint days. Cue – the technology guru from my previous school. Mr. Church saved me! He basically said that Keynote is not formatted to print on paper because it is a “presentation program”, SO you have to make a custom paper. He actually made this YouTube video to explain it to me. It is very easy to follow. Click the picture below to watch and learn! Be sure to do this BEFORE creating a product. If you do it after, you will have to move all of your objects, images, and fonts back into place. (Ain’t nobody got time for that!) I just had Continue Reading
Many of you have most likely changed schools a couple of times in your careers. However, it’s a first for this newbie! After interning and teaching at a school where I felt at home, I am switching to a completely different environment. Next year, I will be working in an administrative position as “Communications Director” for the private Christian elementary school I grew up in. I am SO excited for this new journey. I am blessed to be able to work in the environment that raised me from the time I was 2 years old until 5th grade. I am thrilled to be working with some of the same teachers (and the same principal!) from when I was in school. Sometimes it amazes me that I will be down the hall from the teacher who inspired me to teach. Such a great opportunity. It will also be a sort of…trial run. I want to continue to my Doctorate after I finish my Master’s in May. However, I’m not sure if I want to work with adults in the future, or if I want to stay with the kiddies. I hope this job will give me the opportunity to find my Continue Reading