Sunday, August 2, 2015

August 2nd Currently

I'm ashamed of myself for not having posted the past few weeks!  :(

Things have been very hectic, but I am getting back on track!  Let's start with a recap of what I have been up to...


  1. 2 Conferences (in one week)...both were great! One was about co-teaching in the classroom and the other was all about using iPads and authentic assessment!  I hope to blog about that one in more detail this week.
  2. 3 Job Interviews (in one week)...none of them worked out.   I was upset, but I guess things happen for a reason, so life goes on.  Maybe next year!
  3. 1 Birthday (mine)!  I celebrated my 31st birthday last week.  
What is currently happening?!


I can't wait to do a classroom reveal.  I tried to showcase it on Periscope today, but that apparently didn't work and I was talking to myself!  What are you up to currently?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2 for Tuesday

2 for Tuesday

I am so excited to be linking up with Chalk One Up for the Teacher for another 2 for Tuesday!



This week, I am featuring new products in my store!  They are all about place value and perfect for getting ready for B2S!  Check them out below!

Let's check these out a little closer!




Place Value Standard Form- Mix 'N Match



If you are interested in either of these products, they will be 50% through tomorrow!  Click on the headers to purchase the product!


Monday, July 6, 2015

Classroom Decor- Monday Made It

My New Classroom Decor 

Monday Made-It

July 6, 2015


This Monday Made-It is all about my classroom decor!  I am so excited about sharing this with you and I will have more to share in the future!  I can't wait to decorate my classroom with my 80's theme, but you may find some inspiration with your theme!

My classroom has desks (I would prefer tables), but we don't have the space and the students have to be separated during state testing.  Anyways, I like to cluster my students.  My goal last year was to have the students in groups with supply caddies and storage drawers.  That didn't happen, so I am hoping that matching decor will help me stay organized!

I bought these fan decorations from Party City.  I tell you what, this was a challenge!  I had to search several aisles before I could find what I was looking for and then I had to stand on the shelves to reach it (barely)!  I love that there are 5 and they are each different colors.


Next, I needed some signs that I could put on the fans.  I found a lot of items from The Teaching Sweet Shoppe that coordinate with my 80's theme.  I found these team signs and knew they would be perfect.  I printed 2 copies of each #s 1-5.  I didn't think about the fact that they would be a large size, so I had to do some trimming, but it all worked out well!


I then laminated and cut them out.  I fired up the hot glue gun and put a little glue in the middle and adhered them to the paper fans.  


PURE AWESOMENESS!



I also made the labels for my supply caddies.  I found these supply caddies at the Target Dollar Spot and these labels are from The Teaching Sweet Shoppe file mentioned above.


Okay, so I know I said this is all about my classroom decor, but I just finished up a new product, so I have to share it with you!
For my last Monday Made-It, I created a new product for the TPT Seller Challenge, Week 3!  Since I will be teaching a 3/4 split next year, I need some products that my 3rd graders can use!  I decided to make a Place Value Task Card set, but here is the kicker!  It's a Mix 'N Match version!  The task cards come in color and black/version, so you can print what you want for your class!  The students will need to convert from word form and expanded form to standard (number) form.  You can use the task cards as 2 different sets or mix 'n match the task cards.  Either way the answer will be the same!  


Here is an example:



This set will be on sale 50% until July 7th at 12PM, EST!  Don't delay, grab yours today!  Click here or on the picture above to be taken to the product!


Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Monday Made-It!  Make sure to check the other makers at Fourth Grade Frolics!



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Improve Your Classroom
#2getherwearebetter

Classroom Improvements

I just discovered this linky, #2getherwearebetter, hosted by Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd and Lucky Little Learners!  This month, the focus is on classroom improvements!



I can't believe that it is already July and I feel like I have so much to do before school starts in a little over a month!  EEK!  Last year was my first year back in the classroom, after being in the media center for 4 years.  Before that I was working at a university, so needless to say, things had changed A LOT in the world of classrooms!

I am constantly thinking of ways I can improve my classroom and lessons, so this seems like a great link-up!

Now, I will start by saying I am awful about taking pictures!  I really need to work on that.  That's a classroom improvement, right?!

Arrangement

I am great at arranging student desks into clusters, but I did not like the way the rest of my room was arranged.  I had my teacher desk in the corner, which faced toward the students, but I felt very far away from them.  Although, there were moments that I needed some peace and serenity!  In front of my desk was a large table.  It basically became a table for catch-all!  Not what I wanted! Over to the right of that, I had my small group table and a bookcase. I put the bookcase there to have shelves available for small group materials.  It basically became a mess of stuff!  I think you can see some of what I am talking about in these pictures...




I have been going back and forth about my teacher desk.  I have read about a lot of teachers that have rid themselves of their desks, but I can't decide.  First, I would have to check and see if there is a place that my school has to store the desk.  My other thought is, where would I put my laptop and printer?  Those are the most important items on my desk and I would need something to put them on in order to keep them safe.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

I would like for the big table to become...something. It may become a table for center work...that seems like the best use for it!

Bulletin Boards

I would like to make better use for my bulletin boards.

This bulletin board stayed like this all year!  BAD BAD BAD!  It started as a way to improve multiplication facts fluency and showcase their skills!  Then we received a grant for a math fact program, which is AWESOME, and this bulletin board fell by the wayside.  I would like to make this my Reading and Math rotations board, so that I can use the other bulletin boards for more important things.


This bulletin board changed throughout the year, but again, fell by the wayside at the end of the year.  The students used the anchor charts for review of concepts, but I would like to make it more interactive...see below for a great post about utilizing bulletin boards.


This bulletin board is kind of tucked away behind my desk, so it was not convenient for the students...that teacher desk is in the way...


This bulletin board held our classroom jobs and calendar all year...I am trying to come up with a way to change up this bulletin board as well!


Here is a great post about making bulletin boards interactive.  I love the ideas!

Any thoughts or suggestions on arrangement and bulletin boards would be wonderful!

Link up with Angie and Ashley and check out other link-ups for ideas or to give suggestions!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TPT Seller Challege Week 3: Make Your Masterpiece

TPT Seller Challenge Week 3: Make Your Masterpiece

#tptsellerchallenge

I'm baaaaack!  It's week 3 of the TPT Seller Challenge!  Here is what we need to do this week...


At the beginning of the summer, I finished reading Donalyn Miller's, The Book Whisperer.  It is a great read and I highly recommend it.  I already purchased her book Reading in the Wild.  Anywho, in her book she challenges the students to read 40 books each year, spanning different genres.  I thought this would be a great idea to implement with my class this year, so I decided to create a bulletin board to encourage and motivate my students.  It will be a free product in my TPT store, so feel free to grab it up!  Please leave feedback and let me know what you think.  It will include a header, recording sheet, #of books read headers, and a place for students to sign their names.  I would love for someone to swap with me and let me know what you think.  I made this one in neon colors to coordinate with my classroom theme.



Main Bulletin Board Header




Headers for the number of books read:




Recording Sheet


Bulletin Board Sheets for students to record their names under books read banners



Click here to download for free!

Are you participating in the TPT Seller Challenge?  Thank you to the following bloggers for this challenge!







Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2 for Tuesday with The Pickett Press

2 for Tuesday



This is my first link-up with 2 for Tuesday!  I don't have a lot of products in my store yet since I am kind of starting out, but I do have a couple of math products that may be beneficial for you!

The following two products will be on today only!  Don't delay, check them out and get them while they are 50% off!  :)

Rounding is Sweet: This set includes 32 task cards, a recording sheet, and a game board.  You can use this is different ways to meet your needs!  Click here to be taken directly to my TPT store!

Rock'Em Sock'Em Fractions: This product is a comparing fractions game!  It includes 24 task cards, score cards, answer key, and directions on ways you can use it in the classroom!  Click here to be taken to the product!

I hope you can find some use for them!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

3-2-1 Teacher Bio with The Pickett Press



I was on Bloglovin' and I came across a new link-up (at least new to me), titled 3-2-1 Teacher Bio.  I was enjoying reading and learning about other teachers, so I decided it would be fun to participate!  Hang on to your hats!

1. This will be my second year in the classroom.  I spent my first four years as a media specialist at the same school.  Due to budget cuts and retirements, I was moved to the classroom.  It had been 8 years since I had been in the classroom and boy had things changed!  My first year went really well...see second about the teacher me

2. My first year back in the classroom was a success.  Of course, being the regular me, I started thinking about how I could improve and make things even better for the next year.  I was speaking to the principal one day, and she asked if I would be willing to accept the nomination for our school's Teacher of the Year award.  JAW DROP!  I think if that is something I can achieve my first year back in the classroom, I can only imagine how well I can do next year!

3. Over plan...I'm sure I am not alone in this.  I wanted to do so much with my students that I would spend a lot of time planning and having lots of activities for us to complete.  We were not able to complete everything by the end of the year, but I feel that my students were successful and they worked really hard!
1. I love to read! Now that I've said that, I feel like I am not reading enough.  My boyfriend knows that when I am reading, other things do not exist.  I get wrapped up in my reading and often read before I go to sleep, because it takes me to other places and I do not have my thoughts consuming my brain!  It makes sense that I have a Masters in Library & Information Science!

2. I am extremely OCD! I do not like when things are out of place.  This definitely makes me very organized!  Again, my boyfriend knows this about me, so he often consults with me before putting things away!  ;-)
I wish, I wish, I wish!  I have a friend that lives there with her husband (military) and I am jealous every time I see pictures on Facebook!  I have always wanted to travel to Italy and cannot wait until I actually get to go!  Pasta and wine...where can you go wrong?!

There's just a snippet about me!  Feel free to participate!  Thank you to Learning in Wonderland for hosting this link-up!  Go and check out others!

Toodles!




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Keys to a Successful School Year Blog Series: Key 1 Organization







I just came home from a wonderful lunch with some teacher friends!  It is the music teacher's birthday and we met up to celebrate and have lunch!  It is nice to see them and spend some time with them outside the school year!

I am working on trying to relax this summer...



However, I found out about a week and half ago that I will be teaching a 3rd/4th split next year! AHHHH!!  This will be my 2nd year in the classroom and I am being thrown a curve ball.  Last year I moved from the media center to the classroom, and now I will be prepping for 2 grades.  DEEP BREATHS!

So, what does this mean?  I am going to have to work even harder to maintain my sanity.  How am I going to do that?  I will be presenting a series of blog posts on how I plan to be successful this upcoming school year.  Key #1 to be successful: ORGANIZATION!



Organization

In order to keep my sanity, I am going to have to stay organized.  Now, I am pretty good at organization, and I expect it from my students, but I am going to have to work hard at it this year.  Last year I would have master copies of papers and I would either recycle them or throw in a pile behind my desk, because I did not have a place to store them.  No more!  Now it is time to organize with binders!

Organize My Lesson Materials

Yesterday, I went to Office Max (aka Office Depot) and they were having a sale on their binders! YAY!  I found them in really cute colors and printed these editable binder covers from Learning in Wonderland.  Here is what they look like on the outside!

There is nothing on the inside, yet.  I will be adding tab dividers to make it easy to locate the materials I need.  I am also going to be making more binder inserts for additional needs (small groups, teacher binder, etc.).  I will post more pictures later, when I have worked on them more!


Organize My Classroom

I work hard to maintain organization in my classroom.  This was when I first moved in to my classroom last year.  I have these 3 Sterilite containers and planned to use them to help keep my students organized.  I ended up leaving them at the front of my classroom and they collected dust.  


I am going with a black and bright colors theme this year, so I need to transform the boring white to this!  


I need to buy 2 more containers, so that I have 1 for each group.  I will have to upload pictures of those later, as well.  My current drawers are at school.  Not only do I need to make them cute, they need to be utilized, so I need to decide what will be placed in the drawers.  I want to have 1 drawer for math manipulatives, but I still need to decide what I want in the other drawers.  Any suggestions?

Student Organization

We all have students that have a natural ability to organize....and students that do NOT have that ability!  Therefore, it is important to teach students how to be organized!  One of the things that the other 4th grade teacher and I discussed is utilizing a binder system for the students to use, so that they can stay organized with all of their materials.  They will even have different folders for the subjects.  I created a binder cover to go with our school "mascot".  We are the All-Stars, so I went with the S.T.A.R. (Students That Are Responsible) theme.


Grab this freebie from my TPT store!

I will also be teaching them how to organize their desks, since those tend to be messy.  

How do you/your students stay organized during the school year?