I've never really done awards in the past but I'm SOOO excited this year. I found Reagan'sCandy Student Awards and boy are they perfect. I went shopping on Saturday and went to three stores to find all the candy. I hit up the Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and Target. I probably could have gotten most at Dollar General but I had a gift card to Target. Each candy was about $1. It was so fun figuring out which award fit perfectly for each student. Even those few students who might push your buttons will still have an award to fit their personality to a T. Reagan has graciously donated one packet to a lucky winner. To enter you must follow both of our blogs and TPT stores. Leave one comment saying you follow us and tell us your favorite candy. I'll announce the winner tomorrow at 5 pm central so hurry and enter! Reagan's Blog Reagan's Store My store
I've been busy getting ready for next year. I'm trying to keep things cohesive and less cluttered. I also need your help. I just set up shop at Teacher's Notebook. Follow my new Teacher's Notebook shop and tell me your theme for next year and you may just win any 3 packs from my TPT or TN store.
If you haven't entered the vocabulary giveaway you have 14 more hours. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you're the lucky winner.
My kids loved coming up with our Bee Promises this year. This packet was used as a reminder of our promises. The first three people to leave feedback to my Getting to Know you sheetswill receive this packet for FREE! Leave me a comment with your email stating you left feedback.
I was so excited to check the door today! Look what arrived... my new teacher's planner, notepads, and notebook. I just love Erin Condren's products. I also purchased a $50 gift card to Erin Condren's site to giveaway once I hit 300 followers. Hopefully that will be before school starts back up. Here are some parties I have going on so link up and you may just win a cool gift.
I believe that learning should be
active, exciting, and engaging.Part of the problem with engaging
and motivating students, is that we continue to give them old-fashioned paper
and pencil work, while they are craving a medium that speaks their language -
technology. I would be lost without technology. One source
I use daily is YouTube. I’m lucky to not have this site blocked at y school. YouTube
is one of the biggest resources for educational content. Whenever I’m in need
of a song, video, or book I search YouTube. You can find videos that make the
subject of your lesson more applicable to students’ everyday lives. There are a
tons of reasons YouTube should be a part of most classrooms:
·Engage your students
by captivating their attention
context for lessons.
·Help provide cultural
relevance for your students.
It's never too early to start planning for next year! Right? Or am I the only one who is getting excited for a fresh start. I am linking up with Classroom Freebies Manic Mondays with my Getting to Know You Sheets.
Thanks for posting about your reading series! The winner of the free packets is
I'm linking up with My (Not So) Elementary Life's first linky party titled My Most Memorable Moment.
My most memorable event this school year would be my Surprise Birthday party given to me by my students and their parents. They had my room decked out with balloons, decor, cupcakes, presents and more. I loved reading each and every card from my students. It was my best birthday ever! What was your most memorable event from this school year? I'd love to know.
Good thing I have parents who also follow my pinterest boards.
This was something I had pinned earlier in the year.
You have TWO more hours to get my packets for a buck each! Leave feedback and I'll send you a FREE packet of your choice. All you need to do is send me an email at email@example.com saying you left feedback.
What a fun linky party! I'm joining Views from 205's The Best of Pinterest Linky PARTY.
Here are my top ten pins that I've enjoyed making or implementing this year. Click on the picture to take you there.
TGIF! Only a couple of more days for me. My kids have been super busy completing an end of the year memory book. We've also been talking about facebook. I did a little questioning to see if my students were familiar with facebook. To my surprise, each and everyone of my students could tell me ALL about facebook. We then made our own walls and posted our picture in the left hand corner. Each student went around the room and asked their friends to post comments on their wall. This was great for the students who didn't purchase yearbooks. They had a blast!!!You can grab it by clicking on the picture.
I'm joining Amber at Adventures of a Third GradeTeacher for her very first linky party. This linky party is all about reflecting on your year. Click on the link below to join this
reflective Linky Party.
What went well: 1. Parent Communication- I am pretty good
about updating my classroom website and posting a newsletter weekly but this year I took parent communication to another level. I sent out text reminders using REMIND 101. You must check out this awesome site.
I had parents either sign up using their phone number or email address at the very beginning of the year. Anytime
I had an important event, reminder or assignment due, I sent a quick text. The
best part about Remind 101 is parents never have your cell number. Check it out
if you want a really cool way of keeping in touch with your parents. Your parents will thank you!
2. Classroom Design- I found Melanie at Schoolgirl Style around
October. I learned some great tips about sticking with a few colors, doubling
up borders and finding a focal point in your room. I decided to go with the yellow
and black /white polka dots. I spray painted most of my bookshelves and ditched
containers that were various colors. My new and improved classroom décor is
clean, bright and cheery. I love the way it looks and feels. Thanks Melanie!
3. Organizing my files thanks to Pinterest, TPT,
and blogging- This year I decided to get really organized. Anytime I found a cute
worksheet or idea I put it in a page protector. I managed to fill huge 3-ring binders
for every month. I am so excited to have my filing cabinet all organized
instead of in folders getting wrinkled. This system has worked out perfectly. I
am a very visual learner so this fits my learning style much better than shoved
into a cabinet that I never opened. I will actually be able to use these
fun lessons that I’ve found from other fabulous teachers. Thanks guys!
The Not so Great:
1. Not having enough time for Math-Our district stresses a 90
minute reading block so sometimes other subjects get brushed aside. Next year I
want to devote at least an hour a day in math. Especially since we have 2 more
chapters in our math series and only 2 weeks left of school. I want to be
consistent with math stations just as I am with guided reading. I have a plan
but I just need to be consistent.
2. Grading: I am
such a procrastinator when it comes to grading papers and averaging grades. I
want to utilize our online gradebook next year. I would like to have my grades
in at least a couple days before they are due instead of staying up til midnight
the night before they are due. Does anyone hate report cards as much as me?
3. RTI: My R.T.I.
progress monitoring needs a little work. I had many students in tier II and
tier III. I sometimes would forget to graph their latest DIBELS oral reading
fluency or nonsense word fluency. I am serving on our RTI committee next year
so hopefully this will keep me on top of my game. Don’t get me wrong, I did provide
the interventions every day- I just have a hard time recording their progress
Come check out Mrs. Stanford's ClassandClutter-Free Classroom's Summer Reading linky parties to get great ideas for summer reading. This is a list of What I'll be READING this summer.
I'm going to The Sisters' The Daily 5 and Cafe conference this summer. I'm super excited!!! I've already read both of these wonderful books but now I need a refresher before I attend their conference. I will also be doing book studies on these books.
I also plan on reading through the common core standards.
I won't have time for reading too many books because I'll be reorganizing my classroom library.
I am linking up with Maria Dismondy - one of my favorite new children's authors for Make a Difference Monday. Maria's books have wonderful lessons to be learned.This month's character word for Make a Difference Monday is RESPECT. How do you teach respect to your students? In my class I read a lot of books about respecting each other's differences. The first book I usually start out with is Have You Filled a Bucket Today? It teaches children that everyone including pets have invisible buckets. Throughout the day kind words and actions can fill your bucket and hurtful words can dip into your bucket. At the beginning of this year we also made this chart from The First Grade Parade.
I think it's really important for students to see the beauty in diversity. Here are some of my favorite books to teach RESPECT. I'm also having a All-Time Favorite Read-Alouds linky party if you'd like to link up. If you link up to both linky parties you may win fabulous prizes donated by Maria and myself. Maria has graciously donated her book Pink Tiara Cookies for Three along with a cute cookie cutter set. Remember you must link up to both linky parties to be entered into the contest!