As the school year nears an end, I like to take a moment to reflect on my practice. What went well? What didn't? What can I do as an educator to improve for next year? Here are a few points that stick out most to me.
1. My reading block is the best it has ever been. My students have all grown. I have been blessed with a class of hard workers. I am so proud of them. One student started off on an E (beginning of 1st grade level) and has made an L (middle of 2nd grade level). The fac... Continue reading
I have been busy these past couple weeks creating a lot of new products for my TPT store. I have began making math games for use during Math Small Groups. I needed more resources for my kids to use to meet their needs. I couldn't find exactly what I needed, so I made my own.
I have also been working on a mClass TRC kit that aligns with ReadingA-Z's benchmark books.
I have been gone a long time!
This school year has been busy, busy, busy! It has been a good busy though! I have been really loving my transition to 2nd grade! Some new things that have happened this year:
I got rid of my desks! Yes, I am completely deskless! This has been the best decision I have ever made! I wish I had done this sooner! I started shopping local Goodwills, garage/yard sales, and confinement stores. I have also wrote a gra... Continue reading
The buzz on all the educational blogs I read has been about HP Instant Ink. I finally went out to Best Buy to buy a printer that is compatible with the program.
For a set price per month, you can print to your heart's content and HP will send you replacement ink when you get low!
I am looking forward to this and am installing the software as we speak! Best Buy had a special where you got 3 months free. So for 3 months I get free ink. HECK YEAH!!!!
I am going to use this to print our classroom materials.Continue reading
If you have been following my blog you know I have been working endlessly on packing, moving, unpacking, and setting up my new classroom.
I made a goal for myself to not spend a lot of $$$ at teacher stores! Due to this goal, I have had to make a lot of my own decor. I find that I have been enjoying making my own posters and items for the room.
The only things I have purchased from my local teacher store is magnetic bulletin board border and ladybug accents (used for hallway display and job chart).
With HP... Continue reading
This week I have continued working in my new classroom. One mistake I have always made in the past was to unpack and shove my belongings anywhere it can fit. This leads to an organization nightmare. This year I have been determined to have a set plan in place before anything got unpacked. As seen in a previous post, I was organizing non-instructional materials. Now that I have all that figured out, all I need to do is make my labels. Now when I finish unpacking, I know where each of those items are going.
Today I have focused on my... Continue reading
Today's goal in unpacking is organizing and finding a home for all non-instructional supplies. This includes Ziploc bags, plates/napkins, cleaning supplies, and more!
In my new room I am fortunate enough to have amazing storage space. I have a counter with cabinets under a sink. I decided this was a perfect place for these types of supplies.
I will also be keeping kitchen type of supplies in there. This will include my coffee K-cups, coffee mug, water pitcher, cup, and more. Basically this is an area of the classroom th... Continue reading
As you might remember from previous posts, I was informed at the end of the year that I would be moving to 2nd grade. I had to quickly pack up my room and move into a new one.
Today is the first day I have been allowed in the new room to work.
Of course I walked in and immediately felt overwhelmed.
I took a deep breath and said that I needed to start with a plan.
First goal is to get the basic furniture set up.Continue reading
As a Pinnacle Leader, I have been blessed with 10 iPads. To introduce procedures with the iPads, I decided to do a school tour using them.
Students will be given a list of important people/items to take a selfie with. These selfies will be uploaded to our Google Classroom.
Students can access our Google Classroom on the iPads. As we walk around the school, students can use their iPads to take the appropriate selfies. These selfies will then be uploaded to the Google Classroom to complete the assignment.
Some of... Continue reading
One of my big summer project is planning, making, and implementing Class Dojo credit cards. I am late to the Class Dojo bandwagon. I transitioned to it halfway through the 2015-2016 school year. My students took to it immediately and loved every minute of it. Nothing gets them back on track more than hearing that little "ding."
I wanted a better system for acknowledging positive behavior. I have read many blogs and gathered ideas from many other educators. I wanted to make it my own.... Continue reading
You are in the middle of guided reading. You have students all working quietly on assigned tasks. You are in the middle of reading with your group when you hear it- "Miss Chaaaapple! What is my password????"
This was one thing that completely derailed my small group instruction. I would have to redirect constantly. Even though I had their passwords written down, they constantly lost them.
I want to make my life as easy as possible this coming school year. I... Continue reading
Coding, Gaming, and Podcasting- Oh my!
My mind is thouroughly blown on this third day of Pinnacle training! I am learning so many new things and trying to find ways of implementing it all! I am si excited for my rising 2nd graders! They are going to enter my classroom and never want to leave! ... and I wouldn't have it any other way!
I was lucky enough to apply and get in to Gaston County Schools Pinnacle program. Pinnacle is for GCS educators who have a passion for including technology into their lessons and daily routines.
Yesterday marked the beginning of my Pinnacle training. GCS was amazing and gave us a new Chromebook and iPad for teach use. When my new students begin in the fall, we will have 15 Chromebooks and 10 iPads available. In addition to the 15 Chromebooks, I also 5 of my own from being involved with Discovery Education's Ambassador program... Continue reading
So after finding out I was being moved to 2nd grade and changing rooms- I am finally, officially, MOVED!
I had hopes of being completely organized when the move happened. However, due to short notice and time restraints- that did not happen.
However, I am teaching summer school this year. By the time summer school starts, my new classroom show be done (floor cleaned, waxed, etc).
I plan on spending a bit of time each day during summer school to unpack and get organized. This will be a focus for my July/Aug... Continue reading
As I begin packing up my classroom for the move, I reflect on my filing system. I have decided to make the choice of NO MORE FILING CABINET!! wOOt!!!! Today has been spent going through and TRASHING everything that I do not need to bring with me! It is such a relaxing experience to watch everything go in the trash can and recycling bin!
As of Friday afternoon (yesterday!) I am now moving to 2nd grade! So my End of the Year procedure series is taking a bit of a different course!
So... here you have it... preparing for a grade level and room change!
For the next session of my End of the Year procedures, I am going to talk about what I do with extra worksheets and activities.
The last couple years I have embraced the "If I didn't use it in a year, GET RID OF IT!" mantra. However, if I have extra worksheets that I did not get to, I do save them.
The first part of my End of the Year routine is to PLAN! I always start with a plan of attack. I have a really bad habit of starting in one corner, then distracting myself with something I found and moving to another spot. By making a plan, I force myself to stay in that spot until I have accomplished my goal.
On Saturday, for example, I made the shelves behind my desk my priority. These shelves tend to "hide" all the things I do not know what to do with. Prior to attacking them, they were filled with random junk. I now have... Continue reading
My blog's theme for the next week and a half will be End of the Year cleanup. Join me in my madness to finish the year on a positive note!
As I wrap up my 10th year of teaching, I take a moment to reflect on my organization. Each year I have gotten a bit better at staying organized throughout the school year to make End of the Year cleanup a breeze.
Let's just say... I am not the most organized teacher you have seen. I have a bad habit of putting papers down on any surface I see. The end result? Well.... I tend to have ra... Continue reading
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