Sunday, August 7, 2016

New School Year

I just recently had surgery & it has been rough trying to recover! I am having some issues that are causing me pain & numbness that is hindering what I am able to do. As I begin to think of this school year, I need to stay focused on the important things & make sure that I get only the things done that are a need. Things that are not a "need" could be just fluff. As I recover, I need to rember that I am important too. All too often we either take the "I" out of our duties, or we are told to take the "I" out. Well, I am here to tell you it is okay to consider yourself and that of your family. Teachers come and go, they would be able to replace you, but you or your family can't replace you. Listen to that inner self telling you it is time to only do the necessary and think about yourself. Yes, we all want to save the world, but if you are not well, you need to save yourself. A new thought for a new school year.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Tech & the Flexible Classroom

This week, another teacher friend and I, held a professional development for other teachers' within our district. Our goal was to help teachers' see student engagement in a new light. We also wanted teachers' to not fear literacy stations. The presentation was set up to talk about different ways we incorporate technology in the classroom in order to engage the students, but also to help the teacher get data and gain an understanding of their students'. During the presentation we showed teachers how to use the apps or websites as well as help them create their own accounts. As teachers we know it is important to be able to practice what we learn. On that note, we had the teachers do hands-on stations where they had to practice and use the very apps or websites we had presented on. I feel that this was very beneficial to them. This will allow them to go back into the classroom & feel more confident about using technology in literacy stations. All too often, I have heard teachers say that stations do not work because of student behavior. We do have to teach procedures in such a way that it becomes rote behavior, but we also have to try to keep students' engaged, and actually have a drive and love of learning. As teachers, we have a lot on our plates, the list never seems to end. However, our number one reason for being an educator is to educate. Meetings, watching those beginning of the year videos, and some of the paperwork should not be first! It's about the students and how you will educate them. In the training, I also discussed alternative seating. Are there times we will give worksheets? The answer to that is, YES. Can we try to make that time more engaging? The answer again is, YES. During those times when I felt students' would not want to or would not give me their all, I began to incorporate alternative seating. I found that my students didn't moan and groan, but rather, were happy to get that worksheet and make a choice of where they would sit. They started out positively on their work & were more productive and successful for it. So, as a teacher, it is important to do what we can to change the attitude of learning in the classroom. Think outside the box, and go for it. Below is a link to the presentation.
Tech & the Flexible Classroom

Monday, June 27, 2016

Daily 5 Charts

I'm moving to a new grade next year (4th) & I've been working on getting some things ready! This is a big move and I don't want to feel like I'm sinking when school starts. The cards on top are for a teacher friend. She's going to do the Star Wars theme. My cards are the bottom ones! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Technology & Literacy

I have created a flyer about the importance of using technology in the literacy classroom. You can go to this link to find the flyer in the link. https://www.smore.com/ha2af
This is a picture of the flyer that I wrote on Smore.com. It is loaded with
teacher & parent tips. The research based flyer is helpful when deciding if you should
use technology in the classroom.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I love children's Books

This week we have been reading Rosie Revere Enginer. This is a fun book that can be paired with several nonfiction text. I showed my kids the poster of Rosie Riveter & we made the connection of the head scarf that the character wears in the book. It was so much fun to see their faces. In the back of the book there is even a historical reference that discusses women in the time of World War ll. Run & get this book!

Friday, April 8, 2016

How I manage make-up work

This has been one of those weeks where a lot of kids have gotten sick. In order to manage two classes & their make-up work I write the students names on papers right away. I then put them in the next day's drawer. I have all my needed hand-outs & in a drawer for each day of the week. I even have a "next week" drawer so I can plan ahead. TGIF. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Target Dollar Spot

I loaded up on some new baskets to use for my library, storage & stations. I also found some spring items & end of year student gifts. 💜

TpT SALE

I have been working really hard on some Paired Text units. In order to get them in the hands of teachers & get some feedback, I am throwing a SALE! The units are really fun & your students will love them. Go check them out at my TpT store.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/2nd-Grade-Owls/Order:Most-Recently-Posted#seller_details_tabs

Friday, March 11, 2016

#bestschoolday

I am so excited. We had our DonorsChoose project funded! Our class is getting more alternative seating options. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

TpT Sale

 
Click on the picture & it will link you to my store. Happy Presidents' Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine Adjective Poems

Today we had so much fun writing poems for our mom to give to her on Valentine Day! I love how beautiful these turned out!! The kids were really excited. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Scoop Rockers

I found these scoop seats at Walmart. I plan to use these in my classroom as part of our alternative seating. I can't wait for my kids to try them out! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

FREEBIE

I have posted alternative seating class rules in my TpT store. My class started using these rules and I have been reinforcing them daily. I decided to created the rules in my classroom theme. These will get posted in my classroom today. The kids and I are VERY excited to be using alternative seating!
Here is a preview of what the set looks like.
These have been posted in my TpT store. The link is below.
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Alternative Seating Try-outs

This past week-end I went into my classroom & began to reset up desks. I was trying to make room to begin the adventure of alternative seating. We are 3 days in of testing this out. My kids love it! I honestly feel that the kids are actually getting more out of the times I want them to work independently. They aren't just going through the motions. This is something that if the kids are learning better then I feel I should try it. They have been more engaged and trying harder. Time will tell if this is because of the newness or if it is really about comfort and choice. Right now we have stools, mats, pillows, a couple of different types of chairs, and two standing desk that work as our alternative seating. I wrote up a project on DonorsChoose.org to try to get some other types of alternative seating funded. I will keep you updated on the new classroom set up & how the kids are doing. Have a wonderful literacy day.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Inspiration

                                       Just a little inspiration for the week!

If you like this stock photo check out my TpT store. This one is my favorite! I wanted to start adding some neat backgrounds to my products. You never know what you can do until you try it. I do not have a fancy camera, but I'll give anything a try. That is how we should be when it comes to teaching ourselves new things. If you don't try then you fail at trying. Have a great week!!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

More Poetry Fun

In the picture you see I was teaching the kids about writing a couplet. I used the chalkboard app & book creator to demonstrate using a picture to help us develop sensory images. This is a great reading strategy to help create images while reading. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Poetry

The kids loved making their Purse/pocket Full of Poetry today! 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Excited 😎

I have to show the poetry stations my kids will get to enjoy this week! You can go check them out on my TpT store also. We will be using Audio Boom, QR code, & Book creator apps. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Planning

I've been planning everyday after school in order to have some fun things for next weeks poetry unit! I'm so excited about the cute hands on things my kids are going to get to create! Yes, teacher prep takes a lot of time! If I didn't spend the time, then my kids would not be engaged in learning. I'm also excited because I will get to share my planning on TpT once it's all finalized. I hope to have the poetry unit completed in documents by the end of the weekend. Here's a look at some of the creations. 
I can't wait to show the Poetry Pocket that the boys will be making. The purse & the pocket will hold their poetry writing. The kids will love it! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Keep it Positive



As I went back to school this morning, I was refreshed by teachers I follow on Instagram & Periscope. It seems that after the break and with a new beginning of 2016, the message was about staying POSITIVE. One teacher talked about ways to avoid the negative that can drag us all down. This reminds me of the commercial about the "rate suckers". We all have times when we are not having a good day. So, at times we all may have some negative moments. It's best to try to break free and try to get over it. With that said, there are also those who are negative most of the time. If we have to avoid people or places where negative happens, then I say do it in order to protect your positive self. After all, we need to keep things positive for our students. We are there for them, and they need an environment where they feel warmth, love & success. As I stated in a previous blog, my word for the year is FOCUS. I can focus on keeping it positive for my well-being & for the kids entrusted to me during this school year.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas Break is ending

As the break is ending I am thankful for the time I've had for my family & myself. It has recharged me! In a couple of weeks my masters classes will also resume & I'll be back to super busy mode. During the break I did take the time to look at upcoming TEKS. This led me to creating a couple of Reading Units. I have posted them on my TpT store. The link is at the bottom of this blog. Some units are MLK unit, President's Day & Folk Tales. Here is a picture of one of them. 

I hope you finish out your break relaxing! Keep those goals! 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year *** Goal Setting***

As the New Year has begun, I have been watching many fellow teachers on Periscope. Some are setting goals, others are making a word that will inspire them throughout the year. I love the idea of having one word that I can use to describe my goal or goals. This one word can cover so many areas of my life that I want to change or do better. My one word for this year will be... Focus.

Each month I want to set a goal based on my word. This will help me to be specific in my goals. For January I will "focus" on making time for myself. That can mean time to exercise, or time that I will leave work at work.

What will your word be?