I have created this blog in order to reach out to other educators & share my passion for what I do. Being a teacher is a very rewarding and ever changing position. I am constantly growing throughout the years. Growth is a mindset!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.