Sunday, November 4, 2012
*I've been making our math curriculum from start to finish. I decided to go ahead and try Guided Math and I love it. Unfortunately, it's a lot more work for me. I don't have a lot of our curriculum to guide me as most of my students do well in math. I will say that it is completely worth the effort! After teaching through Guided Reading for so many years, I can't believe I never thought of Guided Math. It is so much more effective to teach to a small group instead of a whole class.
*I made it through the first quarter of the year. I have a wonderful class this year and that has been great! The politics, lack of curriculum and working without a contract haven't been as good! This weekend I finally forced myself to totally look at things the way they really are. I chose this job. I love this job. It involves extra work and effort. I will work hard to balance my life knowing that my job is not a typical 9 to 5!
*At home, I'm working hard on making my Christmas list smaller and smaller. I hate the running around and craziness of last minute shopping. I like to take the time to buy gifts that my family and friends will truly like. I also want to have a January without extra bills:) Here's to enjoying the season and the blessings that it brings.
*I will make Thanksgiving a priority for my students and my family. We will work on being thankful every day in November.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Learning never stops! I'm trying to see if I can get a document from my Google Drive to my blog. It's a measurement freebie for you:) The idea isn't mine; I got the idea researching for our 2nd Grade Common Core math measurement unit. I decided to make it into a document so that my students could do it on their own during our math stations.
If you have the chance, please let me know if this works! Thanks! You'll be helping me learn:)*I see now that the date line moved when I transferred the doc. I'll have to work on that!!
**Yay!! I fixed it:) When you click on the document it should be correct:)
Friday, September 14, 2012
I found this awesome linky today!! I have to link up even though it's a day late.
Something good about school:
I have an awesome class this year! They know how to be good friends, work together and follow routines. I am so excited for what is to come:)
Something good about home:
My husband made my mom's macaroni and cheese last night. It was the perfect comfort food!!!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
My Monday Made It came from a teacher magazine a while ago. This is a sample of a student nametag with the name covered up. I start the year with temporary tags and then make these when I'm sure of the names. The obvious part is the name and the number. I don't use numbers a lot in the classroom, but I do use them for things that I don't want to label every year, such as hallway bins, book boxes and "calling on" sticks.
The stickers indicate groups that students are in. The letter sticker is a partner sticker. I have the kids in partners with a student of the same/close reading ability. I have the information from last year and from what I've observed so far. The second sticker is for my groups of 4. There are six different colored groups. These groups are a mix of abilities. I have a large pawprint in each of the colors. When I want the kids to get in these groups, I just put the large pawprint where they need to meet. Other years I've had other groups, but this is it for now. I plan on laminating the tags and possibly velcroing them to the desks. I just might leave them loose too. Then the students can put them in their desk if the tags are in their way.
The first weeks of the year are crazy and fun. It's great to meet all the wonderful personalities that I will be with for the whole year. The amount of work is overwhelming! Have a great start to your year!!
Monday, August 13, 2012
Happy Monday!! My Monday Made-It today is my classroom design for the year. My first thoughts about my classroom design came from Melanie at Schoolgirl Style. She has so many awesome ideas that I used to help me in my planning. The book, Classroom Spaces That Work, helped me to really analyze my classroom and the message it sends to students. As you journey through my photos, you'll see the projects that I've posted throughout the summer. If you have any questions, please ask!!
Conscious Discipline. I also used fabric to cover two tables in my room. This helps hide the storage that goes under the tables.
You may notice that I do not have a word wall board up. After lots of thinking, I've decided that I am going to have my students use individual word walls at their desk. They will have a special folder for them and will write in the new words each week. There will also be room to add in math vocab when necessary.
Obviously I'm not finished!!! I will try to get more pictures taken when I'm totally done. I'm trying lots of new ideas this year and I can't wait to see how they work out. I'm feeling pretty positive about the whole package! School starts with meetings next Monday. Wish me luck:)
Thanks again to Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics for hosting this linky. Click on the icon at the top of the blog to go check out her post and all the other great links.