Saturday, August 31, 2013

First Week of School Was a Success!

Well, my first week of school is done.  Very tiring, but incredibly successful and productive week.  We played, and enjoyed, many "Get to Know You" games and icebreakers.  One of my favorites was having the children fill a brown bag with 5 items that describe them (could be pictures, a baseball, a stuffed animal, a souvenir from a favorite place they traveled, etc.). Each child (about 5 per day) then presented his/her items to the class (great opportunity to discuss eye contact and voice level when presenting).  On Friday, after all students had shared their items, I presented my items but did it with a slideshow of some of my favorite memories in my life.  My students really enjoy this each year, and it's a great way for them to get to know me and what I was like as a child. It's all about building that rapport.  I love how one student stated, "Gosh, you look so different!" "Yes," I replied. "That's what age does to you!"  Love the things that kiddos say!

Another great way I learned about my children was through the "All About Me Alphabet." My students described themselves with a descriptive word or phrase using each letter of the alphabet. We had some great discussions while completing this activity.  You can find this in a "Back to School Packet" at my TpT Store.

Also included in this packet is an activity titled "Getting to Know Your Group."  I put my students in groups, and they chose a "scribe" (writer). Each child then shared their favorite color, activity, food, and school subject.  Afterwards, they discussed how their group was alike, different, and a fun fact they learned about their group or a particular student.  For example, we discovered that one of our students likes to eat shark and another enjoys duck. (We heard a few "yucks" in response to that).  This also comes in the packet I mentioned above.

I hope you had a phenomenal first week! Please share some of your favorite activities that you did with your students.

Blessings and happy teaching,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"We Rock" Bulletin Board

I know at this time of the year, we're all thinking about covering our walls with bulletin boards. At our school, this year's theme is  WE ROCK.  I wanted to share my outside wall bulletin board with you. I'm proud of the way the labels turned out for my vintage 45 records that I luckily purchased at a garage sale. On the first day of school, I'll have my students write their names on the labels. Rock on!



Monday, August 19, 2013

We CAN make a difference!

I'm sure all teachers are either already in school or are in training this week like me. We discussed many things today, but there was one thing that really made an impact on me. I already knew it, but it was a great reminder. I'll post that particular quote below so you too can be reminded of the impact we can have on our students.  

Haim G. Ginott... “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”

 Wow, it IS frightening to realize the power that we have in our classrooms. We ARE the climate and mood determiner in our classrooms. So, why not create a positive environment for our children?

Blessings and happy teaching!

Teachers: You Have to Watch this Video! Enjoy!

Happy Monday morning to all.  I just viewed this video last night and rolled with laughter.  For all my teacher friends out there, watch and enjoy "Said No Teacher Ever."

Blessings and happy teaching!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

7 Ways Teachers are Using Social Media in the Classroom

Happy Sunday! I was just catching up on my Twitter feeds and read a great article on how educators are using Social Media in the classroom.  I wanted to share it with you. Click on the link below: 

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What social media do you successfully use in the classroom? 

Happy teaching!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

HUGE Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers - Starts Tomorrow!

How exciting! TpT's HUGE annual sale starts tomorrow and goes through August 19th.  Buy all those items you've been adding to your wishlist at cheaper prices
 (just what we teachers need)!! 

Check out my items by clicking on the picture above. My entire store will be 20% off EVERYTHING. If you're shopping my TpT store, be sure and enter the code BTS13 for additional savings and a total of 28% off everything you buy.  Woo hoo!

Blessings and happy teaching!

Friday, August 16, 2013


TGIF!! I know during "back to school" time we're all feverishly getting our classrooms (home away from home) ready. When setting up my writing center, I was hanging some incredible posters with overused words. However, I wanted my students to have a handy resource at their fingertips for their writing binders this year. I plan on making more of these but started with one of the most overused words......drum roll please. Yes, you knew it - SAID!!! Here's a FREEBIE for you and your students. I hope you enjoy. 

Check out my other products in my TpT Store and have a blessed day! Happy Teaching!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Well, as I'm thinking of writing stations for my students this year, elaboration popped into my mind.  I know we all get tired of the same old boring sentences.  I created a resource to eliminate those TIRED sentences. Check it out at my TpT store. Click on the link below to learn more:

Happy writing,

Monday, August 5, 2013

Free Writing Resource

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Yes, it's hard to believe, but school is right around the corner.  If you're like me, you're thinking of classroom organization, routines, centers for the classroom and more.  Well, yesterday I was thinking of writing centers, which brings me to a FREE resource I just posted on My TpT store.  Just click the download button, and it's yours.

I put this in my students' writing folders/binder so I don't see that much-dreaded word "SAID" in their writing. Hope you enjoy it as much as me.

Blessings and happy teaching!