Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sweet Treats for All!

It's that time of year again - a new school year and a new theme for my classroom!

After having a jungle theme for the last two years, this summer I realized I needed to change things up. So I invested in some new classroom decor and started making what I didn't have. 

Here's a quick tour...

My humble classroom
My front board with our calendar routine
My "sweet treats themed" clip chart 
Our daily schedule

You know it's a good first week back to school when you can get a whole group lesson in with very little distractions/disruptions from the kiddos. We read David Goes to School by David Shannon - a book the kids loved. We had a discussion (that went with our classroom rules and expectations) about what kind of boy David was. We created a graphic organizer together (that the kids copied onto worksheets of their own).



After creating our graphic organizers, the kids used them to create their own writing with them. Here's a sample of what one of my kiddos came up with.


After our writing we completed a David craft - the kids LOVED this! As with most art projects we complete in our classroom, I enjoyed how each one turns out a little bit different and unique.


We also completed portraits during our first week of school. I have a very artistic bunch of kids this year!













I made these for my clock as well - my kids love our unit on telling time and these visuals help them with identifying the minutes.


 I also found this FREEBIE on Teachers Pay Teachers - I printed it out and laminated and we will be using it as our classroom rules for this year. I like how each rule was positively stated.


One of the many things I did for my classroom this year - I changed the desk configuration around! My teacher's desk used to be by the front dry erase board and the students' desks were in a u-shape. We'll see how this configuration goes.










We also use Class Dojo in my classroom - an app and computer website that facilitates classroom management (a must in any special education classroom!) I created these posters for the classroom token economy that goes along with the Dojo points; students can "buy" prizes once they reach 20 points.



Friday, August 15, 2014

Lizards, Frogs and Bearded Dragons - OH MY!

I was doing some reading the other day (I think it was over at Stacy's blog - but I could be mistaken) and read about a teacher grant for classroom pets. 


It sounded like a great idea - free "money" for a new classroom pet and pet supplies - and all I had to do was fill out an application! So I did! 


The application process was super easy - you answer some brief questions about yourself and your classroom and how you plan to utilize the classroom pets. I requested tree frogs for my classroom! They aren't too big and their aquarium will be just the right size for a classroom full of 2nd and 3rd graders.

If you're interested in applying for your own classroom pet grant (which can be renewed annually), visit the Pets in the Classroom website. Wish me luck - I really hope I get a grant!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Not a Bad First Week

We started back at school on Tuesday and it's been a whirlwind week so far!

I have a group of 12 kids (I originally had 11 but I just received a new student TODAY) Most of them are (*knock on wood*) looking like they will be a good bunch of kiddos.

My classroom looks awesome (I will have to take pictures tomorrow before the weekend!) I went with a  Candyland/sweet treats theme this year. I ended up making a lot of my classroom decor (behavior clip chart, jobs, word wall, etc.) - all of which will be up on my TPT store shortly!

I was also asked today to be a BTSA support provider for a new teacher. (And of course I said yes!) Since getting my masters degree, I have been looking for opportunities to be an educational leader in my community…I think this is a good start. (I think I am more excited than the teacher who's actually going through the induction process!)

Stay tuned for my adventures during this new school year!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet the Teacher {Linky}

Welcome back to another school year! 

I think I'm well over due for my first link (linky?) party! I was over at Arisbeth's blog Sailing Into Second and saw this link-up party. I really liked the idea behind it, so I followed it back to Stephanie's blog Falling Into First and got to read about TWO fellow bloggers. 


I'm eager to try it myself so here goes!


THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
Writing. Reading sci-fi and dystopian fiction. Spending money that I don't have. Digging my toes in the sand.

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
My mom always said that if I wasn't a teacher that I should be a lawyer. I'm apparently tenacious and as relentless as a pit bull. 

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Creative. Ambitious. Intelligent.

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
"I'd really love to have another five hour IEP meeting...said no special education teacher EVER!!"

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?
Audrey Hepburn. Robin Williams. Taylor Swift. Will Ferrel. Natalie Portman.

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
 "Uh…Is It 3:00 Yet?"

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
 I would love to be telekinetic - to be able to move things with my mind. I'm kinda lazy. 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." (Ghandi)

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
 "Lego House" or "Melodies"

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
I am very much a night owl. I love staying up late…even though my body hates me the next morning because of it. Starbucks doesn't cut it.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
I really like my classroom rules posters set - I'm actually quite proud of the fact that they've become a "best seller" on my page. It was the first item that I posted that really generated a good response among TPT buyers.


Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU.
I am one of "those" teachers. I dress up for Halloween. I drag a Christmas tree into my classroom in December. I sing songs for memorization.


I follow Grumpy Cat (a.k.a. Tardar Sauce). I also enjoy memes. 


Make sure to check out both Stephanie's and Aris' blogs! Looking forward to following these bloggers!