Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Keeping It Fresh

Not every teacher is going to be perfect.

I had to admit that to my OCD, anal-retentive self during my first year of teaching. Although I prize myself on my organizational skills and ability to create marvelous art projects out of a toilet paper roll, I do fall short in other areas.

Keeping up my classroom bulletin boards is one such pitfall. I lack the time (both to prepare what goes on the board and the time it takes to actually staple or put the projects/work up on the board) to keep changing my boards on a regular basis. I'm lucky if I get a few changes up each month. 

We have a writing portfolio wall which we produce writing samples for every Friday. This helps keep "fresh" work on the walls. 

Our science and social studies boards tend to revolve around our thematic units - some which take a couple weeks to get through. Work is put up at the beginning of a unit and taken down at the end.

And then there's my dreaded math board - the bane of my (bulletin board) existence! We started using Eureka Math this year which is a great program but there are a lot of hands-on activities - activities where my students are using manipulatives or whiteboards. I can't very well post those. 

So I started this week by asking my aides to review one of the "application problems" with their grade level group and have the students solve a similar problem. The activity turned out pretty good - it provided students who were struggling with particular concepts an additional opportunity for practice, while giving those that had it down the opportunity to be peer coaches (something my behavioral students really need!) 

Here's what our end product looked like…

It may not be "cutesy" or something out of Lakeshore Learning's catalog, but - for our classroom - it works.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's the first day of my week off and I just wanted to share some awesome projects that my kiddos completed in our classroom last week before leaving for our Thanksgiving break.

Our first craft was a corn husk wreath. We started by outlining the templates on construction paper which the students then cut out. On the cut-out corn pieces, they took Q-tips and blotted the pieces with paint (red, brown, orange, and yellow). Once they were semi-dry, we glued the corn pieces to the green husks. After that, we glued the pieces to the back of the paper plate and let them dry.

Our next craft was some pilgrim boys and girls - again using my favorite cheap dollar tree supply, paper plates! The kiddos had to cut out the construction paper pieces (we had prepped the paper plates already) and glue the pieces together. I think they turned out pretty cool...

Have a great Thanksgiving! I hope all my teacher readers are enjoying their time off from work!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


My friend Melissa over at The Autism Adventures of Room 83 texted me the other day and told me I had to check out TPT as I was featured on their home page as a teacher-author.

I rushed to my computer and - low and behold - saw that I had a spot, front and center, on TPT's opening page! I was so excited!

Just wanted to share my 15 minutes of fame with y'all. Thank you supporters and fans of The Write Combo for helping me along my TPT journey!