Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Keep Calm and Survive Second Grade... with Awards Your Students Can Wear and Resumes

I am trying to stay calm.  Calm is something I do not know well, unless I am sleeping :)
I have 7 weeks left of school, you know you are jealous ;)  We still have much to learn, assessments to complete, and then... my end of the year activities will commence.  I am ready for that fun part :)
I am trying to enjoy every last bit of fun I can have with my kids.  They have been fabulous.  I think they are ready for third grade :(  I am not ready to let them go, but I guess that is what happens, right?

I am here, joining a super nice bloggy friend, Angela,  who organized (and invited ME!) this keep calm blog hop. I hope you get a chance to say hi to all these bloggy friends, and find something to keep you calm.

Keeping reading... there is a freebie for all of you, second grade teachers.  I DO promise to edit and add more grades, but it may have to wait a bit.  It is conferences time for me and I am crazy busy.


Let's start with End of the Year Awards your students can wear.  I created them last year, and my kiddos really liked them.  I will be redoing them for my fantabulous class this year.   

They are editable... meaning you can add your students name :)

I also created them in Spanish.  


Feel free to check my last year's post HERE.

Moving to 2014...

Today, we completed our resumes. I explained their purpose and showed the kids my real resume.  
My students from a few years back had written resumes, but for some reason I did not do it the last few years.  I remembered how much our third grade teachers enjoyed getting them in the kids cumulative folders, and I knew I had to share them with you.

Let me show you some pictures. 






Don't leave after getting your freebie and leaving me some love :)  Then...go visit the next blog and visit the girl who lives in a divine place.  I am so jealous every time I see pictures of her beautiful paradise.
Find her HERE

Keep Calm and Survive Second Grade. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Speaking and Listening Goals

Having to teach and assess speaking and listening goals (like SL.2.1 and SL.2.3) was hard for me this year. Was I supposed to listen while my students talked to their friends, grade their retelling abilities, or listen while they were arguing disagreeing with each other?
While my class has always been one that collaborates from day one, I still wanted to have a teaching moment about speaking and listening goals. I wanted a teaching tool.  I wanted to have something tangible I could assess too.

I had to teach my kiddos that your speaking voice can change the outcome of what happens.  People are willing to help you if your tone is a nice one.  If you are rude and tell people what to do, well, your friends may not want to do so much for you. 
I still have one friend who has a hard time with his tone, and finding his manners.  I ask him to find his manners in his backpack if he wants to talk to me :) 

While listening to the kids, I realized that they are always talking about their friends.  When you ask them about their weekend, they talk about their friends, so... this came to life!

I have a created a product with discussion cards about friendship. You can find it HERE


Let me show you how we did this in our classroom.
We started by making a big circle in the middle of our classroom.  I posted a question about being a nice friend. 
We then had a small group of brave girls who wanted to share what a great discussion looked like.  The rest of us paid close attention to everything they did. 
I gave the kids a small piece of paper (included in my product) where they recorded what they saw. 

After we reviewed what a great conversation looks and sounds like, we divided the class by tables (4 kids per group). They received a friendship card and discuss it agreeing, and respectfully disagreeing while sharing their thoughts.

We tried a few cards and then the kids went back to their now mini circles, to discuss once again,
and record their final thoughts. They used a checklist to check off what they observed during their small group discussions.

While they recorded their final conclusions I snapped a picture of this glorious moment.  Do you see them working together??!!!  A dream come true :) 

Is this something you think you can use?  I am choosing two friends to get this tomorrow.  Help me by pinnning it and leaving your pin and e-mail address.  

Happy discussion time!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I Should Have Blogged About It: Student Teacher Gifts

Do you happen to take pictures of things around your classroom,  thinking you'd like to share on your blog, but do not get around to it?

I take pictures all the time, and by the time I am ready to post...  I do not think is good enough for a post, something else comes up, or I am terribly tired to do anything. 

For right now, I have decided that since I took lots of pictures, I will begin a series of things I wanted to share with you.  I am hoping you see something cool.

Let's begin with part one:

As you may remember, I was lucky enough to have (my first) a fantabulous student teacher.  Saying good bye was hard!  I am happy to report that we have become BFFs. I need friends, you guys!

I'd like to share with you how we said good bye to our student teacher.  
I purchased a plastic bin at Michael's.  I have a container like this one, which I use to carry my guided reading books from the book room to my classroom.  I wanted to get her something she could later use.  
I then created two cute covers to spice it up.

Fun paper, a box of blank cards, color pens, stickers, notepads, apple note pad, PTA goodies with our school mascot, and of course, a jar for some chocolate.

I did all the shopping and wrapped everything with tulle (bought her favorite color).  I wanted the kids to share their wisdom, so we created a book with advice on how to be the best teacher.  




As you can see crafts are a big deal in our classroom... and learning from me was truly the best advice :) 

I purchased a mini scrapbooking album and filled it up with goodies as well.

For the first page, I took a class picture. Then I took pictures of my student teacher with the kids. We did it by table, so we had 6 pictures at the end. 
I glued the pictures and then glued a small thank you note matching the kids pictures, so she'd remember them years from now.

The last for pages were filled with gift cards. 

We had cake (can't find the picture) and juice. I am pretty sure I ate about 3 slices of the cake.

I miss her. I miss her. I miss her. #maybeiwillgetluckyagain  #ilovemynewbff #studentteachertaughtmealot 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sale Time

I hope you have a special week this week.  I am getting ready for hugs! I hope you receive something that makes you feel appreciated. You deserve it. All of us do!  

TPT is ready to show their appreciation by throwing a sale.  Please remember to leave some love (aka feedback) and make any seller you buy from, appreciated for their hard work.  

*** Please, please, please, go back to your purchases tab and let me know what you think about your purchases. I would love that!  

I am highlighting some of products, but my entire store will be on sale :)




I still believe we are heroes. We work hard for hugs and smiles, and no one can take that away from us. 
Enjoy your special week!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Currently May

Spring has arrived. Rain came with it.  Allergies are killing me.  It got humid in no time.  I have 8 weeks of school left. Farley's party is up and running.  Come meet some new friends!


Listening:  I took a day off (mentally needing a break). I have the TV on, but I am not watching. I am just sitting on the couch.

I love this sectional.  It is not mine.

Loving: our Mother's Day gifts.  The kids worked super hard writing about their moms and completing an album. I know their moms are going to love it!

Thinking: I can never decide what I want for Mother's Day.  I think a TPT gift card will do :) Hubby could always take me shopping, but we know shopping is not his forte.

Wanting:  I am a huge fan of the Hough's. They are coming to Raleigh and I really want to go see them. 

Needing: to decide on a paint palette.  Picking colors for our whole downstairs is not easy.  It is driving me bunkers.  I love browns, hubby loves blues. Painter is coming soon and we need to decide!
Not my living room. I love the wall colors. 

Surprise!  Since I love many girls out there... I decided to go with a clipart artist. That was easier than deciding on one blogger :)

I have been buying a ton of her clipart.  She creates the cutest things!  I may need to get creating since I have not done much lately.

Come visit Sarah HERE, HERE and HERE.


Thanks for visiting!