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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Year Ten...Here I Come! and Could You Use This? (Giveaway)

Tomorrow marks the beginning of my 10th year of teaching (all in second grade). I honestly, cannot believe it! Last I remember, I moved from Northern Kentucky to North Carolina after getting a job offer to teach my dream grade.

Today, my kids and I, went to work for about six hours. Thanks to the extra few hours in there, I was able to finish all the big items I had in mind.

My home away from home is ready for day one.
I will take better and close pictures tomorrow. My fancy camera stayed home today :)

And why is it that I still feel butterflies in my stomach after all these years? I may need some sleeping pills tonight. My brain is going a million miles per hour!

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Could you use this? I have it, but I needed something a bit different. I'd love to pass it along to someone who can actually use it. 
What you see is what you get. A calendar (August - July). It is small. I place it on top of a piece of paper for you to see the size of it. It includes some cute tabs too :)

So, leave me a comment :) Tell me if you think you could use it. I will pick one bloggy friend to receive it in the mail. I will choose the winner ...some time this week.

I am so ready for tomorrow I could explode!  :) 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I like to label, label

I went back to work this past Thursday. I spent two days emptying my mailbox, reading deleting e-mails. moving furniture, scrubbing tables...
I will be there tomorrow to finish off some last minute details :) I am mentally ready for Monday. So excited, I cannot sleep anymore.

Here's what I accomplished.

Do you enjoy labeling as much as I do?

Here's to hoping tomorrow is extra productive :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Christmas in July Numero 6 - Last Day

Before I post the sales for today, I wanted to say thank you for all your support. Pretty please take a minute to leave me some feedback. I really (please roll your r when you say really) appreciate you taking the time to do so. I always get nervous when I get the feedback e-mail, but you have been so nice to me all the time! I take your feedback seriously and I am very grateful for it.
20% off for 24 hours.

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Since I know you are really (roll your /r/ one more time) going to need this. I am putting it on sale one more time.
Find it here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July Numero 5 (6 Day Sale) & Let's Get Acquainted

Here I am, ready for another sale and another linky!
20% off for 24 hours.

Teaching to retell fiction and nonfiction using retelling wands? The wizard is here for you!
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I mustache you to check this one out.
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Time to get acquainted!  This is my first time linking up to Flying into First Grade, and I am pretty excited to give more advice. I am clueless, but I am pretending that I know what I am talking about :)

BUY: school supplies on sale. Unless it is your first year, wait for the great sales to stock up for the following year. I usually get folders, pens, erasers and notebooks for almost nothing! I can't pass the clearance isles without filling up my cart.

ALWAYS: be prepared. I am a much better teacher (calmer) when everything I need is ready to go. I will not lie...some of my best lessons have been when I improvise. Having copies ready to go, lessons for the whole week, books picked out will only show in your teaching and any surprise visitors :)

NEVER: feel like you are competing with others. You have your own style. Embrace it! Find your style and run with it.

FIND: time for yourself. (this is something I am still working on). Find a way to do something for yourself, anything that makes you happy will do :)

MAKE: yearly professional goals. Aim for one thing to work on. It may be your writer's workshop, it may be your literacy block or math stations. Whatever it is... do not try to do it all. Quality Vs. Quantity :)

BE: Flexible. Even you have the best idea, the best lesson plans...things happen. Be open to change it all. 

Time to visit the rest of the bloggers...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Christmas in July Numero 4 (6 Day Sale) & 10 Things I've Learned

Today is day 4 of our Christmas in July Sale. I realized that I have two products with polar bears, so they are the ones on sale for the day.

Product one teaches text features. Your final product is a beautiful folder your students can use year round to review 13 text features.
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Product number two contains a variety of Polar Bear facts your students can use. It can also be used as a guided research project. My higher students loved the A-Z book included.
Find it here

Now...time for a linky party with Miss Kindergarten.

This year marks my 10th year teaching (all in second grade).  Before I contemplated joining this linky, I realized that I learned something new everyday, and that many times, I still feel like a first year teacher. 
I change things every year, I feel more comfortable every year, but I have yet to 'manage' it all. So here it goes...

BEGIN YOUR YEAR WITH PRAISE: From the moment they enter the room on the first day, notice something nice a bout them. Praise every amazing thing they do. The results are kids who show off  all day long :)

BE CONSISTENT: Need to say more? I (personally) hate not knowing what to expect from others. So, I try to be nice and clear with my students.

SHOCK THEM!  Not with electricity or anything like that though. Ask them to stop working and switch to something fun! A craft, a surprise dance party...anything to wake them up!!!

MODEL, LET THEM PRACTICE, MODEL AGAIN, REPEAT: Model everything, and I mean every.thing.over.and.over. Once they are trained. You can teach. A class well trained, will allow you to teach and do much more than just manage behavior. TONS of extra learning!

VENT: Find someone you can trust and vent away. You will need someone on your side. Your hubby may be the one, but trust me, you need a teacher to vent with :)

COUNT THE KIDDOS: Count them before you go inside from recess.... or their mamas will send you a not so nice e-mail for 'forgetting' their baby. (I did this once. Trust me. Never again after that e-mail).

BE ORGANIZED: or at least try to appear organized :)  Knowing where everything is, organizing what you need to teach (ahead of time) and having a clean and orderly classroom is appreciated by parents, administration and colleagues. The kids will love knowing where everything thing is too. 

COLLABORATE: I am honestly still working on this one. I share a lot, but I am not really good at collaborating with the whole team. Year round schedules make it tricky to collaborate with your entire grade level. Share your passion in a way that works for you! (I like that!).

AVOID THE STAFF LOUNGE: I hate to say this, but I hide in my classroom during lunch time. I see my team during recess and enjoy their company. I have found that the staff lounge is not the place to be. I rather not know all that is said in there. I may seem antisocial :( 

FIND A MENTOR: Find someone you can look up to. Administration, grade level peer, anyone in the building that inspires you to be the best that you can be. 

And lastly... visit the bloggers who are holding a sale today :)