Saturday, June 17, 2017

Happy Planner

For the last few weeks I have been seeing tons of posts about the Happy Planner teacher edition. I was not sure how well it would work for my OCD teacher needs but I tried it out and her is my honest review so far... I love it!!!

This is the exact kit that I got. I purchased this from Micheal's for 40 percent off and also was able to use my teacher discount. I was able to get this for around 21.00 dollars. The kit comes with the spiral calendar, four pages of stickers to use in the calendar, a highlighter, and sticky notes. I also had an additional coupon for 50 percent off one regular item and used it to get the whole puncher for the planner. This allows me to add any pages that I want to the planner. So here is a walk through of what the inside of the planner looks like!!

 At the beginning of each month you have the month over view that allows you to list: top tasks, goals, focus, student birthdays, events, and holidays. It also has a very cute quote at the beginning of each month.

You also will have a month at a glance page. As you can see I have already started to fill mine in. I unfortunately go back August 2nd. After the month at a glance you will have the weekly glance.

This is the one part that I most excited about because look at all of that space!!! It is separated into 7 time spots for each day. I know I do not have have 7 subjects but I am looking forward to having room to list out small group and whole group activities and having it all in one place. The calendar also has other interesting pages, folders, and helpful pages.

The only thing that I had an issue with is that it started in August and I wanted to start using it now, so I made some pages for June and July.  Here is the link to my June and July pages at my teachers pay teachers, BONUS is that it is free!!

Hopefully you enjoyed my review of my Happy Planner Teacher Edition! Plan on fellow teacher :)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Back on Track

These last two years have been a good kind of crazy. I had so many ideas where I wanted this blog to go and plans on how to get it there. Since last posting, I have had two major events happen. First I had my first little man. He has been a complete joy to my husband and I. He is a very spunky, hard headed, energetic, strong willed, and daring one year old. Here is some cuteness over load to share with you.

After having my son (the last week of school) I had also decided to change schools.  I loved my previous school but I had to choose what was best for my family. I love teaching in a Title 1 school and have really enjoyed the change. After starting off with a new crew and being able to breathe again (after becoming a Mom) I can not wait to get this blog where I know it can be. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

End of Summer Organizing Frenzy

It is a couple of days before I am allowed to go back in my class and I am going crazy! What am I doing to make my first week productive? Planning!! I am thinking about what I can do now to make my life in just a couple of weeks organized, and easier! So here are just a couple of things that I have started to work on now.

Okay so confession, this is not my desk. This is actually a picture from when I went with my husband on his business trip. It is cleaner than my current situation, which is on the table in the living room. I wanted to show this one because it shows my planning calendar. Yes, this is just my calendar, not my weekly lesson plans. So I will explain it a little bit. The binder includes my calendar and pacing guides for all my content areas. On my computer (the bottom right is just a picture of what my calendar looks like) is my calendar. I am planned already til the end of October. Every subject is planned out and color coded (yes I really am OCD), and then the blue line is just notes or things to remember (like end of the nine weeks, assessments that need to completed, etc).

This is my trusty planner. This was a must have after a conference I was at last week. I was finding out about all kind of things that I was scheduled to attend and things that I need to do. When I went to put it into my calendar I realized that July was the last month in the planner... so I stopped at Target and found one that I like. I love it!!

The last thing that I am working on to help me be organized for next week is my trusty to do list. I have one for things I can do at home and one for things I can do when I get in my classroom. These are running documents, so when I am thinking about something that I need to do I go find my notebook and add to it. It is something that I am going to continue to try and work on through the school year.

I am so excited to have this school year get started. I hoped you enjoyed reading this and you were able to get ideas of what you can do before school starts back. Happy Teaching!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

One Hundred Days Done

First, I am so excited that it is the weekend. Every year I always forget how exhausting the 100th day of school is, and it was in the middle of the week, which did not help. My students had an awesome day filled with lots of memories and a BIG lightbulb moment! Part of my morning routine is calendar time and morning meeting. This is what it looks like:
As you can see I am not in the picture, my students lead the first part of the meeting. My teacher assistant goes over classroom rules, days of the week, calendar and days in school. (Yes my student is standing on the counter, my kids are always on the counter or tables). During this time I usually do attendance and lunch count. After doing everything  I come back on the hundredth day to my students discussing days in school. For them it seemed like no big deal, they were talking about how the teacher assistant needed to add a hundred stick and take away all of the ten sticks and one sticks (we have never gone over hundreds when discussing place value, we have never really gone over place value). Sometimes I forgot how much they have grown during this school year they were so excited that they figured it out so easily and so was I.

The rest of the day went by so fast, which means I had a total of three pictures from the whole day. Two of which were taken by someone else. Our day was filled with tons of fun activities, I had more activities planned but we ran out of time. Here are the activities that we were able to accomplish:
  1. Hundred day of school hat: Each hat had ten pieces of construction paper, each piece of decorated with things the students accomplished so far (ten of their favorite sight words, students name, letters, numbers, pattern, etc). 
  2. Hundred day snack: Students made a snack with ten different things. Students were able to have ten of each thing. There snack had a total of a hundred things. I used pretzels, mini chocolate chips, M&M's, mini marshmellows, marshmellow ice cream, chex mix, gummi bears, vanilla chocolate chips, fruit loops, and cheerios. Obviously you can choose other things for students to add.
  3. Hundred day necklace: Students counted out a hundred fruit loops and were able to make them into a necklace. My students were really sneaky because I forgot to take away their bowls when they were done counting, so they added more to finish out the necklace (which gave them a lot more than a hundred). 
  4. 100 cup stem activity: Students were able to build with a hundred cups. We read a quick book about building and then I gave each group a hundred cups and they saw who could build the highest structure out of the cups. My kids are super innovative.
  5. Make a hundred with students: As a grade level we got together and had students make a number 100. This was the perfect picture for our yearbook. I am so glad we came up with the idea.
The day went by so fast but we had a great day. My Kindergarten Krew and I got together and made shirts for the day. My students called it my special shirt, and keep asking where they could get one at. Each shirt had a hundred things on it. I had a great hundred day of school. It was long but definitely enjoyable. Here is my awesome Kindergarten Krew!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Elf on the Shelf- Behavior Tool

In my class I use Elf on the Shelf as a behavior tool with my students during the month of December. We talk a lot about the Elf and why the elf came to my classroom. Then I introduce the Elf in training. The Elf in training is from the Dollar Tree!! Here is our two classroom Elf's. The Elf is called Liam and my class named the Elf in training Rockstar!!
We talk about the differences between the two Elfs. I then told them the secret about the Elf in training. He is in our classroom to earn his red suit that looks like Liam's. Each day the two of them watch the classroom and see who is doing the best. Then they choose two people to be Elfs in training for the day. These students then become the teacher helpers. They become the teacher helpers for the day. The students have loved the Elfs!!
The hats I also got from the Dollar Tree! They wear the hats all day.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Loving some READing!!

I can not say how excited my students are this year about reading. My students love to read on their own, they love to read with others, and they love to listen to others reading. My school partners up with a local high school and every Halloween students from there come and read to our students. These are my students listening to readers.
As you can tell they are really into the books. The kids were so excited to read, and my students were great listeners. We were able to do lots of reading today since it we had red ribbon week, and we were 'Not letting drugs steal our dreams'... PJ day at school. I am so excited with my students this year. They know how to make their dear teacher happy!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GoNoodle- Best Brain Breaks

Since Halloween is right around the corner I wanted to post my life saver! Let me introduce you to the best brain break EVER!!!
This is I heard about this from other teachers while at a workshop about technology. If you do not have an account I would go ahead and get one, just in case you need it. Once you sign in you can choose your character and then your character will greet you every time you log in. Here is our character:
Every day we log in he comes on with a joke. After each brain break you complete you will fill in the bar. After you complete 10 brain breaks you character will transform. Our class is so excited because we will be transforming soon!  Once you press play it will take you to the main screen:
This is where you will find all the wonderful videos. Zumba is one of my students favorite places. These are awesome dance videos that the students can complete, and the best part is they are usually done by kids. My students favorite thing to do is the Usher ABC song. You definitely want to look into this song, not only is it the ABCs but it has movements to go along with it. Let me know what you think!!!