Monday, June 25, 2012

The One With My Own TpT Store!!!

I did it!  I finally have gotten up the nerve to start my own TeacherspayTeachers store.  If you're interested in checking out what I have on there so far, just click the link on the right hand side.  Now, it doesn't have much on it so far.  However, the ones I do have on there seem to be doing better than I expected.  :)

Two of them are free and one costs a mere 99 cents.  I will continue to make new things to add to the store. Most are probably going to be free.  I can't say that they are going to be brand new, totally never-thought-of-that ideas. The ones I have on there so far are ones that I've seen before but changed them to work for me.  Now, I didn't just use their page and change a piece to make it my own.  I redesigned them to fit my needs and used my time to change them.   If perhaps you feel I may have stolen your idea, please let me know.  I don't want anyone to feel like I'm ripping them off.

Anyhow, get on over there and grab your freebies.  I have a fluency chart (with the top having a space for comprehension scores) and a math journal page.  The math journal page seems to be pretty popular.  I look forward to working on more and getting it out there to you.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The One With A Break

School's out! Our last day of school was on Thursday, May 24th. Technically, our last day with students was on Wednesday. Thursday was our clean up day. It is also our Turn-Around Day. Some of you may be wondering, "What the heck is Turn-Around Day!?" It is a day where the students and parents come to pick up report cards and say good-bye.

We were able to leave on Thursday at 11:30. It was such a huge relief to be done with my second year of teaching. I have to say it was a great year. I had some awesome students. Although, they were a very talkative group.

I then decided to take a break from everything school related for a week, or so. I took a trip to Las Cruces, NM. Did some shopping and eating at some of my favorite restaurants. I lived in Las Cruces last year and commuted to Roswell every week. I decided to move to Las Cruces before getting my current job in Roswell. My parents live in Roswell and I lived there during the week and then drove the 3 hours to Las Cruces to my apartment I shared with a friend. It was a very hectic experience. I love Las Cruces! I tried to get a job in Las Cruces but they were not hiring many teachers. I'm glad I have decided to stay here in Roswell, though. I love my first grade crew of teachers. We all get along so well.  Sorry, I'm totally off topic. LOL

Anyway, I decided to take a break from anything school related. I am now getting anxious about trying to prepare for next year. As a grade level, we have decided to implement Daily 5 and Daily Cafe. I need to get those books finished so I know where I need to get started. I've read a few chapters in the Daily Cafe and I am so excited about getting it started. First off, it all has to do with organizing data into a binder (Pensieve). I love binders!!! I'm also looking to reorganize my data notebook. I'm thinking of breaking it down into 2 different binders. One for math and one for reading.

I will try to keep you all updated on my progress.

I'm going to watch some Friends for a bit and have a glass of wine. Tell next time!