Sunday, June 23, 2013

The One with Lesson Planning Sunday!

I started my day with no air conditioning.  That's right, our air conditioner went out... again!  We have to call into our home warranty company but it's Sunday!  We took an early morning trip to Wal-Mart to pick up a window air unit for the bedroom.  I cannot sleep when it's hot.  Hopefully, they can get it fixed quickly because the temperature is supposed to be 106 degrees on Wednesday.  106! Crazy!

Anyway, I have to get lesson plans finished and other things done for summer school.  We had our first two days on Thursday and Friday.  I have 15 kids in my class.  I was supposed to have 21 but 6 dropped.  I have a pretty great class.  They are sweet and a bunch of smarties.  I do have two little stinkers but you always get a one or two in each class.  They are not huge behavior problems but they do like to push my buttons.  Compared to the class I had this last year, these kids have been a dream thus far.

We had a garage sale on Saturday to help get rid of all the clutter in our house.  It was hot!  We did not make a lot of money but we did sell a lot of our crap.  It is now someone else's crap!

Last night we sat out on our patio with a fire in the fire pit.  I worked on lesson plans a little and looked for a good beginning of the year assessment.  I found two great assessments from Fun in First Grade and JoellW on TeachersPayTeachers. Plus, they were free!  I will probably use a mixture of the two to assess my kids. 

I spent some time today finishing up lesson plans, my weekly newsletter and homework chart.  This week the class will be reviewing some kindergarten concepts.  We will review letter sounds for m, s, t, and a.  We will be identifying nouns for people, animals, or things in sentences.  For math, we will be finding number patterns for numbers 0-5.  We will also be identifying the attributes for shapes of triangle, rectangle, square, and pentagon. 

For our centers and interventions we will be practicing stamina for Daily 5.  I'm putting out "fun centers" for the kids to get used to working together and for me to assess them.  That's where the two assessment packets come in.  I tested all but 3 kids on kindergarten sight words on Friday. They did great.

Now, time for me to try to find a cool place to be in the house.   


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The One with Summer School Prep

Went into my classroom today and rushed like a manic to get everything set up for tomorrow.  I feel like I am so unprepared for the first day of summer school.  Wish me luck!

I thought I would post some pics of my day...

This is what my room pretty much looked like when I walked in.  I had already started working on the mess when I took these pictures.
 This is a picture of what used to be the staff parking lot.  The construction company broke ground on our new school over the break.  It looks so crazy!
 After a lot of work, here is my new word wall.  I kept the same design but changed up the colors.  It looks so bright and fun! 

 I posted before (I don't exactly remember when) that I decided to change my behavior chart.  Well here it is.  The idea came from 3rd Grade's a Hoot and First Grade Glitter and Giggles.  I love it!
 Next to the behavior chart is my classroom rules.  They are rules from Whole Brain Teaching.
 As I was getting some bulletin board border out of my storage area, I dropped this bin of clothes pins.  Can we say "classroom foul"?  This pretty much sums up my whole day.  Chaos!

I will let you know how my first day goes tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The One with the Teacher Binder

I have finally finished my Dossier.  I am so excited!  Just in time for summer school to start.  This month off has gone by so quickly.  Tomorrow we have to sign our contracts for teaching during the summer, then a staff meeting, and then I have to work in my room.  (Sorry for that run on sentence.)  I have one day (if that) to set-up my classroom for summer school that starts on Thursday.  I'm telling you right now it's not going to get done.  It's going to be insane.

Since I'm teaching summer school I needed to redo my teacher binder.  I changed my theme in my classroom so that helped with the overhaul of my teacher binder.

The binder includes a cover page for the front of the binder.
Dividers for each section.  The sections are: calendar, to do lists, meeting notes and student information.

I have it at my TEACHERSpayTEACHERS store if you are interested in buying it (and I know you are!)   Please, feel free to pin it on Pinterest too!  

Since summer school is starting Thursday and I'm getting tables in my room I needed containers for student supplies.  So I hit up the Target Dollar Spot for some bins and buckets. 
The little buckets will hold each table's pencils and the bins will hold their crayons.  Glue sticks and scissors are community items and I store them in bins on my shelf.  We don't use them often enough for me to justify keeps them at their tables.  Plus, they seems to always cause a distraction.  Pencils I keep as a community item too.  They get one pencil to keep at their desks.  I have a cup with sharped pencils just in case theirs breaks and they need a new one.  It limits sharping pencils all day.  Their dull/broken pencil goes in another cup for me to sharpen when I have time.

I will keep you posted on how summer school is going.  Don't forget to head on over to my TpT store to get your copy of my fabulous teacher binder.  You won't be sorry!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The One with the Teacher Toolbox


I have decided to finally make a teacher toolbox.  I've been wanting to make one since last year but never got around to doing it.  Also, they always seemed rather big.  Looking at them now, they really aren't considering all the stuff I can store in it.


After having students all last year steal my paper clips and binder clips I decided it was time.  Students would also look through my supply organizer that I had on my table and it drove me crazy.  I needed this!

So yesterday I went to my local Ace Hardware (I'm boycotting The Home Depot because of their awful customer service) and picked up the storage cabinet for $14.99 and then I bought Rust-Oleum in Key Lime.  The color matched my classroom colors perfectly.

I took all the drawers out and roughed up the surface with 220 grit sand paper.  Then gave the frame 2 coats of paint.  While the paint was drying I made up my labels.  I found dimensions for the drawers at Create*Teach*Share.  It was difficult to decide on all the things I wanted to put in it.  After I printed out my labels I taped the labels inside each drawer with clear tape. I only taped it to the sides.  Not the front of the drawer.  It takes a few tries to get the labels to be straight in the front.

Then I picked scrapbook paper that matches the frame and cut it to 8 1/2 x 11 (to fit in my printer).  I took the dimensions given by Rebecca to print the background for each drawer.  I cut them all out and also taped these inside the drawer (no worries, you can't see then tape).

Ta-Dah!  All done!
I can't wait to use it!  It will keep sticky fingers away from my supplies.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The One with June Currently

This one is going to be quick.  I wanted to post my June Currently from Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.

I also wanted to share a cool app I found while trying to find a planner app for my iPhone.  I really like using planners but I hate having to carry one around with me.  I do have one I use for school but that stays in my teacher binder and is only used for school.  I wanted to have one that is better than the calendar app that came with my phone.  After A LOT of sampling of different apps (and there are many) I found one that I think will work well for me.  Amazingly, it's called Awesome Calendar.  It seemed fitting for my needs.  I wanted one that I could color code my events.  It also allows you to add notes and a ToDo list.  They have a free one (that has adds) and one that costs $5.99.  I, of course, went with the free one.  If you would like to check it out, here's a video of it in action:
I did not make the video and am in no way affiliated with the company that made Awesome Calendar.