Monday, August 22, 2016

Sweet Home 1st Grade

We were asked to create a catchy name for our classroom based from a movie.. I choose "Sweet Home 1st Grade!" I love to create a home away from home for my students and make the classroom a community.
I'm so looking forward to my Firsties to arrive this morning with their new outfits, smiles and fresh crayons!
We have many exciting things going on today! We will create with our Magic Play Dough... Magic play dough oh so white, I wish this wish with all my might. If a color does appear, we're sure to have a GREAT school year! I'm sure my room will be a rainbow of colors!
A few goldfish for the kids to take home... Of all the little fish in the sea I'm glad that you were picked for me! Welcome to 1st grade! Oh so exciting..
And so much more!
Have a great day in your classrooms around the world!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

1st Grade

I can't believe we are already headed into the 11th week of school! This year has been a whirlwind of learning, excitement and setting new routines. I'm trying to move into this century by Blogging & Tweeting. It's slow and not so steady!
I started my blog this summer and I'm determined to get it off the ground this year. Thank you to those who are sticking with my random blogging. I hope to get better. I do give out fuzzies if your children mention the blog!
I love the beginning of school with the smell of new crayons, scented markers, fresh glue sticks and all of the other fabulous new school supplies. We have been using our new supplies and getting our routines set with many learning opportunities happening each day.
I love my new class of First Grade Friends. They are meshing together and we have started off to a great year.
Some of my favorite memories of the first 48 days include; Getting to know you activities, Jitter Juice, Magic Play-doh, self-portraits, name collage, Daily 5 introduction, Kevin Henkes Author Study, Laura Numeroff Author Study, apples, changes in heat science experiments, Mystery Readers, pumpkin exploration, Grandparent's Day, Shadow, Fuzzies, Candy Land, Red Ribbon Week & so much more.
Our Character Champions for the 1st 6 weeks were: Ally & Jake. They exhibited awesome citizenship!
I can't wait to see what the next 50 days include! Tuesday we will celebrate the 50th Day of School in 1st Grade. I can't wait to see the students dressed in their favorite 1950's attire.
Hopefully this weekend... Pictures can follow!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Extra Credit....

Oh my.... As a student my favorite thing was Extra Credit. I was also that student who loved it when the class got into trouble and everyone had to write a sentence from the board over and over. "I will not talk while the teacher is teaching." That was fabulous for me. I got to be creative and practice my handwriting and doodling skills. I was also the student who always asked for Extra Credit. I loved it! I loved school so much anyway.. a little extra was just a bonus for me.
All that to say.. A bonus post! What fun!
It's summertime and teachers all around are on vacation and enjoying time off from school but I feel confident in saying that many teachers are still planning their upcoming school year. I know I love summer and being home and doing "homemaking" things around the house, traveling and spending time with my family but I'm also planning in the back of my mind.. what my classroom will look like, what will my focus be for something new this year to keep it interesting and what my new students will be like.
I would love a total remodel of my classroom this year with new d├ęcor and a new color scheme. It might not happen this year! With my daughter going away to school in August I will be busy helping to decorate a dorm room, get books and supplies and just adjusting to a new way of life. So my classroom redo might need to wait a year.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Teaching in Pearls & Heels....

I am so looking forward to continuing my career inspired blog! I will be focusing on posting about my classroom set up, The Daily Five & Math Stations this school year!
Please join my adventure & post your comments so I know someone is going along this journey with me!!

I have to have my daytimer!

To stay organized and on top of life in general I live with my day timer at my side! I love my fold 3 ring size for my everyday life with has my school activities nicely added in Orange ( the color for school! Go Bearcats!) Each part of my life has a color!!
I keep an Erin Condran lesson planner & organizer for school! I love the spiral ring and ability to have all my TEKS, calendar , class roll & lessons at my fingertips!
To stay organized I keep my colored pens with me in my bag & a set on my desk in adorable mason jars!! Love color & organization!
I also have a Pinterest inspired tackle box of supplies behind my desk!!!
Organization is a must for me!

This isn't my personal lesson planner because mine is packed away at school but it is the same design.

All time favorites....

Questioning Makes the Difference by Nancy Johnson is one of my all time favorite & most used teaching resource book.
My background is in Gifted Education. During my years in education I have attended many  Gifted & Talented classes & conferences. Many years ago I heard Nancy Johnson speak on "Active Questioning" I fell in love with her thoughts & research on the topic. I attended many more of her trainings throughout my career & continued to be amazed and learn new research thoughts each time I heard her speak! My favorite & most used resource of Nancy's is Questioning Makes the Difference & Active Questioning. These two books offer the rationales & strategies for using questioning with your students as a method of instruction. The ideas & activities she shares help to motivate students & provide higher- level thinking opportunities for the students. The strategies focus on in-depth thinking rather than just recalling facts!
This is a resource I have used in the GT classroom as well as everyday in my general Ed self contained classroom for years and now questioning, providing higher level thinking opportunities and  Inquiry based learning is something that comes natural for me and in turn my students.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Brain Pop Jr

One of my favorite educational websites is BrainPopJr!
It provides a great focus 3-4 minutes to get a topic rolling or culminate a topic we have completed our study on! The students love the bright colors & unique sounds that they hear over each topic. My students always enjoy the games & review quizzes that follow the lessons! It's a fabulous way to get out Science lesson or Social Studies lesson underway! It even provides some great Math videos that correlate with our Math curriculum!
It's a very short way to provide quality information to my students in a fun & engaging way!! I love to see their ears & eyes all turn towards the SmartBoard when they hear the BrainPopJr sound!
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