Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blog Hop, Giveaway and Christmas Eve

First off I have linked up with the Newbie Blogger Blog Hop. I am so excited. Janis over at Grade Three is the Place for Me. is the one hosting the blog hop. She has posed some questions for everyone who has linked up to answer so here are mine!
1. Tennessee
2. I am teaching 2nd grade and LOVE IT.
3. This is my 4th year teaching but 3rd year in 2nd grade. I taught one year of technology.
4. I started blogging back in March. I love how teachers are so willing to share what they know and use so freely on their blogs. I strive to provide useful information on my blog.
5. My blogging tip is when you download a freebie from a blog leave a comment thanking that blogger for providing you with an awesome FREEBIE.

 Herding Kats in Kindergarten is having a giveaway. This is a great giveaway.... I wanted to keep it to myself but I would want someone to share this with me so her I am..... Go on over an enter!

I am having my own linky party! Link up and Blog about it. Make sure you answer the following questions when you blog about this party. I am so excited about getting back into my classroom and get it ready for my new students. I want to know what you do to get ready for the new school year.

1. What grade do you teach
2. How many year have you been teaching
3. What is one thing you are doing different this year
4. What is something you do every year for your new students
5. What is your theme this year
6. How do you feel the night before school starts

Here are my ANSWERS

1. I teach 2nd grade
2. This is my 4th year teaching
3. I am having balloons on that students chairs with their name on it. This will happen on the first day of school.
4. I always have a little welcome gift for the students.
5. I am using the Black and White collection from Creative Teaching.
6. The night before school feels like Christmas Eve to me. I am so excited to see all my new students and get the year started that I fall asleep late and wake up early!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Its been while..... Pinterest creations!

I am back....I am slacked on my blogging. I FINALLY created some pinterest inspired items. Here they are.
Here are two signs. One is a place to pin No Name Papers. Students will be able to check this spot when they have a missing assignment. This will save me the time of talking to all the students asking which paper is there. I plan on leaving a sticky note on their desk if they have a missing paper, those students will then go check the board, find theirs, and then write their name on it and re hand it in. 

The second one is where students will pin notes that they have for me. Last year I had a HORRIBLE system. This year I hope this is better. Students will look through their binders each morning and if they have any of the following they will pin it to the board: Notes from parents, transportation changes, lunch money or field trip slips. This will make it easier for me to find them instead of me looking on my desk where notes would get buried sometimes. Once I remove the ones that need to be passed along to someone else then other can remain hanging and I will know where they are at all times. 

These are my new How I Get Home items. Last year I had the standard poster that was laminated and then I would write on it with sharpie. Well when changes would happen I would have to cross the name out and then rewrite it where it belonged. This way should be easier to change. I will place each students name on a clip and then clip it to the ribbon. Students will be able to change their clip if they are going home a different way for a day or so. This will also make it easier if a student moves during the year. 
I am getting so excited about getting into my classroom and getting it ready. It is like the weekend before Christmas right now. The days seem to drag. Monday is THE day.....First day I can get into my classroom and start getting it set up. This year is more exciting because I moved to a new classroom at the end of the year last year so my room is a blank slate ready for me to do wonders with. I plan on documenting my journey on here so stay tuned for LOTS of before and after pictures.   Photobucket

Monday, July 9, 2012

Math Notebooks!

I am presenting at my school systems summer professional development conference. I will be talking about how to use math notebooks with the math series we use. I am pretty sure I had lost my mind when I applied to present. I really didn't think that they would ask me to present but here I am getting ready for the big day. I am a nervous wreck thinking about having to talk in front of all those teachers!!!!! My presenting partner and I have been working hard on all our foldables and activities that we are going to present and send home with those teachers who come to our presentation. I am done with the first unit and I thought I would share it on here and get some HONEST (but not too mean feedback). Here are some pictures of what the notebook would look like. At the end is the first entire unit worth of foldables for FREE. Just download browse through it and then give me some feedback. I need to know if I need to make any changes before the end of July.

Don't worry when you print your tree will be green and brown..I was running low on color ink!

CLICK HERE for your own copy of this 35 page item for FREE....Enjoy.
Oh yeah we use Envision Math Series


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Creating ADD and a sun burn

Today I decided that I wanted to take a break from creating and working and go to the pool and just relax and swim. Well lucky for me my friend has a pool and she is very nice I allows me to swim whenever I want to. Second lucky event is that my friend has a TV in the pool house that you can see from the pool...So while I floated I got to watch the Walking Dead marathon. Well long story short is that I DID NOT use sun screen and laid in the water longer that I thought and well I am red as can be!!! OOOPS.

I am suffering from creating ADD. I can't seem to finish anything. My to do list keeps growing but not many items are getting checked off. I was wondering if anyone else is having this problem this summer. I just need to focus these last couple of weeks and prioritize my list of must dos.

Suggestions on how to sure my creating ADD are welcome!!!!!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

An Award and A Hair Cut

Man it has been a LONG time since I have posted. Since I posted last I have been award the Versatile Blogger Award. I am so excited to get this award. I still can't believe how much my little blog has grown since March. I want to thank the following people who have given me this award.

Heidi: My (Not So) Elementary Life
Sara: Miss Elementary
Jackie: Third Grade's A Charm

Here are the blogs that I am awarding the Versatile Blogger Award to:
1. Jennifer: First Grade Blue Skies
2. Jen: Hello Mrs. Sykes
3. Yvonne: Sassy in Second
4. Amy: Step into Second Grade
5. Brittnay: Second Grade Sweets
6. Cynthia: 2nd Grade Pad
7. Linda and Mckenna: Around the Kampfire
8. Doodle Bugs Teaching
9. Nicole: Today in Second Grade
10. Tiffany: The Learning Effect

Grab the Award. Then Link back to my page and award this award to 10 bloggers. YAY for awards!

Last I finally finished one of the items on my Pinterest To Do List....I got my hair cut! Here is my new hair!
 I cut off SEVERAL inches. It is a bad picture but the only one I have! I have received only positive remarks...So I am guessing it looks good. I always second guess hair cuts for the first week or two!

I hope everyone is having a great summer!