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Friday, August 10, 2012
I only have a few minutes. My sister and I are going out to do some dancing tonight since it's my last official weekend of summer. I spent all day in the classroom and things are finally coming together! I uploaded this cute writing process pencil poster on TpT last night and thought you might be interested. You can get it by clicking on the picture below!

Make sure to come back soon to see pictures of my completed classroom!

Classroom Website

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I have been working diligently the last few weeks to get my classroom set up for my new group of kiddos!  I cannot wait to meet them! A few days ago, I sent out my "Welcome!" postcards and included a link to our classroom website so that students and parents could get a head start looking at what the year might be like. Of course, the "flavor" doesn't come until the kids do - but it's up to us teachers to get them excited about going back to school.  I hope the website does just the thing.

You can click on the graphic above to go to our class website.  I've included a welcome, class supply list, and information about me and my assistant on the website.  One thing I added at the last minute and really built up was my Classroom Expectations page.  Since this is my second year teaching and I struggled with classroom management last year, I spent a lot of the summer getting my plan together.  I though sharing it online with my students and parents might be a good idea.

I also added a classroom blog so that the students (and I...) can update with pictures and words about what we're working on and learning in the room.  It's a perfect way for parents to see what we're doing!  And I have a feeling the kids will love getting on there to show off their stuff!

Do you have a classroom website?  How do you utilize it?  Is it mainly for student use or home communication?  I'd love to see it/hear all about it!  Share!

Click here to see my class website.

Back-to-School Fever

Sunday, July 22, 2012
It's getting close!  And while I've been spending all summer settling into my new house, back to school time is creeping up on us.  When I first walked into Wal-mart a couple of weeks ago and saw aisles and aisles of school supplies, I almost fell to the floor.  No way it can be here so quick!  I felt like I haven't had a second to sit back, relax and even enjoy the summer.

However, it started to hit me last week.  I am getting into back-to-school mode, which means making things, for the classroom, planning lessons and activities and, of course, school shopping!  Staples has a penny sale this week!  :)

I also started thinking about my kiddos and hopped on over to www.vistaprint.com and whipped up (and splurged on) these cute little owl postcards to send them before school starts.  I hope they love them as much as I do!

Stay tuned for more back-to-school fun!

Happy Summer!

Thursday, May 31, 2012
It's over!  I really can not believe it.  My first year of teaching is over.  It was a very trying year, but I made it.  And more importantly, they made it.  I am so proud of my kiddos.  When I think about the kids that they were when I started the year (a month late, of course), I am amazed at how much they've grown up!

Our last day of school was a blast.  The kiddos planned their summer vacations and shared with the class.  We enjoyed lunch in the classroom with a movie.  We had an award ceremony where I passed out their Candy awards (so cute!) and gift bags.  Then we celebrated with a dance party.... they had a blast!  And I won't lie, I did too.  I love breaking it down!

I got a little sappy at the end of the day, in our dismissal line I hugged them all one by one and told them I loved them.  I said I love you again as they headed out the front doors... and I meant it.  I really do love them.  The little guy that I will worry deeply about over the summer gave me the biggest hug I've had all year and his email address so that I could email him.  It brought me to tears.  These kids and I have been through a lot... and I am pretty sure that this is one year no one will ever forget!

Packing up my classroom was a little sad today.  It looks so empty and silent - where just yesterday it was bursting with life.  But, that's the life of a teacher... one class gone so that another can come!  We wouldn't be doing our jobs if we could keep them forever.

Good luck, class of 2021!  It's time to prepare for the class of 2022.  But first, SUMMER!

Rounding the Final Stretch

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I can't believe it.  My first year of teaching is coming to a close!  Only four days left!  It went by so quickly and while part of me is starting to get nostalgic and mushy, another, REALLY BIG part of me is ready to say sayonara! I've been spending a good part of the last few days cleaning up my room and packing things away.  I've also been trying to come up with the perfect end of the year gift for my dear friends.

I've decided to do a few things.  First, I used my points from the Scholastic book orders to order all of them a new book.  At least I'm encouraging them to read, even if they don't do it!  I am also taking a few ideas I found from other blogs and making each of them a word cloud with adjectives describing them on Wordle.  Today I gave each student a class list and had them write an adjective for each person.  I can't wait to see how these turn out.

We did our award ceremony today and each student received a certificate honoring their special talents and abilities!  Third grade is never the year for a promotion ceremony, but I decided that I'm going to print out promotion certificates and give them out on the last day of school.  My friends are so worried about going to fourth grade! I attached the document I created in case you're interested in customizing it for your own.

What is something fun/special that you do for your friends at the end of the year?

A Classroom Full of SMART COOKIES!

Monday, February 6, 2012
I've been wanting to do a classroom data board for a while now.  I think the students really benefit from knowing exactly where they stand and are motivated to improve their own scores.  I have just been so busy that I've never gotten around to it.  I saw the board below on http://elementaryliteracyresources.blogspot.com/ a few days ago and I just haven't been able to get the idea out of my head.  I pinned it on Pinterest and it moved to the top of my to-do list.

Here's my version:

I used the large board above my sink.  I figured it was out of the way enough to not be distracting, but was also a good browsing place for students while they're washing their hands.  I heard somewhere that kids benefit more when you focus on intelligence and not effort, so that's why I chose Smart Cookies.  Did I make that up?

My board shows students' monthly progress on our online reading assessment program, Istation.  It also keeps track of students who get 100% on their spelling tests (motivation, I hope!) and where students are at on their memorization of the times table and quizzes.  The board also features how students are doing on each of the district proficiency assessments in reading, math, science and social studies, with a rubric in the middle.

My favorite part of the board is that fact that all the data is done by the students' numbers, so they know theirs but unless they know other students numbers, they can't make fun of others or feel like anyone is looking at their scores.  It's almost anonymous!

Tell me what you think!  Do you have a data board?  Any chance you want to do one?  I'd love to see other boards!

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