Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Intervention Block Continued

I posted yesterday about how I run my intervention block. I wanted to share a couple more pictures of what I do when I work with individual/small groups of students during this time. 

I only have about 20-25 minutes to dedicate as my "intervention block". We do this first thing in the morning after morning work. No, I do not check morning work every morning for every student. I have in the past, but I decided early on this year that having a little block of time to work with students one-on-one was what my class needed instead. I also do Guided Reading… another post is coming on that later in the week. :)

Here are a couple of examples of what I do with my kids…

{A Cupcake for the Teacher Sentence Builders}
{The 100 Chart handout was a Freebie and I can't find the original link, so if that's you please let me know. I'd love to give you credit! ;)}

Again, I use any resource I have to reinforce skills/concepts my kiddos are having trouble retaining. I don't do literacy stations in my classroom, but I love using literacy center activities during this time. 

I also like to keep ANYTHING I might need handy at my teacher table. That way, I don't have to go searching for pencils, post-its, sight word cards, etc.

I like to jot down quick notes throughout the week on what I notice is giving my kids trouble. That way, when I go to plan, I have an idea of who I need to pull for what. Each post-it is covering a numbered square because I assign each of my kids numbers. I mostly focus on reading foundational skills and math concepts.

{I use to use these post-its to document behavior until I started using ClassDojo}
If you would like a copy of these pages you can find them here.

I hope this gives you some new ideas to use in your class! Does anyone else do anything similar? I'd love to know how you fit in intervention time with your kiddos!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Intervention Block

I'm stopping by for a quick post to share how I run my intervention block. First off… at my school we are not required to have an official block of time dedicated as an "intervention block". We do, however, have blocks of time that the EIP {Early Intervention Program} teachers pull small groups of kids. After reading Jamie's {2nd Grade Stuff} post on her daily schedule, I knew I had to carve out time for an intervention block to give me a chance to work with kids on specific skills that they are having a little more difficulty grasping. This time also allows me to work with my RTI {Response to Intervention} kiddos. 

Here's what it looks like…

While I work with kids in small groups, or one-on-one, my other kiddos are working on independent practice activities. Each of my tables keep their intervention block materials in these pink baskets.

In these baskets, each student has their own baggie.

I put different activities in their baggies each week. These activities focus on specific skills each student needs more practice with. For example, I placed a handwriting practice page and a nonfiction book in this little guy's bag.

I also require all of my kids to complete one word problem and one reading comprehension activity each day.

{Reading Comprehension Notebook from Jodi Southard}
{Word Problems from Surfin' Through Second}

While they work independently, I pull kids back to my teacher table. I keep all my materials in these plastic bins.

I don't limit myself to only reading. When I plan the week before, I jot down certain skills {reading, writing, math} I see kids needing extra practice with and pull any books, centers, manipulatives, handouts, etc. I can use to reinforce the skill. I keep a bucket full of manipulatives, for both reading and math, by my table for easy access. Here is my math manipulative bucket.

So there it is… nothing Earth shattering, but it works for me! ;)

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Happy shopping!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

It's here! It's here!

Stop.the.world. It's the most wonderful day of the year! {Well… if you're an online shopping addict like me! Ha!} Cyber Monday is tomorrow y'all! As you're busy filling up those virtual shopping baskets don't forget that TPT is having their own little Cyber Monday sale too!!

My little shop will be on sale for 20% off tomorrow and Tuesday. TPT is throwing in an additional 10% off on top of that. That deal my friends can't.be.beat. So, head on over and pick up your favorite teaching goodies and while your there… stop by my little shop and snag you up some good deals! 

Here are a few of my favorite things I use to get me through the cold winter months…

Just in case you're dreaming about summer wanting to get a head start on end of the year planning {sigh}…

Happy shopping y'all! 

Monday, September 2, 2013


I hope everyone is enjoying their three day weekend! I wanted to pop in and share two freebies for you. I hope you can use them, or at least get your own ideas from them!

For any Georgia teachers out there...

I'm using the what I know and what I want to know pages to begin our unit on the regions of Georgia. I'm going to have my kiddos write as much as they can think of in the blank space around the state. At the end of the unit, we will use the last page to write about what we learned.

Fonts from KG Fonts and Cara Carroll. 
Graphics from Krista Wallden, Clip Art by Carrie, and Fancy Dog Studio.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Five for Friday {A Little Late}

Hey everyone! I'm a little late to the party this week, but I made it! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her fabulous linky Five for Friday. It has been a whirlwind these past three and a half weeks of school. I know y'all can relate! Oh, and yes, I have been back at school for about a month now. Dang we start EARLY down here in the south! 

Anyways... I'm doing my five random posts a little different this week. Since these first weeks of school have drained me empty {thank goodness for a three day weekend}, and I kept forgetting my camera at home,  I'm linking up Instagram style. Oh my good ole IPhone...

1. First up, I've already changed the way my desks were arranged... twice. I always forget how talkative these little babies can be at the beginning of the school year. They just weren't able to handle sitting in groups. Here is a picture I took of my first attempt at rearranging desks.

2. I graduated this past summer with my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction {halleujah}. I also tacked on a Reading Endorsement. Reading is my passion and I want my kiddos to experience the same joy that I experience while reading. One thing I incorporate into my reading instruction is explicit instruction on reading strategies. This week we worked on making predictions. We read Cinder Edna and Hedgie's Surprise. By the end of the week, my second graders were rocking this reading strategy!

I used Leanne Prince's Sticky Note Reading Strategy pack for this lesson. You can check it out here at her TPT shop. If you also notice I put a GL at the top of the paper. We code our papers, so parents know whether the assignment was independent or done as a class. GL stands for guided lesson. Does anyone else do this? I find it really helpful.

3. I needed a way to display the days of the week that my kiddos can shop for books. This is what I came up with...

Each day certain numbers can shop for books in our classroom library.

4. I posted on Instagram an idea of mine that didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to.

My intention was to add a bunting for each book we read as a class. Well... I just couldn't keep up because we read A LOT of books! I am planning on changing this wall out next week and using this space for a place to hang outstanding center work. I got this idea from Michelle over at Fabulous in First. She is just so organized!! I just knew that I had to made a section for this in my classroom! I'm looking for center work that is complete, neat, and correct to hang on my "Wall of Wow". I think this will be a great incentive for students to produce quality work at centers! I'll post pictures next week of the final product.

5. I finished up my Exit Slip Early Finisher Board this week. My kiddos have already gotten into the habit of grabbing an exit slip after a lesson and jotting down "What stuck with them". It looks super cute hanging on my wall too! Love!

If you'd like to grab a copy of this pack for yourself, head on over to my little shop! Here's what's included...
-instructions for setting up your own Early Finisher Exit Slip Board with pictures 
-a title for the board
-student numbers {This is for students to display their exit slips. It also allows the teacher to quickly see who has completed an exit slip.}
-exit slips for math {two versions}, ELA {one version}, Social Studies {one version}, and Science {one version}

Since I use these exit slips for a quick informal assessment of student learning, I model for my kiddos how to fill out the exit slip to show their learning through the use of specific details in their responses. I check my exit slips at the end of the day and send them home at the end of the week.

I'm also throwing a little sale to celebrate the three day weekend! Head on over to my little shop for 20% off!! 

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Have a great weekend friends! 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Let's Talk About Me! {Meet the Teacher}

Oh my word... I'm so excited to link up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week 2013!

Here is what's in store this week...

1. My hubby and I celebrated our one year anniversary this past July! I feel so blessed to have this man in my life. He truly is my best friend. 

We have two fur babies that are my world...


2. We went on our Honeymoon to Sandals Montego Bay. We.had.a.blast. 

3. We also love, love, love to travel! We are taking our first trip to Europe this Christmas! We will be traveling to London and Paris. I am beyond excited, but a little nervous! Any suggestions?

4. Here is a picture of my first day of Kindergarten. My family actually lived in the Philippines when I was younger, so I went to Kindergarten there. Crazy! 

5. This is my second year in second grade. Before I taught second, I was a Special Education teacher in grades 3-5. I love second though! It is such a fun little age!

6. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education {and now I teach primary, ha!} from Kennesaw State University. Go Owls! I also just completed my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Valdosta State University!

7. I am a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. 

8. I am a true southern girl through and through y'all! Besides living in the Philippines when I was really young for a few years, I have always lived in the great state of Georgia. 

9. Being a southern girl I.love.food. I just feel like food brings people together and I love spending time with my family and friends.

Gotta have my Chick-Fil-A!

10. It goes without saying that being from the south makes me a die hard college football fan. I love Saturdays in the Fall! I also love my Bravos and you can find me on Sundays RISING UP!

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