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 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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