Monday, August 22, 2016

TPT Sale - How to Save Even More!

The Teachers Pay Teachers Best Year Ever sale is today! You can save up to 28% in lots of stores - including mine. But there is a way to save even MORE!

Did you know that you receive TPT credits when you leave feedback on your purchases? It's really easy to do and you can use your credits toward new purchases!

Here's how you do it:

Go to your My Purchases page.

Right below the product description it will say Provide Feedback. Click on that.

On the product page, leave a comment and rate the product using the scales provided.

Thats it! Now you have TPT credits to use toward new purchases!

So get busy leaving feedback, then go back and buy those goodies in your cart! But don't forget to use the code ONEDAY so you can get all the savings possible!


While you are there, POP in to my store and see all the new products available:

AR Chart by 5's - Chalkboard & Polka Dots

4th Grade ELA I Can Posters - Chalkboard & Polka Dots

Clip Chart - Chalkboard & Polka Dots

Friday, August 19, 2016

Five for Friday - August 19th

Happy Friday Everyone! I know those of us who are back in school are so happy to reach this day! These first days are a killer on the feet. Fortunately, I am able to write this post off my feet!  So excited to be joining Doodlebugs Teaching and the other wonderful bloggers this week!

Can we talk about how amazing the Olympics have been this year? I always love to watch, but this year there are so many stories that have made this one really amazing. Michael Phelps - 28 medals; Simone Biles - 4 Gold Medals - a first for the women's gymnastic team; Katie Ledecky - her swim in the 800m - no one even in the screen shot when she won. AMAZING and it's not over yet!

I've had a little FOMO this year since I'm not in the classroom and therefore NOT decorating or getting to enjoy all the new little goodies everyone is showing on their Social Media accounts. A couple of my favorites: Lightboxes, banners with big chunky letters, flexible seating, and an even bigger emphasis on teaching a growth mindset that includes bulletin boards, flip books, and posters.

In my new position of Full Release Teacher Mentor, I have already had the opportunity to work with a few new teachers as they begin their first school year.  I have to say being new is so hard. I think it's much harder now than when I started and I feel for them.  My daughter is a new teacher this year and I am getting the day by day account of how hard it is, especially for those who have not been trained to be a teacher.  She is a history major teaching middle school and the history part is super easy - it's the craft of teaching that has to be learned. Of course, that is the part that everyone truly has to practice and learn constantly in order to be good at it.  If there is a new teacher at your school - give them a smile or a helping hand - they need it!

How cute is this MacBook Air cover?  I got my first Mac for my new mentor position and I had to buy a cute cover for it, right?  What can I say? It's the little things in life.

I spent the first three days of school this week at my old school helping out....tagging Kindergarteners, directing parents and students to classrooms, setting up a new classroom, helping a new teacher prepare, and wishing I wore comfortable shoes. After a summer of relaxation, this first week always kicks my butt! So thankful today is Friday! Have a great weekend friends!!!

Make sure you check out the other posts at Doodlebugs Teaching!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

$75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway!

Need a little help with back to school resources? Would $75 help with that?  A group of teacher bloggers (including me) are giving away 2 $75 TPT gift cards! Just enter the giveaway below! Good Luck!

Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: An Apple for the Teacher
Co-hosts: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),  A Plus Kids,  Teaching SuperkidsPeas in a PodEmbellished EducationLattes and LunchroomsKB3TeachDancing into FirstTeaching Ideas For Those Who Love TeachingThe Chocolate TeacherMs K MathKnowledge MobileMrs. RoltgenElementary Antics,  CrazyCharizmaCarla HoffThird Grade GigglesMickey's PlaceRissa HannekenActivity TailorKamp Kindergarten,  Reading and Writing RedheadPlanet Happy SmilesA View Into My ClassroomMomma With A Teaching MissionSara RuckerThe Literacy GardenPam's PlaceHeart 2 Heart TeachingMrs Humphries ClassSliding Into 1stGrowing Grade by GradeJackie CrewsLife As I Know ItSarah GriffinTeacher Treasure HunterGlistening Gems, and A Classroom for All Seasons.

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter. Giveaway ends 8/13/16 and is open worldwide.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Five for Friday - August 5th

Life sure is crazy and suddenly very busy!  I haven't linked up in a few weeks and there are a million reasons why - none of which are worthy of this space! Anyway....I'm happy to be back this week sharing all the back to school goodies that we are all experiencing in our own little ways.

Super excited to be featured on An Apple for the Teacher blog this week!  My Fluency Pyramid Sentences are featured along with a giveaway of this resource - so head on over and read about it here. You can also enter the giveaway here

An Apple For The Teacher

Just for the record, I have a 22 year old daughter who is a recent grad of Florida State University.  My husband and I have moved her 8 times.  Yes, 8 times. Up to school, back home in summer, back up to school, back home in summer, and so on. This past weekend we moved her into her first "real" apartment.  It took THREE days to get her settled. This is the LAST time I am moving her. She has a new, really cute apartment and I got 13 stitches in my leg from broken glass. The last time - I mean it.

Teachers Pay Teachers had their back to school sale on Monday and Tuesday. Did you get all your BTS goodies? So many great resources! 

I have really enjoyed eating lunch out this summer - ordering what I want, eating slowly, and being around adults. But it's lunchbox time again, so I purchased this beauty while I was in Tallahassee last weekend. I am a HUGE FSU fan, so it works for me.  What type of lunchbox do you like to use?

Finally, I have to say that I am somewhat jealous of all the classroom reveals going on this year because.....this is the first time in 15 years that I am not setting up a classroom. This year I am beginning a new teaching adventure as a Full Release Teacher Mentor in my school district. I am extremely excited about this opportunity.  I will be now involved in 15 classrooms instead of one and I hope this will broaden my view and influence the type of classroom resources I make for teachers! 

For those of you who are returning this week and next - good luck and have some fun! Keep posting pictures on Instagram and Facebook, so I can drool over all of your creativity!  If you aren't following me, here's my links and I would love to follow you too!

Have a great weekend and don't forget to check out all the other amazing blog posts on this linky!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

5 First Day Procedures You Need to Teach

The beginning of the school year is right around the corner. Teachers everywhere are planning out their room decor, thinking about their first week's plans, and trying to get back in the mindset of the school year. But, did you know that the most important thing you should be doing right now is figuring out what procedures you want your students to learn the first day...the first week?

When your new students walk into your classroom on the first day of school, they are nervous and shy. Is she/he going to be nice? Will I like my new class? What do I do if I have to go to the bathroom? I'm not kidding. That last question is important. It's so important that it is one of the first procedures I teach on the first day of school. I want to ease my new students minds right away.  I want them to feel a sense of belonging and knowing how things work in my class.

I spend a considerable amount of time teaching procedures the first two weeks of school. Each day I introduce 5 procedures and review all of the previously taught ones. Does this take a lot of time? Yes, but it is completely and utterly worth it! Here's my list of the top 5 procedures that I teach on the first day of school.

If I am not teaching the whole group, place the bathroom pass on your desk. sign the bathroom sheet, and go quietly to the bathroom. Do not play in the bathroom! Come back into the classroom, wash your hands with soap and water, dry them with no more than 2 paper towels, and make sure the towels land in the trash basket. Put the pass back and return to your seat. 

Seems specific doesn't it? That's the point. This is an area where shenanigans seem to begin, so I make sure they know exactly what it expected.  In our school, bathrooms are in hallways between classrooms, so students are able to go anytime we are in the classrooms. But, I don't want them getting up during instruction and missing important activities and information. Throughout the day, there are plenty of times when I am not teaching whole group, so this procedure is not too restrictive.

However in the event it's an emergency, my procedure is: 

If you need to go to the bathroom at an unspecified time, please raise your hand and ask, "May I please go to the bathroom?"
Coming to Attention

When your attention is needed, Mrs. Hanneken will ask for your attention in several ways. When you hear these, stop what you are doing and listen for instructions.

When I say                                            You say

"Marco"                                                   "Polo"
"Spongebob"                                          "Squarepants"
"Florida State"                                      "Seminoles"

I've tried many different methods over the years, but these seem to work really well. Choose just a few and use them for awhile. You will need to change them periodically because they will begin to ignore you. Then it's the perfect time to teach them a new one. You can find lists of these call outs on Pinterest. 

When I teach this, I refuse to continue until 100% of my students are paying attention. THIS IS IMPORTANT! If you don't, this method won't work. Once they realize you are serious, you rarely have a problem and you and your students can get back to work right away. 

Lining Up

In order to maximize learning in my classroom, I want my students to be on task 100% of the time. So, when it is time for us to leave the classroom for lunch or special area classes, I want them to line up quickly and quietly. 

Our class will line up in alphabetical order. The line leader will be first, then the door holder. You will line up quietly, fold your arms, face forward and be ready to leave. We will leave the classroom when everyone is ready. 

If they don't follow these directions, I tell them to sit down and we'll try again. After this happens a few times, they get annoyed and do it right. Now they know I mean business!

 5 ft. Rule

I can't take credit for coming up with this, but it was clearly a GENIUS who did. You know how your students all need you at the same time and how they say your name a MILLION times a day and they never notice that you are talking to another human being? They just interrupt a lot? Yea, me too.

Here's the solution to this problem and I start it on the first day of school.

If you need to ask a question or tell me something important and I am with another student, talking to an adult, or eating my lunch, you will follow the 5 ft. rule. Stand 5 ft. away, but within my eyesight, and wait for me to acknowledge you. When I am able, I will help you with whatever you need. Do not interrupt me UNLESS it is an emergency. I define this as blood is running down your body, your hair is on fire, or someone is hurt. 

I model this explicitly and it works. Period. If they interrupt, I just ignore them. Not kidding.  Try it. Try it with your own children. You will love this one.

3 Before Me

There is one me and 20+ of them. I physically and mentally cannot answer every question my students have in the day. I am teaching them so many things on a daily basis, but usually the questions they have are not about content, but procedures or instructions. So, after I have given directions and asked my students if they have questions, which of course no one does.... But  5 minutes later they do... I  say Ask 3 Before Me. This gives them permission to ask three classmates before they ask me. This way, the students who understood the directions can tell the 5 minute later kids and I can move on. This procedure saves a lot of time and two things happen - they learn to rely on each other more and they become better listeners.  Win-Win!

These are the top 5 procedures I teach on the first day of school because they are some of the most important and they ease students minds right away. I have about 20 more that I will teach over the course of the first two weeks of school. I promise if you focus on teaching procedures the first two weeks of school, your school year will go smoother. Best of all, you won't waste valuable instructional time telling students what to do - they will know.  Just make sure you teach it, model it, practice it, and review it until they have got it.  

If you need help planning these top 5 procedures and what other procedures you may need, download my Classroom Procedures Worksheet to get you started.