Sunday, August 31, 2014

Football and Teaching - A Crazy Fan's Coping Strategies

    Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE Florida State Seminole fan. With that being said, I am also a nail biting, pacing, nervous spectator when they are playing - especially when they play scary - like last night.  (If you are not a football fan, just skip this part!) Last night - yikes! They won 37-31, but it was an ugly win. Anyway, my current coping strategy is to multi-task by zipping around on my I-Pad which has led to most of my accidental discoveries, like Schoolgirl Style, Teachers Pay Teachers and so on. Well, thank you FSU Seminoles for your performance because I found the most amazing website and I have to share it with you!

   The Curriculum Corner has the most resources for teachers I have ever seen and it's all in one place and it's FREE, yes I said FREE!  Every kind of organizational tool I have thought about, but never took the time to make.... lesson plan templates, small group, centers planning, progress monitoring, Common Core resources and on and on. You can be that highly effective teacher you've always wanted to be without sacrificing all of your free time - so check it out.

    You can thank the Florida State Seminoles later....but personally I don't want another game like that one. Go Noles!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fluency Bundle Pack - 308 Flashcards in ONE Resource!

Amazingly, I survived the first week of school! Super tired, achy feet, brain whirling, but I survived. A principal I used to work for said a teacher's day is like keeping multiple plates spinning in the air and not dropping any. So true, isn't it?

As I was thinking about getting my reading group materials organized for the school year, I realized that I wanted everything ready at the beginning. I don't want to get going, then suddenly realize I need some major resource for my struggling readers that I don't have available. The days and evenings are too busy to be creating new resources. So, I bundled my 3 separate Fluency Packs into one BIG pack on Teachers Pay Teachers so you can get your resources together at the beginning of the school year. The bundle pack includes 236 phonics/syllable flashcards, 56 common phrase flashcards, and 16 pyramid sentence flashcards. Separately, these resources are priced at $18.00, but my bundle pack is only $15.00.  So, if you're like me and need this resource now, it's a great bargain. Check it out - my link is on the side of the page.

Now, go soak your feet, cause tomorrow it starts again!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TPT Back to School Boost Sale - August 20th only!

This a great opportunity to get those resources you need to make this a fabulous school year!  All items in my shop are 20% off, so get in on the great deals!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Anchor Chart Intervention! Secrets to Making Effective AND Well-Designed Anchor Charts | Minds in Bloom

This post by Minds in Bloom is SO amazing! The Type A/OCD teachers will appreciate the helpful, logical way to create anchor charts that are visually appealing. Check out this link and let me know what you think!

Anchor Chart Intervention! Secrets to Making Effective AND Well-Designed Anchor Charts | Minds in Bloom

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This is for YOU Florida 3rd Grade Teachers!

Florida 3rd Grade LAFS Planning and Monitoring Checklist

Both of these resources will help you master the new standards and keep track of when you taught them. There is also a section for student progress monitoring, which is perfect for parent conferences!

Florida 3rd Grade MAFS Planning and Progress Monitoring Checklist

Both are available at Teachers Pay Teachers AND Teacher's Notebook.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nautical Classroom Reveal

Thursday was Orientation Day at our school and my nautical room was finally ready!  Like childbirth, you just don't remember the pain of getting your room ready each August - do ya? Wow! The hours teachers put in to make a beautiful space for their students is hard for the average person (meaning non-teacher, non-teacher family member) to understand.  When they walk in, they have no idea. Well, here's my new baby........

Panaramic view of my spacious and bright classroom.

My bulletin boards are still pretty blank, but they will be filled soon enough.  It's still got that new classroom students until Monday!  Hope you like it!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mixed Feelings

Tomorrow is our first official day back at school and I have to say I have mixed feelings about this.  Can you relate?  Starting new and fresh each August is a nice perk of this job.  You can decorate your classroom completely different than the previous year if you want to or you can go with the same theme or decor - it's really your choice.  If you worked in an office or worse - a cubicle - it's the same old thing day in and day out. So that is a definite plus to being a teacher. Your group of students is different each year, so if you had a difficult group, you don't have them forever.  In the corporate world, you would be stuck with a difficult group of colleagues unless you changed jobs.

However,  I've heard people say that being a teacher is boring - same thing every year, but that is completely the opposite of our job.  Every year many, many, many things change.  In fact, it would be nice if a few things could stay the same - curriculum, procedures, schedules, etc.  Then we could improve upon them instead doing it the "new" way.  

Do you see why I say mixed feelings?  There is always something to look forward to and some things to kind of dread, but it's in the morning I will begin again.  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Teacher's Notebook Giveaway and Sale

Teacher's Notebook is having a SALE and all of my products are 20% off until August 12th PLUS I am giving away 3 Fluency Kit #1 Starting with Basics during the sale!  So, follow my link to Teacher's Notebook and get your name in for the giveaway

Monday, August 4, 2014

Literacy and Math Institute

As I dragged myself out of bed this morning for the 3 day Literacy and Math Institute, I crossed my fingers that it would be worth my while.  So many times, these professional development "opportunities" are less than inspiring - sometimes it's the content and sadly, sometimes it's the presenter.  When I arrived with one of my teammates, I was amazed at the number of teachers who were attending from my district - around 500.  This was quite a big deal! 

As it turned out, this PD is a jewel.  The classes are well thought out and the presenters have been very good.  We had an hour for lunch and they provided food trucks for us to order from, which was a first for me! However, my favorite part was the "teacher talk" that happens as you are gleaning information throughout the day.  I met a new friend today who graciously offered to email a math curriculum parent information sheet she has worked on this summer.  (I am currently trying to figure out what I can share with her as a thank you.) I just LOVE talking to other teachers!

I have two more days of professional development, then a few days off, and we report on August 11th.  I don't feel exactly ready for this year - yet.  I have so much to do in my classroom and I know it will get done somehow.  But I can say that this Literacy and Math Teacher Institute is making me think this might be a great school year.....