It’s All Coming Together..

I found some large, laminated pictures of coins in one of my classroom drawers on Friday! Super exciting because we’re starting a new math unit on Monday about money and time. Perfect! I quick put them up on my math wall and added a label with the name and value of each coin. The labels are laminated notecards, so I wrote on them with dry erase marker. Now I can reuse them for something else in the future!



I also finished my objectives area of my white board. I used blue painters tape to make my grid and I have a space to write the days objective for each content area. I laminated colored sentence strips for the subject labels.



Healthful Foods

I can’t seem to find my health masters book anywhere, so in a quick attempt to come up with an activity to accompany today’s health lesson, I did this! I split the class into groups of 3 and each group was assigned a food group from MyPyramid. Each student drew a picture to represent their assigned food group. I used their pictures as a display on our cabinets since they’re still covered with leftover masking tape that just won’t come off. These drawings look much better!

Class Tour!!

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Happy Friday!! Here’s a look at my classroom now that I’ve had the chance to rearrange the desks and start getting it set up the way that I would like it. What do you think? I was super into the idea of having the rug at the front of the classroom, instead of in the back, dark corner it was hiding in. I’m really into whole group instruction on the carpet and read alouds. Mostly because it gets the kids up out of their seats and gives them the opportunity to learn in a different way. So, when my best best teacher friend came up with this desk arrangement I was all for it. I have 17 students and 28 desks, so I needed the setup to be efficient group work and space. With the empty desks lining the inside of the U, students can sit and play math games, do partner work, group work, etc. quickly and easily without moving any furniture. I also condensed my high frequency word wall on the cabinets into the two panels, rather than the entire wall of cabinets, making room for a math focused area of the classroom as well. All that’s left is to update my bulletin boards and get a nice, bright tape to make my objectives on the whiteboard stand out.

Stay warm and have a great weekend!!

AE Steals

Today was the last day for free shipping (no minimum!) and an additional 60% off sale items online at American Eagle and Aerie. Of course this deal has been going on for days, so practically everything was sold out except xxs or xxl, of which I am neither. Luckily, I was able to snag two sweet items at literally next to nothing. I’m really into hats and jogger sweatpants right now, so there was no question when I found both for the combined price of $17. What a freaking DEAL. Click the images below to go straight to the aerie site and buy them for yourself! Quick before they sell out – happy shopping!

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Aerie Baseball Hat, Ditsy, $11.99 (add to cart for additional 60% off)

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Aerie Skinny Jogger, Medium Heather Grey, $31.99 (add to cart for additional 60% off)

Classroom Rules

I think that it’s always important to establish a set of rules in your classroom at the beginning of the year and keep these rules visible at all times. There are two ways to establish rules: you can make them yourself and then review them with students or you can have students create their own rules for the classroom (which allows them to take responsibility for their learning – so important!). Your list can be long or short and to the point. Truly, you can choose any way that fits your teaching style.

For me, I’m coming into my class more than halfway through their academic year. There are no classroom rules posted in the classroom currently and there is a slight slip in the structure of the class due to their major transitions between teachers in the last few months. I need to establish expectations immediately and let my students know that I am serious – not only about teaching, but about their learning.

Therefore, I have chosen the rules for my classroom, created a poster, and it’s currently in a pile of things waiting to get laminated (I’ll post a picture of my poster, as well as the rest of my classroom transformation as it evolves!).

My rules are as follows:

In Our Class We…

  • always show respect
  • act responsibly
  • try our best
  • never give up
  • have FUN!

I wanted to create this list with language that is simple for all students to understand, as well as language that is inclusive of everyone, not directed to the students individually. As a class, we are a team. If one person does not follow the rules, then it reflects on all of us, not just that student. We, including myself, will follow these directions – and although we’re doing a lot of learning, we’re also going to have a ton of fun.

Chopped

I cut my hair again a little over a month ago. I finally decided I love it two weeks ago. It needed a few weeks to grow out if it’s awkward stage and fall into place and now that it has I love love love this length and how I’ve been styling it. Check it out. Have you jumped on the short hair trend?

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