Friday, August 28, 2015

Classroom Reveal 2015-2016!

Hey everyone! I am ready to reveal my 4th grade classroom to you! I kept meaning to bring my nice DSLR camera but forgot, so there are some darker pictures, but you'll get the picture (pun intended!).

 We are an IB school, so we have to have the traits and attitudes displayed. The one on the left I made and the one on the right I got from TpT.

 We also want to start using the 7 habits. 

 My still in progress area behind my desk. I'm loving have the M-F tubs though!

 My little corner. 

 The front of my room. The empty space is our meeting area.

 My objectives board with magnetic strips from Teacher Created Resources. My school uses math strategies from the Teacher Development Group and then I made my own accountability bubbles.

 Student display with clothespins from last year. Black and white rug from TJ Maxx.  My I wonder wall and "Read all about it" display.

 IB science/SS wall ready for student work and my temporary book boxes until mine come in from back-order!

 Storage bins from Walmart.

 Student resource area and paper turn in.  Evidence posters from Leslie Ann.

 Favorite part of my room, my vocabulary board/library. Already have my currently reading books posted. Ikea lamp and frame.

 My library that I absolutely love! Black bins from Walmart, green bins from Dollar Tree. Rug and pillows from Walmart and map pillow from Target. 

 Nonfiction section and book recommendations box.

 My series books. Don't worry, I wiped down the top of the bookshelf and taped up the Junie B. Jones box after this picture!

 My fiction and genre section. Signs from Marshalls and TJ Maxx.

 Quotes from books.

Lantern from Dollar Tree and bunting made by me.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my portable classroom. I tried to make it feel like a calm, homey place. My students that came to meet the teacher absolutely adored it and went straight for the library which made my heart melt!  Can't wait for the rest of my kiddos to see the room on Monday, our first day back!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Meet The Teacher + more!

Hey everyone!

It's been crazy up in here! Since the start of August, I've had all sorts of trainings and in-services and now tomorrow is meet the teacher and school starts Monday!

I got to go to an assessment training/workshop, 30 hours of math PD, report card training (we've got a new system), and tech coach training (I'm a tech coach now!).

One of my favorite ideas I got from my math training that I just had to make myself!
I talk about here and you can buy it here.

Then we had all sorts of PD at our school and I got to teach about our assessment workshop we went to. On top of that, trying to get my room assembled and organized for the meet the teacher has been crazy!

All I have to say is that Ladybug's Teacher Files' back to school presentation has saved my butt! It is editable and free!

I mean, it's so perfect and cute!!!! I grabbed it here.

I cannot wait to do my class reveal!!! There's snapshots and tidbits on my IG (I've tried to not reveal too much), but I'm hoping to have my reveal post up this weekend.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sub Prep For The School Year

Hey everyone!

It's never too early to get ready and prepped for a sub! You never know when you might get sick or have to be gone.

What do I have in my sub binder/tub?  My binder has my classroom procedures, daily schedule, specials schedule, rainy day schedule (I live in Oregon, it can rain whenever), class list, seating chart, emergency procedures, and school contact info (secretary names, office number, helpful teachers to call).

Then I have a few pages for reading groups.

These can go with any book, which is what I love! They're something that any of students can do, no matter their level.

My students love to free write, but I wanted some choices for them for writing and I felt these were good topics for them to express their opinions.

When I was a substitute, teaching for social studies and science was usually the hardest. Math and reading they generally knew what they were doing already, but social studies and sciences were harder. That's why I'm including this in my binder because it's nonfiction, it's a high interest topic for my kiddos and a lot of activities are included!

Reading passages, comprehension questions, multiple choice, and interactive flaps!

I also knew for math that my kids most likely would finish something they'd been working on previously, but just in case, toss in a few fun pages in my binder. My kids love dominoes and they always need multiplication practice, so this is perfect!

 Where do I keep this? I have a sub tub and a binder. Here is mine from last year.

Nothing pretty, but it worked! Mine is cuter this year, with a printed cover. Last year was just a trying to survive  year haha!

I usually stick my read aloud book (or a different, fun one), some extra time filler papers, and Scholastic Readers as a treat. I try to make it seem like it's so fun to have a substitute (which it can be!)

If I know I'm going to be out ahead of time, I prep the kids and then leave this hanging out on the board as a reminder. I got the idea from here.

The pages are from my Upper Elementary Sub Pack on TpT.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Slicky It Up!

Hey everyone!

This year I'm out in a portable and will have some wall space and some cabinets. I have two whiteboards, but feel like I could always use more. Cue the slickyboard!

I received this kit from shoplet and it came with 10 sheets, plus medium and large slickynotes.

What is a slickyboard? It's  electrostatically charged dry-erase sheets!  Stick up a sheet and write on it or slap on a slickynote. This means I can put up or take down a dry-erase board anytime and instantly.

The back of the slickynotes are green. Don't write on that side...not that I know that or anything :)

This is the large size.

Not only do they stick on the walls or smooth surfaces, they go on windows too!

 So they can peel, but in all fairness, my wall is textured. On the instructions it says it can last weeks to months. I might tape it on for extra security if I need it up that long. That's the only thing that I don't like, that they might peel off.

  People, there is no adhesive, this is all static!
You can also write on the slickyboard. Then slide on the notes!

I plan on doing graphing questions, KWL charts, and tons more interactive things. Perfect for the "what stuck with you" at the end of lessons too.

You can get the EcoStatic Inc. Beginner Kit Glue Free Whiteboard Sheets and SlickyNote Note Pad , the EcoStatic Inc. Recycled Glue Free SlickyNotes Note Pad  at Shoplet.

**This is an honest review. All opinions are mine. I was sent the stlickynote and board to review in return of a review. Shoplet has other things besides office supplies .

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Friday, July 24, 2015

What The Teacher Reads Posters

Hey everyone!

Quick blog post here, dropping off a freebie for you! I want my kids to know that I'm reading and help instill that love for reading.

I recently posted on IG (@teacherjourney) posters super similar to these (I had to use different papers  on here because of TOU from the other owner). I mad it in three colors: black, green, and turquoise. Sorry if they don't fit your scheme, but black goes with anything!

Just add your name above this and it will make a great bulletin board (or cabinet display like mine will probably be!)

Click any picture to grab and download. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Classroom Decor Haul #2

Hey everyone!

Not to be discouraged after having an empty Target Dollar Spot, I decided to go elsewhere. This was also after Vegas and feeling re-energized with all things teaching, I decided to hit up my local Dollar Tree after seeing several social media posts. Lo and behold, I had some success!  Even though green isn't one of my room colors and this blue isn't quite either, I love them. I'm thinking if I don't use these in my library, they'll be material storage in my science/math closet.

Then I saw the garbage buckets, perfect for cutting scraps. So cute!

Only thing I grabbed at Wal-Mart school wise was this calendar that matches my room and will keep me organized for meetings and that sort of stuff.

Finally I hit up my town's new TJ Maxx. Yes, TJ Maxx in town. Deadly. I had major success.

I grabbed a large and small woven black basket that will either be clipboards, magazine, or some other storage. The pic only shows the large one. I also got a 9 pack of organizing storage bins. I don't have a desk, but thought I might use it on a bookshelf to hold my stuff or for my guided reading table.

I found this amazing rug that was only $7.99 and is washable and you can even just shake out. Library area or front of the room I'm thinking.

Cute chalkboard apple jar for $2.99 that I'll keep treats in for teacher friends that stop in... they know I have the sweets.

This tea canister was so cute and though I do drink tea, I'm thinking it might be for my personal stash of sweets...shhh! Plus the ongoing joke is that I'm Ms. T that drinks tea, so I had to, and for $3.99, it didn't break the bank.

It seems to me that my room is going to be filled with little wooden signs with sayings and I LOVE IT! That will make the room seem more like a home.

First is the selfie one that is so appropriate. If/when I ever get a home office, this might have to come back home to there haha.

Finally, a sign that will hopefully help motivate my kiddos to work for what they want.

I really cannot wait to put these together in my class and see what it turns out like. I just want my room to feel comfy and like a home, classic, and something fun for my 4th graders. I'm loving all these accent pieces and knick- knacks!

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