Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

4th Blogiversary Day 3

Hey everyone!

Today there will be flash freebies (most likely 4!)

So keep an eye out on my FB page.
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Friday, May 15, 2015

4th Blogiversary Day 1

Hey everyone!

Like I said earlier this week, I cannot believe it's been four years. I'm having a simple giveaway, for four days.

Today it's a bundle of my nonfiction units!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Four Years Is a Long Time...

Hey everyone!

I sit here reminiscing about when I first began blogging. Why did I start blogging? I was a substitute teacher, fed up with no jobs for me to apply to and I felt like I was wasting my time when I had this passion to teach my own class. I felt like there was no one to talk to about this and just decided to blog.

That was almost four years ago (4 years on the 18th to be exact) and I cannot believe what has happened since that first day I typed out my feelings. I'm getting emotional as I type this and good thing you cannot see the tear drops.  Is it just me or is the screen blurry? Just me? That's what I thought lol.

Anyway, I started blogging. I had a few followers and that was amazing to me. Then I get asked to join Teaching Blog Addict and that's when everything changed for me. I made online bloggy friends. I gained more followers. I opened up a Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Friendships blossomed more, my store grew a little bigger, and then I went to Vegas two times and met my bloggy buddies in real life. And followers!

Now I'm in a temporary third grade position this year, living my dream job. But I don't know what is in store for me next year. Do I have my job? Do I get to stay in my school? I had to brush up my resume. I have to apply for other jobs just in case.  I don't know what is in store for me...for my job... for blogging... but I do know some things for sure.

I know that blogging four years ago was the best thing I ever did. I didn't know it then, but that one moment, that one decision, changed my life forever.

I know that I have made some of the best friends I have ever (and never) met. They've been there through the best times and my worst times. They're only a message/Google chat/text/ away.

I know that Teachers Pay Teachers has changed me forever. I've become a better teacher from it. My passion and zest for teaching is still going strong.

I also know that none of this would be possible without my viewers and followers. So I thank you and can't wait to celebrate my blogiversary later this week. Here's to another 4 years (or more!).

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Brighten Up My World

Hey everyone!

I don't know if it's a teacher thing or what, but I love lamps! Yes, it just went Anchorman up in here haha! I got a Safco Vamp LED Flexible Neck Light from shoplet and I LOVE it!

I honestly haven't seen a lamp like this before. It can swivel, fold, has a usb port, can change from warm to cold light, and you can change how bright or dim it is.

Here it is folded

Extended out

I decided to try to open it all the way and it did!

Love that I can plug in my phone charger if I want to.

Touch of a button and the warmth and brightness change. Also, a touch turns it on or off!

Seriously one of the coolest lamps I've ever seen or used. Just a touch on the the icon and it's going!

**This is an honest review. All opinions are mine. I was sent the lamp to review in return of a review. Shoplet has other things besides office supplies like  stationary, and promotional products and more!
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Day In the Life Linky

Hey everyone!

I'm linking up with Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits!

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, I have have the same schedule. Wednesday is late start and we don't get the kids until 9:25, after our PD in the morning.

Teachers are expected to be at school at 7:20. That's my prep time until 7:50. Unless it's Monday and that's my morning PLC with 2nd and 3rd grade until 8:10.

7:55 second bell rings and the kids come in and put the backpacks away and do attendance. I greet all my students individually as they come in. It seriously changes their mood around!

Attendance using my IPEVO whiteboard system. You can tell this was from March :)

8:00-8:15 I teach my reading mini lesson. We use Lucy Calkins, but we occasionally have a unit with  no lesson, like this current unit, poetry and drama. 

This is our rhyming tree. We talked about rhymes in the reading lesson and this chart was completed during our writing lesson.

8:15-9:30 Reading Workshop. I meet with my reading groups, there are reading intervention groups, word work, and independent reading going on.

I also make sure that our anchor chart has been hung up so we can see it!

9:30-9:35 Brain Break. We GoNoodle and a kid usually picks 2 songs.

9:35-10:00 I teach my math lesson, but we start off with review from the day before. I also do a lot of inquiry questions and student led investigations. My school uses Engage NY but wants less direct instruction.

10:00-10:35 Math Centers. I have 4 centers that they go to once a week (no centers on Wednesday). 15 minutes each and when they aren't at a center, they're working on the lesson of the day's problem set. I'm meeting with kids during this time that need extra help. We also throw in snack here after the first center at 10:15.

This is how I first stored them for organization before they go in the center box. This is part of my Mad for Math 2 pack.
                                       I share these with my 2 teammates. Part of our centers.

10:35-11:10 Specials (and my prep time!)

11:10-11:45 Social studies or science. Now we are starting economics. I teach a quick lesson and we do an activity. One of my kids' favorite time of the day. Especially when we did chemistry!

11:45-12:00 10 minute math I do some sort of fast fact fluency thing or sometimes a math game. Lately the kids have been asking me to do Plickers, which is pretty quick and easy!

A student running the game of High/Low. You make a t-chart and put "high" on one side and "low " on the other. They tell the class the range of numbers (1-100 or 1-300, etc.) and they have to guess. My goodness were they horrible when we started! But they've really learned how to narrow down numbers and they practice rounding while they're at it too!

12:00-12:45 Lunch/recess (duty free for me!)

12:45-1:30 Writing Lesson and writing. Again, we use Lucy Calkins. This was taken at the beginning of the year and it's changed since then!

1:30-1:45 Read aloud. I read aloud every day except Wednesday. Kids can sign up to read aloud on Wednesdays, but they have to pay tickets for it. No one wanted to at first and now everyone does!

1:45-2:20 ELD/SLD. My kids go off to Spanish and I teach beginner/early intermediate English to 2nd and 3rd graders.

2:20 dismissal and my after school duty.

If it's Tuesday, I have a mentor meeting after school. If it's Wednesday, my 3rd grade team meeting. Thursday, it's an all staff meeting.

So there you have it... my busy schedule! I'd love to see your schedules, so link up with Reagan!

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