Friday, December 4, 2015

Five for Friday! with a FREEBIE

It has been ages since I have linked up for the wonderful 5 for Friday! Well here I am! 

BIP (Beierle's Important Person) has been a hit this year again!
Click here for the full post of what this all entails.
I made these little certificates to celebrate them!
I also print two out- one for them to take home like this and one to put on our BIP Owl of fame wall.
Check out my Facebook page to see weekly BIP's in action! 

This year I decided to gather all of the parent resources I use at conferences and throughout the year and combine them all in one spot to make it really easy to access in a pinch.

I bought two expandables and made one just the original copies I use.
The second one I am using for the extra sets I have made so I can just grab and give as needed.

Writing workshop....oh always a work in progress and I don't mean just for the kiddos...but for this teacher as well! I set goals for myself that I think I need to work on throughout the year. I wanted to start giving more feedback other than just verbal so I started using the small sticky notes as I walked around and picked one thing I was seeing the student doing that was great or an improvement. I write it down and put it in their journal to keep. 


This little one's pictures make me smile. She always puts little details in them to just go a bit further.

Documentation.........paperwork.......never ending! I know, but also serves good purposes. I wanted to track their sight words this year and just see how it goes for myself but also for them to see as well as for the parents. I created some graphs based on our districts sight word expectations each nine weeks. 
After testing them, I graph in how many they mastered. I do one at progress report and one at report card to see the growth. 

If I am really pressed for time I just draw a line at the number. I know, lazy selective participation in my own work haha!

Another option I am trying is writing in the words that maybe they still don't know within the space to remember.

We have been hitting fiction really hard for the past 9 weeks. Teaching them that good readers ask questions while they read-before, during and after is an objective we work on. I made this anchor chart to use when teaching with our mentor texts. Before I read the book we wrote down some questions we had. About mid way through I stopped and had them turn and talk with their buddies to ask some questions they might have at that point. They shared out and I wrote them down. I also helped facilitate that as well with pre-made sticky notes I made to remember some key questions. After reading, we were left with some lingering questions to write down and ponder. 
After writing this I realized I spelled Lilly with one l....but I also have a sweetie with the same name that spells it with one l so I guess I'll chalk it up to that ha! whoops!

Go grab this poster as a freebie for a limited time! Once I get some time off I will be adding to it for a mini packet!

Have a BLESSED weekend! 
Christmas is just around the corner!! I know life can get extremely busy and stressful this time of year -Let's not forget the real reason for the season! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

To Do Board!

On to the main event!
How do you manage your classroom work and objectives? I am sure if your classroom is anything in the form of a normal classroom you got a lot going on throughout the week. Things can start piling up if you do not have some kind of a system in place. Well I have tried various different things over the years and finally have settled on my newest technique...for now anyways lol. I have tweaked it over the past two years and have seen such good results. And I promise you 1st graders can manage it! 

The To-Do board! 
I have posted in the past about my kids having the chance to earn Fun Friday. After they accomplish all of their goals for the week they can earn that extra time to just be a kid and have some fun. I mean we work so hard during the week! 

On my back wall of cabinets I have two empty front cabinets I decided to use. I made picture icons of the objectives they would typically be faced with throughout the week as well as icons for what to do with the assignments when complete. I mean who just craves hearing..."I'm done!" What do I do with this? Where do I put it?" Well I can tell you I do not haha...I really want to foster independence and problem solving skills within those 4 walls. 
(I would have offered the icons as a freebie but it is tailored to what we do specifically, you would need to take pictures for your own icons-sorry!) 

Now we had a lot rolling this week so it looks kind of overwhelming to the naked eye lol...but my little owls have been trained on this and can execute it pretty well now days.

I put any assignment we have started and needs to be finished by Friday on the left side. On the right side I put the picture icon for where or what they need to do with it so they do not have to ask. 

"Corner of desk"- this tells me non-verbally I am done and you can come check my work.

"File"- I have made a file system at the front of the room with all their numbers on a file folder. They can slip their finished work in their and on Thursday and Friday morning I will check it.

"Picture of Me" - they can hand deliver it or also put it out on desk so I can come snatch it at my convenience. I don't typically use this one often but will when it is something I want right away.

"Work folder"- everyone every week has to have this out before starting Fun Friday. I do have some try to slip through the cracks each week and "say" they are done ;) ya know what I mean Vern?

The numbers next to the assignment are the magic numbers for the kids whose items I have not checked or have turned in. Once it is done I get to erase it off the board. I can tell you they love seeing their number go away. This is also helpful for some of my friends who are still learning to read. They know their number by heart already and the picture icons are obviously super fast to see as well! 

Here are some up close looks:

I really can't tell you how efficient this has made my week each week and I love being able to see them turn around without me having to really say anything and check the to-do board on their own and Get 'Er Done! 

Well I am so proud of myself for getting this posted!! I hope it sparked your interest if you are looking to streamline paper/assignment management in your classroom! 

Have a BLESSED week!!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Classroom reveal...organization.....FREEBIES!

Happy Friday ya'll!! Welcome back up for air after a crazy non-stop week! We started back this week and it has been a whirl-wind week. Love the new little ones though!! They have given me some natural energy to teach with.
It is the 2nd Texas Size link up and I am happy to be a part of it with The Little Ladybug Shop and Planet Happy Smiles.

This week for me is going to be a little bit of everything! 
First up, some B2S uplifter ideas...I know I am a tad late posting this but maybe you can still find a way to utilize this now or even for next year! 
I made these little minions to just say welcome back! (please disregard the horrible need for a manicure) One of my minions got bruised in the transport home so sweet hubby ran back to the store and grabbed a few extra as back up plans..nobody wants a bruised gooey minion. 

Grab the tags HERE

I am also the lead mentor this year for the campus so I put these little snacks together for all my newbie teachers and the new to campus teachers. I just attached a small bag of goldfish! Easy and fun!

Grab the tags HERE

One organizational idea I have done the past few years has been with my dry erase markers. We as teachers know that these are cherished in the classroom and seem to mysteriously dry out quickly..
haha...well we don't actually ask for them on our list so I use funds to buy the good stuff..expo!
To help the kids keep up with their marker and for me to also see how long they are lasting I use small labels and write the kids "magic number" on them. I then just tape it to each marker. It really is fast. Eventually I also write the date (8/23...9/14 etc) on the label after the first time I have to replace them just to help me see how long they truly are doesn't grow on trees now..ha! I know, I know a little OCD much? Guilty...but it really does help keep the kids accountable as well not to just let the marker sit around open and airing out.

I also just went to Dollar Tree and picked up baby socks for erasers. They have lasted me like 5 years, no joke! I just take them home and wash them and they are good to go the next  year and are small enough to fit on their hands if needed. 
The kids store their marker in the sock and then inside their team tub at their tables. It makes it fast and easy to grab! 

I finally also got some of my Responsive Readers cards printed!!! You really never know how a product will look until you get it printed! Well I received the strips and I think I might like them!! I had them printed on cardstock so they will last longer and an amazing co-worker of mine laminated and cut them for me! I then just put them on a ring with the reading mini anchor charts. When a student or buddies need to respond to their books it is all in one spot!! Of course everything is color coded to help with finding the correct objective! 
You can check this pack out HERE!

Our campus has also gone full on Whole Brain Teaching!! I am excited about this especially since I have been using this for a few years now and have seen it work so well! I attended one of the training's this summer while Chris Biffle was in town and did learn about some other things I haven't tried out. Brainies!! Love love these!! I  am hoping to be able to post a video of one of my kids using them soon!! 
I put together a little cheat sheet resource based off what WBT already had. I just tailored the info to match what we will teach in first, slapped a cute cover together, laminated them on cardstock and put them on a ring! The teacher can carry this around if needed or the kids can refer back to it!

Ok so I may be a little late to the party for classroom reveal and mine isn't still a full reveal just bits and pieces, but I am sure you will get the idea! I finally found a set up I like and work wells so I have stuck with it for a whole 2 years now! WOOO! Give me until Christmas, I am sure I will find something to change up haha! 

This is right when you walk in my room. It is my happy spot! I have personal things that make me smile as well as where we start some of the postive reinforcements for the kids. Pebble jar, Tardy Tater, helpers, Super Improver Wall...(I posted about some of these things last year and how to use )
The orange folder file holder is where I keep their take home papers every week. Each kid has a numbered box. 

Next to this area are also our buckets for bucket filling! If you have never read this book it is a MUST! 

I have read it every year to start out my community in the classroom. The kids love it and really attach to the idea! All year long I will hear "_______ filled my bucket because...." and I will even get "_______ dipped a bucket...." haha we always end up discussing that. 
After reading, we make a chart with starter ways to fill a bucket. I then give each kids a sticky note and they write their name and draw a picture of a way they can fill others' buckets. I then have each kid stand up and share what they wrote to put on the chart. 
To help with oral language and get them feeling comfortable in front of the class they say..."My name is __________." We all respond with a big gestures wave and say "HI! _______" Then the kid proceeds to tell us how they can fill a bucket. 

Math Area:
This is where we do calendar and number of the day. I also have another wall adjacent that is empty for future anchor charts and the bookshelf of math manipulatives. I forgot to get that picture up close. Sorry!!
You can find the Number of the Day and Math Attitude Posters also in my TPT store.

I did get this shot of my ten frame boards I put on the shelf in the baskets. 

Fun Friday!!
I have posted before how I do Fun Friday in my classroom. This is the shelf of goodies. The black sorter is for the IPADS once I get them charged and ready to go!

Take home readers/Guided Reading:
I use this shelf for all the A-Z readers I use for take home readers. I also have my hats on the top shelf. I use these when I am reading with a group or student so the others know not to interrupt. I have different ones for various seasons and occasions ;) I scored big last year during crawfish season!!

I also have a smorgasbord of pencils!! This is not even the half of it! haha. I was blessed to be able to get these for the team for us to have to spoil the kids.

I don't really do a class store anymore. I mainly use coupons and intrinsic motivation haha..however, a sista's gotta have a plan b....I use this little cart to store other things I can use to celebrate birthdays, accomplishments etc. I know some people don't believe in giving prizes but it is fun to have some goodies stored to use as needed. Oh and I didn't spend a fortune either! A lot of it I have compiled from various sources and I eat kids meals A LOT so......

Teacher Area:
This amazingly, gorgeous rolling cart from Really Good Stuff is where I am keeping my weekly activities and my personal planning resources. 

 I have labeled each bin to quickly grab what we need during planning for different subject areas.

I also have my personal books I don't necessarily want floating around the room. ;)

Teacher Area 2:
I also have these wonderful rolling carts to store resources for other grading periods and extra supplies. 

I also organize my mentor texts and teaching books like this.
I group them by objective and then use binder clips to keep them together. It has made it really easy to grab books we can teach with while planning. 

I keep supplies I might need close by.
nurse passes, band-aids, coupons, etc.

I know everyone had the pretty typed labels for these sorters. However, I discovered the dry erase labels at Hobby Lobby one day on sale for like 1.00 so I grabbed them! The best part is they are removable and can be moved!!

Class library:
Some more carts from Really Good Stuff!!
I have leveled almost every book I own haha. Thank goodness for Scholastic's App!!

For my "free choice" and subject books that do not have a label I organized them with a number sticker on the corner of each book. This way the kids can easily put them back in the tub they got it! It has worked perfectly!! Now to perfect putting the spine out lol!

Writing Wall:
This is the wall where all our writing will go! 
Right now it is bare since we just started. I have put up my anchor charts I have made that are part of my "Wondrous Writers" pack. I have not yet been able to get them on TPT but will soon! I want them to be used in action first to show how it all works together! 
The tree is empty too right now, but when I read "Rocket Writes A Story" we will add pictures of things we can write about all around the tree like leaves. (example from last year)

Wow that is not even the entire room! I will post more as things get going in first grade this year! 

Once more thing before I go:
Hubby and I made this Pinterest recipe for breakfast the other day and I took pictures joking that I could probably post it as a Pinterest gone wrong recipe...but it turned out great!! 

Cresent Rolls
Bacon or Sausage or BOTH

Now pay attention this is where is gets complicated haha.
Unroll the cresent rolls
crack an egg on top (seriously though it is slip sliding everywhere so you may  have to bring that bad boy back onto the cresent roll)
Sprinkle cheese, sausage, bacon on top
Put in oven on 350 and bake about 10-12 minutes...
I even took one to lunch the next day and it was still good!

Ok I seriously need to not wait so long in between posts haha this one is a long one! If you made it to the end as with all my posts, CONGRATS! and good night haha. 

I hope you found a little something to take away! 

Have a BLESSED (and restful) weekend!!

"Gracious speech is like clover honey-good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body."
Proverbs 16:24