Saturday, September 12, 2015

Who Says You Have to Be Perfect?

Well, it's been absolute ages since I blogged and I've been feeling pretty guilty about it but I've been busy getting back into my reading intervention role now that school is back in session.

As you know, last year I was a part of a RIF in our district and I went back into the classroom after having been out for 5 years, teaching struggling readers and ESL students.

It was quite an interesting year and thanks to the amazing resources on TPT and a good friend at my new school, I made it through with only minor abrasions.

I started the year with nothing a normal classroom teacher has ~ chair pockets, mailboxes, supplies such as math linking cubes, etc.  Beyond that, I was informed of my new position with not enough notice for me to get things the way I pictured them in my head.  You know what I mean, those photos on Pinterest with all the perfect classrooms with polka dot rugs or chevron curtains........?

So, things weren't perfect but I made it through and I learned a lot over the past year.  I implemented the Daily 5 in my classroom but not perfectly.

I also started reading a book called About the Authors and I had my students writing books in no time.  I used copy paper, stapled it together, bought a date stamper, and got out the markers.  The kids were really into it!!

I bought tons of resources on TPT and also some really cool and really expensive chair pockets that I will somehow find a way to use this year.  (at least some of them)

And now, I finally feel human again.  I don't know if anyone can understand how LONG it takes to get a classroom ready, how stressful it is to switch positions and switch buildings and o this all on quite a short notice.


I am posting these new alphabet posters, which I intend to use the smaller version in my little reading intervention area and post sight words underneath.  I tried to post a photo but I am having all kinds of problems with Blogger at the moment!  Just click the link!!  I'll post a photo when the powers that be cooperate with me.  ha ha

This item is free for a limited time tonight. (9/12/2015)

Enjoy and I hope you are off to a great start this year!!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jumping Back in and Writer's Workshop!!

Well, it's been a REALLY long time since I've blogged.  My computer crashed twice this year and so I had to get a brand new one.

I got Riffed from my Title I/ESL position and got called back with little time to spare to another school, where I got to pick third grade, which isn't my favorite.

Turns out, someone else wanted third, so I got to switch with her and teach first grade.  First grade was my very first teaching assignment and so I am now back to it.  I LOVE first grade.

It's been quite an adjustment and of course I don't have near the materials now that I did when I taught first grade before so it's been interesting trying to find things that I like to teach with and I have also bought tons of things on TPT to aid in the journey.

Now testing month has begun.  Seems the only thing I will really do this month is assess, assess, assess................Yikes!!  When will I get to do my guided reading groups again??

The weather has been awful and we've had FIFTEEN snow days this year.  My kiddos missed a lot of instruction in those three weeks and now I'm testing on the stuff that would have been taught then.

But the bright side is:  I have a job and I am teaching at a grade level that I truly enjoy.  I'm counting my blessings for sure.

So, I apologize for my absence and I will be back to hopefully blogging regularly and maybe even more regularly than before.

I've been reading About the Authors by Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland and trying to implement the ideas for writer's workshop but I know I am not doing it perfectly.  Will tweak this for next year for sure.  My students do LOVE making books but I need to work more on doing the mini-lessons and conferences.  Right now I am "doing" writer's workshop but the components need some more thought and creativity.

How is your writer's workshop going this year?  What mini-lessons do you find to be most useful or beneficial?

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Monday, August 4, 2014

What I'm Working on and A Sale

So, I was hoping to get these pretty word wall cards and headers done for the big TPT sale, but it might be a few days.

I'll discount them if they don't get posted before the sale ends.  Everything in my store is 20 percent off and then if you use the TPT code:  BTS14 , you will get an extra percentage to total 28 percent off the sale price.

Happy Monday everyone!! (If you click on the photo below, you'll be taken to my store!)
Oh!  Here's a free printable banner for your classroom.  Click the photo below to be taken to the download page!!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Free TPT Sale Banner

Hi fellow TPTers and bloggers!!  I know that many of you are teacher sellers at TPT so I thought I'd create a free and simple banner for your store.

It's FREE.  Just click on the banner to download!  The big sale is August 4th and 5th, this Monday and Tuesday.

EVERYTHING in my store will be 20 percent off including bundles.  Thanks for following and/or purchasing my items.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two for Tuesday

Well, I haven't blogged in awhile due to a health scare but it turns out that I am going to be fine  ~ just have to lay off the caffeine and stay hydrated.

So I am celebrating my return to the teacher blogging world by participating in the Two for Tuesday link up.

You can get my Apples Emergent Reader Plus activities for half off the original price.  It has quite a few different activities including apple graphing, writing a cinquain, an apples emergent reader and more.

This item is geared toward Kindergarten or First Grade.

The other item that you can get for half off just for Tuesday, July 29, 2014 is my Four Squares Sight Word Practice Bundle.  This is great for classroom teachers or intervention teachers because it includes all 5 of the Dolch lists and several ways to practice each word.  It's already discounted because it's a bundle but you can get it for half off the original price for today only!

This is a K - 3 item.

Happy Tuesday and Happy Back to school season!!
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

I'm Back!!

My computer went on the fritz at the same time I had a very scary health encounter.  The computer has been fixed and is now working.  I felt so out of touch for the past month or so.

On February 12th, I went to work feeling a little tired, and on the drive to work my heart started to act strange~very scary thing to happen while driving.  So, I ended up taking a trip to the emergency room via ambulance and I've had quite a few tests done and maybe more coming up. 

The good news is that the problem doesn't seem to be life - threatening at this point.  I've given up caffeine, chocolate, soda, fried foods, pizza, and quite a few other things so as not to make the problem worse.  And I'm exercising to make my heart stronger even though we haven't located the exact cause the symptoms yet.

I had planned to post a new Letter Formation product in my store right when all this happened.  Luckily, my files were fine even though some things needed replaced on my one and only computer.  So, I will be working on that product to finish it up ~ hopefully this week.  I'm making health my main priority though so I'm not stressing about finishing it.

I did promise to send a free copy of this item for a FB follower that commented and I will still do that.

If you have your health, your family, a safe place to live, and food to eat, you have just about everything that matters in this world!!

This health scare has definitely put my priorities in perspective!

Thanks for reading this.  Hoping spring comes soon to Ohio. (What a winter we've had)
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Letter Formation/Penmanship

My first graders in reading recovery and my second grade intervention students are really struggling with letter formation.  I feel like they are so concerned with how to make the letters, that the content is often lacking.

So, I decided to start making some letter formation products.  I have a new product that I will be posting later tonight.

But you can see the cover here and click the picture to go to my Facebook Page and leave a comment on the post.  I think I actually posted it twice so leave a comment about handwriting/penmanship on either one.

I will draw two names randomly to win the packet, which is approximately 40 pages as of right now.  You can print the pages and complete as is or laminate and cut out and put the "cards" on rings with similarly formed letters.  Three activities for variety/differentiation.

**Please make sure to check back to my FB to find out if you are the winner or just leave your generic email address with your comment so I can email you the item.**
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