Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Teaching Blog Tuesday introduces Heather & Kate

Feature Teacher: Heather Law 

Name of blog and link: Teach It Today! http://teachittoday.blogspot.com
Why did you start blogging? This winter I discovered Pinterest, teaching blogs, TpT, and Teachers Notebook. I had been feeling burnt out on teaching due to budget cuts and the demands that were being placed on teachers. After discovering all of these resources, I became hooked and decided that I would like to try it myself. I found Pamela at The Posh Box and had her design my blog to look just as I envisioned it and the rest is history!
Tell us a little about your teaching background. I have taught first through third grades for fourteen years in three different districts. I am lucky to have worked at great schools with wonderful people around me each day. My current school is year round so we will start July 25th, but we get our first three-week break in September/October. It's a great schedule! This year we will become a charter school due to enrollment issues, which will be a new adventure for me.
What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? I love all kinds of music! I grew up listening to bagpipes (my dad was a piper), my mom's favorite 50's/60's music, and all of the Top 40 stuff. Now I still listen to Top 40, but now and then I find the old stations on Sirius radio and rock out to Oldies But Goodies music. It's so wholesome and fun!
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Well, I think blogging has helped me to get through the hardest year of my life. I was extremely stressed out at work and began to develop anxiety because of it. Starting my own blog and teacher stores helped me change my perspective on my profession and rejuvenated my career.
What’s your favorite TV show? I mostly watch NetFlix with my husband, but we love the Downtown Abbey series right now. It was on TV and we are waiting for the second season to come out so we can see what happens next.
Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why? DJ Inkers for sure! I love cute fonts and graphics, creating lessons, and decorating my classroom.
Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake? Yikes! I just had my 39th birthday and from now on will only celebrate its anniversary.
What was the last book you read? I just read Half Broke Horses, which is about a very strong-willed woman who was completely adventurous. I also finished The Daily 5 and will be implementing it in my classroom this year.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? I hate cleaning the bathroom shower. It's a nice space, but miserable to clean.

Feature Teacher: Kate from Freshandfunfirstgrade.blogspot.com
1. Blog button
2. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I felt bad that all I did was blog stalk others and never contributed! There are so many amazing blogs out there that had helped me a lot this past year. I felt like I had some ideas that maybe others would like and could use. I guess I'm kinda paying it forward.
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I graduated from college in 2004 and got a job as a second grade teacher at a catholic school 2 days before school started.  I don't know how I ever made that work but I did. The next year I taught kindergarten which was a dream but them my school closed/merged with 2 other schools to make a regional catholic school.  The only position they had there was in first.  I hated the idea of going but took the job anyway.  It was heaven! I feel like I was a perfect match for first which is why even when I left and went to a brand new charter school, I was excited  they had a spot for me in first. I've been in first for 6 years and its where I'll be next year too.
Feels like home!
4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Of my life?! Wow, that's tough. I'll give you five:
1. All You Need Is Love by the Beatles. Sums up me and my bf.
2. Hakuna Matata from the Lion King. Sometimes you just can't worry about things.
3.  Kokomo by the Beach Boys.  I kinda have a little wanderlust and need to travel. Oh and who doesn't love a tropical drink.
4. Friends theme song. I have some amazing friends who are always there for me.
5. Miley Mouse Club March. I'm kinda obsessed with all thins Disney.
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
I think the hardest thing I've ever dealt with was my parents divorce.  I had to recognize that no matter how much I fought it, it was happening and that it wasn't about me. But it really worked out because they have both gotten remarried to some wonderful people.
6. What’s your favorite TV show?
My can’t miss show is Glee! I also love reality completions like the Amazing Race and Next Food Network Star.
7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
Ummm neither.  I like using dafonts and Kevin and Amanda.  Life is too short to use plain fonts!
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
It was a tough one for me since it was a big one....30.
9. What was the last book you read?
I just finished reading the Fifty Shades Trilogy.  It was alright but was kinda hyped up. Next up, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter!
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
All Of them!!! Ok but really I hate doing any kind of yard clean up. Mowing the lawn or chopping down trees, I'm not a fan. I get all scratchy ad itchy and I always get bit my bugs.  It's just not for me.
Now show these ladies some bloggy love and head over to their blogs!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Erin Condren Winner!

Congratulations to Amber Ottman! Amber won $25 to spend on Erin Condren Products! Thank you to all who entered!! You guys are the best! Now I'm off to the beach, so if I'm a little slow in getting back to you this week, it's because I'm on vacation!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Whole Brain Teaching Big 7

I attended a Whole Brain Teaching Conference last week in Union, Missouri.  I live nowhere near Union, Missouri, but after seeing some of the videos on YouTube, reading blog posts, and perusing the WBT website, I knew I had to go.  I was one of over 600 educators who attended the two day conference.  The first day was focused on classroom management.  I feel like I have a good handle on classroom management.  I pull cards in my room, use positive reinforcement constantly, and address problems as they arise and before they get out of hand.  After the first day of the training, I knew I was going to completely revamp the way I manage my classroom.  Whole Brain Teaching {from here on out referred to as WBT} is a way to actually teach while you are managing. 

Let me TRY to explain what that means.  WBT has what they call the Big 7.  Seven key elements to effective teaching that uses every part of the brain.  If you are unfamiliar with the Big 7, they are Class-Yes, Five Classroom Rules, Teach-ok, The Scoreboard, Hands and Eyes, Switch, & Mirror.  My goal with this post is to show you how the brain is engaged in each of the 7.  I promise I will not bore you to death with scientific words.  I am going to attempt lay it out there so that it makes sense to me, and if it makes sense to me, then it will make sense to you!  I mean, I am an educated girl, but I need some things explained in plain old English sometimes!

First up- The Five Class Rules:
I wrote a post where I explained the five class rules in great detail.  To read that post click {HERE}.  The five rules are meant to be rehearsed in class over and over again and have gestures to go with them.  When they are, 7 areas of the brain is engaged.  These areas are the prefrontal cortex (reasoning), Broca’s area (speaking), Wernicke’s area (listening), limbic system (emotions), hippocampus (moves information from short to long term), visual cortex (processes visual information), and motor cortex (duh, movement).  WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING.  Using the WHOLE BRAIN! Brilliant.

Second- Class-Yes:
Class-Yes is the attention getter.  The teacher says Class and the students respond with Yes, matching the teacher’s tone of voice.  It gets the brain ready to receive info.  This gets the prefrontal cortex (reasoning part) going.  It can be used for crowd control, start a lesson, to interrupt an activity, etc.

Third- Hands and Eyes:
This is the focuser.  It causes the students to focus ALL mental activity on what the teacher is saying.  Here’s how to do it- teacher: “class,” students: “yes”, teacher: “hands & eyes”, students: “hands & eyes.” On hands and eyes, students are to snap to attention, sit up, and fold their little hands together.  You’ve got them! The next step is to teach your big point.  But the trick is, and what I will have to retrain my brain to do, SPEAK BRIEFLY!  The Whole Brain Powers That Be say 15-45 seconds!  I feel sure none of us teach our big points that fast.  But relax; you’re chunking your information into small parts so the students can teach their neighbor.  Leading us into…..

After you give this little blurb of info, clap twice and say “teach!”  Students mimic your movement and say “OK” just like you did.  They then turn to their partner, neighbor, however you set it up (because the students already know who they are supposed to be with because you have rehearsed and practiced until it is like clockwork!).  While students are teaching one another (repeating the info you shared in that 15-45 second blurb) you walk around and listen (assessment!).  If your low to mid students are repeating the information correctly, go on.  If not, review it right then and there. Just use the same pattern as before.  This is basically the “format” of your lesson.

Switch allows each student in the pair to have an opportunity to speak and listen (Broca’s and Wernicke’s area).  While students are teaching their partner, you yell out, “SWITCH” (side note- WBT is not quiet) Students say, “Uh Oh, Switch” while pulling an imaginary cord from ceiling.  We should use switch to give the chatterboxes a chance to practice listening, shy ones the chance to be heard, and English language learners have an opportunity to listen and speak.  While the students are teaching one another they are using the gestures and words the teacher used. 

Mirror is used when you want the student to mimic exactly what you say or do in that 15-45 second blurb.  It looks like this- Class! Yes! Mirror! Mirror! Speak briefly using gestures while students copy you.  Clap twice, Teach! Ok! And you walk around assessing comprehension.  Mirror is great to use when you are describing a process or giving several steps, telling a story, for crowd control, or to wake them up right after lunch!  Mirror activates the visual and motor cortex of the brain.

Last, the scoreboard:
The scoreboard is how we involve the limbic system (emotions) into learning.  A simple t is drawn on the board.  A smiley on one side and frownie face on the other.  Here you will award the class for jobs well done and subtract for off task, to slow of a response, etc.  It is recommended that you keep the game within 3 at all times.  Too many smileys will cause the class to get lax, too many frownies can discourage.  Keep the score close to keep them on their toes.  When a tally mark for a smiley is given students clap their hands once and shout “Oh yeah!”  When frownie points are given, students lift their shoulders up and drop quickly and give a might groan.  Students are playing toward something.  Start small.  One extra minute of recess if smiley side wins, one less if frownies win.  They told us last week to put them in the whole early, but give them marks back quickly.  For the first few weeks, play for 1 extra/less minute of something.  Throughout year, go up, but pace it.  May is a long way from August!  It sounds like this clapping and cheering is going to be a mad house.  It won’t if you practice.  The goal is for the class to do it in unison and the mighty oh yeah and might groan only take about 2 seconds.
I can’t say it enough, the key is to PRACTICE.  Practice starting the first day of school.  Go over the rules.  Explain the scoreboard.  Show how to mirror.  Tell the students who their partner will be during Teach-ok.  It will not work like it should if you do not put in the practice time.  Another point that was stressed at the conference- make this work for you.  There is no WBT police that will come and make sure you are doing it “right”.  “Right” looks different everywhere. The Whole Brain Teaching Website has tons of information.  Click {HERE} to get there.
I hope this was informative.  I know it was long!  Bless you if you are even still reading this! I created posters with the 5 rules, and signs with the other Big 6, intended to be displayed while teaching the students how to do each one.  This is the same download as in my previous post, but I wanted to link it again in case you missed it the first time. 
To sum it up in my own words, WBT is teaching concepts with gestures, talking about it, seeing it, listening to it, and involving emotions.  
I'd LOVE to hear your comments, thought, and/or concerns on WBT.  Do you use it? What does it look like in your classroom? Do you want to use it now after hearing all about it?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas in July TpT Sale Extended- through Saturday, July 28th

It’s a TpT Christmas in July sale!!
I am joining in with the Blog Hoppin’ crew and MANY other TpT sellers and having a sale through Saturday, July 28th!  Instead of just marking down seasonal, I went ahead and put the whole store on sale!  Click the apple below to shop.

Click the image below to go to Blog Hoppin’s list of all the sellers participating.
I should probably mention that TpT is down until 8am EST.  :( 
But be ready bright and early and shop well into the night!  

New Teaching Blog Tuesday

Today we will get to know Allie & Kate!

Feature Teacher: Allie Elliott aka The Gypsy Teacher

1. Name of blog.    The Gypsy Teacher

       2.                   Why did you start blogging?

 It started out as my personal journey from the beginning of my teaching and traveling life. Then, after looking at all of the AH-mazing teacher blogs out there, I decided to make my journey more public :).

3.               Tell us a little about your teaching background.
Well, as I eluded to in #2, I am just beginning the journey! I graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK in May, with my degree in Elementary Ed with a concentration in Teaching ELLs, and I’m excited to see what will come of it! I have taught in practicums ranging from urban schools to suburban schools, and all elementary grade levels. My hope is to teach around the globe, starting in my hometown, Omaha, NE, this year.

4.                    What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
              Oh gosh! This is a hard one! Well I have several:
                     Everlasting God- Fellowship Church
                     You Won’t Relent- Misty Edwards
                     Stuck Like Glue- Sugarland
                     Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
                     Rooftops- Jesus Culture
                     anything Mumford and Sons

5.                   What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
I have two really hard things:
For the training of my missions trip to Togo, West Africa, we went through a ropes course, which included: climbing 40ft poles with a harness on, climbing over wood wall with only others to help me over, walking a tightrope 40 ft in the air with one other person to help me balance, etc. It was CRAZY! But I grew so much!
       I also had jaw surgery last summer. The oral surgeon had to break my upper jaw in 2 places and bottom jaw in 3, and do a bone graft to widen my jaw. It was PAINFUL! And I had to wear rubberbands on my mouth, only drinking liquids for a few months. PLUS I had to wear a LOVELY jaw bra--not fun!!

6.                   What’s your favorite TV show?
Anything Glee- especially this season’s Glee Project!!

7.                   Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
Most definitely a DJ Inkers girl! I love being creative and fun! Did I mention I DETEST Times New Roman?! :)

8.                   Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
21 candles on my last birthday cake. 22 is coming up in about a month!

9.                   What was the last book you read?
       I’m reading the Hunger Games! I know, I’m late to the party. I finished reading The Giver a couple weeks ago, and I’m reading Daily 5 for the upper grades book study: We Read We Blog We Teach

10.                   What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
              Definitely sweeping and cleaning toilets!

Now I would like to introduce you to Kate!

1.                  Name of blog and link:   EduKate & Inspire 


2.                 Why did you start blogging?  

I have been an avid blog stalker for two years!  Starting my own blog always seemed very intimidating, but I decided to take the plunge during my first week of summer vacation this year.  I wanted a place where I could connect with other teachers and share my ideas.  I have been blogging for about a month now and am continuously amazed by the generosity and kindness of everyone in the blogging community!

3.                  Tell us a little about your teaching background. 

I received my undergraduate degree in early childhood education in 2007.  I worked at a Montessori summer camp right out of college and decided to spend my first year teaching in a pre-primary (ages 3-6) Montessori classroom.  The Montessori experience gave me a great background in the importance of meeting individual needs.  Next, I taught one year in a first grade classroom and have now found my niche in second grade!  This year will be my fourth year teaching second grade!  I recently completed my master’s degree in community counseling and am a licensed professional counselor {I haven’t decided to get a second job just yet, though!}  This fall, I will be going back to school {again!} to pick up my school counseling license.  I would love to be employed as a school counselor someday... just have to decide if I am ready to leave the classroom! 

4.                  What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life? 

Oh wow, this is a hard one!  The best song to describe the overall picture of my life is 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman.  I am constantly amazed by the blessings God gives me in my life.  As Matt Redman describes, “the reasons for the praise of God are so wide and wonderful that we could sing from now until forever and never run out of ideas as to why He is quite so worthy.”

5.                 What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity to be able to teach kindergarten in Ghana, Africa for three weeks.  To be able to go on the trip, I had to conquer my fears of the unknown, my phobia of needles {had to get a LOT of shots!}, and my strong dislike of being dirty!  I debated the trip for a LONG time and it didn’t seem real until I was seated in my little Delta seat on my way to Africa.  To say that the trip was amazing is an understatement and I cannot wait to go back again!

6.                 What’s your favorite TV show?

I have a few and they spread across a WIDE variety of genres!  My favorites are Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, Pregnant in Heels, Taboo, and my new favorite, American Colony {Ohmyword, has anyone seen that one?!   Love it!}  Thank goodness for DVR.

7.                  Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?

Does any teacher blogger say Times New Roman??  Now, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of super cutesy clipart and fonts {shhh!!}, so that eliminates some DJ Inkers... but... I do LOVE fonts and great fonts make me happy.  My favorite font right now is called “Throw My Hands up in the Air.”  Google it and check it out.  I think you will like it!

8.                 Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake? 

26... I’m slightly young!  I’m actually not a big fan of cake unless it’s funfetti cake with strawberry frosting!  Typically, my birthday staples are dirt cups with gummy worms and strawberry pretzel salad... yum!!!

9.                 What was the last book you read?

I am rereading No More I’m Done by Jennifer Jacobson right now.  I had the goal of starting writer’s workshop in my classroom last year, but it didn’t happen... I’m hoping this is the year!  It is a fantastic book if you haven’t read it!

10.            What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Doing the dishes... yuck!!!  My other least favorite task is getting gasoline—does that count as a chore?  I literally wait until the “no gasoline” light comes on every time until I decide that I finally should get gas.  It’s a pretty bad habit.

Come back next Tuesday to meet Heather from Teach It Today and Kate G. from Fresh and Fun First Grade!  If you are a new blogger and you'd like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Made It

I am linking up with Monday Made It again.  I was thinking, and I am afraid this may be the last time I link up this summer. Next week, I will be on vacation and will not be making anything but sandcastles and memories!  I am working like mad to get through my to do list before we leave on Friday.  When I get back, it will be time to start school…I am excited to take all that I’ve learned and made this summer into my classroom and use it, but I am also not ready for my free time to end! 
This week, my projects involve Duct tape!  I have been eyeing those cute rolls of tape all summer and finally had some inspiration!  My daughter and I decorated a small table we picked up at Target.  She came up with the design plan, I just assisted…
I think I blog to much because while I was taking pictures she said, “This is going on your blog, isn’t it?” 
My second project was inspired by another blogger’s post.  She painted and duct taped her filing cabinets.  I wish I could remember who did it and give her credit, but I can’t!  I have searched and searched…if you’re reading this and you did your filing cabinets with paint, tape, and contact paper recently- let me know and I will credit, and link, your post!! 
As you can see, I ALMOST made it with one roll of the pretty stuff.  It was 3M’s brand and has less on a roll than the Duck Tape brand.  Guess it’s back to Target. Darn.   It’s hard to tell, but the drawer fronts are all paisley and the blue borders the front of the filing cabinet.  I am not sure how I am going to do the left cabinet.  It has some hardware on the front that cannot be removed.  There are these little round knobs at the bottom of each drawer.  They attach to a rod that runs along the bottom of the drawer.  I can’t find a purpose that the knobs or rods serve, so if I can pry them off, I will.  I’m sorry the pictures are not very clear (phone cam).  The blue really does match the paisley in real life…
After running out of tape and being forced to stop that project, I wandered around the room looking for other things to tape.  My desk? It has some rust spots.  My sink counter? Despite numerous scrubbings with  all sorts of chemicals, it i s still just kinda yuck.  Border for a display on the wall? The possibilities are truly endless.  I experimented on a student desk.
Not bad.  Don’t love the design on the tape, but it was all I had left.  Stay tuned for more Duct Tape projects.  I even had to start a Pinterest Board dedicated to the Duct!
Finished the cabinet tonight!
Due to running out of the cute tape and not wanting to buy more, I put a border on each drawer.

I posted my Target finds last Friday on Fabulous Finds Friday, but then I found some more great finds on Saturday!  Click {HERE} to see those great finds.
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See you tomorrow when we meet 2 new bloggers!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fabulous Find Friday

I have linked up with Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B for her Fabulous Find Friday Linky.  This is my first time to link up, but I have too many fab finds not to! I was in Missouri this week for the Whole Brain Teaching Conference and of course I had to make a stop at Target.  Good thing I did - look at all I found…

All from Target’s Dollar Bins….
Grand total of $26!  Thanks Target!!
And my find at Walgreens…
Next week I will be posting about Whole Brain Teaching and some of the things I learned at the conference!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Teacher Blog Tuesday!

This week we will meet Nikki and Jaime

Feature Teacher: Nikki Sabiston
1. Name of blog and link:

2. Why did you start blogging?
To glean and share ideas and insight.
To be a part of a community where teachers are never finished becoming a teacher.

Here’s an excerpt from my first post that explains it a little more:

Teacher sharing really is at the heart of teacher survival. Isn't that how most of us persevere in this crazy job? We share ideas, what works, what doesn't work, crazy stories, frustration, our strengths and weaknesses, personal triumph and pain. Then we take it back to the classroom, put it all together and make it work.

That's why I feel like a 'teacher in progress.' Just when I think I've had a terrific day (or week, or year) and everything went pretty well, I come across the most amazing way to share a new concept with kids, or I'll read a book that blows my mind and causes all kinds of upheaval in my ideas about teaching. We're never really 'finished' becoming a teacher. We just keep learning and morphing and becoming.
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I have been teaching for 16 years. The first five years were in a school in an inner city housing project where I taught third and first grades. The level of poverty, violence, and desperation was staggering. I taught lots of lessons that weren’t on the state standards and those kids sure taught me a few life lessons.
For the last 11 years I have taught first grade at an urban Title I school where poverty is also one of our primary challenges.
For the past few years, I have taught the first grade special ed collab class and I work closely with one of our special ed teachers to meet our kids’ needs. Last year I had nine friends with IEP’s in my class of 21 students.

4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Oh my! I am typing this very late at night after the family has gone to sleep and I’m not sure I can come up with a coherent list right now!

But we do have a two year old Yo Gabba Gabba fan in the house and our theme song lately has been “Don’t Bite Your Friends” – or in our case – Don’t Bite Your Brothers!

5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
That’s a tough one. Our lives are full of challenges and we tackle each one as it comes along. At the time, a situation might seem almost unbearable, but later you realize it has given you the insight, knowledge, or strength to tackle something greater. But if I must name one thing, I think the answer is parenting three boys. (Particularly that last boy -quite a surprise when he showed up shortly after my 42nd birthday!)

6. What’s your favorite TV show?
Between caring for my family, teaching, (and now blogging!), I honestly do not have much time to watch tv. When I do, I’m a huge sci fi fan. (True Blood, Being Human, Grimm) I try to catch up in the summer.

7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
Oh, I love me some funky fonts! My school district just gave teachers new laptops with all the latest software – so much fun. Until I realized I am not ‘authorized’ to install fonts! I must find a solution to this problem soon…
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
45 - and that’s no easy task with a toddler in the house!

9. What was the last book you read?
I’m just rereading The Hobbit along with my boys. My two older boys are 10 and 11 years old and are avid readers. Often, when they read something they love, (or a novel they have to read for school), I’ll read it too. The three of us have had some of the best conversations over books we’ve all read together.
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Folding laundry. Fortunately, I have trained the two older boys and the husband well. They do all their own laundry.J Now I’m working on the toddler – he already knows how to sort…

2nd Feature Teacher: Jaime Pink
1. Name of blog and link:

2. Why did you start blogging?
A girlfriend of mine told me about Pinterest and I saw all these amazing ideas from other teachers. It opened up a whole new world of inspiration and I wanted to share my ideas with others as well.
3. Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I have been teaching since 1998 in Los Angeles. California. I taught 4th grade for a year and a half and switched schools in the middle of my second year of teaching. I moved to a K-12 Title 1 magnet school (my mom taught there as well) where I have been teaching first grade (11 years) until I made the switch to second grade this past year. I have my masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and I have held several coordinatorships such as Elementary Coordinator, Gifted and ELL Coordinator.
4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
It’s A Wonderful World, Brown Eyed Girl, Don’t Stop Believing, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Super Freak and Disney Lullabies (listen to it every night to put my kids to bed)
5. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Being a mom. It’s the most rewarding, yet the most trying thing I have ever done in my life. Trying to be the best person you can be for your children on a daily basis is sometimes the most difficult thing one has to do.
6. What’s your favorite TV show?
I am a reality show junkie. I love the Real Housewives of New Jersey, New York and Orange County. I also love to watch Top Chef, Project Runway, Amazing Race and Survivor.
7. Are you a Times New Roman or DJ Inkers kind of girl and why?
I would say DJ Inkers because it is out of the box. That is the way I think when it comes to teaching. What I mean by that is that I can put my own creative spin on things. My life is so structured and organized in every other aspect, but when it comes to teaching I am a DJ Inkers gal-always trying something new!
8. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?
36 (next week)
9. What was the last book you read?
50 Shades of Grey (Currently)
10. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Laundry and making salads.
Next Tuesday we will meet Allie and Kate! If you would like to be featured, email me at dml8609@gmail.com

Monday, July 16, 2012

Giveaway Winners & Monday Made It #7

A huge thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!  The winner of the May Book is Michelle C.  Michelle, I hope you will post a picture of your May Book when you get it!
  • $5 gift certificate to The Digital Bake Shop- Ashley
  • Item of your choice from Mrs. Stanford's Class TpT Store- Katie J.
  • Item of your choice from the Teacher Idea Factory's TpT Store – Heidi
  • Item of your choice from The {mis}adventures of First Grade's TpT Store- Jaime P. 
  • Item of your choice from Fun in 1st Grade's TpT Store- Nikki S.
  • Item of your choice from What the Teacher Wants (Rachelle's) TpT Store- Joanne M.
Congratulations Michelle, Ashley, Katie, Heidi, Jaime, Nikki, & Joanne!!

Today my blog is featured on Pocket Full of Kinders! Hop on over and check it out!!
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There are SO MANY donors in this giveaway!  Even $70 to Vista Print! There are multiple ways to win!

Now for Monday Made It…

I had a busy week and didn’t get a lot of things made.  I did meet with my 1st Grade team and we made LOTS of plans for back to school.  We are going to make our own grade books, redo our homework & base it on STAR homework from Whole Brain Teaching, adopt a new behavior system- the clip chart system, and so many more wonderful things that I just can’t think of right now…. I made us a clip chart that follows the behavior consequences our entire school follows.  We needed a few more steps below green than what any I found on line had.
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From top to bottom it says, My Day (very top), Outstanding, Great Job, Good Job, Ready to Learn, Warning, Slow Down, Think About It, Write & Reflect, Principal
I would also like to share a website I found useful.  I found it on Brigid’s Daily Lesson Log
You enter a title, genre, or topic and it will generate you a list of books based on your search words.  You can also enter a specific book and it will give you suggestions on books similar to the one you entered.  Try it, it’s awesome!
This week I will be in Missouri at the Whole Brain Teaching Conference, so expect a post or two on WBT soon! 
Have a great week!!

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