Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Bucket List- Linking Up!

Hi friends! I apologize for not being able to link up properly...my brain is mush and I couldn't remember/figure out what I was supposed to do to grab the button and have it link back to the blog...so I just added a link. Hopefully you will forgive me! ;)

I linked up last year and made a Summer Bucket List but unfortunately I didn't get to many of the things on my list. I seem to blink and summer is over!! I am going to keep my list short and sweet in hopes that I will accomplish at least half of it! (I'm quite the over achiever)

1) Pool, pool, and more pool! I will be spending much of my summer laying my scarily pale body by the pool in hopes of getting a tan! I am an Irish red head so what will really happen is I will be sitting under an umbrella covered in SPF 50 :)

2) Reading, this school year has been exceptionally exhausting and I haven't read nearly as many books as I usually do. The only thing I have read lately is children's literature...which don't get me wrong, I love...but I am ready for something new!! So if you guys have any suggestions ;)

3) Get organized in my classroom. This is the first year I haven't moved classrooms in my 5 years of teaching...yep, you heard me. 5 years of teaching and 5 classrooms! I will be starting my 6th year of teaching next year and I FINALLY get to stay in the same room. I am absurdly excited about not having to pack up all of my things and lug them to a new room. This year instead of moving I am going to spend my time organizing my cabinets and drawers. In the midst of my moves I had given up on any sort of organization in those areas, but this year (with hopes that I won't be moving again for awhile) I am going to make myself at home and get organized.

4) Run- I love, love, love to run and I am hoping to be ready for a half marathon this fall!

5) A few pinterest projects (I have TONS pinned, but I am going to shoot for finishing at least 3)
I'm not 100% positive that I will do it exactly this way...but all I know is I want a spot for my kids to write their thoughts and ideas during small group. I am hoping this keeps me more organized...becuase I NEVER forget to remind my kiddos to bring their Reader Response Journals back with them :)

Binder clips and label makers are my two favorite things...hence this perfect project :)

I get asked daily...no scratch that HOURLY "what are we doing tomorrow" "when is this happening" etc...I am hoping that a little contraption like this might help cut down on all of the questions-wishful thinking! Also, I have already bought the picture frame so I am halfway there!

Finally...and most importantly I am going to kick back, relax, and enjoy the life of a teacher in the summer! Making all of my friends jealous along the way :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The best ideas I never had {LINKY PARTY!!}

Long time no see! It has been awhile since I have had a chance to sit down and play around with my blog. I must say I have REALLY missed it! Not only have I not been posting, but I also haven't had the chance to sit down and read all of your lovely blogs. I'm hoping with school winding down and summer quickly approaching (10 days...but who's counting?) I will hopefully have more time to spend on here. This school year has definitely been a challengin one...we implemented a new reading program, my team piloted a math program, AND I had 3 new team members. Learning new curriculum is always challenging at first, but the good news is the reading program we are using (LEAD 21) is wonderful, and the math program we piloted (EnVision) was chosen by the district for next year (which means I won't have to learn a whole new textbook!!) Also, having new teammates has been amazing...I have learned SO much from them, and stolen so many great ideas from them as well :) My excessive stealing of great ideas was my inspiration for this fun little linky party! We all know as teachers, that we have stolen MANY great ideas from colleagues, pinterest, blogs etc. and I thought it might be fun to share our favorite "steals" with everyone! I am leaving the linky up for a month because I know everyone is busy wrapping up the end of the years...so you have plenty of time to join in!!

Here are the rules:
1) Link back to this post in your blog (grab the button below)
2) Blog about your favorite "steals" (Please make sure to link back the original place where you found the idea- another blog, pinterest, TPT store, etc)
3) Make sure to visit at least 3 other blogs who have linked up and leave a comment.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I have a dream...

I love Martin Luther King!!! A) What a fabulous man with such a fabulous dream! He is such an amazing historical figure to talk about in class! and B) We get Monday off of school in his honor (for a teacher this makes him even more amazing!)

With Martin Luther King Day approaching and Pride Night (like an open house) I wanted something fun, yet personal for the kids to do to hang in the hall for the parents to see. I searched pinterest and didn't find anything I was crazy about, but I did find a few different ideas that helped me put together something of my own.

I knew I wanted the kids to write their "dream" because who doesn't love reading what a 3rd grader has to say? I also knew I wanted to incorporate the handprints because most of the activities I saw incorporated them and they all looked so cute!

I then turned to TPT and found the best FREE clip art...and not only did I find some clip art I found one of my new favorite sellers. He has amazing clip art and I can't wait until I get a few minutes to sit down and look through everything he has. I highly recommend checking out his store: ATLTEACHER

In the end this was my creation!! I think it turned out pretty cute and I can't wait to do it with my kids. In the center I will have the kids write their dream and on their hands I will have them write words that describe MLK.
If you would like a copy of the "My dream is" piece for the center you can get it from my TPT store HERE