It's been forever!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 No comments

Hello everyone!
It has been almost a month since I have been on here. It was a crazy month and I feel like I finally have my head back on my shoulders. Here is my update from the last month!
1. We had the 11 day count and I gained 6 awesome new students in my class!
2. We have instructional review next Friday, so we can be observed by district. To be quite honest, I LOVE IRT days! I feel like it's my day to showcase how awesome my class is!
3. I am trying to plan a field trip to St. Augustine for my 4th Graders.
4. I am on the chair of Red Ribbon Week, and Career day!
5. I am also on the chair of Positive Behavior for my school!
6. I am getting ready to start planning (hopefully) a wedding! 
7. I sign myself up for many many different things in the school....

With all of that said, I want to just say WHEW! I love it! I love challenging myself and making our school a better place. I am excited to put many great things together and have a great school year. Well...lets keep moving forward. I have many things to give you so that you can have a successful year as well.

I made these amazing flyers for our St. Augustine trip...In order to help the parents in our school, we provide fundraisers for our students to help pay for the trip. This year, we are having "Festive Fridays!" I included the "Career Day" flyer! I got the graphics from (LOVE). I also included our flyer for Root for FCAT. We are not allowed to have rallies for the students, but we are allowed to help them feel smart, and wise. I am so excited for Festive Fridays. Be on the lookout for some awesome and entertaining pictures!

On Tuesday, October 2nd, we are having a fun "Jammies Night" at school. The activity is called "Families Building Better Readers."(FBBR) Our fabulous Reading Coach has had a huge play in what is going on for FBBR. This year, another teacher and I are going to be reading a book to parents. I will model what parents should be doing while their students are reading. I also made a "check for understanding" check mark with several (okay a lot!) of questions on it for the parents. I feel like this will help my students answer questions in their Reading Log. I love the check mark and it is now available to find on my TpT store, and it is free!!!
I know I have so much more to talk about,  but I need to go make some tests for my students!! 

Happy Pinning & happy shopping!!


Monday, September 3, 2012 15 comments

Wow... I always forget how young the students are when they first enter our class. Since my "things" are coming in so young, they don't yet have a full aspect of 4th grade & expectations. I had to adjust some things because the students are still at a point where they won't admit if they understand something or need help. We are also working on self-assessment for the students. The students have to analyze themselves by a 1-4 scale. One being a -"Help me! I don't understand". A two- is "I need some help, but it can wait a few minutes." A three is "I am good to go!" A four is "I can teach someone!" Some of my munchkins though are putting up 4's (as a perfect score) when they don't know anything. So I decided to go to my helping hand to guide me as to what to do with my students. Pinterest. Pinterest had amazing things but then I modified it. I created an awesome document that contains two different things. 
1. Is the scale on one side. 

2. The other side is to show me if they need help after learning something new. I used the same paper and flipped it in the printer. Now, I can have the students mark if they are stuck, or good to go. They get to keep this on their desk and on the corner so it can indicate if they need assistance.

This last picture was shown because I have about 35 students (between two classes). I punched a hole into each of the circles. I then took a paper clip and pushed it through the hole. I used some cool duct tape (zebra) and sealed it shut so it didn't poke the kids or separate. I am so excited to start this tomorrow. I know the kids will love it!! If you would like the document, you can go to my TN store or my TpT store. I hope you enjoy it. 
Happy shopping & Happy Pinning!