Friday, August 12, 2011

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Anyone else feeling that overwhelming sense of anxiety taking over yet?? Holy smokes. Somebody help me! LOL

Spent two days in my classroom so far and felt like I accomplished nothing! But it is coming somewhat together..


My behavior management chart--clothespins with students names on them will be attached---I had clothespins with cars on them (different colors) --but it was WAY too busy/overwhelming to look after the third time of me redoing the board I decided to just use plain pins.


I am using these on my white board with magnetic tape -- next to them will be the topics/lessons that correspond with the subject for the day.

Inside a laminated library pocket on each student's desk will be 5  Popsicle sticks: one red, one green, one yellow, and two blue. The blue will their bathroom sticks. When they have to use the restroom they will raise their stick--if it is an appropriate time they insert their stick into the bathroom jar next to the sign out sheet. This limits the # of times in the bathroom and also adds a neat way to see your "frequent flyers" more concretely. These sticks will have their numbers on them. The progress sticks are somewhat described on the poster...but, they will be used when students are doing independent practice. When I tell students to place a progress sticks in their pencil cubby--I will be able to visualize which students need my assistance faster and without all their little arms going numb. When students monitor their own understanding, you can't go wrong!

These will hang from the ceilings to identify the different table groups. (6 groups of 5 students each) 
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Anxiety....and a few ideas to share...

So..I have not posted lately (or stalked my fav blogs) because I have been experiencing that overwhelming feeling I used to get when I am getting ready to go back to college...except I am going to be teacher! I am very confident in my ability to be a teacher--but all this setting up/trainings/etc. is really starting to get me very nervous! I can't wait for school to start--I just hope I get it all done in time. My furniture that we built is assembled and the final coat is drying as I type. I was able to find some used things from a few friends--such as student mailboxes and a lot of great resource books. I am able to start getting in and setting up my classroom this week and next--so keep your eye out for some pictures! Very excited to see how my plan in my head is going to pan out in that bare space....givin' it all the TLC I got!

Since I don't really have much to post yet--all my docs/projects are still in progress...I figured I would share past bulletin board ideas that I used while student teaching. I am so lucky that I get to be back in the SAME ROOM in which I student taught...LOVE to recycle ideas and old supplies!!!
 Our Classroom Flag -- I came into the classroom mid-year so I introduced myself using the concept of a flag and how different countries use flags to represent their lifestyle/culture/history/etc. and how we can do the same as individuals---they all created their own flags and then we connected them together to show how even though we are all different--we are each are a part of one, united classroom!

 This was created during "I love to read!" month. Can you spot the two classroom doors? Received so many compliments for this creation! Was one of my favorites! Each student decorated their own mug with a representation of their favorite book.
 Fraction Man was an idea of my cooperating teacher. This helps students see how different fractional parts make up one whole. They loved it!
 American Revolution
 We Grew a Great Year! Each flower petal has a topic that was covered throughout the year.
Not very academic--but very seasonal! ("Winter is "snow" much fun!")

Til next time!