A few weeks ago I posted some room pics on Instagram and I got quite a few comments and questions about this one . . .I can't wait to change out these numbers with the new printed ones I just made! I still love the paper plate backgrounds, so the new numbers will slip inside instead of the purple handwritten ones! Check it out below! (Perfect if you want to pin this for later, too!) TA ... Read the Post
Making Some Progress–Name Tags, Bulletin Boards, and More!
Just thought I'd give you a little sneak peek at the VERY little work I have accomplished in the last week! I think I've finally come to the conclusion that THE SCHOOL YEAR IS COMING and I better get in gear! I have been puttering away at the computer making some different classroom signs, name tags, and so on. Just thought I'd share what I do for name tags--I know a lot of you ... Read the Post
It’s a Blank Slate!
I was having a conversation with a friend about the concept of "Tabula Rasa"--someone she had met had never heard of the concept. We had a good chuckle about it, but it did get me to thinking. We have a VERY unusual profession in that we have a clear start and end to every year. We get a new group of students for a set amount of time, have to prepare our rooms and our resources, give 110% ... Read the Post
SPRING into a great book!
After spending too many minutes staring down the hideous and still huge snow heaps piled everywhere, I decided it was time to take action! Down came the last remaining winter decorations and I informed the class that we were going to BRING SPRING! We like making hallway displays that get students talking, so we decided to make another book review project, much like the Valentine's Day one. ... Read the Post
Five on Friday: Valentine Ideas!
I promise a math update tomorrow, but today's "Five on Friday" is simply ideas for Valentine's Day! I think sometimes we intermediate teachers forget with the hustle and bustle of the Common Core that our students are still kids!Here are 5 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day without too big of a time investment! Valentine's Day Craft Activity "Plus" 1. Find and print off a set of quotations that ... Read the Post
We “Love” to READ Book Review and Bulletin Board Project
Today was a "late start" in my district...3 hours of professional development with the students coming at 11:00 (more on that later!)...then a quick hour of instruction, a different lunch hour, then a shortened afternoon...and this is coming off a "no school" Friday--and a snow/ice storm yesterday! A Valentine's Day Activity and Much Much More As you can imagine, the students were a little . . . ... Read the Post
Another classroom “tip”–adding life to bulletin boards!
Here is another classroom "tip" that I thought I'd share...if you are like me, you have less and less time to create bulletin boards as you spend more and more time on curriculum, assessment, and other key teaching duties. One quick tip that has added a little visual "pop" for some of my displays is simply to mount the letters I use on bright colored theme notepad paper...it only takes a few ... Read the Post