Monday, July 27, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015


Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting my new teammate. My principal asked me if I would mentor her and I'm super excited to mentor a brand new teacher. Two years ago I mentored a teacher who was new to the district but she was coming with 3 years of experience so that didn't involve much. I wanted to do something nice for her but I only had a 3 day turnaround so I had to think of something quick. Then I remembered a basket I put had put together before. This time I included...
Eos Lip Balm
Orbit Gum
Mr. Sketch Markers
Envelope with a Target Gift Card
 Last time I created this for a student teacher I was hosting.
I blogged about it here: 
Our grade level changes every year, the year I came we had 3 new teachers to the grade level, the next year we had 1 new teacher to the grade level, the year after we had 2 new teachers to the grade level, last year we had 1 new teacher to the grade level and this year we have 1 new teacher to the grade level. Our team is a constant revolving door, but only two of my team members have left to go to other grade levels in the building, all the others have transferred out of the school. Maybe one year we'll actually have the same team from one year to the next... at this point I'm the veteran third grade teacher on the team and I've only been there four years!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Sunday Scoop
Here it goes...
Went to bed with a headache, woke up with a worse headache. I took some Excedrin last night but that only took the edge off. I took some sinus headache medicine and viola, headache gone! I'm hoping to work on some of the curriculum resources I've started. I Can Statements, Weekly Phonics Poetry and so many other ideas I have, I just want to finish something so I can feel accomplished!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

My 4th Bloggerversary!

Today's my 4th Bloggerversary! This date always sneaks up on me and I always feel like I should do some type of giveaway to celebrate. Maybe I'll cook up a Back to School giveaway next month, The Thirty-One Fall/Winter 2015 Catalog will go live on August 1st, maybe I'll giveaway a Zip Top Utility Tote, a Double Duty Caddy or maybe even the new Creative Caddy! What do you think?
Zip Top Utility Tote- My go to teacher bag, I'm loving that Dotty Chevron Pattern!
Double Duty Caddy- I have this at my kidney table with all my guided reading supplies in it.
Creative Caddy- This is a brand new product from Thirty-One, the possibilities are endless!

I'm spending the 4th of July with my family. Today we are celebrating 4 family birthdays, my Mom, Husband, Sister and Cousin. Lots of burnt hot dogs, cupcakes, love and laughter, enjoy your holiday weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Projects

It doesn't even feel like I've been on vacation! Shortly after school got out our 4 year old niece and 2 year old nephew came to visit and stayed for 10 days. I don't know how you mom's do it, I was worn out. Between Paw Patrol, getting them to swim lessons, baths and bedtime stories I didn't know whether I was coming or going!
The day after they left I started teaching summer school. I choose a different school and grade level this summer, wanted a change of scenery. I had notidea that my summer school was a Leadership/7 Habits of Happy Kids School! I will be blogging about how they implement the program school wide, as of now I'm the only one at my current school who does it, so this has been a learning experience for me.
I've also been knee deep in creating resources!
I've decided that my student's take home folder will now be called their SMORE Folder! I'll place these inserts inside the Nicky Folders I order for them, this year I'm purchasing black folders.
I've decided that my students graded papers folder will now be called their VIP Folder.  I'll place these inserts inside the Nicky Folders I order for them, this year I'm purchasing silver folders 
My division/school is finally jumping on the I Can Statement bandwagon. I've decided to have my typed and ran on colored paper. I'll run math on pink paper, social studies blue paper, science on green paper and so on.
Math I Can Statements
Science I Can Statements
Social Studies I Can Statements
What have you been up to?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Long Range Plans 2015-2016

It is finally finished! I had to wait to see what cluster I would be assigned next school year before I could finish my plans. In my 11 years of teaching experience I've taught the "regular" cluster, "learning disabled" cluster and "ESOL" cluster. Next year I'll have students in my classroom who have been labeled gifted. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. After next year I'll consider myself a "well rounded educator". But until that point I'll be researching and taking some professional development about strategies to teach gifted students.
Here is a link to my long range plans. Next school year I'm going to need some more challenging activities for my students so I've changed the way I do Word Study and added PBL Units (those are not noted in the plans). I also hope to incorporate Genius Hour. I'm still researching that topic, hope to blog about it later on this summer.
Morphology Spelling from Ladybug Teacher Files
PBL Units from Digital Divide and Conquer
Book Reports from Unique Teaching Resources
If you'd like the template you can download it from Ginger Snaps, I've used it for years now and I love it!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monthly Calendars and Newsletter Templates

In May I blogged about Parent Communication and I had an inquiry about the Weekly Newsletters I send home. I finally got them tweaked and while I was at it I made some Monthly Calendar templates, with dates and without. These templates are in PowerPoint which will allow you to add text boxes for full customization.
Weekly Newsletters
Monthly Calendar
 Click Here for Newsletter Templates
Click Here for Calendar Templates