Monday, June 23, 2014

Leadership Notebook

Covers for the students Leadership Notebooks
So I'm knee in this Whole Brain Teaching book which I'm lovin' so far! If you've been following me you know that I'll be incorporating Whole Brain Teaching practices as well as Leader in Me strategies in my classroom.

I want students to keep Leadership Notebooks this year as I implement these new strategies. I'm thinking a 1/2 inch binder with a clear sleeve will be just fine. I have a class set of binders left over but I'm thinking after three years I need to invest in some new ones. Sam's Club has them for a great price. $10 for 8 binders.

Below are some examples I'll have them keep in their binders.

I made these sheets for each month. Students will color in the square of the color they ended the day on.
Students will fill out the top section each Monday morning and fill out the bottom section every Friday afternoon. They will record their goals and action steps for each section. Then they're reflect on if their goals have been met, what leadership habit they practiced this week and any acts of kindness they performed or received.
I've been at my current school for 3 years now and never really implemented the AR Program. Mainly because my classroom computers didn't have the software. Our PTA has purchased the new online version so students will have access on all school computers and most of my classroom library books will not have assessments to go with them.
I figured students could track their weekly word study/spelling test scores fairly easy so I created this graph for them.
I also thought it would be fairly easy for students to track their reading level throughout the year.
I posted these just to give ideas of how I want students to set and reflect on goals in my classroom. Do your students track data in the classroom? What do you use?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Whole Brain Teaching Part 1
According to Amazon my professional reading books should be delivered today! I haven't had to create many resources for this because there are "tons" of free quality items out there for you to download. Here are my favorites so far...
I downloaded the Super Improver's Wall from Tonya's Treats for Teachers. I was going to make my own, but hers hit the nail on the head and I wondered, why reinvent the wheel! They're colorful and the clip art is adorable! It's from Melonheadz and I have this set on my wish list right now. I am going to purchase matching cardstock paper to cut up and use as the students cards for them to earn stars and level up.
I really like the rules from Amy Groesbeck. It has Chevron and the same Melonheadz clip art. So I printed these out and laminated them.
I chose Christie from First Grade Fever's Call Back Set. Love the Polka Dots and again, it has the Melonheadz clip art.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Behavior Clip Chart without the Clips

Wooden Numbers to match my Behavior Clip Chart

I've been a pretty busy bee this last week! At the end of the school year parents in my classroom chipped in and they gave me a $100 gift card to Michael's for one of my end of the year presents... they know me so well! First I went to Michael's and just walked the entire store, seeing what they had as opposed to my other go to craft store Hobby Lobby.

I've never really had a behavior management system before, never really needed one. But now that I'll be implementing Whole Brain Teaching and Leader in Me strategies I thought it was a great time to start one. I created my clip chart from scrapbook paper I got from Hobby Lobby.
sorry for the blurry picture
I intend to put magnets on the back of these and place them on my white board vertically. I'm not into the clothes pins idea so I took to Pinterest for ideas. I thought about making DIY Glass Magnets but then I went to Etsy to see what they had to offer and ran across this shop OCD by B they had some cute wooden magnet numbers but they were going to cost me $40. So I figured for that price I can make them myself.
materials from Michael's
I went to Michael's and purchased all the items I needed to make my own numbers.

*wooden 1 & 1/2in circles $3.49 for 22 shapes
*button magnets $1.79 for 12
*1 & 1/2 inch craft punch $9.99 (I could have cut out circles with my Cricut)
*Matte Mod Podge
*Foam Brushes
*E6000 Glue

I used the craft punch to punch out the circles from the leftover colored cardstock I used on my clip chart.

Then I used my Cricut Cherry Limade Font (shadow feature, 1 inch size) to cut out all the numbers.

While those were cutting I glued the magnets to the wooden circles with the E6000.

Then I carefully glued the numbers to the colored circles.

I used the mod podge to glue the colored circles to the wooden circles. Then brushed the matte mod podge over the colored circles with numbers to seal it all together.

It took about 3 hours to make 30 numbers.
my magnets on the fridge
Could I have found a cheaper, easier way to do these? Probably, but I enjoyed creating them... crafting is very calming for me. I'm going to put these next to the "Ready to Learn" section of the clip chart on the white board. Students will "move up" when good choices are made and will "move down" when poor choices are made.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Professional Reading

There are several books I intend to read for fun this summer... the Divergent Series, new books from Mary Monroe. Then there are the 3 professional books I intend to read this summer. I've got them in my Amazon cart ready to purchase.

Each habit has a story that illustrates it, a little tidbit for parents or teachers to read, discussion questions, and several suggestions on how a child can implement that habit. I look forward to implementing this in my classroom this year. I've already created some posters and I'm in the process of creating a clip chart and a leadership binder for each student.

I've seen many ideas on Pinterest about Whole Brain Teaching. I decided it was finally time to read the book. Not sure if I'll implement the entire program next year but I may implement parts of it.

This is the perfect resource for Christian teachers, it provides tips and strategies to help you do just what the title suggests: create the classroom you've always wanted. This book contains fifty daily readings designed to help new teachers conquer the learning curve and to bring fresh ideas to veterans.

What professional books are you reading this summer? Have you read these, what do you think about them?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

7 Habits and Birthday Display

What a difference a few days make! Now that I'm on summer vacation my creative juices have been flowing. I want to have a focus wall next year near my carpet area and I'm brainstorming ideas on what I should display.
  • content vocabulary
  • anchor charts
  • learning objectives
  • weekly helpers
I will be reading 7 Habits of Happy Kids this summer and I intend to implement the program with my students. I created these habit posters to hang on my focus wall. I took ideas from a variety of places and created my own.

I was also looking for a different way to display birthdays as opposed to the traditional birthday chart. I wanted something different so I created these...

Click Here to download them to use in your own classroom. I included directions on how I intended to use them.

Do you think you will use these in your own classroom?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Last Day of School {yesterday}

It is finished... the school year has finally come to an end! Words cannot express the huge weight that was lifted off my shoulders as that last bus pulled away. I literally lost  it, all I could do was cry, lift my hands and thank God that it was finally over, that he had finally set me free. Yesterday I finished 10 successful years in education but I also finished the worst year of my career. But they say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and the bible says that God will not put more on you than you can bear and I now know that to be true. There were days I didn't think I would make it, when the thought of walking into that building made me sick to my stomach and I know on those days, He was my strength and he got me through.
Me and my Girls
Here's a photo of me and my girls on the playground yesterday. See the one, yes one bus in the loop? Yup, busses were 15 minutes late yesterday... what's up with that? My girl Dione will leave us to teach 4th grade at another school. She came to us as an aide mid year and after talking found out my mom and her parents grew up in Rocky Mount, NC together, small world. But we still have summer school to laugh and fellowship together before a new school year separates us. My girl Adrienne is the BEST TEACHER EVER! Every time I walk into her 1st grade classroom I'm amazed, she's a great mother, teacher and friend.
So after a celebration at Firebirds yesterday I came home and crashed. I managed to pull myself together today and me and the hubby went to see 22 Jump Street and have lunch. Then I came home and crashed again, I'm just waking up from a 4 hour nap. Tomorrow's Father's Day and my husband will be ushering at church and I'll be working in the nursery. He made reservations for us at P.F. Changs for dinner. Looking forward to a stress free and relaxing summer with family and friends.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Long Range Plans 2014-2015

Well...this is the last week of school! I have three whole days and two half days left until summer vacation. I've been spending my weekend revamping my long range lesson plans for next year. Last year I blogged about me plans for this year at this link. You can click on the picture and it will take you to all my plans for the year. I finished these early this year because I have quite a to do list for me this summer.

1. Treasures Interactive Notebook Templates
2. K-12 Reader Notebook Templates
3. Develop a more concrete way to teach word study.
4. Create Science Interactive Notebook Templates
5. Create Social Studies Interactive Notebook Templates

So a week from now I'll be planning what tasks to accomplish on what days of my vacation. I have so many ideas swimming around in my head, I can't wait to get them all out and onto paper (computer)!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Currently June

Listening- when I was in school I was never interested in history but now that I'm older I have this thirst for knowledge. I often find myself watching the History Channel.
Loving- have you ever tried the Aromatherapy from BBW? I recently got into it. I started off using the Stress Relief Shower gel daily. I graduated to the lotion before bed and the pillow mist. It's very calming. I even spray it on the stuffed animal I cuddle with when I sleep.
Thinking- ordered my Happy Last Day of School Shirt last night! Having 28 3rd graders all reading from first grade to fourth grade levels, being the team lead, training at a local university, having a student teacher, mentoring a new teacher, teaching before school remediation and doing after school tutoring all while living with a chronic pain condition sent me over the edge. I can't believe I made it, this has been the most challenging year in my entire teaching career. Literally the worst, but I made it through and I'm looking forward to a relaxing summer with family and friends.
Wanting- a student I tutored this year gave me a gift certificate to a nail place and I will getting a pedicure after school tomorrow. I never let me feet get this bad!
Needing- not sure how much World Wars I'll be tonight, I feel the meds kicking in.
Bucket List- first of all I'm excited that my mom moved back to VA from NC earlier this month. She'll be living with my sister and her family indefinitely. I'm so happy she's only 45 minutes away now. My punkin (my nephew), nieces and sister in law and brother in law are moving back to VA from PA this month. Can't wait to be more involved in their lives. Of course I'll be making my 8th annual trip to Lakeshore Learning before I have my surgery in August. I also want to go to Ikea and get some organizational items for my classroom. But like I said, I've got to do all of that before August 4th comes, because after that, who knows what kinda shape I'll be in and for how long!