Saturday, November 28, 2015

Top Secret Snow Day Missions

Yup... this teacher here is planning on a BUNCH of snow days this year! Back in January I blogged about the Snow Day Missions I was going to send home with each child. This year I decided to switch it up.
Snow Day Missions
I've decided that I wouldn't copy all those activities from last year and send them home. I uploaded them to my classroom website instead. Parents have the option of printing them out or asking me for a hard copy. I did save all the unfinished snow work from last year so I have quite a few hard copies of several of the activities.
 
Just like last year I'll glue the cover (pictured on the left) on a large manila envelope. I'll also include the menu (pictured on the right) with all the various activities.  
Snow Day Mission Menu
I did include the Build a Ski Resort PBL Unit, I copied and stapled it and included it in every packet. That activity is mandatory. I have fallen in love with the Project Based Learning Units from this Digital Divide and Conquer and my students enjoy them as well. I figured this would be a great way for them to complete one at home this winter with their parents. I'll have to blog about those amazing units in another post.  

Friday, November 27, 2015

Smile File... Holiday Edition

Smile File (Holiday Edition) Cover
Back in May I blogged about an idea I had seen on Pinterest, Smile File. I decided that I want to do something like this for Christmas this year. Last year I did the Random Acts of Christmas Kindness in my class. This year I want my students to focus on each other, pointing out the positive traits in their classmates, it also gives them a chance to see themselves as others see them.
 
So I had the idea to do a holiday related Smile File. I envision myself copying the covers on colored paper (red/green) and gluing them on a 5x8 manila envelope. During writing for a couple of days, with Christmas music playing, students can write a compliment or nice message to each classmate. I used Blair Turner's Class Compliments for the Holiday Season to aide my students in writing positive messages.
 
I'll collect them all and put them in the envelopes, I'll send them home with students before break. Click here for a copy for you to use in your own classroom.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

#thankful

It's been a busy start to the school year and I still don't feel grounded. The never ending list of things to do... everyone adding to your plate and no one willing take anything off your plate creates a teacher trying to be everything to everyone except themselves! Now that I got that off my chest... I hope to get back to blogging regularly. I have so many ideas to share but no time to share them #storyofmylife.
Teacher Thankful Notes
Despite being completely overwhelmed and undervalued, I am incredibly thankful for my students and for the fact that I get to do what I love on a daily basis, educate and inspire the next generation. I thought I'd write them each a note telling  why I'm thankful for them... after all they are the only thing that keeps me going when I want to give up.
 
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Here's to a two day work week and then five days of family, fellowship and many slices of sweet potato pie!