Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year, New Things

It's almost 2013 and it's really hard to believe!! So many exciting, thrilling, moving, and timeless things happened this year and I hope for many more great things in the new year.

I definitely hope to blog more and continue to grow and become a better educator. I'm actually excited to start my Masters program in January! (I'll update you on how I feel about it in February haha)
My OLW is BREATHE. Sometimes in all the running, planning, living, moving it's hard to stop and take a breath. I hope to take the time to take a breath and enjoy where I am.

Here's my January Currently (Oh Boy Fourth Grade)- wishing you a year filled with love and laughter - Happy New Year!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

October Currently

Seems like I've only had time to post these Currently items from Oh Boy Fourth Grade! each month haha So terrible but school has been unbelievably busy! I cherish the weekends for sure :-)
Enjoy this October Currently and I'll see you in November (hopefully I'm kidding!)

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Currently

Two posts in one weekend? It's a miracle! :-)
September Currently thanks to Oh' Boy 4th Grade!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

September Already?

WOW! Can you believe it's already labor day weekend? Friday was our 16th day of school....wooahh!
It seems like since school has started things have been kicked into overdrive. Anyone feel the same way?

As you can tell, I haven't taken pictures of my classroom yet because, simply, I haven't had the time! I feel like I run around thinking of 18 different things at one time and stop in the middle of those 18 things to run to do another thing. Hopefully life will slow down soon (or at least get to a normal pace).

If you've already started school make sure to boost up on vitamin c intake because I've caught the "back-to-school" junk. I've gone through 3 boxes of kleenexes in a matter of two days of being at home. Wow. I'm using this weekend to reboot and hopefully be ready (more like alive) for Tuesday :-)

Hope everyone's school year has started back well and check back soon for updates and pictures!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tired with a capital T!

WOW! I didn't believe I would be this tired! Our pre-planning has started and I've been working on the finishing touches of my room. I PROMISE pictures will be posted (this weekend probably since school starts Friday).

Anyways, I wanted to share this "Pin-speration" that I had from this pin. The original pinner uses crazy straws but since a colleague wanted to share, I went with the tall Pixy Stix. I stapled the balloons to the top and you have instant birthday gift! Now to find a place to store them and keep the ants away (grr).

Check back this weekend for classroom pictures :-)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August Currently

Is it really August? SO hard to believe. I'm going to enjoy this last weekend of freedom because next weekend I am sure I will be working on school work ;-)

I decided as a new blog I would try to link up and participate in Oh' Boy 4th Grade's August Currently. Check her blog out - it's awesome!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Personal Laminator Anyone?

So I've made the trek back to school to get some things ready for the fall (pictures soon to come!). As many teachers do, I of course wanted to laminate some things and I kept thinking to myself "Man, I would love to have one of these at home!". I don't know about you but I couldn't have a huge machine like that at home but I would love to have something to use that if I needed to laminate something for the next day of school, I could bust it out and ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom have it done. So I began my search for a personal laminator.

I looked around on the internet, trying to see what was the "best one" and shopped the local super stores as well. I settled on the Scotch Thermal Laminator. I figured "What's the worst that could happen?" and bought it on a whim.

The machine arrived today and I was a little too excited to bust this guy out and see what he could do. My machine also came with about 20 laminating pouches so I was able to experiment right away.

I pulled out my trusty Cricut (Gee - I forgot how much I LOOOOVE my Cricut until today) and test cut some letters just to see. The instructions were very easy to understand and I was laminating in no time! I must say that this lamination when it comes out is thicker than the lamination I am used to at my school. This would be excellent for items such as labels, tags, etc that you know you want to keep around and use over and over again.

This guy moved fast too! You literally slide in the pouch, seam side towards the machine and it takes off! In a matter of seconds my finished labels were sliding out of the machine :-)

I can't even tell you all the ideas that are streaming through my head for how I can use this machine throughout the school year. I have a feeling that this laminator will be my new best friend :-) 

Does anyone else own a personal laminator?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Design/New Name

So I tried my hand at changing up my blog design and so far I'm okay with it! It's definitely something that I will probably continue to tweak as time goes by but this will do for now.

I've gotten into that "excitement for school" mode and I've been working on lots of things for my classroom. I'll make sure to post some pictures of my room once finished and keep updates posted for exciting things to come! Make sure to check back :-)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hello Summer!

WOW! Did that school year fly by or was it just me? Well I am excited for some much needed time off and excited to begin thinking about next year. While I will no longer be teaching fourth grade, I will simply be moving one grade up to fifth grade :-) Thinking I should change my blog name too. I will still be posting the great things going on in my classroom so make sure to check back and hopefully it will stay a little more updated than this past year. Here's to new beginnings and sweet summertime :-) 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Reader's Response - Linoit

Sorry that it's been so long since my last post! Things have definitely kicked up a notch.

   Anyway, I wanted to share with you a great website that I use for Reader's Response. To engage my students a little bit more and have other students interact, I implemented this website -

   It's a great website that allows you to create a canvas to apply sticky notes to. You can use this as a personal reminder page or like I did, use it for reading engagement. I created a center that allows about 4 to 5 students to read independently and then share what they were reading about on their sticky note. Now this being the first time I've implemented this idea, I haven't been closely looking at the responses but I definitely think it would be a valuable resource to use in your classroom. I encourage them to use this to make connections, encourage others to read the book, and work on summarizing a text.  The best thing is that you can create as many canvases as you need, eliminating the need to delete! Oh, and did I mention it's free? Enjoy!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

3 D Shapes

Wow! I'm doing terrible with my resolution to keep this thing updated a little more haha

Well, we've been teaching 3-D shapes or solid figures and I was looking for a way to make this math concept more tactile. It's hard to have one shape, or better yet have my terrible excuse of a drawing, for all kids to look at.

Picture from: Math Experiment
I wanted to reinforce the idea of edges, faces, and vertices so marshmallows and toothpicks seemed like the perfect solution!

I gave students the shapes I wanted them to make and asked them to fill in the information about the edges, faces, and vertices. I asked questions like "What types of faces does a cube have?" and "What do the marshmallows represent?", etc. I wanted my students to make as many as they could and even allowed them to create their own shape or one that they saw in a book.

Several remarks included "I can't believe this is actually math!!" :-)

It's a great idea for reinforcement and it may seem like an activity for only younger students but mine definitely enjoyed it!