Thursday, August 30, 2012

Professional Development School

Today was full of collaboration and motivation. The school I work at is a professional development school and other districts come to our school for training in the Essential Elements of Instruction (EEI). I joined a cohort with some colleges from my school where we are re-visiting the EEI strategies and  have become the go to teachers for the visitors that come to our school. Today we had high school teachers from other districts near by to learn the EEI strategies. I had a half day sub and we got to join the training presented by my principal. Today's focus was active participation. We had the opportunity to go into classrooms at our school to see how our teachers us those EEI strategies. It's great to get into other teachers rooms. It was a nice learning experience and I am very proud to work along with some highly talented staff! Part of the cohort training I'm involved in will allow for the outside visitors to come into my classroom to observe lessons and how to implement the different EEI strategies. I love that even though I'm not in college anymore, there is always room for expanding my learning as a teacher.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Survived week 1

Wow what a week. I am excited to say that I have successfully completed my very first week of fourth grade. It was great to get back into the swing of things.     My class is great. I've been kind of MIA from the blog because I've been exhausted from teaching and back to school night and my own kids! Back to school night was successful, even thought I was very nervous.  Thank you to all my parents who attended, 30/34 not to bad!! Maybe it was because I was new to the grade level? Hehe. I have the best team members that have been VERY supportive this week! Thank you Ms. Cochran and Ms. Altieri!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New students..almost ready!

Wow, school is officially here. We kicked off our first day back yesterday with a half day staff meeting. It was nice to see everyone and hear about all the exciting things all my colleagues did over summer. Then we had the rest of the afternoon for ourselves to work in the classroom. I got a lot done with my team members, Miss. Cochran and Miss. Altieri! They are amazing. Since this is my first year in 4th grade, they have been very accepting of me and are being good sports about all my question asking!

Today we had a district wide training with our common grade level about the common core standards. The subject was Math and it was very helpful to me being new to the grade! We spent half the day at the training collaborating and learning ways to teach different strategies to our students. The rest of the afternoon our team went back to our school and planned the whole first week of school! I feel so accomplished!

Tonight from 4-5 our school was open for it's 3rd annual posting party. The class lists were posted on the walls outside our school and then the parents and students had the opportunity to come in a meet the teachers and check out their classroom.  I had about 10 students and families come in and visit. It was great meeting new faces and seeing some familiar faces of these 4th graders that I had as kindergartners a few years back! :) I also enjoyed seeing about 10 of my previous students stopping by to say hi!

Tomorrow is a whole day of prep for me. No meetings! Woo Hoo! I am going to get my last minute things organized and get names on name tags and get ready for Monday morning.

Monday, August 13, 2012

My first Made it Monday!

So I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for my first Made it Monday! I'm so excited. This whole blogging experience has been fun!

 
I found some really cute posters and letters from http://www.technologyrocksseriously.com/
She has some really cute posters. I printed some of them out and then got them laminated. I also found some alphabet letters from the same website and I cut them out and laminated them as well. I plan to use them for my leveled library. I haven't put them up yet, tomorrow! :)




 
I also couldn't pass up this cute offer. I've been obsessed with the whole "Owl" theme. My daughter's first birthday in April was owl themed. I wasn't sure how 4th grade would be and if Owl's were too childish, but I decided they weren't!  My friend told me about some cute owl spiral notebooks at our local 99 cent store, so of course I had to go get a few! A few will be for me and a few for my treasure box!
 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Last few days of vacation!!

Well, I officially go back to work on Wednesday the 15th. Mostly for meetings and finishing up some prep work in the classroom. I have just a few days left to spend time with my kids. We have done a lot of swimming and beach trips this summer since we weren't able to make it to the Colorado River. The in-laws just re-did their pool and we were able to start swimming again as of yesterday. At the beginning of the summer, my son Jameson was still a little bit scared of the water. It's a whole different story now!! My mom offered to put him in swim lessons, but with kinder camp, the ISTE conference and camping and everything else, we decided to wait. Besides, I didn't think he would do well with someone else other than me. Well let me say that I have a little swimmer that is brave and daring! I'm so proud of him and his accomplishments this summer with swimming. He swam so much today that he passed out on the couch before 8:00!! Here are some fun swim pictures of him swimming and the newly re-finished pool at the in-laws.

Floaties and a ring is how he started off swimming this summer.


Brave and proud to be swimming with now floaties or ring!

video
Swimming all by himself.




The tropical get away at my in-laws less than a mile from my house. Needless to say I'll be spending the last few days here relaxing by the pool with the kids. Oh and it's been HOT!! It's been in the 90's for the last few days and it's suppose to stay warm in the upper 80's for the rest of the week. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Getting there...

Well I spent another 4 hours in my room today..well okay maybe 3 1/2 because I was out cruising and catching up with some other teacher friends! hehe. Here are a few pictures of my room getting closer to being ready for students.

I got this idea from Hilary over at Fifth Grade Fancy
 I plan on using this i help in my class somehow. I thought it was a really cute idea. I also saw it on pinterest. Gotta love Pinterest!!

I had some cupboards/cabinets that I wanted to save but the stuff on the shelf isn't really that pretty, so I covered it with some of the left over material I had from my walls.

I scraped sticky stuff off these cupboards for about 30 minutes. I am very pleased on how they turned out!

 This is another Pinterest idea that I saw. I made some class journals with specific topics. I plan on being the first one to write in the journals so they have a model. I plan on using these as a center rotation.
I have had this black board for quite a few years and when I was teaching kindergarten I couldn't really find a way to use it. I think I may have for 4th grade. When we have specific words we are focusing on they will go on this board! So fun!!

 Simple 99 cent baskets with cute new labels that I found on pinterest. I LOVE PINTEREST!! haha
 This I already posted about in my "productive day" but I thought I'd post it again because I think it's fun!
So my mom gave me this storage bin. It used to hold fabric of hers, then it held toys at her house for my kids to play with. I just added some scrapbook non fade construction paper in the front and bam...it's going to hide a whole bunch of stuff and still look nice!! :)

Seeing two of my team members today got me really excited for my new adventure in 4th grade. I am very excited! Bring it on 4th grade!! School starts August 20th!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Currently

Okay so here's something I tried from "Oh boy 4th Grade"



B2S Must Haves
1. I must have my class set of 1 cent folders from Office Depot. They are good homework folders or subject folders to keep papers in student desks.
2. Spiral Bound Note books. I bought 70 of them from WalMart for only 17 cents a notebook. I will use them for Language Art and Math. Each student will get 2. Yes I have 34 students in a class.
3. I recently inherited a small laminator from a friend and it has become very useful in setting up my classroom this year as I am new to 4th Grade.


FINALLY!

Well after lots of frustrating trials and errors and reading tutorials online, I finally fixed my blog and like the way it is. Thank you to manicmother.com for teaching me how to add a grab button and how to get rid of that annoying transparent background! Whew! Let the blogging begin!! Now I just need followers! Hehe!!