Saturday, July 18, 2015

Back to School Teacher Tips!!!

The beginning of a brand new school year is just around the corner for many of us! As overwhelming as it can be, I always look forward to a fresh start. Last weekend, I was reflecting on my vision for this upcoming year...things I want to remember, improve, try, or scratch off completely. This inspired me to ask the teachers who follow my Facebook page to share their #1 back to school tips with me. Whether you've been teaching for a long time, you're just starting out, or somewhere in between, the tips are really great reminders for us all! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the wonderful wisdom that was shared from real educators.... 

Jessica Turner

"Get back into the routine of waking up earlier and not taking naps during the day. I suggest slowly getting up earlier each day for a couple of days (or weeks) until you are getting up at your normal school time. This will be less of a shock on you and your body."
Tiff Britt

"Take time to breathe! The beginning of the school year is filled with anticipation, excitement, and often a little anxiety! Things don't have to be perfect to be just right for our little ones." 
Kelley Rhodes

"Go to sleep! In my first few years I've tended to stress and stay up late getting things ready for the first day/week. I've found that everything always gets done, but the week goes much smoother if I'm rested"
Kim Cavett

"I try not to listen to and/or read too much about my new students. I find it works better to meet each students with a clean slate and start the year off with all positives."
Stacy Smith

"Set expectation day 1! It's easier to lighten up then it is to tighten up! 21 years of experience has taught me this."
Tina Holbrook

"Be ready with the routines that you KNOW you want to have in place, and be prepared to practice until it "looks and sounds" like you expect"
Veronica Maurice

"Prayer walk your classroom the morning of the first day. Stop at each students desk and pray, your desk, any stations or center or places where students will be. Pray for their home lives, hearts to be open to connect with their teacher, and pray for their families. It helps me to focus on THEM and THEIR needs."
Deanna Elmer

"Remember that building community, relationships, and trust between you and the students is so important and it's what they'll remember! Everyone has a story....we just need to listen!"
Brooke Weigand

"Remember to take things slow. We all feel a rush to dice into all thigs academic, but spending time building relationships with students and among them, modeling and practicing routines and procedures without the added pressure of academics will pay off BIG in the long run. It's what allows teachers to teach and students to learn in a safe, caring, and respectful classroom!"
Theresa Copeland

"Collect parent donated school supplies in baskets. Basket of glue sticks, basket of markers, etc. This makes seeing what you have and what you need a whole lot easier!"
Tina from Mrs. Peyerk's Porcupine Pals

"Make extra packets for beginning of school for extra students joining you later in the year. I also have bin ready for everyone to sort their goodies into so I don't have to spend precious time doing that on the first day."
Kristy Cozart

"Take the time to fall in love with your students."
Alene Schattschneider

"Read a favorite picture book- no matter what grade you teach- let your love of teaching and personality shine!"
Elizabeth Quezada

"The first day is hectic for us and intimidating for students-not knowing anyone, a new room, etc. Once everyone is in the room and morning building announcements are made. I turn on the music and have a dance party to celebrate a new year. It helps those that are nervous to lighten up and it allows my students to interact with each other first thing!"
Judy White

"Let the children design the classroom. Let their art and work be your decorations."
Margie Rowles

"Model-Model-Model!!!! Everything and anything! Like others- I've had name tags to color on their desks first thing. A little after the bell has rung, I always teach a call and response first. "Class"-"Yes" is the first. Throughout the year, I'll add others. But, that first day, I get this taught nice and quick before we start the get to know you, expectation, tour, how are we getting home, etc."
Kristal Merchant

"I have the students help me come up with rules and we make little booklets. I already have the rules in mind but want them to feel that they are a part of the process." 
Lisa Cantwell

"Assign everyone a number that gets used for everything from lining up ( no more cutting in line) to passing in papers."
Amy Novellino

"I prepare birthday gifts before the year starts! On the students' birthdays, I am always ready!"
Sandra Sterling

"After the decorations are done, and school has begun, take time to make a personal phone call to each parent with something positive about his/her child during the first couple weeks of school. This makes for a much more pleasant meeting if problems arise during the year."
Ginny Watson

"Greet each student at the door with their choice of a handshake, high five, or fist bump."
Holly Akbar

"Get organized before the kiddos cross the threshold and try to stay organized. Setting aside ten minutes before and 10 minutes after school to focus on organization will help you in the long run and keep you from getting overwhelmed."
Cheryl Ann

"I try to remember that even though it would be great to have everything ready by the first day, it is okay if I don't get it all done! As long as I'm actively working hard to finish it, it's okay if the classroom is not 100% decorated, all my paperwork isn't 100% set, etc...but moving forward! It's not worth losing sleep or stressing over! Teachers are humans too!"
Jessica Ward

"The first day will have ups and downs! Keep smiling! The students won't have a clue what was supposed to be next! Your classroom doesn't have to be perfect! No one else knows what grand plans you had! Smile! The first day is about providing a safe, welcoming environment! And practice rituals and routines as much as possible the first week! It will pay off later in the year!" 
Lauren Colangelo


Aren't these great?! Believe it or not, this is only just a handful of all the tips on my Facebook page. A big thank you to all who contributed! Feel free to share your back to school tip with us in the comment section here! 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Christmas in July SALE!

 I can't believe it's already the middle of July. As crazy as it sounds, I'm getting ready to return back to my classroom in just a couple of weeks!! Time to prepare for another amazing year in first grade! If you need to get ready for the new year, my Blog Hoppin' friends and I want to help you save $$! Each day this week (Monday-Friday) you can head over to our stores to see which select item(s) are on sale. Below are the resources you can find in my store for 20% off! 
Click on the pictures for more details about each resource:)

Monday: Reading Response Activities

Tuesday: NO-PREP Math & Literacy 
Ready, Set, Print Printables
*individual packs and bundle*

Wednesday: Spelling/Word Work Activities

Thursday: Math Journal Prompts
*individual packs and bundle*

Friday: Math Units

Happy Christmas in July week!! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Bucket List

I'm linking up with Natalie and Rachelle @ What the Teacher Wants for some Summer Bucket List fun!  Believe it or not, I've been on summer vacation for 3 weeks already. Every single second of it has been AWESOME! It's so nice to slow down, focus on my family (and myself) , AND create my own schedule!! Lots of goals and must do things have already been checked off my bucket list, but with 6 more weeks to go, I still have many more things I want to accomplish! 

 I'm looking forward to reading these professional development books this summer...I love having time to read and reflect on my teaching practices during my time off! 

I'm also planning do a little updating here and there in my classroom. After moving out of my house (and another move in 6 months), I could not commit to completely changing my classroom decor, but I'm going to rearrange, add new things, and organize/clean everything!

Coming Soon...

Summer is also my favorite time to work on creating things for my classroom/TpT. I'm working on a new fraction math unit right now that I can't wait to share with y'all! It should be ready in a couple of weeks! 

The most important and sweetest thing on bucket list is spending time with my babies! If I don't do anything but snuggle and play with them this summer, I will be one happy mama! 
I'm also looking forward to officially selling my house. Our closing is this Friday! Yay! Excited and nervous about building our new home and living in a small apartment until it's ready!!!  

Going to the beach is always a summer bucket list'er. We went a couple of weeks ago and had a blast! Also, plan to get my pool time on as much as possible and start making design plans on our new home! 

What's on your summer bucket list? Link up here!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Sale!

Happy Memorial Day!! 
To celebrate, my entire TpT store is 20% off today and tomorrow! 
This includes already discounted bundles:) 
Click <here> to check it out!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

End of the Year Gift {free download}

I can't believe tomorrow is my last day of school!! Sad to be saying good-bye to my first graders, but excited about having fun and relaxing with my family this summer! Wooohoooo!!! 

Last night, I quickly put together end of the year gifts for my sweet class. Waiting until the last minute made it absolutely necessary for them to be simple. I bought sidewalk chalk at the Dollar Tree and made a "I hope your summer is "CHALK" full of fun!" tag to go along with them. Easy Peasy! Feel free to use:) 


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Five for Friday: Countdown to Summer!!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for some Five for Friday Saturday fun tonight! 
Mother's Day

Celebrating Mother's Day with my two babies and family was the perfect start to my week! Love them BIG!

Field Trip
Our Field Trip to the local zoo was a success! So much fun!!!

Field Day

Field Day was a blast this year! I might have enjoyed the slip-n-slide more than my students...HA! 
Countdown to Summer

This resource has made life so much easier when planning end of the year review activities for my students that require little to no prep! It's full of math and literacy activities/games to get your students up and moving around while they sharpen their skills! Check it out here!

This year has flown by, but I'm ready for summer...

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Countdown to Summer- Math and Literacy Review Games and Activities

The last few weeks of school can be CRAZY! You've taught everything on your curriculum map and summer fever is taking over BIG time! A few weeks ago I decided to start working on a resource that would make life a little easier when planning review activities for my students as we counted down the days until summer vacation! I've always found that my students' behavior is so much better when I plan lessons that allow them to move around as they work. This was the inspiration for my newest packet...

It's full of math and literacy activities/games to get your students up and moving around while they sharpen their skills! My students have loved them, and they've made lesson planning a breeze as we survive until summer! 

All of these summer themed activities are ready to use...just print, laminate, cut, and play! For more details about this packet, click here! It's on sale for the next 24 hours or so!! 
Happy *Almost* Summer!!