Saturday, July 28, 2012

First Day Jitters Blog Hop!....and an Awesome Giveaway!

Hello all!  I am so excited about the school year... Yea, I know that means summer is over, but I have learned so much this summer and have grown, so I am excited to to get into my classroom and rock this year.  Are you?

Anyway, I am linking up with Ashley over at Fierce in Fourth for First Day Jitters Blog Hop!  I know that I am just learning how to be a teacher ( a great one), and even though this is my second year, I am jittery again.

1.  I am teaching with a new co teacher.  I loved my last co teacher and she made me feel so awesome.  We worked well together and we learned from each other.  Well, my co teacher moved to another grade.  I am not so worried about the person, but just us being teacher together.  I am all for collaboration, but I don't want to feel that I have to do what you do in your classroom.  And that is my jittery fear number 1.

2.  Implementing 7 Habits.  My school system is implementing 7 Habits as a system wide.  I am excited about implementing the habits as I think they are great for students to learn and grow with, but I am a little nervous about ensuring that I am using them throughout the year and making sure my students know that I am expecting them to as well.

3.  Teaching with the new ideas, curriculum, and all the things in between.  Let's face it, teaching is jittery in itself.  And at times, there are so many ideas that we can't get to, add in new curriculum and the itty bitty things that become large, it's a wonder how we can do it all.  I am a litter jittery about the stress of the first few weeks and the ittly bitty things that follow.

What are you worried about? Don't forget to head over to Fierce in Fourth to check out her blog.

Also guys, check out Katie over at Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans.  She is having a great 500 followers giveaway.  I am hoping to win, but love to share more.  Go over and check her out.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Another Hard Day and Monday Made It...

Hello all!  I am so excited to be linking back up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It!  It has been some weeks since I linked up, but happy to be back!  There was so much to post on this Monday Made It.  Let's just say that I have not only been making, cutting and laminating like crazy this past week, but I have been finishing up my eLearning courses. (Is it wrong to be elated about almost being finished with these course?  Great information, time consuming) And I am still not finished.  I am drained, but know that my hard work is going to be so worth it!  Okay, so I am going to post two Made Its.  I remember seeing a Made it Post by Tara and she had functional and Cutesy.  So I will share my functional first.

My school has adopted the Envision Common Core for our math series this year.  I am so excited about using this textbook... I am not sure how the other Envisions were, but I love this one.  It has so much and I love it so much (I think I already said that).  So I am really working towards making my boards interactive.  We can thank Daily 5 and CRAFT (check out Ladybug Teacher Files for her rendition of CAFE)!  So I set out to make some interactive boards for my students.  I wanted some catchy vocab terms and thought that I could make that on my own....and I did, so here is a view of a few of my Vocab words that coincide with envision.

I will putting this up on TPT store soon.  I am not finished with them yet and the entire pack includes the common core standards, domains, clusters, and vocabulary for fourth grade math.

My next Monday Made It is my Cutesy one.  Okay, so I purchased these fantastic blue bins from Lakeshore.  I loved my bins and I use them to house my different teacher editions that I am currently using.  (Come on teachers, you know that our teacher editions are plentiful...which is another reason I love Envision, folder like teacher editions.)  I love my bins and couldn't part with them just because they didn't match my color scheme this year....  Take a look:

Sort & Store Book Organizer
I didn't take a picture of my bins before hand, but found the ones I purchased on Lakeshore websites.

So I set out to transform the blab blue bins to fantastic black and white them bins.  The materials I used: a glue gun, patterned duck tape (black and white zebra stripe), and black paper.  Yes, that is all!  Here are my steps:

  1. I lined the edges of the bins with the pattern duck tape (front, back, and sides)
  2. I measured and cut the paper to fit the bins
  3. hot glued the paper to the bins (inside and out)
  4. And Viola...DONE!

And the finished product:

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Sorry the pictures are a little dark....Hope you can see the creations.

The task was fairly simple and I love how they turned out...and they look great. I didn't line the bottom of the storage bins because I didn't see the purpose and the materials in the bins will cover them up.

After all the training, I am excited to share some of the things I created for 7 Habits for free.  I will discuss and share on a later post.  Probably after I finish up this eLearning.  LOL! Be sure to stop by 4th Grade Frolics to check out the other wonderful Monday Made Its!   Happy Creating!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Newbie Blog Hop...and Where Has the Time Gone?!!!

Hello fellow bloggers and followers.  It has been a while since my last blog.  Let's just say that I have been swamped  busy with school work.  Needless to say I am tired beyond my own thoughts.  While I was away from my blog world, I have been to 7 Habits Training, AMSTI (Alabama Mathematice, Science, and Technology Initiative) training, eLearning courses, blog stalking for ideas, looking up all the information I can on Whole Brain Teaching, and in my classroom trying to get some things up and ready for the school year.  I am so tired I cannot even think!  But I am enjoying the progress my classroom is making and I can't wait to reveal my classroom to you guys.  It is going to be wonderful and I am too excited.

I decided to link up with Janis Leach over at Grade Three is the Place Me for her Newbie Blog Linky Party.  I think this is a great way to link up and meet fellow newbies out there like me.  So here it is.

    1.  what state you are in

    2.  your current teaching position
    3.  your teaching experience

    4.  when you started blogging
         LAST MONTH

    5.  share a blogging tip / blogging resource

I will be linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics tomorrow for Monday Made It.  And I have made a lot so I am super excited to share.  Be sure to check it out.  And come back for the reveal of my classroom!

Okay... I also wanted to share a fantastic giveaway for you awesome bloggers out there.  Amanda Madden over at Teaching Maddeness is having a great giveaway for her 500 blog followers (Oh, I can't wait to get there to share more ideas with more people).  Anyway, she is giving away some awesome things and you should really check it out.  I am hoping to win, but though it would be great to share with others.  LOL!  Good luck!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

And the Nominees Are....

Wow!  I am so excited to have gotten my first of two awards. When I decided to start this blog, I just wanted to share and express my thoughts, ideas, and whatever else came to mind with others.  Being nominated for awards are just added bonuses for my decision to start a blog.   I have been awarded for The Versatile Blogger and One Lovely Blog Award.  Well, that just make me happy!  I was awarded by Emily over at I Love My Classroom and I am so THANKFUL!  Be sure to check out her blog...

So here are the rules:

The Versatile Blogger rules....
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Include a link to their site.
3. Include the award image in your post.
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
6. When nominating, include a link to their site.
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated.

One Lovely Blog Award rules....
1. Follow the person that gave you the award.
2. Link back to the person that gave you the award.
3. Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers.

7 random facts about me....
1. I love being a mom.
2. I love Ruffles chips and Ranch dip....So NOT GOOD FOR ME, but taste so GOOD!
3. I love the color red...even though it doesn't look that great on me.
4. I teach at a Title I school and am a product of a Title I school (grew up in Title I schools)
5. I love sports (football, basketball, baseball, softball, track and field...the list goes on and on and I love them all.)
6. I started drinking coffee when I started teaching...and I only drink it with cream and cappuccino mix.  If there is none, I am not drinking!
7. I love seeing the my students cross that finish line on a concept they have running towards.
So the lucky bloggers that I am nominating are the following:
(Please click on the links to check them out!)

Ladybug's teacher files
She is one of the reasons I decided to start a blog.  LOVE HER SITE!
Fancy Free in Fourth
She is a fellow fourth grade teacher....
Confessions of a Teaching Junkie
Great Ideas.
Great Blog!

Mrs. Freshwater’s Class
Love this blog!

Many resources for all teachers
2nd Grade Pig Pen
Really cute ideas and crafts
Alternative Name
Great Resources and Ideas!
Great Blog.

Fantastic Blog
Awesome Blog to Check out!
Many ideas that can be used for all grade levels

Queen with Class
Love the ideas and thoughts on this blog!

EduKate & Inspire
Great site for teachers
Love the site and title

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Made It: Cereal Box Containers.

I am so excited to be linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!  I have stalked her Made Its and new I had to share soon.  I love the great ideas.  This is my first Made It (new blogger), but super ready to share.  I have always heard people say cereal boxes are great for this and that, well I just never thought to try it out for myself until yesterday.  I wanted some containers to match my classroom color scheme this year, but didn't want to break the bank to buy some (let's just say I can be a frugal teacher)  So I set out to use somethings at home.  When I started saving my cereal boxes, I would find them near the trash can... my boyfriend has  a touch of OCD and hates clutter and mess!  LOL!  So I had to hide them in the bottom cabinet in the pantry.   Well anyway, I used the following materials to create my cereal box containers.

Scrapbook Paper, cereal box, scissors, and rubber cement... That's all!

First I cut the boxes to my desired sizes.  I played around with the sizes and shapes.  After cutting the scrapbook paper to match the boxes, I glued it on using rubber cement.  LOVE THIS STUFF!  The last steps were pretty easy, just smooth and glue.  I love my boxes and hope you guys enjoy them too.  I am not sure what I will use them for, but the are great for my room decor this year and to keep things organized.

Check out the feet in the back.  My little man was there to help the entire time.! ;-)

 Just a note, if you wish to store papers in your cereal containers, be sure to use the family size boxes.  The normal cereal box is too small to hold regular sheets of paper.   As I said, I am a new blogger, so please check out my blog and follow me.  I have a two freebies below to kick off my new blog.  Hope you enjoy.  The cereal box can be used with so many different things in your classroom, but I love mine.  What are your ideas with cereal box containers?