Friday, February 27, 2015

Five for Friday- February 27

Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky.  I haven't linked up since January.  These delays and snow days sure have changed my plans.  I am so ready for spring!
Anyone else participating in this book study?  My book came yesterday, which was perfect timing.  I am looking forward to collaborating with other teacher bloggers.  
Have you seen my Read Across America and Seasonal Teaching-March boards on Pinterest?  Both are filled with resources to use during this busy month.
Go HERE                  
TPT had their sale on Wednesday and Thursday.  Here are a few of my purchases:
Measurement is naturally a hands on topic and I am very excited to use this resource with my students.
I  love that this product is editable so I can add in my own student's names in the problems. 
I bought this 100 pack of erasers at the dollar store.  I thought they would be a fun math manipulative.
My birthday was on Tuesday.  Between an unexpected 2 hour delay, sushi for lunch, and catching up with friends it was a great day.

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Organize Your Saved Posts on BlogLovin'

If you are a blogger, I highly recommend you use BlogLovin.  It is an app/website that allows you to read all of the blogs you follow in one place.  To get started, go to or download the app. I love it because I can catch up on blog posts anywhere (phone, iPad, laptop).

When I read a blog post that I love I do not want it sitting in my feed along with hundreds of other blog posts.  Luckily, BlogLovin allows you to save any posts.  Recently I came across a problem because I had hundreds of posts saved and had trouble finding what I needed.  If you know anything about me, I love being organized. Clutter is not my thing.

So how did I solve this problem?  Once you save a blog post, BlogLovin has collections.  Basically it is Pinterest boards, but for blog posts.

***All of the directions below are what you would see if you are on an iPad.  It is very similar to what you would see on your cell phone or laptop.

1. Once you find a blog post that you are interested in, click 'save'.  Or if you come across a post that you won't be reading, click 'mark as read' to remove it from your feed.
2. Once you hit save, you will be led to this box.  Either create a new collection or select which selection the blog post should belong to.
3. Once you have moved blog posts where you desire, you can view the collection.  This is what my guided reading collection looks like right now.
Below are the collections I created:

Back to School
Classroom Holidays
Classroom Management
Classroom Set Up
Common Core
Content (Science/Social Studies/Health)
Guided Reading
Morning Meeting
Parent Communication
Professional Reads
Writing Workshop

What do you enjoy about BlogLovin?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Notice and Note

Close Reading has gained a lot of attention recently.  One resource teachers at my school used this year is Notice and Note.
LEFT: The extent of my knowledge prior to this book.
RIGHT: Beers and Probst are the authors of Notice and Note.  They identified 6 signposts that we come across in children's literature.  This has completely changed the way I perceive close reading in the classroom.  Signposts create more of a visual for students and is better structured.  
At each signpost,  student's learn to stop and ask themselves a key question. These questions are designed to help students make inferences, discover the conflict, and identify the theme.  I like that there is only one questions for each signpost.
I found this book list that I have been using to teach each signpost.  Thank you Pinkadot Elementary!
I came across this anchor chart on Pinterest. I love the simplicity and the teacher can add to it as students learn each signpost.  

Have you read Notice and Note?  What did you take away from reading the book? Any advice for implementing it in the classroom?

Monday, February 16, 2015


After reading a post from someone in my #compelledtribe, I became inspired to write about why I love teaching.  First off, with Valentine's Day I can't help but think of what or who I love in my life.  With PARCC, Terra Nova, OAA… whatever the acronym is for your grade level, it seems that everyone is under a lot of pressure right now.  It is the perfect time to reflect on why we teach.

I love teaching because….
1. I get to work with children.  Primary (K-3) is the place for me and I love their enthusiasm.
2. Relationships- Getting to know the staff, students, parents, and community.  It is all about the people.
3. Teaching is never boring.  Everyday is a new challenge and opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.  
4. I am a lifelong learner and love growing as a teacher and person.  Thanks to my PLN for always stretching my thinking.
5. Guiding students to become lifelong learners.
6. I love using my creativity to inspire my students with engaging lessons.
7. Observing student growth is so rewarding.  Knowing I contributed to their growth is the best feeling.

Taking a trip down Memory Lane...
I found this on my desk at the beginning of the school year from a student.  So sweet!  Makes my teacher heart happy to see how much my students love school.
This was the class gift to me in December.  Each student decorated a flower with their picture.  I love the "thank you for helping us grow" part- making a difference in my student's lives.

Stay positive!  What do you love about teaching?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Sunday Scoop: February 15

I am linking up with Teaching Trio for their Sunday Scoop linky.  
Have To: Classroom management is an area I continue to work on.  I love responsive classroom management; I want my classroom to be focused on building a community for my students.  A team member recommend the book Teaching with Love and Logic.  I also want to get my units ready for this spring.  However, I definitely plan on enjoying my day off Monday.
Hope To: I want to ho shopping and hope that I am able to this weekend.  With the -20 windchill, I kind of just want to stay in my house.  In the meantime, I will schedule my next blog post.  
Happy To: My college roommate is visiting me Monday.  I am so excited to catch up.  

How will you enjoy your day off tomorrow?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Classroom Loves Linky

I am linking up with Primary Powers for their Classroom Loves linky.

I have really enjoyed using Google Docs this school year. Google Docs is very user friendly.  Best of all, everything automatically saves.  We use it to document our team meetings and record our agenda.  Since principals and assistant principals obviously cannot attend every team meeting, this is a simple way for administrators to see what we have been discussing or working on at our meetings each week.  My district also has the students becoming Google users.  So many possibilities!  

My students love Readers Theater!  It is a fun way for students to practice fluency, expression, and phrasing in addition to working on those speaking and listening standards.  Ever since I had one of my low reading groups do this, everyone has been asking when their turn is.

If you don't already use Go Noodle in the classroom you need to create a free account now.  With all of the indoor recess this winter, these brain breaks are a great way to get kids moving.  This year Go Noodle created brain breaks specifically for indoor recess.  I also use brain breaks throughout the day for 2-4 minutes of movement.  I even have students that created an account at home because they love it so much.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine Gift Ideas for Students

I love celebrating holidays in the classroom and incorporating them into our learning.  My school has a Valentine Party and I plan on giving my students a gift.  However, teachers are on a budget.   I do not give my students candy, but I included candy and non-candy gift ideas.  Thanks to Pinterest for help on the ideas!

1. Valentine Bookmarks
Source: HERE
2. Just Write
Source: HERE
3. You're Such a Smartie
Source: HERE
4. Homework Pass
Source: HERE
5. Rolo Pencil Valentine
Source: HERE
6. Glow Stick
Source: HERE

I hope you found some of these ideas helpful.  What are you planning on getting your students as a gift this year?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Happy February!

I am linking up with Farley for her Currently link up.
Listening:I love quiet mornings.
Loving: Since I am in my 20s, I still enjoy my birthday.   I recently booked my flights for spring break and I am so excited to go to the beach.  
Thinking: This school year is flying by.  I can't believe it is already February.  I wouldn't mind hurrying to spring though.  This teacher needs some sunshine.
Wanting: For the past year I had my eye on the J Crew Herringbone vest.  I kept not buying it because it was too expensive.  I still think it is outrageously priced for a vest.  Of course now that I really want to order it… sold out.  I have looked at some boutiques but the quality doesn't seem as good (gray seemed much lighter).  Any suggestions?  
Needing: Anyone else watch Parenthood?  The season finale was Thursday night.  Although it was a beautiful ending (especially the last 10 minutes), my Thursday nights won't be the same.  In fact, I am re watching the series now because I am that sad.  
Pageant Title: 2 qualities I am known for: being positive and incredibly organized.  I combined the 2.  

Have a happy February!  It is the month of love!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Power of Positivity- February 1

I am linking up with Gina from Miss Peluso's Kindergarten for her weekly The Power of Positivity linky.
Right now my county is under a level 1 Snow Emergency.  We will see if I end up getting a delay tomorrow.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!