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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

playing catch up

I had a student who's first day was today, which unfortunately for her meant catching up on all of the beginning of the year assessments. So....the rest of the class worked independently in centers! Woohoo! Here's a glimpse at a few literacy centers we did today:

These are all included in my Back to School Centers bundle, which I just put on SALE! Click below to check it out and see what else is included!

Monday, September 1, 2014

fan only FREEBIE

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

dirty dibeling

We are in our second week of school now and I am feeling super excited about this year! We've played the gettoknowya games and are all "communitied-up" and ready for the year! So, what have we been up to?!!  A lot!

1.) I did another fingerprint tree (these are great keepsakes!) and made one for you to use as well (click below to grab this FREEBIE!):
2.) We went over our classroom rules (another FREEBIE!) and I framed this chalkboard classroom rules poster to coincide with my current chalkboard and burlap obsession:
3.) We arranged our desks into table groups and set up a reward system (this is super helpful if you can get peers to remind each other to be on-task---one less reminder from me is always a good thing!) and put it in my lil store as a FREEBIE for you!
4.) And one of the all time favorite games (my go-to for Sub Plans)...Coin War! Click below to download this FREEBIE!

5.) We are in our 6th year of PBIS, so I didn't waste any time introducing this Behavior Matrix (click below to check it out) and of course, Think Time (an integral part of our behavior system):
6.)  Soooo now we're on to assessments (side note---a friend of mine pointed out today that dibeling sounds like a dirty word...she's sooo right! doesn't it?!).  So, I got my Back to School Centers ready and after a quick intro to each one (I keep them in binders and put a binder at each table group of 4-5), the kids were eager to get goin and I was able to get a TON of assessments done (a teacher's dream, right?!)! Here's a sneak peek of a few of the math games they played today (sorry for the glare in some of protectors don't photograph well but they sure work well with dry erase markers!):

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

just a freebie alert

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Friday, August 22, 2014

freebie and a chalkboard and burlap classroom...again

First week of school? Check. Great class? Check. I have a feeling this is going to be a GREAT year. Seriously. Maybe the best ever. Ever. I got bored watching a movie with Mr.Craftypants, so I made this little sign to go with my chalkboard and burlap decor. Click to download the FREEBIE!

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Here's a peek at what my room looks like now....the inside is exactly the same as last year (you can see that post here).

I updated my hallway bulletin board to match my little decor thing going on...I found the white fabric roses and little wood chalkboard flags/jute string at JoAnns and used a liquid chalk marker to write student names. 
As you can see, I left up my schedule, chalkboard quote globe, turn-in box and burlap bulletin border, but it appears I need to tighten up the fabric backing of our word wall :) I'll get right on that #promisespromises
And I framed this printable (that's not burlap--it's digital burlap paper...yes!) I made to go outside the room:
I'm finally embracing my boring self and although I really like seeing so many colorful and bright classrooms, this is really my style at home, so why not bring it to work? I'm there We'll see if it stays up and for how long...who knows! If you are wanting a chalkboard theme room, click below to check out what I used:

Check out the linky below for more classroom makeover ideas!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

tomorrow is the big day...and a winner :)

I just finished setting up my classroom and PHEW...just in time! My back is aching and my feet are GINORMOUS...pregnancy related or not. But, I was able to get this bad boy laminated and posted just in time! We are a PBIS school and to be honest, I HATED the one I put up for the last 5 years. So, I made my own with my own clipart and like it so much better.  In case you also need a behavior chart or display matrix, I turned it into a packet so you can create your own if you are so inclined :)  Click below to check it out!

And MY $50 Tongass giveaway is over! Thank you to everyone who participated...make sure you snag that exclusive Fan Freebie on my Facebook page before it's gone!

Kelly--congratulations and check your email!

Wish me luck tomorrow....22 second graders are headed to me and I couldn't be more thrilled to see what this year brings!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

clipart freebie!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

$50 in Tongass Bucks

So, living in a temperate rainforest can be nice. It can also be very rainy. VERY. As in about 230 days out of the year, it's raining. About 62 inches a year.

So...let's have a MAKE IT RAIN giveaway! Use the handy dandy Rafflecopter below to enter and I'll choose a winner to receive $50 worth of products (including clipart!) from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Good luck!

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