Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you If You Give a Teacher a Treat for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award! :) 
The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are:
1.  Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2.  Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world.
4. Make up 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
11 Random Facts About Me:
#1 My favorite color is pink, but I wear a lot of black. 
#2 I HATE onions. I mean LOATH them! 
#3 I went to Europe to play soccer my senior year of high school. 
#4 I used to be a snowboard instructor. That's actually how I met my boyfriend who is also a snowboard instructor. :) 
#5 Once I start reading I love it, but I have to force myself to sit down and actually do it.
#6 I love to sleep in! Even if I'm not sleeping I just love to lay in bed! 
#7 I love to workout...I love to sweat and the feeling afterwards! Give me a challenge and I will do my very best to accomplish it. 
#8 I'm still very good friends with at least 3 people I went to pre-school with.
#9 I used to ride horses regularly and was part of an organization called Pony Club for about 8 years. I will say that it was not my favorite thing in the world to do, but I suppose I'm happy I did it. 
#10 I can shop till I drop
#11 I have an obsession with accessories....Coach purses, Thirty-One gifts bags, scarves, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, headbands, hair's a problem...a serious problem!

Lindsay's 11 Questions for me to Answer

#1 How long have you been a teacher? I graduated in Dec. 2010, but have 2 1/2 years of teaching experience plus some subbing, but this is my first year in this position.
#2 What grades have you taught? Pre-k, K, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8 These include student teaching, summer school, special ed, and regular ed.
#3 How many students do you have in your class? What was the highest and lowest number's you've had?I think the highest was 26 when I student taught in 6th grade, but right now I have about 15 kids I provide services to.
#4 Do you have a classroom theme? What is it? Yup! Polka Dots & Cupcakes!
#5 What is the most expensive items you've purchased on TpT? Why did you buy it?I'm poor and usually only use the free ones :-/ I always want to buy some though!
#6 If you could invent one thing to make the school day easier, what would it be?
Oh man, this is a loaded question! Maybe something that would tell me what some of my students were thinking or were upset about, so I didn't have to guess while I'm in the middle of dealing with their complete meltdown. Yeah it would have to a huge invention! 
Okay enough about school!
#7 What could you not go a day without...okay...three things?Coffee, a shower, sleep
#8 What is your favorite store to shop in? There are so many! Coach, Banana Republic, Gap, J Crew, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, American Eagle-really I can find something just about anywhere! :)
#9 What is your favorite restaurant to eat at? Hmmm I enjoy the local pub in my town! I really can't think of my favorite!
#10 Mac or PC?Mac
#11 What is your favorite recipes to make for dinner?
I've been pretty into burgers lately, but I can't wait to be able to grill and have grilled veggies! :) 
Now it's my turn to nominate 11 bloggers! I'm new to this blogging thing, so bear with me! :) 
1. Mrs. Laffin's Laughs
2. The Teacher's Desk 6
3. Miss White's Classroom
4. Special Teacher for Special Kids
5. The Sassy Sub
6. A Cupcake for the Teacher
7. Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans
8. Sprinkled in Second
9. Miss Lamonts Class
10. I Teach. What's your super power?
11. Mrs. 3rd Grade
Okay now for my 11 questions:
#1 When are you totally relaxed?
#2 How do you lesson plan? Lesson plan book (paper & pen) or Electronically?
#3 What is your favorite part of your school day?
#4 What is your favorite grade to teach?
#5 Tablet or computer?
#6 What is the one thing you can't live without in your classroom?
#7 How late do you stay after school?
#8 What is you typical lunch like? Do you bring or buy and what is it usually?
#9 If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be?
#10 What is your favorite quote?
#11 What's your biggest pet peeve?

I hope everyone joins in sunshine fun! :) 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five for Friday:::March 28th

I'm really enjoying these 5 for Friadys with Doodle Bugs Teaching. You can link up with her here.

So here are 5 random things from this week! :)

 We were working on compound words in 3rd grade. Here we were matching up the two separate words that make a word on it's own. I'll be honest I got this for free off of TpT last year, but don't have the information on who made it. I'll try to get it and give that person credit! I love this activity, especially since I love everything to do with CUPCAKES!

 I really messed my shin up on Monday at kettlebells. Yup I'm proud of it-it makes me feel tough! Basically we were doing burpees and because I think I'm awesome (insert sarcasm) I was doing box jumps at the end of each burpee and.....well around 30 or 35 I just lot it. Yup I fell. Yup I kept going! I feel like this picture doesn't capture the full warrior wound. It was pretty swollen and such, but hey what are ya gonna do? Wait-this is a teaching blog...not a fitness blog!
 CSE meetings! They all went pretty smoothly! The first one of the day did run a little long, because we had a lock down in the middle of it and weren't allowed to leave the conference room! Talk about awkward! Our school has random drug dogs come into the middle and high school. This is basically just to make sure kids don't have anything they shouldn't and to keep them guessing as to when it will be! We really only have it once or twice a me...our school is pretty darn nice and we want to keep it that way!
 Colonial Day!-Okay I really can't take too much credit for this, but I did help the fourth grade students that I work with write their essays! :) The task was to find a job of a person who lived in colonial times and write a 2 paragraph essay telling about what they did, what they needed, and other facts they learned. Then they had to make a sign for their job and dress up in colonial clothing. Parents and younger students come in and see everyone's project. They set it up as if it's a museum ad all their props and reports are on display. It's pretty neat and I'm VERY proud of my kiddos and all the hard work they put into it! {Feeling Warm & Fuzzy}

Our town had a St. Patrick's Day parade this past weekend! Yeah, we do it the Saturday after St. Patrick's day. Not sure why-tradition I suppose!

Here are a few pictures from it:

Here is another Special Ed. teacher that I teach with! :) We were crayons for Halloween! Yes, I have a shamrock headband on! :) 

Remember when the bus garage turned a bus into Thomas.....well they turned one into Percy for this parade! How awesome is that?!?!

I hope you all had a wonderful week! I'm gearing up for ELA state test next week! Woohoo!

Stay Classy
 <3 The Classy Teacher

Friday, March 21, 2014

1st Five for Friday!!!!!!!!

I've never done a Five for Friday, so in my attempt in making up for my neglectful-ness I'm going to give it a whirl! You can  link up withDoodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! :)

I wore a unicorn necklace today. Judge me...go for...I think it's awesome and I can get away with it, because of my job! Just another perk! :)

We wrote on the table with dry-erase markers to practice our spelling words and finding vcv words. My students thought this was pretty awesome! It was the first time I had done it with them! :)

One of my third grade students is making major improvements! He's done an awesome job with reading and answering questions! And I mean AWESOME! I'm pretty proud of him! He even told me he would work with me again next year! Hey- I'll take that compliment!

I've only gone to kettlebells 3 times this week. It's killing me, because I'll admit it....I ate horribly this past weekend and need to get back on track!

I've been writing and revising IEPs this past week. It can be a struggle in deciding what services to give and to take away, it's a tough judgement call for some of my students. I don't want to take away services that are helping them be successful. Anyways, my annual review meetings begin next week! Fun fun! Any tips are welcome! :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Stay classy
<3 The Classy Teacher

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's been quite some time...

I know I have really been slacking with writing on my blog...I guess I haven't been feeling overly inspired lately. I'm going to blame the weather!?!

We have been prepping for the state tests here in NY. They are in 2 weeks! It's hard to believe that they are here already! My students are about as prepared as they are going to be! For a lot of them just sitting there for a long period of time is the biggest struggle. So basically a lot of the things I have been doing have not been overly FUN! I better start thinking of something special for the kiddos when those tests are all finished!

In the mean time here are a few things I created for one of my student's who has a very difficult time in the classroom. I have walked into her classroom to find her under her desk, crawled up in the fetal position in front of my room, having multiple break downs during the day, and down right refusal to work. I thought that maybe the classroom setting was just over stimulating, so I made these break cards. She can just hand her teacher the break cards and go do what she needs to do.

I also had her in my 3rd grade class last year and created a checklist so she would get SOMETHING done during the day, so I decided to make another one for her this year. The teacher just has to write what she has to do that day and then she gets a prize at the end of the day IF she completes it. Sometimes she gets a prize and other days she doesn't. Many times the things on the list are as simple as follow along in math without getting upset and getting packed up to go home within 12 minutes. I laminated it so it can be changed daily!

Also here is my March Bulletin Board! I didn't want to do St. Patrick's Day, because it only last until the 17th, so I did Dr Seuss! Who doesn't LOVE Dr. Seuss? I found fun facts about him, printed pictures of some of his books, and printed a bunch of Dr. Seuss quotes. It is a pretty simple bulletin board, but I actually really enjoy it! :) 

And I thought I would share a few pictures from my fun weekend with a few of my cousins! My sister, cousin Pat, and little cousin Nora (Pat's daughter!) went down to see my cousin Lindsay and her family who lives in Virginia! We ended up going to Washington D.C.! It was so much fun! It even snowed while we were there!!

Lindsay and I :)

Heather (my sister), Me, Lindsay, & Pat at the Lincoln Memorial
Heather, Me, Lindsay, Nora, & Pat at the White House

I've always wanted to do a picture like this! :)
I made "princess crowns" with Nora and Addy (Lindsay's daughter)....they added the butterflies! It was super fun! :)

Nora and Addy eating ice pops in front of the Washington Monument

Stay Classy
<3 The Classy Teacher