🍏 This blog post from @peacefieldhistory is one I wish I would’ve read almost 10 years ago when I landed my first position teaching 7th grade Social Studies. Plus, you know she had me at “binder organization.” Check out her highlights for more details! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And let’s also have a little sidebar real quick, if you teach Social Studies in grade 5-8 and you’re not glued to everything Allison does, you are totally missing out. Mark my words: she is going to explode because the resources she creates and the critical thinking she fosters are off the charts amazing! 🙌🏻
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Someone told me Loafers were in!? 👞
Here I am feeling like I’m channeling my inner Michael Jackson with my high water black pants and 80s loafers 🤷🏻♀️ #80sbaby
I don’t know what I would label my “style” ... it’s a little hybrid, eclectic mix: hippie, preppy, trendy, comfy.
Are you looking to follow some amazing teachers on Instagram??? Come be a part of the Weekend Teacher Follow Loop. This is an amazing way to support each other and follow some amazing accounts 😍! Here’s how to participate.
1. Follow your host: @ateacherscreativespace
2. Click on @ateacherscreativespace bio and click on the website to grab the picture and caption.
3. Post the image and caption.
4. Click on this hashtag #weekendteacherloop11
5. Follow everyone that has the Weekend Teacher Follow Loop picture and comment 💜 on their picture.
6. Allow them 24 to 48 hours to follow you back. 💜 It is very important that you post the loop picture with the caption in order to get the follow back.
💜 Please participate if you have time, please don’t follow to unfollow. 💜 Please make sure your account settings are set to public. 💜 Have fun!!!
The first week of school is A LOT of rules, procedures, explanations, affirmations, reviewing, REPEAT.
My firsties did a PHENOMENAL job remembering their multi-step morning procedures.
I greeted them every day at the door and supported as needed but seeing how proactive and independent they already were once taught the expectations makes my teacher heart so happy 🤗😍
Our morning procedures include the following:
1. Enter classroom and say good morning and say the secret password (a sight word written on the door)
2. Sign into the “sign in book” - Ss sign their name
3. Place binder into our book shelf
4. Retrieve their brag tag lanyard for the day
5. Have seat, get water, use restroom. Begin morning work.
I still need to add a “&” to my hopes and dreams board and my son suggested a “!” after the “me” on my “About Me” board to create balance. 😂 I see an inner type A teacher in him. #cricutteacher#cricutclassroom#bts2018
This is one of my favorite days of the year! I wish I could dress up like a rainbow unicorn every day tbh. I was invited to march with Democrats Abroad Denmark, so I brought my British friend along with me.
Some people would say that pride is not for me because I mostly identify as straight and have only been in hetero relationships. But pride can be for everyone. This community is full of love, and allies are always welcome. Every year, I leave pride feeling so uplifted. Seeing everyone so happy and free brings me joy and hope.
Love is love
I’m always jealous of people that are allowed to paint their classroom walls. And EXTREMELY jealous of how amazing the walls in @braggworldchangers classroom are! Not to mention the adorable furniture. 😍🙌🏼
I was making these fun watercolors with @amberjoyblais this weekend and thinking about what a fun project this would be to do with students when studying the solar system. You can even have students create specific constellations in their paintings.
Recreating a #boxtopsforeducation collection tin @lizpledger85 made. I never saw these at @target@targetdollarspotfinds until last weekend. Mines definitely NOT cute and fancy, and I wasnt sure if parent would take to the idea this year. Luckily it turned out to be a huge success! Were almost full and it's been out only three days! Loved this idea. Glad they had my favorite color too! It's always nice finding awesome inspiration on here that functions in the classroom and gets parents excited!
Do you have a young dancer? This blog post contains all my favourite dance books.
Even though we're not really dancers in this house (!) we did have a brief foray into the world of dance a few years ago when Dan joined the 'Dads Dance' team.
One of many reasons I love my blog is that I have captured some of our moments in time, and looking back at this post now (I was looking for a dance book and stumbled upon this) I can see that while it's still really hard to read blog posts which feature Dan now - one day I will love them.
If you do have a dancer in your life - I highly recommend these books...and the ballet bracelet from @ohmygiddyaunt is extremely excellent
Use the 'Latest Blog Post' link in bio and search for 'Tis the Season'
Walking into the weekend like... 😎 These shoe stickers from the Dollar Tree are awesome for showing my kids where to line up! 👟 #teachersfollowteachers
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Alright y’all, any local teacher friends, please pass this on! My school is in serious need of a resource teacher. If you know anyone in the area (or that wants to be in the area), please have them call the school! Check out the posting for more info or DM me!
Hydesville Elementary School is looking for a resource teacher for the upcoming school year!
If you know any credentialed teachers, with or without a special education certificate, please share the link to the job posting. The position is 0.6-0.9 full time equivalent depending on the applicant’s need. The case load is relatively small, the students/staff/families are amazing, and sunny Hydesville is only three miles off the 101.
School starts August 27, so please spread the word!
On Friday, I had my science kids do some fun STEM activities to kick off the science year! LEGO building and spaghetti stick constructing. Great way to reinforce how I want my groups to work and speak to each other! I had them construct a lego city (one group made a dentist billboard to add to it. Cracked me up)! Such a fun way to work with my kids!
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What’s that you say, school on Monday?
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When we say something and the listener says, "What?" Or "Huh?" We automatically slow down, talk louder, exaggerate our mouth movements and use gestures. All of which are unnatural for learning to listen.
INSTEAD here is a great strategy to encourage listening skills: the auditory sandwich. Repeat yourself at a natural volume and speed. If needed, add a visual, then repeat yourself with no visuals.
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Day 2: 08/17/18
We finished these yesterday but I really liked them and wanted to share. My math classes, we did a “birthday graph”. Students picked the color of their month and wrote their day on it. They had to find other people in class with their month and organize earliest birthday to latest in the month. Great way for them to get to know each other. We even found out two of our students had the same birthday!
I wanted to do something similar for my science but I couldn’t figure out something great until it hit me! Birthday beakers!!! It turned out SO CUTE. I’m so happy with it. I drew it all. The kids just wrote in their names AFTER they organized themselves from earliest birthday in the year to the latest.
These kids are super rad and it’s going to be a great year. Still missing my old students a lot, and I’m not sure that will ever stop, but I’m keeping my head up and going on because I still have them in my life and I’m in an amazing place. Happy Friday!!
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Day 1: 8/16/18 •
Wow. Today. Just wow. I’m blown away with the support I get from my staff, my principal; I’m blown away with these students!! Amazing first day. Some reflections: Next year on day one I will have a gum policy in place so when students ask I don’t look like a dumbass when I don’t know and decide on the spot (a decision I’ll regret later). Adding “how do you get to school” to my student survey. I only know so much about my kids, but I never thought about HOW they get here. Important to know too! Also, make all my copies THE DAY BEFORE school starts. Not the morning of 🙄. Overall, it was an amazing day. Everything went with the plan, I got everything and more done, got to know my kids, we made the birthday graphs and beaker birthday chart, and played two truths and a lie. I’m REALLY liking having my 7th and 8th math and science classes back to back. So do the kids. Cant wait for tomorrow! Placement tests and LEGO engineering!!