Project for the day: Think of how to have a permanent and quick access green screen in my class. 🤔❇️
Solution: $2 party tablecloth from Big W ✅ ✅ Works a treat as shown by my #instamodel Addie. As you can see, I’m pumped for GOT to come back 😂 .
Hair: Dog groomer
Make up: None
Collar: City Farmers
Starting the 2019 school year off with a new @kikki.k diary. I’m still looking for a good teacher’s planner though. Any suggestions?
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Follow your dreams
Just like New Year fitness resolutions, the new year also means a lot of businesses make tweaks and implement changes to their systems.
Something about that fresh start, the blank calendar and the promise of change makes people kick into a higher gear 🙌🏻
I love every second of it too, fresh perspective is conductive 😉
Jessica from @jessflooddesign is one of those inspiring businesses and her well placed inclusion of our Inspirational Pencil is perfect 🥰
This morning we have used cereal to create a farm scene in the tough spot; using the cereal to replicate hay. The children have shown an interest in environments last week linking to talk about all the different places animals live.
I’ve been seeing a lot of stories and posts reiterating a similar sentiment lately and wanted to put my two-cents in. YES, my classroom is one of those super colourful, rainbow, unicorn vomit classrooms. I know. Having a colourful, themed classroom DOES NOT make me a better teacher in terms of teaching. What my classroom DOES do is make me feel brighter and calmer in the room I spend most of my waking hours in.
@teach.tea.type has just filmed a fantastic story about how time-consuming, wallet draining and long it can take to accumulate decor and resources enough to fill your classroom. It is a perfect description and should help to put new grads minds at ease!
I make my classroom this way because I want to, someone may have a completely different idea of what they want their room to look like. Guess what, they’re BOTH okay!
Don’t feel pressured to have that Pinterest perfect classroom. They don’t exist. At the end of the day, my classroom will still be filled with paper clippings, glue stick lids, tissues with unidentified substances and unreturned books. That is the reality of teaching.
Stress less. Do what YOU want. Spend what YOU want to. Enjoy your room!
A PH-a-n-t-a-s-t-I-c phonics workshop last night with these lovely ladies (where are the men??). Absolutely loved teaching them, knowing that it will help them support their kids. Next week is ‘calculations’ - tickets still available via the website. Please do sign up to the newsletter if you want to know about the next one we do. Link in bio.
So happy with how my Where Are You Off To? Chart turned out 🙏🏼💜🌻😍💃🏼✨ Don't you hate that feeling when the deputy comes in looking for a kid, asks where they are and you're like.... Ohhhhhh dang I have no idea 😱😱 and they turn out to be in small group intervention or doing a job 🤣🤣 Not anymore! Tracking where all kids are at all times! .
This baby is up on my TpT store 😍 I popped the link on my bio! 💜💜💜
I can’t be in a national park today, but I sure can wear one 🤗
The kids in my classes all love this skirt. They ask me where I get these crazy outfits, and if this place exists. I tell them about the first time I saw this lake in real life. It was even more beautiful than this skirt (they can’t believe it).
Some of my students have already traveled more than I have at 33 as 12 year olds. But for others (many others) this is new. The pictures on my wall (and on my dresses). The idea that an old math teacher could do something outside of work. Could have a life outside of fractions and decimals and percents. That there are people who know me for something completely different from the way they do.
It’s important for me to teach them math. But it’s also important to show them that you can be more than one thing. And that those things can coexist. Intertwine. Show up together or apart. It’s all okay. It’s who we are.
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Ever have a chunk of time in class where you really need students to focus and get some independent work done? You need Starbucks Time! We pretend we’re college students at Starbucks to get some work done. We don’t know anyone there, so we’re just listening to music and getting our work done. I introduced it last week and it has quickly become a class favorite! I originally got this idea from @toocoolformiddleschool a while back! Do you let your kids listen to music?
Current status: freezing. Living in cozy sweaters. Wondering how last week was a month long. 🤷🏻♀️😂
Ready to tackle this week and be back in the swing of things! What’s your current status?!
Today, we talked about what it means to think win-win. Specifically, we talked about how to be a bucket filler, meaning complementing someone or making them feel better. Yesterday I started seeing a lot of negative interactions between my students, which is really out of character for them. Before I got to school this morning I had one post it note for each of my students as an example of what it means to be a bucket filler. Each post it note started with this sentence, “You are one of 18 reasons why I love my job.” I also wrote a little blurb about how amazing they are or why I’m grateful for them. After they got a chance to read their note, we put them on this chart and hung it up for them to glance at any time they’re feeling bad or need a pick me up! We also wrote notes to peers and staff! I loved seeing them not only smile from receiving their notes, but giving notes too!