Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Yes, only day 3 of break and I already was working on my classroom/lesson plans...

You read that title right, Day 3 of break and I was already creating items and working on plans to be used in my classroom this fall!

I am not one that can turn my "teacher brain" off during break....read my post on Conversations from the Classroom about that topic.

So, as the saying goes, "If you can't beat them, join them."  So I have embraced the time to be able to create for my classroom and focus on being the best teacher I can be for my classroom.

I have created 3 products for my room, so far....all are on TpT and the photos are linked to take you to my store, if you want to know more. :o)

1) Question of the Day Poster and Activity

I am so excited to work on building some classroom community, 
without going over-the-top with it.

Disclaimer: I am not a "huggy" teacher or touchy-feely person.  I teach 5th graders and we will fist bump at the end of the day, if they have a rough day I might side-hug them, but I am not sure I could handle ankle-biters little kiddos hugging me all the time.  My son (6yo) currently likes to walk right.next.to.me and wrap his hand around my waist, which is really just resting on my derriere.  I am trying to break him of this habit real quick.

My coworker actually had a hand-made poster like this posted in her room, after trying to think of a way to have a "morning meeting" with our very limited 5 minutes (student some in and then 5th graders go to specialists almost right away!)  She wanted to check-in with students, learn something about them, and get a general overview of who was in class that day (besides lunch count.) This idea blossomed and bloomed through discussion, and this poster/activity was born!

2) Book Bin Labels

I also have been always wanting to create more labels and a "uniform" format for the organization in my classroom, and so on day 4 and 5 of break, I created number labels for my students' book bins.  I am also working on labels for my library, as I have an extensive one (over 1200 books) sorted by genre.  The system I have works, but needs a facelift, so watch for those to be coming soon...
**EDIT, I created Library Genre Labels today!

I am IN LOVE with the way these turned out and cannot wait to get them printed and on my library book bins!

3) Multiplication Number Line

I think this is my favorite thing I created this week!  I am so excited to use this number line with my class to reinforce their math facts, as well as divisibility rules.  I am actually moving rooms this year, and the teacher who was in there before taught 2nd grade.  She had a number line up, and I just kept thinking, "How can I make a number line that works for upper elementary students?!"  BOOM!

Watch for more to come soon....I have a list a mile long of things I want to create to increase student engagement, up the rigor and differentiation, help with my classroom organization, etc.


**Note, I only create items and sell them on TpT if I am going to use them in my own classroom.  I just read a blog post {that irked me} where the writer was belittling teacher-authors on TeachersPayTeachers because they are selling items that should be shared freely, in his opinion.  I work really hard on the items I create, as I use them with my own students.  If my creativity and skills can be used by another teacher to make their teacher-life a bit easier, why not?**

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