Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time for a BOOST!

I am so excited for ANOTHER TpT sale! I think we all need a little boost and this couldn't come at a better time! 
For one day only, my shop is 20% off!
Don't forget to use the code when checking out to get the extra off!

Happy shopping!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Creating your own tabs~a bright idea

Welcome to another bright idea blog hop!

Today I am sharing a new idea that I JUST came up with!

You see, I wanted to section off my kiddos composition notebooks but didn't want to buy a million sticky tabs! 

So of course, this is what I did!






And that's it! It was SO simple! The kids are way excited to use these writing notebooks!


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For more bright ideas more than 100 different bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Table Shelves {organization & classroom management}

I KNOW all of you have seen this picture before...I just know it!

Am I right??? I first saw this picture 3 years ago and fell.in.love! Dandelions and Dragonflies set up her classroom so perfect...I was officially jealous! I wanted to have those table shelves sooooo bad! 

I have never had enough shelves to do something like this, or the space, or the money to buy everything. 

When I first started teaching in Hawaii last year I was fortunate to have 10 metal bookshelves. I used them to store all sorts of things...math games, book boxes, binders, paper towel, and so on. 

At the end of the year I was playing around with the room arrangement and decided to finally try giving each table group a shelf. I didn't do much with it since I only had a week left, but I wanted to see what it would look like as far as space.

Here they are from last year

Nasty, old, rusted metal shelves. 
I did LOVE how they looked as far as the room arrangement went...but if I was to have something like this next school year, they needed to be remodeled, updated, and pretty:)

So this year I moved to a new classroom at the same school and it was a remodeled room. Instead of having 10 shelves, I now have 6. They got rid of a ton of them because the rust was so bad. So every classroom now has 6.

Anyways, I got busy thinking how I wanted to update them and what I wanted to put on them. I really like how they turned out! The shelves also help with part of my classroom management strategy. 

Take a look!


SO easy to use, and the kids just love it. If I forget to move the magnet, the kids make sure to tell me:)

How do you manage your classroom supplies and jobs?

Have a great weekend! I am going to do my best and stay safe inside my house! The hurricanes are coming to Oahu in just a few hours! CRAZY!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Currently and a Back to School Sale!

Happy August Friends....or is it? 
I went back to work LAST MONDAY...the 28th of JULY and the first day with the kids was Friday! 

I have been so busy I haven't even taken pictures yet! Which is SO unlike me! I promise to take some class pics soon! I really love my room this year and how it turned out! 

BUT I am moving rooms AGAIN in December! A new building is being built and it will be done during Winter Break. And I was lucky enough to be chosen to go to the brand new building! I can't wait!

So many of you know, I am back in 3rd grade this year:) SO happy to be back in my favorite grade! I looped with most of my kiddos! Since I work at a military base school many of my families left for a different location. So I was able to keep 13 out of my 21. I have 5 brand new kiddos this year and they are all so sweet! Those 5 kids are sped and I am doing inclusion this year. I have the 3rd grade sped teacher full time in my room! I am looking forward in co-teaching this year. Once I move to the new building it is designed for all grades to work together in a blended environment! It will hold 2 2nd, 2 3rd, 2 4th and 2 5th. I am so excited to be a part of this!

OK...so sorry...onto my currently! 

Listening
I am trying to get as much work done today as possible! I have dinner plans with the family tonight for my father-inlaws birthday. I really don't think the TV is helping!

Loving/Thinking
If you follow me on IG you already heard the news!
Lots to think about in my life right now! We have finally got the news to start the house hunting process and we couldn't be more excited! Even though it is stressful! I can't wait to have a place to call mine! 

Wanting
A NEW CAR SO BAD! I have to get ours fixed and just don't have the cash! It stinks! I would much rather just get a new car! First we have to get a new car for my hubby since we are sharing a car. But that will have to wait until we get our house! Can't money just grow on trees???

Needing
I have to do my plans! This first full week is devoted to:
WBT rules
Scoreboard
SIW
Daily 5
Math Workshop intro
Math Assessment
Reading assessments
Writing assessment
and I am sure some fun activities in there!

1st day
Been there last week:) BOOO! I am looking forward to fall break already! 

Don't forget to link up with Farley for her AWESOME monthly currentlys! They are always so much fun!

And what perfect timing for a Back to School Sale!

My shop will be 28% off August 4th and 5th!
Don't forget to use promo code BTS14

Here's to a great week!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Showcase Celebrations~a space saving way to display students birthdays!

I LOVE having a display of student birthdays in my classroom! But what I don't like is the wall space it takes up! I decided this year to try something different...and that is where Showcase Celebrations was born!

I created a poster for each month that will fit inside an 8x10 frame. 

Every month I will change out the poster and use an expo marker to write on the class who has a birthday that month and the date!

I was going to use Washi tape and decorate the frame, but I really like the white!

I can't wait to display this in my class without taking up space!

You can grab this at my TpT shop HERE.

I am also having a little sale today and tomorrow in my shop! Back to work for me tomorrow:(

Have a great week!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Personal Word Wall Book~giveaway!

Over the past few days I have been looking at all sorts of word walls on Pinterest. I knew this year I wanted to bring back a word wall but I really didn't want it on a "wall." I finally decided to make my own word wall...personal style:)

I put one together for myself so I could show my students how to make it. I really LOVE how it turned out! 
And the best part is...you can always add more alphabet sections for when the kids run out of room!

Take a look!








Then I started thinking hard about how I want to use this in my classroom. I would love to have students use these for words they misspell often in their writing. I want to take these words and use them for their own word work during my Daily 5 time.

You can grab this personal word wall book HERE.
I would like to give one away for free! Leave a comment about how you would use this in your classroom. Don't forget your email:)

I'll pick a winner Sunday morning!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Do you use Tribes Agreements in your classroom?

Last year if you asked me what Tribes were I wouldn't have been able to tell you. My school here in Hawaii uses the 4 Tribes Agreements +1 they added. 

So what are Tribes?
"The clear purpose of the Tribes process is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world."

Students learn set of collaborative skills so they can word together in a group(tribe). 

Students...
help each other work on tasks
set goals and solve problems
monitor and assess progress
celebrate achievements

I wanted to update our schools posters that we display in our classrooms!

I just put them up in my classroom the other day!

You can get yourself a copy of these posters HERE for free:)

Want to learn more about Tribes? Click the picture below!

How could you use Tribes in your classroom?