{Daily Graffiti Wall}

Happy Saturday Friends! 
How is your weekend going so far? Today marks the first day of my fall break and I am so excited to enjoy a week off! I have two days of a digital leadership conference, plenty of TpT things to catch up on, sleeping in, going to the beach, catching up with friends and family and a ton of yard work. Now that I think of it, that doesn't sound like much of a break. 

I wanted to start of my break by sharing with you something my 5th graders look forward to every day! I call it my Daily Graffiti Wall. I got the idea from Miss 5th over in IG. Every day I post some kind of question on the board and the kids get to answer it. It's so simple, yet so engaging! They look forward to it every morning when they walk in. Here are some of the pictures from my wall!

If you want to see some more posts from me, make sure you follow me on IG. Don't forget to follow Miss 5th too! She has some great posts! 

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

I'm sorry:(

I just have to say I am sorry! 
Sorry for not blogging, sorry for being absent, sorry for not reading blogs, sorry for not making new products, and sorry for not being around. 

What I am not sorry for is...

The time I have spent with my husband
The time I have spent with my friends and family
The time I have spent getting to know my amazing 5th graders
The down time I have given myself

I have been in school now for 6 weeks! It's crazy! 5th grade is a whole different world...But...I LOVE it with every ounce of my body! I think I have the best class I've ever had. They are amazing, talented, they ask questions, they listen, they don't fight, they all get along, they respect me, they don't argue, zero behavior problems, they're such nice kids, and we just click! I am truly blessed!

Over the course of 6 weeks, I think I have changed the way I teach my literacy block and math block like a bazillion time! I have gone from handwriting lessons plans, to typing them, now back to handwriting them. I am all over the place. I am trying to find my groove and what works for me and the kids. I think I finally found my groove and I feel so much better! 

5th grade moves SO fast and the curriculum has been a HUGE learning curve for me. A few times I have found myself teaching the wrong way. I am getting there. Any tips in 5th grade land would be great!

I have never in all my 10 years of teaching asked for the kids input into how they are learning. This year I am finding myself doing that all the time. I want them to feel ownership in their learning. I want them to want to learn. It really has changed the way I do things. 

I will promise to be back more often. I have a long list of things I want to share and create! 

I want to leave you with some pictures of my year so far! I promise to take more and share with you all the great things my class is doing this year! 

Welcome to my classroom! Hopefully I will take some better pictures soon!

My 5th grade blogging club has started! I will be blogging more about this soon!

July and August Birthday Celebration! I do once a month birthdays to cut back on wasted time and treats brought into the classroom. 

Student's working on their Passion Project Proposals! They LOVE this! Next week they will be giving their 60 second pitches to the class! 



Compare and contrast projects with our second grade buddies

Have an awesome weekend!

August currently

Happy August! I can't believe it's already here! I haven't linked up for a currently in a long time so I thought since I had some time today I would:)

It is so quiet in my house...I love it! The air is going upstairs and it's just me and my kitties! No music, no tv, no hubby! 

I am in LOVE with my new move to 5th grade! I have had the best week ever! My kids are wonderful and I think I have built a positive bond between us over the past 3 days! I hope this keeps going. I will be back soon to show you my room and discuss some more about my new adventure in 5th grade land! 

I really think I want to take a nap! I have so much work to do {needing} but it's kinda hard when I can't keep my eyes open! That's the reason why I think we should have an extra day in our weekends{wanting}! We all need that day to catch up and recoup! Right?!?!?!

Like Farley, I too want to do Mailbox surprises. I did them a few years ago during Christmas time. I would like to do something all year long! It's just a simple and easy way to say thank you and hello to your coworkers! I am thinking small card and maybe a piece of candy, hand sanitizer, gum, or a new pen. 

Do you have any ideas?

I hope you're all having a great weekend! I am off to check out more currentlys over at Farley's blog!

Classroom "BE" Board part 2

Happy Saturday friends!

I posted a few days ago all about my new BE board unit! You can read about it here!

Since that post, I was able to get started in my room...us Hawaii teachers go back this week:(

The first thing I did was put up all my new fabric and boarders. 

I am going with a grown up, earthy, sleek, clean feel! It's been years since I have changed my colors and I love the new look!

Next, I decided to get started on my BE board. I found some wooden letters from the craft store. 

I painted them the color I wanted and then got busy hot gluing the push pins on the back! Thanks to the worker at the craft store for this awesome idea! 

Finally I was able to put it all together I LOVE it!

Here's a better look at the full board!

I really hope the kids like it as much as I do! 
For the rest of the weekend, you can snag my new Character Education BE Board unit (wooden letters not included) for just $1!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Christmas in July Sale

Just a quick post to let you know I will be having a little 20% off Christmas in July sale starting tomorrow:)

I'm a V.I.P {classroom management strategy}

Hello friends! I hope you have had a great weekend! It's been a pretty relaxing one over here! It is super hot, sticky, humid, and just plain nasty outside...so I am keeping myself inside and busy! I might take a trip to the beach and relax later today though! 

Back to school time is approaching...blah! One thing I really wanted to try last year was a V.I.P table but I was unable to. Well, this year I am trying it and I couldn't be more excited!

What is a V.I.P table you may ask? Well, after seeing some blog post from other bloggers I knew I had to do this! I wish I had my area to show you and blog about, but I don't.

A V.I.P table is a special place you can have students sit. Some teachers pick two or three students per day to sit at the table. At the table there are special goodies for them to use throughout the day. Some teachers move students during the day!

I am going to show you three blogs where you can find some awesome V.I.P ideas! Please check out these fabulous teachers by clicking on their button!

I am so excited to get into my room and set this up! I really hope the big kids {5th graders} like this! 

I created a freebie unit with some button printables, table signs, brainstorm notes and a rules poster.

24 different button combinations
10 V.I.P table poster colors to choose from

You can grab this for FREE in my TpT shop!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Classroom "BE" Board {Character Education}

Happy Wednesday!

I am sitting here waiting for the cable/internet guys to show up! We are switching companies because our internet is SOOOO SLOW! I can't wait to actually be able to use Nextflix and OnDemand without any download issue!

I have less than 20 days until it is time for me to go back...sad, very sad:( So it's time for me to semi start thinking about back to school! hehe!

Last year I focused on one saying and had a beautiful painting hanging in my classroom! "Be Brave" was my class motto and I loved it!

This year I want more:) I want my students to "BE" a lot of things, not just brave! I wanted to create a beautiful wall display where my kiddos can see all sorts of character traits that they can be! 

I bring you by newest, and probably my most favorite product...

I can't show you pictures yet of just what my board looks like because I can't get into my room. But as soon as I can, I will be posting pictures!

Inside you will find
~the word BE in large font to print out
~36 character traits

3 different word options
-without frame
-with frames
-with frames and color

I am super excited to print this and put it up! 

For today only, you can grab this BE Board decor in my TpT shop for only $1! 

Have an awesome day!