Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Team Teaching a linky

I have been teaching for 10 years. The first 6 of those were in kindergarten the first year was in a rural district and then I moved to my current building the next five years were AWESOME. Even though we didn't team teach were were the best TEAM! We planned together every Wednesday, got together with the rest of our district Kindergarten teachers once a month and even all went to the I Teach K Conference in Vegas together! Then my principal decided (for no reason that I can find) to move me to 4th grade Science. See our 4th and 5th grades are Departmentalized which my friends is so NOT the same thing as a TEAM! We each teach our own thing Science for me, Math for another and ELA for the other two.  My first year there were 5 of us due to #'s but now we are down to just 4. We do not plan together we barely speak to each other. We all teach our own SS but even that's on our own. There are some very strong personalities on our team, mine included I will admit. We don't do anything the same. 3 of us are eMints teachers 1 hasn't been trained yet. It's not pleasant but to make the best of it these are my tips:

1. Have a clipboard that travels with each class - ours contains a daily behavior sheet to write when students receive Warnings, Have Late Work, and other behavior issues. It also contains absent sheets for students who are gone and we are supposed to write the missed assignments and put them with the absent sheet.

2. Communicate - this is one area we could REALLY stand to work on in my group. We do email each other on Friday or over the weekend the next week's assignments so that we can post them and the students can write them down each morning....that's about it but like I said we could stand to improve in this area.

3. Color code - We each have a color that we copy things on and label those classes with it helps the two of us that have 4 classes to keep up with organize things.

4. Stand up for yourself - do NOT let your team mates bully you or tell you that your thoughts/comments don't matter - they do!

5. Bite your tongue - keeping #4 in mind know when to bite your tongue and keep the peace for the good of the students!

That's all I've got!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Made It

Linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made it! I leave for Phoenix this week so super duper busy couple days before I leave!

So here's my projects for today

First up some name plates in polkadot and chevron!
and with banners!
These are available in my TPT store HERE.

Number circles - I have big plans for these! Including Tara's Homework Club!

I made all the way through 36 - not in my store yet - need to print these off and start making stuff WITH them not just making digi stuff!

This is a little travel journal for my trip this week!

I got the blank brackety book at Hobby Lobby only $4! The paper is Simple Stories Travel edition! Thanks for looking and follow me on Bloglovin if you are so inclined!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mentor Text - Language Arts and The Hundred Dresses

I am linking up with Collaboration Cuties for the FIRST time! I LOVE mentor Texts! When I taught Kindergarten that's all we did! We didn't have a series for anything! Switching to 4h grade Science was a bit harder to find good mentor text but I still prefer to teach using them! Today's is supposed to be Language Arts which I only teach during Rti but I LOVE and would teach if I could! I am sharing a book I read EVERY year in 4th grade. I use it to model writing their letter book reports and go over the parts of a letter.

It is a very old book and some of the language make it difficult for students to read which is why I read it aloud. It is a chapter book but a short one. It is The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. It won the Newberry award in 1945.

It is about a poor Polish girl named Wanda and the girls who pick on her Peggy being the ring leader. Wanda wears the same blue dress every day to school but claims she has 100 dresses at home. Peggy makes it her "game" to ask Wanda about the dresses. Peggy's friend Maddie doesn't feel right about the teasing but is too afraid to say anything for fear she might be the next victim of Peggy's teasing. Wanda ends of leaving the school because of the poor treatment of her family and the girls realize their mistake but it is too late. They also learn the truth of the 100 dresses and Maddie swears she will never stand by and do nothing when she witnesses bullying.

I created a literature response set to go with this book. You can grab it HERE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Hundred Dresses Reader Response

Friday, July 5, 2013

First Fave Pins Friday

Are you worn out from last night? I am! We had a great night but I am so tired and we are celebrating K-Man's (my oldest) birthday today at our local Hotel/Water park. But anyway I wanted to sneak in on...
I am a pin-a-holic! I have been a pinterest fan for a LONG time (read before most of my friends and co-workers). Once they joined the pin-wagon they were teasing me about my Funny Board names and my "Stuff I've actually made Board". I love that board! Makes me feel like I am actually profiting from my pins not just waisting time! My house, family, and classroom have all benefited greatly from pinterest! Since this is my FIRST time linking up I am going to share a few of my Favorite BOARDS! Hee Hee!

First Up
My husband trys to say that I am just as dorky as he is with his Star Wars crap and I guess I am but mine tends to run more towards Disney, Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz.
This board has things like


and this

and this

on it.

And then of course we have the 5150 PoPo Life Board which is stuff about being a police wife!

Being married to a LEO is never easy,

Then there's my Cause we Have to Eat Board - cause the joke in our house is Can we have frozen pizza for dinner? Sure if you're lucky I will even warm it up for you!
My favorite Pinterest Recipe is Ranch House Chops

Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes  One of our all time faves!!
This made it to my Stuff I Have Actually Made board too! These are so good and so easy! Can make with Chicken or Pork Chops!

Then there is of course my It's What I Do board - which is my teaching board. It has ideas, teaching quotes, my TPT items and more!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday made it!!

I was actually able to get into my classroom last week! I  know what you're thinking...crazy girl why on earth would you want to be in your classroom already when you got out barely a month ago!?!?!??!?! The boys were able to go with me and be in summer school all day and therefore I only had to pay for a sitter for 1 instead of 3 that's why! I got stuff moved where I *think* it's going to go, and some things unpacked, mostly I just made lists of things I need to do and or make! My hubby did come up on his day off and work on some projects for me even! I did manage to get a FEW things done and I have 3 items to share with you today - two school related one home.

I always tell my students, kids, to get better at anything you have to Practice, Practice, Practice, so I loved this idea I saw on Pinterest for my Book Nook/Reading Area. It was super easy to make. I created it in Word, printed it off trimmed it down matted on Chevron scrapbook paper and laminated!

Next up is a Re-Do! I made these table signs two summers ago and I love love love them! A scrappy friend and I both made the same kind the same summer after I saw them on a CHA post from MME. They are giant Rosettes! I am really hoping with my re-do they last one more year cause they are a pain in the *you know what* to make!

I created the new centers in Photoshop, printed off two copies, cut them out, glued them over the old centers and boom! New table signs added color and chevron to go with my updated theme!

Here is one hanging - it kept spinning so picture is blurry!

I made a patriotic Mesh wreath for our door for this summer!
It's pretty easy once you get going! I had made one before but it was a Christmas one with a evergreen wreath.
First you cut pipe cleaners sorry Chenille stems (when did they become Chenille stems?) into 4ths (could probably do half I have lots left) then loosely twist around frame at intervals, I did 3 loops around the frame to make the wreath nice and full.

Then choose your wire mesh or wired ribbon would work too. The brown and blue is going to be a fall wreath! The burlap is for my mom to make one :)

To start secure the end of the wire mesh with the pipe cleaner  Chenille Stem, then make a loop to the next Chenille stem and keep going around and round until you are done and secure the end just like the rest of the loops - you might have to use another piece of Chenille stem so save a few.

I didn't really take pics of the looping process! I was too focused! lol I will say smaller loops are better and hide the frame better!

When you are done fluff the loops out and it will look like this

I then added some silver ribbon I had for a little extra touch, just weaving it in and out!

Finally I hot glued some red, white, and blue daisies I got for $1 for the whole bunch at Michael's!

There ready to hang!

I am linking up with Tara at

Currently in July

I'm Late! WT? I was so proud of myself as I set reminders for the first, I log on and she posted July's currently early! Story of my life! Oh well! Here we go!

Listening - pretty obvious- we have a SUPER old house and we don't have central air which isn't a big deal most of the time. We have window units in the bedrooms and in here cause of the computer. It's really loud though!
Loving - I live in Missouri which many people consider Misery in the summer! We can reach temps of 100 easy with crazy humidity making it feel like you're in a steam room the moment you walk outside! This summer has been VERY mild this week the highs are in the mid 80's that's unheard of for us! I am glad though cause we have birthday stuff today and annual 4th of July BBQ at our house later this week.
Thinking - my oldest turns NINE today! I can't believe he's growing up so fast! That means next year he will be double digits! NO! (another sadder note thinking tomorrow would have been my Dad's 65th birthday and I miss him so much!)
Wanting - I know everyone does right?!?! But I really want/need to! I have gained 38 pounds since last summer with most of that being since Christmas! I am the heaviest I have ever been like heavier than when I delivered my third and can't really pinpoint a reason why my diet hasn't changed I try to exercise, I even went to the doctor to have thyroid tested and it's fine! So that's weighing heavily on me mostly since it's summer and I am going to have to put on a swimsuit at some point.
Needing - I am an Origami Owl designer and our very first National Convention is next week in Phoenix! I am so excited but I need to start making lists of things to pack, projects to do before (team gifts, door sign, etc)
Tip - Make time for yourself! It's easy to get burnt out on teaching, being a mom, wife, etc. if it's ALL you do. I am bad about this especially during school year as my hubs works 3-11 and it's all me all the time feels like! So make time for a mani/pedi or girls night! You will feel loads better and be a better teacher, mother,wife for it!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Made it Monday

I have been cooking much more since school is out and have been trying a few new recipes to boot. My family appreciates this!
First up I *tried* to make these yummy Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies that a co-worker said she actually made and shared the pin - should be easy right since someone else I know actually successfully made them?!?!? WRONG I attempted them twice! The second time might have worked if my boys hadn't eaten them before I added the topping!
Cut brownies into squares.
This is what they are supposed to look like and the directions can be found HERE
The first time I didn't read the directions so well and I was using my phone instead of the ipad! Lesson Learned - read directions Mrs. M! like I said the second time might have worked but I haven't given it another try yet! TIPS - use small pretzels, find the thickest caramel you can!
Second up a fave that is so good I didn't get a picture of it before we started shoving it in our mouths!!!!!
Pizza Casserole! A dear friend of mine in High School taught me how to make this dish and it is a simple kid pleaser!
Pizza Casserole
1 lb Hamburger - browned and drained - I season mine with Garlic, onion, and Ital Seasoning
1/2 jar spaghetti sauce
1 pkg give or take of your favorite Mozzerella or Italian Cheese
1 can refrigerated biscuit dough

First place cooked and drained ground beef in bottom of 9x13 baking dish, layer pepperoni on top of hamburger as shown

Layer Cheese on top of pepperoni - you actually don't want too much cheese (hard to believe right?!?! I am usually of the more cheese the better opinion, but not in this recipe!)

Then top with biscuits, tearing to fill in spaces as needed.

Bake according to the directions on the can of biscuits. Let sit for about 5 min before serving with a salad - (if you can wait that long)

Next up - the world's EASIEST Banana Bread!

Seriously it is so good and so easy! Just the other day my 5 year old Boo says to me
Boo - look mom brown bananas, you know what that means
Me - Banana Bread?
Boo - no Happiness because we can MAKE banana bread!
So if you want some happiness in your life go HERE and get the details!

Lastly, I finished up a project for my house! Ever since I saw THIS pin, I have wanted to make my own version! Andrew bought the wood, painted and distressed it for me then I cut out the vinyl and applied it glued the blocks together (wrong I might add the names and the est.2006 should be switched) tied some ribbon around it and viola'! Super cute and I love it - not 100% sure where it's going yet. 

I am linking up with Made it Monday of course!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Made it Monday

I have been working on lots of items both at home, in the kitchen and for school! Most recently I finished up my Whole Brain Teaching Rules Posters. I created these in PSE printed them out and matted them on matching cardstock. They are off to be laminiated!
They match my theme of polkadots and colors for my room. For the last two years it's just been black and gold (go Savages) but I am adding color this year for more options.
I will be adding these to my Teachers Pay Teachers store soon!

For more on Whole Brain Teaching Visit their website HERE.

I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics.

Stay tuned for more Whole Brain Teaching items and info as I try it out this year in my classroom!