Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Idea for Brain Bubbles

Today I went into Factory Card Outlet to look for the long pixie stix to make the cute birthday balloons I have seen on many of the blogs.  I saw what looked like a giant vending machine capsule.  It is about 6 inches across.  The display said "Candy Ball."  I thought "Brain Bubble."  I am going to put quick answer questions in it to use as a class brain bubble for those times when you need something that will take about 2-3 minutes.  I will pull one out, (or 2 depending on time) and close the ball up for another time.  I have a book called Word Wizards or something like that at school.  You add or take away a letter to change a word into another word.  I think that may work.  I will put some examples here after I find the book.  When I get it all put together I will post a picture.  They had different colors but I chose green to go with my predominantly green, blue, and white room.

Beth's Primary Connections Give Away

Beth is having a TpT Give Away.
Check out her site.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Updates to come

I am learning about blogging and as you can see, I have a long way to go.  I was proud of myself last night when I was able to post the pictures pre-set up.  It will take forever for me to get it whipped into shape because I think my classroom is a growing being.  I get one area working pretty good and then I look in a locker or cabinet and YIKEES!  Where did I get all of that stuff?

I have been lurking and blog following all summer.  I have found wonderful ideas from such talented teachers.  I am excited to see a 2nd grade group come together.  I hope I will be worthy.  Maybe you  have noticed the same thing I have about 2nd grade.  Sometimes it seems as if we are an island.  Workshops and books say "K-2", but mostly are geared toward K-1, and because value added doesn't start until 3rd grade, everything else is 3 -5.  (Oops, off topic, sort of)

I have put off entering the jungle that is my second home long enough.  Time to start setting thing to right.  I will post after pictures, when...when... oh well, it may take a while!

Monday, July 25, 2011

One week before school starts

Well, everything that I wanted to this summer has to get done this week.  I have been to the classroom to work and have a really good idea of how I want it to look.  Unfortunately, I seem to have much more stuff than room.  I wonder why that is?  Could it be the impulsive shopping for school?  After I retire I am not sure I will be able to pass a school supply set up in a store.  I have an addiction.

I am nervous about trying to get my blog going.  There seems to be so much I don't understand.  I have seen wonderful things on other teacher's blogs and I want to be able to share and participate.  I am going to try some things tonight. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Where has the summer gone?

I thought by now I would have had time to study how to write a blog.  I just spend a lot of my computer time stalking other blogs.  I can't believe what talented teachers (and others) are out there.  I am amazed.

I spent most of June traveling the state of Tennessee helping present the Common Core State Standards.  In one week I was in West Tennessee on Monday and Tuesday and East Tennessee on Thursday and Friday.  I was so glad to be able to sleep in my bed again.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer's here

Well, summer is finally here, time to relax, right?  I still haven't finished packing up my room.  I don't think I will ever be able to walk out of school after the kids pick up their report cards.  That's just part of who I am.  I have one week to get everything in order before I start my summer training.  I will be finishing my 3 year Math Fellowship with TTU the first week in June.  After that, taveling around the state training lead teachers in the common core standards.

Our 2nd grade team will be changing a bit next year as one team member moved to 3rd and another is moving into her place.  We will make it a great team.

Monday, May 16, 2011

My first post

After spending some time exploring some wonderful teacher blogs, I decided to try one of my own.  I am quite sure that my gradious plans are much larger than my simple abilities will allow, but I will keep learning.

Frog on a rock

Frog on a rock
Welcome to my little pad!