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.
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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.

Frog on a rock

Frog on a rock
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