Everyone told me, "You'll get so sick your first year teaching and after that, you won't get sick again." My first year teaching, I was rarely sick. I think I got a cold a couple times and that was it. I thought this year would be a walk in the park with my health. If… Continue reading Germs Everywhere
Second Graders and Time
Second graders have NO real concept of time. Tell them you're keeping them in for half their recess, really hold them in for 2 minutes, they think its been an eternity. They don't have a strong understanding of time yet. We were learning about tornadoes a few weeks ago and a student asked if Tornadoes… Continue reading Second Graders and Time
I'm working on implementing more natural consequences in my classroom. I'm not too great at this. The consequences normally are losing Dojo Points, which is effective for the most part. I think a natural consequence would be more effective, however. Here are some natural consequences I've given out. Side note: I'm new at this so,… Continue reading Natural Consequences
We were lucky to have 2 4 day weeks in a row. Granted, one was a day off for parent teacher conferences but, still counts! Now we have 2 5 day weeks in a row before spring break. A five day week is normal and I should be used to it. It just seems SOOOO… Continue reading Long Weeks
Flying By The Seat Of My Pants
"I make the moves up as I go.... I'm lightning on my feet." Taylor Swift I relate to those song lyrics on a deep level, especially in teaching. Sometimes, the lesson doesn't go as planned and I need a spur of the moment idea. Sometimes, my principal walks in for an unscheduled observation and I… Continue reading Flying By The Seat Of My Pants
Things My Student’s Say..
Here is a quote of the day from Friday. One of my student's was singing that Maroon 5, What Lovers Do. I swear to you that song says, "Ooh ooh ooh ooh oooh I'm a chef not you, Ooooh oooh. Trying to do what lovers do oooh." He was singing some other lyrics instead of… Continue reading Things My Student’s Say..
I am going to share with you my most brilliant conference hack. Here you go. The week before conferences, tell your class they can earn a special party if they are extra good until whatever the day before conferences are. You really have to sell this part! Now, what party are they earning you… Continue reading Conference Hack
The day after conferences is a day off at our school. This is what makes conferences bearable for me. I know that I only teach four days and get a Friday off. How do I spend these days off you ask? Doing absolutely nothing. Since it is after conferences, I don't feel like I have… Continue reading Days Off
Memories Of My Grandpa
Today we went to the cemetery to put flowers on the graves of my aunt, grandpa, grandma, and my aunt and uncle that died as babies. While we were there, I thought of the fun I had with my Grandpa. I want to share some of the memories I had with him. My grandma and… Continue reading Memories Of My Grandpa
My class has a new obsession as of today. They like to fold their jackets into "babies." They looked like a swaddled baby, kinda. It isn't a big deal, why fight something they enjoy. It has been a great management tool too. "If you aren't quite, the baby has to go away." "Make sure you're… Continue reading Making Babies