A beginners DIY guide to creating colored Jenga Blocks for classroom use.
We are hatching chickens in our classroom the week after Spring Break. The class is so excited and are practicing at being quiet enough for the chickens. Nurseries are quiet places so we have to make our classroom like a nursery. In preparation for hatching chicks, the Easter Bunny was going to drop us off… Continue reading The Easter Bunny Dilemma
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
"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
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
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
I have a class that is majority girls. 16 girls and 9 boys. The drama this year has been CRAZY!! I swear every time I turn around, there is another problem that has arose between two of my girls. They are best friends and then out of nowhere they are sobbing over something one of… Continue reading Girl Drama
The day after daylight savings should be a national holiday. Especially for teachers. My goodness, those kids were crazy. They did not want to listen or stay on task. My normally good class was terrible! Next year, let's petition to not have school today. I can't handle it!
We are working on informative writing using text evidence. Reminder: I teach second grade. We read a story about penguins and were going to write what we learned about penguins. My class is known for copying text exactly from the text. Word for word. I told them about Plagiarism and that is was illegal. I told… Continue reading Life Lessons That Fail
Had my second observation of the spring today. You can read about the first one here. Guess what? John Cena made an appearance 5 minutes before the lesson. He never showed up during the lesson, thank heavens! I did tell him, "If you stay in this seat and don't leave it once while the principal… Continue reading Observation Day 2