Sunday, August 23, 2015

Classroom Tour 2015

This is probably my favorite time of to be a blogger! I LOVE seeing everyone’s classroom, gathering ideas, and the fresh new feel of the beginning of the school year. I relish in seeing how creative teachers turn a classroom into a beautiful, welcoming environment for learning.
Here is my 2015-2016 2nd grade classroom:

This is the before picture. I had my work cut out for me this year since I moved classrooms.

I have moved up stairs to second grade! This is my second grade hallway and what I see every morning. I love the message it sends to the students.

This is what you se when entering the room. It is kind of a little hallway before you can see the whole room. My decor is from SchoolGirl Style Frog collection- I just took out the frogs and made it look more like the Paisley Blue collection. Other decor is either from Really Good Stuff or various blogs.

This is a view from the room once you enter.

This is the view when you turn right. From here you can see the word wall, cubbies, book boxes (dark blue bins in left cubbies), writing, word work, (next to the writing table in blue bins), and math games (green bins in the far right cubbies.

This is the view if you turn left. My guided reading table, materials, and computers.

This view is also to the left but in the center of my room, the classroom library.

This is my desk area and calendar area at the front of the room. I had no choice but to keep the desk and it had to go here because of plugs for the phone and computer.

This is a view of the front left part of the room.

This is a view of back of the room from the front.

Well that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed the tour of my 2nd grade classroom.

I am back to school ready! I got a haircut, laid out my clothes for tomorrow, and rested up this weekend. I’m ready for my first day of second grade tomorrow! 

Meet the Teacher

I just had my Meet the Teacher day this past Thursday. It is a whole day for our school! We start with Kinder-1st from 9-10 a.m. 2nd-3rd from 11-12 p.m.,4th-5th from 1-2 p.m., and then every one can come from 5-6 p.m. The purpose of Meet the Teacher is to bring your supplies, visit your classroom, meet your teacher, and please tell me how you are going home the first day! Around the school they can buy uniforms, sign up for clubs and afterschool, and learn about the bus schedule. In between Meet the Teacher times, I put away supplies and get stuff ready for the first week.

Come meet me! Your 2nd grade teacher! 

We make phone calls two days before to invite parents and students to our classrooms. On the phone call, I tell the parents I’m their students’ teacher and tell them the times to come to Meet the Teacher. Usually I get a voicemail but sometimes I’ll get the parents. This year when I called, two of my students’ parents were extremely excited and said their child had been hoping to get me all summer! That was nice to hear!
A little background information-I’m now teaching second grade and last year I taught first grade. So I know many of the students from enrichment, recess, and just being in the hallway with them. I did not get any of my same students but I still knew about half of my kids by name when they came to the room.

The room is ready! 

Back to Meet the Teacher: I have been using these super helpful signs from Reagan Tunstall for a few years and they make this event flow smoothly. Parents know what to do if I’m busy in a conversation with someone else at the moment. I make it a point to try and greet everyone when they come in and let them know the general information I need from them. The students during this time can sort supplies, find their desk, and wander around our new room. 

  Station 1: Find your folder on your desk and start filling out information! 

 Station 2: Sort all your supplies! 
Station 3: Fill out how your child will be going home the first day of school, take car tags or walker tags, sign up for school committees, and grab a wish list item.

I had all 16 of my families come to Meet the Teacher this year! I’m so excited I got to meet all of them. One of my sweeties even brought me a gift! How thoughtful! I know it is going to be a great year in 2nd grade! 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August Already

Wow after a couple of months I’m back and ready for a new school season! In June I went to Hawaii, visited with family, celebrated my 2nd anniversary, and my birthday. July was full of new surprises, summer celebrations with friends, and relaxing days at the beach and pool.

Now we are already arriving at August! For all teachers we know this means BACK TO SCHOOL! Which is an exciting and overwhelming time. So here is what I am currently up to: 

Right now I’m listening to Lollapalooza live streaming, which is a music festival in Chicago. It’s awesome to hear new bands and old favorites.

I LOVE my family always not just currently but maybe especially right now. My adorable nephew just turned one this past week. I can’t believe how much he has grown this past year. He is a wonderful baby who brings so much joy to our family. My parents are also making a big move to Florida from Georgia! I am thrilled to have my parents so close.
I am thinking all about going back to school. I’m trying to prepare as much as possible at home before I can go into school.
Speaking of school, I really want to get into my classroom! I’m not allowed to go in until August 10th. Then August 13th I leave for a family reunion so I won’t be able to work in my room that Thursday or Friday. August 17th starts pre-planning craziness….full of meetings and limited classroom time. August 24th is that last day of school. I moved rooms this year so I’m feeling a bit stressed I won’t get it all done in time for Meet the Teacher on August 20th. I moved upstairs to the second grade hallway!!

I really need my printer to cooperate and stop telling me the ink in empty when I just put a new ink cartridge in the printer. SO frustrating! I really need the printer to continue doing its job so I can get back to preparing! My husband is going to look at it today.  It is also extremely important this printer works since the school district took away our printers in our classrooms this year. I’m not sure how I’ll live without a printer in my room but we shall see.

When I see my new second grade teammates for pre-planning, I will be giving them little goodies. I usually get magnetic paper pads like the ones at Target dollar spot. I also try to write an encouraging e-mail some time during pre-planning or the first week of school to let them know they are doing a great job. Just a little note can go a long way in making someone’s day.

I’ll be posting more now that the school year is approaching. I can’t wait to show you my new room! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Lists

Summer Lists:

I love to make lists and even more so in the summer when I want to stay on a schedule. I usually make a list/schedule for each day during my summer so I’m not a complete bum on the couch. It makes me feel productive.

My list usually looks like this:

I know it is not much of a list! Haha…it is summer give me a break. It varies from day to day but cleaning, working out, printing, and laminating usually stay on the list every day. While I’m printing and laminating I watch TV. I usually try to get into some new shows I know my husband won’t watch. Last summer I watched New Girl and Gossip Girl.

My TV watch list:

So You Think You Can Dance
Yes, I know kinda lame. After years of watching it with my best friend I still love watching it on my own. I fast forward through the fluff and judges talking. I love all the dances and pick favorites.

Orange is the New Black
The girls are back for another season. Not sure how long they can keep this going but I enjoy watching all the sassiness in the cell for now.

True Detective
I like how HBO is making this series with different actors and plot each season. This season Rachel McAdams is starring as a badass girl cop in L.A. I can’t wait to unravel the mysterious case.

The Mindy Project
I’ve love Mindy since she was on the office but didn’t really get into the show until this season because it was after New Girl. I’d like to watch all the other seasons now.
Any other suggestions for my TV watch list?

Printing/Laminating list:
I’m sure this one will continue to grow and become more specific once I finish this school year!

Second grade literacy center games
Second grade math center games
Guided reading materials
Classroom décor (not changing too much but still want to change things up for the new year and new grade!)
Teacher Planner
Curriculum map for the year
Do you have any must have resources for second grade?

Travel list:
My FAVORITE list!!!

Hawaii in June
Ashville in July
Chicago in July (not booked but I’m hopeful!)
NYC in August
Poconos in August
Are you travelling anywhere this summer?

Reading list:
A Spoil of Thread
The Silent Girls
Paper Towns
We Were Liars
Yes, Please
The Unexpected Waltz
Secrets of a Charmed Life
Any other must read recommendations?

I don’t have a professional reading list create just yet but I’d love some suggestions. Here are my lists for summer so far! I’m so excited! Only 6 more days and 2 teacher work days!