Sunday, July 26, 2015

Assess Me! A Get to Know You LINKY!

I am linking up with The Tattooed Teacher for a fun little linky! (And she said we don't even have to elaborate...perfect since I am ready for bed.....Don't judge that it is not even 8:00! Tomorrow starts my last week of Summer School. I'm being proactive!)

Stop by to meet some new bloggy friends or to link up!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Portable Word Wall UPDATE

A couple of years ago I blogged about taking down my Word Wall. Not only was it taking up SO much space, I found that I didn't really know if my students were able to spell the words on their own or if they were always looking on the Word Wall. To help with both issues I created Portable Word Walls. They take up less space and I can see when the students are opening them up and using them.

I gave this freebie a MAJOR update. I added new pages, made the font easier to read and streamlined each page. Best part? It is still

Here are a few OLD pics of them being used in action.  These are the ones I made a few years ago.  Don't worry, I have "cutsied" them up for you!

Mine are kept in a plastic 3 pronged folder.  Nothing fancy but they are durable! The pages are placed in plastic sleeves....again...durability!
Here is a preview of the new and improved Portable Word Walls!

Here are the pages included.

 My tips and tricks for making them work well....
** I do not add a page until that season/holiday.  Before I add it, we talk about the words on the new page, so the kids are easily able to find the words they need.  

** I have one folder at each table, one at the Teacher Table, and a couple more in baskets around the room.  The kids do great sharing them and reminding each other where to find words!

** These would be most useful in a Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade classroom.

Click {HERE} if you would like it for FREE.  (I would appreciate feedback or a blog or Facebook follow!)

If there are any words you would like added or pages, please let me know and I will add them!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Winner, Winner....Chicken Dinner?!?!?!?!?!

Not the most original title, but you get the picture. There has been a lot of winning around here!

First up...the winner of the Interactive Phonics Readers in my Flippin' For Summer Fun Giveaway did not contact me so I chose another winner!

Congratulations Maureen! I will be emailing you shortly!

Next up....I was the winner of More Than Math by Mo's Stars and Stripes Celebration. And let me tell you, I was a WINNER! Take a look at my prizes.

Go visit Monique here:  {blog} {TPT store}  She is super sweet and has great products!

Last but NOT least.....when I was at the SDE Reading, Writing, Math and More conference in Orlando, I went to the little Meet and Greet they had one evening.  Because I am social. Okay, not really...They gave us drink tickets!
I have to admit, I was a bit star struck (I mean, Laureen Reynolds, Kim Adsit, Catherine Kuhns. Who wouldn't be star struck?!?!). They had a raffle and I won 2 days to any National Conference next year. That means Vegas, baby! I went to the Singapore Math Conference in Vegas 2 summers in a row. My principal paid the conference fee. The rest was up to us. That didn't happen last summer or this summer so I am definitely READY TO GO BACK! Especially with all of the TPT activities and sessions offered now! I was a tiny bit jealous of all of the fabulous Vegas pictures on Facebook an Instagram. Next year I will be there and maybe meet some of you!

And speaking of the conference...... SDE sent an email out after the conference. My teaching besties and I made the cover.  We told our principal that she now had celebrities on staff. Lol!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Flippin' For Summer Fun WINNERS

We have winners!

Congratulations! I will be emailing you shortly.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Currently

It is time for Farley's Currently!

Listening to Morning Drive...on The Golf Channel....
Yes there is a Golf Channel. And YES they have a morning talk show on EVERY morning. I am not a golfer but that channel is always on in my house!  (Let's just say I RARELY have control of the remote.)

Loving all of My New Followers!
In case you haven't heard, I am having a Giveaway. There are 4 fab prizes, including a TPT gift card. Click {here} if you want more details. Here is the Rafflecopter if you just want to enter!

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Thinking that Spin is Tomorrow!
I went to my first Spin Class on Monday. It was fabulous. It was tough, but fabulous! I think it was extra rough not only because it was my first one, but also because I did an hour of Boot Camp right before Spin.

Wanting To Write in My NEW Planner!
I love organization and am a bit OCD. I ordered a new planner from Plum Paper on Etsy. I cannot wait to write in in, color code it, etc! It took a month to arrive but it is perfect so I can get past the month long wait!

Needing to Do Laundry.
Does anyone ever not need to do laundry?

All Star at Organizing!
Like I mentioned above, I love to organize and I am a bit (extremely, according to my family and colleagues) OCD. Oh, and kind of a perfectionist. But don't worry, I do not expect my students to be! Because of my "skills" I am teaching a combo class and seem to get assigned lots of extra duties at school. That is okay, I love it! This summer I am putting my skills to the test. I have taught summer school almost every summer since I started teaching. This summer I am going to be the Summer School Coach. It starts Monday but we had a couple days of Preplanning this week. I am enjoying it but I also quickly learning that "coach" in the summer has a different meaning. Apparently coach means in charge. Lots of planning, organizing, paper work, supply finding, decision making. Also, I was assigned a huge summer school site. There are as many kids in the program as in my whole school during the school year! I have a feeling I will be very busy and the 16 days will fly by!

Go see Farley to link up yourself while I start on that laundry!