Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mommy vs. the Teacher



Did having a child change your teaching?  Did it help you become a better teacher?

I had my first child 6 years ago (gosh, I can't believe it has been that long).  I feel it changed my perspective on things and helped shape me into a better teacher.  
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Then, this year my oldest son went to kindergarten.  The different experiences so far with having a son have been amazing.  No one ever told me how great it would be to have him at my school with me.  I love being able to see him throughout the day and I love seeing how he reacts to different things.  It is also nerve racking because I know what he is capable of and want him to be amazing all day, every day at school.

I wrote a blog post titled Are You a Parent back in July wondering if being a parent makes you a better teacher.  I don't know if it makes someone a better teacher, but I do think it changes your perspective on things.

For me, I have noticed...

handwriting needs to be taught more (not just in kindergarten, but in first grade too!)

does it really matter that a child can't sit still even if they are learning?

how important behavior and discipline are

how important constancy and routine are

I have always wanted to be a teacher.  It was my dream ever since I was little.  I used to teach my stuffed animals.  I feel after graduating college, getting my master's, getting my reading and ESOL endorsements, and getting National Board Certified, that I am a pretty good teacher.  I am always looking for new ideas and better ways to teach the material.  

However, 
after having a child go to school at the same school I am at has made me into an even better teacher!

This year I have my best class ever!  

I have changed in the way I handle different discipline issues.  I have realized that the color system doesn't always work because the same ones move their color, therefore the child and the parent give up.  I have not moved nearly as many colors as in past years.  Grant it, I have an excellent class, but I feel I have taught my kids my expectations better and I think about how sometimes kids are just trying to be kids.  If only the kids were allowed to be kids, right?!

I feel I have a better understanding and can related to the students more since I have a child about the same age.

Overall, it has been a great experience so far having a child at school with me.  In my experience, I feel that having a child and then especially when they go to school has made me into a better teacher. 



I hope you had a great week!!




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Have a Wolfelicious day!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week 3- Daily 5 and more!




A very exciting and busy third week of school!  I just am so surprised by how much a first grader does all day!!  They just go go go!!  There is definitely not time to be a kid.

Our basal book, Wonders, is confusing yet intense!  I have found my groove with the series.  It takes me about all day to finish everything and Daily 5, but I can see it clicking with my 'staches. (Thank you Smedley's Smorgasbord for the idea of calling my kiddos staches) Wahoo!

Here's some pictures of our week!

My 'staches are doing AWESOME with Daily 5!!  They built their stamina so quick compared to my kindergartners.  This week we started all 5 of Daily 5 at the same time!  The 'staches love being able to choose their center. 

Here are two of my boys doing Work on Writing.  I have a writing table setup that they can use or they can write in their journal.  The whole class is loving this writing center table!
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Here are two of my boys doing Read to Someone!  I love how they are sitting, EEKK!!  I also love how focused they are on what they are supposed to be doing!!  Good job Boys!!
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Our Listen to Reading center is on our computers.  Right now the students are practicing their skills that have been taught this week in our Wonders series. I do like how this series has an online practice.  The 'staches are loving the games online.

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The next Daily 5 I have a picture of is my Word Work center.  I have 4 different options so far for Word Work.  The 'staches can put their spelling words in abc order, stamp their words, rainbow write their words, or use tiles to make their spelling words.  I have their words written on my board so they know which words to practice.  This has been a favorite of the 'staches!
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The last Daily 5 picture is Read to Self!  My 'staches each have a book box with Good Fit Books in it.  They can sit anywhere in the room and read!
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For Math this week we finished up our addition chapter.  This picture is addition story problems.  I gave my 'staches a white piece of paper and we talked and figured out the story problems step by step. 
1. Restate the question.  What do we have to do?
2. Make a part, part, whole box and figure out what the story problem gives us and what we have to figure out.
3.  Draw a picture to figure out the problem.  
4.  Write a number sentence.
We have 5 problems on this paper to complete.  It took us over an hour to complete it since we took it apart and really understood what we were doing.
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Every day this week we had to figure out different ways to make a certain number.  This little 'staches is using dots to help him figure the different ways out.  I had all the students use the dots so they could visually see how to make the different numbers.
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After our math and language arts was finished for the day we had science to learn. (Like I said before, go go go!) This week we are learning about our bodies.  On this day we are learning about our skeletal system and our muscular  system.  Slim Goodbody is a great source to watch to have the 'staches understand the concept.  Plus, he cracks me up with that suit on.
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I hope you had a great week!!


Thanks for stopping by!!

Have a Wolfelicious day!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Classroom Reveal 2014





Classroom Reveal 2014

This year I have finally graduated from Kindergarten and moved to First Grade!  I am ready for new adventures!  Since I switched grade levels, my classroom changed too.  I had been in the same spot since my school opened in 2005.  Room 102.  With moving on up (da da da da, to the east side), I moved down the hallway and on the opposite side.  Room 109.  I love looking out the window and seeing the sun.  Before my classroom faced our breezeway.

Are you ready to see my room?  I kept my zebra theme but added something to it to change it up a little bit. 

Ready??

Set????



Go!!!!!
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Since I switched classrooms, I realized just how much junk I had.  I ended up throwing so much away!


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Good bye junk!!!

Here are some before pictures!


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Yep, that is correct!  I have a lot of junk.  Too bad I didn't take a picture of when I first moved in there and I had a great big mountain of my things.


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Now I am going to show you around my room.  First up is my CAFE board and my Word Wall!  As you can tell, my theme is black and white/zebra print/mustaches.





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Next is my Calendar Math, Jobs, and Rules.




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Easel for whole group lessons.  (I <3 my easel)  On top of the easel are my birthday straws.  Each child will get one on their birthday.  Summer birthday's will get one on their half birthday. 

Mustache Fun Birthday Pencil Topper Kit


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Corner by Calendar.  Job Chart.  Daily Five Chart.  Birthday's.  (Check out my post about my birthday display here)




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Beside the Calendar, I have my Spelling Words and Sight Words display.  I used my great Silhouette Portrait to make the Spelling Words and the Sight Words sign.  They will stay on my board all year and I will write the words under them.  

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On the other side of my dry erase board I have my Objectives and my Daily 5 browsing boxes. 


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Guided Reading spot.  All ready for Open House.  I ran out of shelves so I created one.  Check out the post here.  I love how it turned out. 

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Beside my Guided Reading table are my math manipulatives and then more browsing boxes.  Oh, and my behavior chart.
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This is my Writing table.


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Beside my Writing table, I have a sink.   Above the sink I am going to put the PowerPix.  I labeled the area with a mustache.  Of course!! 



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My Fan"tache"tic Improvers Wall.  The students will earn their sticker and place on the small mustache paper.  Once they earn so many stickers, the will clip their clothespin on the Improvers Wall.  Then the students will earn more stickers and again once they reach the correct number, they will move their clothespin up.  





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View from Middle Room looking out. 


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View of the classroom from the back. 

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View from Front Door. 

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The way the student desks are for Open House.  Me Bag- students bring in items the first day of school to tell about themselves.  Information on what to do at Open House. (Student Information Card, About My Class, etc.)  Baggies with 1st Grade Pencil and mustache tattoo. 

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of my classroom!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Have a Wolfelicious day!