Friday, March 29, 2013

Please tell me I'm not alone....

Sounds desperate, I know.  But desperate times call for desperate measures...Okay, enough drama.  Seriously though, are there any other teachers out there who don't get a spring break this year?  Our "Spring Recess" this year was scheduled to be Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th.  And then...we had snow days, hurricane days, and days with no heat in the building!  So, we lost one of our two days of "Spring Recess", which was Thursday.  So this is it, today, one day only, Friday, March 29th is our "Spring Recess"!   Last year we used only one snow day, and we actually had a spring break, with unused snow days, and our spring break, we were off for 11 glorious days...That rocked! {SIGH} One day, does not rock! Okay, enough drama.

Though I'm having some technical difficulties with TpT, I hope to have my April Busy Work Pack for First Graders loaded to TpT at some point today.  Also, I'm throwing a 20% off sale in my TpT store in honor of my one day of "Spring Recess"  (sarcasm noted!) Here's a couple of sneak peaks at my April Busy Work Pack:

Friday, March 8, 2013

Snow Day YAY!!

I shouldn't be this excited that we are using yet another snow day, but I am totally wiped out!  Also, my district has filed with the state to earn back at least one of the two "snow days" that were used in October when Hurricane Sandy closed schools for two days...So, I am hopeful that we'll get at least one of them back, and not have to make up snow days by losing any of the few days off that we are given for Spring Break and Memorial Day.  All that being said, I am so thankful that this snow day fell on a Friday, giving me a much needed three day weekend before a marathon of parent teacher conferences on Monday, lasting until 8:00 PM!

My true reason for this post today is to share a great resource with all of you.  If you haven't yet checked out SparkleBox, you've gotta give it a look.  I have used a bunch of resources from SparkleBox in my classroom.  I used the hands for skip counting by fives, I have them displayed on my math focus wall, and the kiddos really use them!  

I also used the color words printable lego blocks for my wall above my calendar area. 

 I have printed and used games for number bonds and consonant blends.  The printable number lines are great too.  This is a great resource, check it out! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Congratulations to Rosy, Cherie, and Grace.  If you haven't already, check your email Ladies. ☺ They were the first to comment, and won a copy of my March Busy Work Pack for First Graders! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March Busy Work Pack for First Graders

I realize that the words: "Busy Work" make some teacher's skin crawl.  They would prefer that their students never partake in busy work.  I know that I would prefer never having to give my students busy work either, however, with more and more RtI for more and more students, I am finding that the progress monitoring and the interventions are taking so much of my time that I have to give my students something to keep them working independently at their seats from time to time.  Check out my Busy Work packs at TpT.    The first three fantabulous followers to leave a comment and their email address will win a copy of my March Busy Work Pack for First Graders.  ☺
May the luck o' the Irish be with you!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Teaching Channel

Having just completed my formal observation for our new APPR, I am still buzzing with self-reflection, and still seeking to improve my own knowledge as a "highly effective" (hopefully!) teacher. I want to share a resource that I have found very valuable. The Teaching Channel . This site has a variety of videos at all grade levels. As you watch the videos, common core connections pop-up on some videos. For other videos common core connections can be found along the right hand side of the screen. One of my favorite videos is of a kindergarten teacher, and her students counting collections. This basic foundation skill can be expanded and enriched for higher level students, and can be differentiated for lower level students. The basic number sense this activity draws on is such an important skill.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Touching Story

I have been a seriously bad blogger this school year.  The new APPR guidelines have really put a great deal of stress on every teacher in my district.  I have spent countless hours on the new APPR requirements this year.  I hope to have things settle down soon, and hope to be back to blogging more consistently.  Enjoy this video, you may need tissues! ☺