Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bathroom Sign Out Procedures: A Bright Idea :)

I am excited to be a part of this link up!  Are you ready for some...

My tip this time...

How do you know who leaves the room to go to the restroom?  I've tried numerous ideas over the years.  I've had my students put a cup or other item on their desk, I've used hall passes (which to me is kinda gross considering where it is going), and I've had students sign out on a clip board.

Last year, I found these cute little melamine plates on sale at Hobby Lobby and decided that they would be the perfect "sign out" signs to hang in the room.

Do you see the Expo marker hanging on the door frame (by magnet, of course)?  My boys sign out on the blue plate and my girls sign out on the pink plate using this Expo marker.

This way, at a quick glance, I can see who has left the room to go to the bathroom.  My students also know not to ask to go to the bathroom if there is a name on the plate.  So, when students return, they erase their name from the plate (which is why there is a pom pom hot glued to the cap of the Expo marker) and then another student is free to ask.

Short and simple tip, but it works for me!  I hope you found it helpful!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

I'm Loving My Tieks!

For several months, I have been spotting several blog and Instagram friends sporting their Tieks by Gavrieli and I wanted to check them out.  I am so glad I did!

I loved the personal touch added to my package!

The packaging alone made me happy.
The beautiful boxes are too pretty not to keep.

Check out the two pair that I decided to get:

I've worn both pair several times and I am in LOVE!
I wanted to test them out a few weeks before I shared my experience with you.  For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you have already seen this picture:

And you all asked for a follow up on my opinion.

Honestly, I didn't want to like them as much as I do since they are so pricey.  But, I do love them and know I will be buying more in the future.  Why?

My legs don't hurt at the end of the day the way they did in other flats!  One day last week, I didn't even take them off until after I had cooked dinner.  {I usually throw off my shoes as soon as I walk in the house!}

Have you tried out Tieks ballet shoes yet?  If you haven't, I do have a few tips based on other reviews and from my experience:

1) Since they don't come in half-sizes, order up.  Luckily, I am a size 8 and they fit perfectly.  I have read other reviews where they didn't fit properly and I think that is due to being a half-size.

2) I have read that they do stretch a little, but so far, mine are perfect.

3) Customer service is AMAZING!  If you have any questions or concerns, they are quick to respond to all email.  They even offer free shipping and returns on all US orders.  That is a always a plus for me!

Now, what color should I choose next?  What is your favorite pair?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Common Core Website to Know About

Hey all!

I only have 3 more days until Spring Break!  Oh yeah!  I'm looking forward to some time off with my family.  Have you had a break yet?

If not, here's a little tip that might give you a break in a pinch like it does for me quite often.  {Honestly, I've used it for years, so I might have already shared it...but if not, then here you go!}

Have you heard of Common Core Sheets?  I know, I know...worksheets, yuck!  But, it is a necessary evil sometimes, especially when you are planning for a sub.  This happens to be the case for me this week.

Take a look at what you can get:

That one of a bajillion sheets that you can choose from in a pinch.

If you are in a pinch at times like me, check it out {here}.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Happy Day Before Friday and Winners Announced

This is one of those weeks for me.  I've been fighting something yucky all week.  And as we all know....

Thank you, Someecards for always getting it right.

I'm popping in to share the winners of my Pin It to Win It and to also give you an update on our menus.

First off, I received a great tip from my friend Jivey over at Ideas by Jivey that the print of the menu on the editable version is a little blurry and that I should load it as a zipped file with a PDF of the file that can be used to "Print and Go".  Saving it as a PDF makes the fonts and graphics more "crisp".   So, each of the menus have been uploaded and are now in zipped folders.

The winners of the Pin It to Win It are Stephanie S., Mrs. S., Kaitlyn, Susan K., and Toni N.  I'll be emailing y'all soon!  Sorry I didn't have time to create a cute graphic to show it, but fighting this crud has taken every ounce of "extra" out of me.  So, for those of you not listed, I'm going to keep the item on sale until Sunday.

Happy Almost Friday!  Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Math Menus: Geometry

We are diving into Geometry in Room 4B, how about you?

I finished the Math Menus: Geometry file and my students were so sweet when I introduced it last week.  I said, "I have a new menu to share with you today."  Then, I turned my back to get them from my table and I could hear "Yes!" throughout the classroom.  These are the moments that make it all worth while, doesn't it?

Just like with the other menus that we have completed, my students complete their work during the "Math Facts" rotation of our Math Workshop.  They have about two weeks to complete the work, but on "crazy" weeks (like the one I think we are about to have), I have extended the assignment for a third week.  Some students do like to take some of the work home to add final touches, but I try to encourage them to complete most of the work during Math Workshop.

I'll come back later this week and give you an update of their work so far.  I've been super impressed since this is now our third menu.  They have "gotten the hang of things" and are producing fabulous work.

This is again an editable file so that you can adjust it to meet the needs in your classroom.  However, it is also ready to print and go!

Would you like to win a chance to Pin It to Win It :)

Just leave me a comment with the URL link to your pin below. You may pin to this blog post or directly to Teachers Pay Teachers at the link {here}.  I'll pick 5 winners on Thursday night!  If you can't wait until Thursday to see if you win, I have it set at 1/2 price until Thursday :)

Good luck!

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Hi friends,
I can't believe this....

I can't believe that I have had that many page views.  It's humbling to say the least.  Thank you for stopping by when you do and for supporting me for the last 2 years.

I've said it a million times if I've said it once:  Blogging has changed me for the better.  It has helped me grow professionally in ways that I can't even begin to measure.  Thank you for helping me is because of the interaction with all of my "blog friends" that I strive to be better each and every day. This is BY FAR the best professional development!  You are my Professional Learning Network!

I'm sorry that I haven't blogged as frequently as I did last year.  This year has been a doozie for some reason.  Some years are like that.

One more thing I can't believe is that this sweetie is getting ready to come to my room tomorrow as my teacher cadet!  How does time fly by so fast??

This picture is from a scrapbook that we put together the year she was in my 2nd grade class!  Now, she's a senior...waaaahhhhh!  Each student created a page once or twice a month with different pictures, journal writing, etc. and at the end of the year, I put one last page inside it with a letter to my student.  I'm happy to say that she's kept her scrapbook and I hope to share it with my class this week when she joins us!

Have you ever had a teacher cadet?  If so, how did you best utilize his or her assistance?  I want this experience to be the best possible experience for her because she is very special to me :)  Let me know your thoughts and suggestions!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Taming Those Task Cards....

I'm excited to be a part of this blog hop!  I learned so many great tips during the last blog hop and have started using several of the ideas in my room.  I can't wait to hop along and read all of the 
this time, too!
My tip for you is about taming the beast of task cards!  I love task cards and have been on the search for a way to keep them neat and organized in my room.  I switch out my task cards about every other week and I wanted a system that would allow me to do it quickly and still keep them neat and tidy.

I found these index card holders during a "Back to School" sale last year and knew they would be the perfect size for holding the task cards that I had been using in my room.

Because I have my groups completing different activities, I needed to find a way to label each box that could also be interchangeable. To the rescue: VELCRO DOTS.  This allows for me to change the task cards inside each box quickly and I don't have to buy a million different index card holders.  (Plus, who has the room for that?)

This allows this mess
turn into something neat and tidy like this

To make the boxes interchangeable, I adhere the label (that of course has been laminated) with a Velcro dot.  I should buy stock in those little dots.
When it is time to change the contents of the box, I simply remove the label and put it and the task cards back into the plastic bag and put them away! Then, I adhere the new label right on the same box. Fast and easy!

These boxes are prefect for several different sizes of task cards, too.

When not in use, I keep all of my task cards in plastic baggies (the mess above), but then put the baggies in the corresponding magazine box that organized and labeled by skill.

Next up on the blog hop, you can check out how to use music in the classroom over at The Lesson Guide by clicking Lisa's button below.  This is one of my favorite topics and I can't wait to read her post!
The Lesson Guide
The Lesson Guide
You can also click on the links below. What are you waiting for?  Have a great time hopping along!

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