Monday, December 17, 2012

Classroom life lately

The Twins can be a little messy
Making Santa
Special Snack time. We made Santa using pancakes, strawberries, and whip cream
Teacher can have fun too! Tacky Sweater day

Working hard on our flags.
Making a Sweden Flag. That was our Class Country

Traveling Around the World Learning about Christmas

Christmas Around the World

Check out what we have been up to lately. Parents, you check out my Wikispace at 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Second Grade Fun

I haven't had a lot of time to post on  here lately we have been very busy. We had homecoming week and red ribbon week back to back. I wanted to post some pictures from those two weeks and also some new things I have been doing at small groups.  Enjoy!

Homecoming Week

With McGruff the Crime Dog

My Little Rock Stars

Saw this on Pinterest. They write on a post-it  what stuck 
with them that day.

We use Magic Reading Glasses at Small Groups

They love these!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Johnny Appleseed and Aggie Day

This past week at school was a very fun week. We celebrated Johnny Appleseed all week. The kids loved getting to do all kinds of apple activities. On Wednesday of this week, my class and all the other classes in our pod set up an apple tasting station. We listened to Mrs. Busha tell us a little bit about Mr. Appleseed and then the students  got to get three different types of apples. The students got to taste a green, a yellow, and a red apple. We when all were finished we graphed our data and compared it with other classes. We have an awesome time learning about John Chapman.

On Friday we had Aggie Spirit day. We played Boaz on Friday night which is one of our biggest games during football season. Although we didn't win the most spirited class, we showed a lot of spirit. I painted all the students faces and we learned some aggie cheers.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Getting our Apples to taste.
Her mom made her a tutu for Aggie Day
My Football boys
Go Aggies!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Down on the Farm

Today was a very busy Friday! Friday is test day in our classroom and today farm animals visited APS. We had a great time but by the end of the day we were all worn out! We managed to get all of our test in, go to farm day, have our art class, and celebrate a birthday. Here are some pictures of our fun Friday. Also, I put some pictures at the end of a reading tool I use in the classroom. Just wanted to share. It is nothing special but it keeps the students engaged. Happy Friday!

Big Green Tractor

Watching someone put shoes on a horse

Some of the great ladies I work with!

We loved the baby Pig!!!

Twin Sisters in 2nd grade 

 Mobile Dairy truck

 Ready for Farm Day...

Almost done

We love reading on our desk instead of sitting in our chair
It makes the story so much better:)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wanted to share!

My school along with many others is using GO Math this school year. I am still trying to figure out how to teach it. In my classroom we start with the problem of the day first during math. I was letting them write it in their math journals but that was talking to long. Then I decided to just let them turn and talk to their partner and solve the POD together. Well I had some students doing all the talking. So I put some expo markers in their bucket on their tables. I have the POD under my hover cam when they come in from PE. They know to read it first, read it with their partner, and then take an expo marker and work out the problem on their desk. It comes off easily and the students LOVE it!. If you have any tips on how you are teaching GO math I would love to hear them.

Here are some pictures of my boys and girls working on the POD:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Successful two weeks!

We have had a wonderful first two weeks of school. My kiddos are so sweet and smart! I have an awesome bunch this year. Of course we have had a few challenges but nothing we can't handle. I have one student in my room who could not be a better fit for me and my classroom. Some of the teachers I teach with tend to joke with me about how OCD I am and how clean my room always is. They think it is very funny that I choose to sweep during my planning time, and clorox my desk EVERYDAY. Well this year I was blessed with a little girl in my room that is just like me. I think she could be my child. She is my little helper. Her mom was so sweet and got us a few cleanning supplies to use in our classroom.  I have a great group of parent this year as well. I received many things from my wishing tree in my classroom. Thank you parents!

Here are a few pictures from the first two weeks of school. I hope everyone ejnoys this three day weekend and I hope the start of your school year has been as good as mine!

My awesome class
My little helper!
Are you a Peacemakers or Peacebreaker?
My students getting to know one another

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Tomorrow is the big day

Orientation and Meet and Greet went great!  I have such a wonderful group of boys and girls. I got to meet everyone in my class except for two students. I found that I was not as nervous this year. Hopefully the more experience I get teaching the easier orientation will become. Working with such a great group of women helps also. Knowing that some of them are still nervous and they have taught a lot longer than I have makes me feel better. Having them to help me and give me advice is wonderful. I am a very lucky lady to get to teach children here at APS! I can't wait to blog about how my first week of school went. I hope a lot of my other teacher friends blog about it too. Hearing some of those stories makes me smile.  Hope everyone has a wonderful first day!

The wonderful group of Ladies I work with.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to school we go

Today has been a wonderful return back to school. I always love this time of year. I love getting to see my coworkers again and prepare for a another group of sweet boys and girls. My classroom is complete. I am not in love with the way it looks but it will do for now. This week I am going to be preparing for orientation and meet and greet. I also have some professional development to do. I am always reminded during this time how blessed I am to have a job and blessed to get to be in these children's lives.

Important reminders:

Please remember to purchase your Aggie Packs. The cost is $80.00 and it includes everything your child will need throughout the school except for field trip.

Orientation for second grade Thursday August 16th 7:00-8:15. *For parents only!

Meet and Greet for second grade  Friday August 17th 10:30-11:30.

Here are some pictures of the last projects I have done in my classroom. I hope everyone has a great school year! I can't wait for this year to begin :)

"Owl" work

Added Polka dot fabric to my bookshelves

Small area/ my area

Behavior Management

Thanks Amy Hope for the template

Added this to my writing station

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Grant Writing Success!

This past school year, Myself along with the APS grant writing team wrote a technology grant. We wrote them in hopes of having 18 ipads funded. We sent them to our local Representatives and our Senator. We sent three grant. If all of them were funded we would have 18 ipads. Before school was out I got word from Representative Rich that he would love to fund our AATI grant!! I am still talking to Senator Scofield about funding the project. The grant writing team is very excited about the six ipads we have coming our way. We are going to put the on a cart so teachers can wheel them in their room  and use them in a center or at small group. We will have to split them between first and second grade. Also, My sweet parents heard me talking about how great an Ipad would be for my classroom. They surprised me last week with my own personal one. I have great parents!!! We hope to get the six Ipads at the beginning of the year.

I can't believe it is almost August!! I have been working in my room a lot, but  I still have a ways to go.

Here are some updated pictures to show my progress!!

My Personal IPad!!

 I used my back counter for a writing/listening station

I love teachers pay teachers!

Picture taken from my door. It is coming together!

Monday, July 16, 2012

My First Award

I am very excited! I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Brigid from Brigid's Daily Lesson Log! It makes me happy to know that there are other teachers out there that support me and that take a peek at my blog. Go over and check out Brigid's website and her good ideas.

This award highlights blogs that have under 200 followers.
Here are the rules:
1. Copy and paste this award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal 5 other bloggers and let them know by commenting on their blog

Here are the 3 bloggers I am awarding today

Sorry guys I could only think of three. Most of the blogs I follow have a lot more than 200 followers!