Monday, December 5, 2011

December Discipline

My posts have been few and far between as of late.  It's because of a little thing called DECEMBER.   Craziness.  As things get crazier, so do the kids.  So every December, I use a new, fresh classroom management tool to keep them on their toes.  This year's is called "Stocking Up on Good Behavior"

I used my Cricut (actually wonderful parent volunteers used my Cricut) to make a stocking for each student with their name on it.  On Friday, all the students who were on green get a candy cane in their stocking.   It's funny how a little candy cane excites and motivates!

Then, at the end of 4 weeks before Christmas vacation, all of the students who have 4 candy canes will receive an extra special prize (I'm still deciding on what it will be.  I have some fun, economical ideas that I'm narrowing down).  I'm setting the bar high.  I'm expecting excellence in their behavior.  If I accept mediocrity, that's what I'll get.  I want my class as whole to be able to enjoy this Christmas season with as little behavior disruptions as possible!  
Merry Christmas!

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thankful Journals

 Thankful Journals!
We stapled writing paper inside a construction paper folder.

I used this model for the students to follow for their writing.
Then, every day in November they have written in their journals.

They have been so creative in thinking of things that they're thankful for.  

Blessings to you,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Foldables Week

Thinking of Teaching is hosting a Foldables Week.  I'm excited to contribute!  Make sure you go visit her!
Today we made "math catchers" to practice our 4 times tables. First we followed these directions to fold the paper:
Then, we labeled the flaps with the 4 times tables.
Next, we challenged each other!

We had lots of fun practicing our math facts!
The great thing about this foldable is it can be adapted to any subject area!  
How do you plan on using it in your classroom?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Prepositions Anchor Chart

Teaching 2nd graders the concept of prepositions is not easy.  So I have to pull out all the stops to make sure they're grasping prepositions and their phrases.
Today we made this chart:

Then, I made a little fly using a sticky note, making sure the sticky part was behind the head of the fly.
My students came up to the chart and placed the fly somewhere on or near the boy and used a prepositional phrase to describe where they placed the fly.  I wrote the phrase on the chart after they said it.

More preposition fun to come tomorrow!

Blessings to you,

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Make Your Own Jeopardy

I had to share this site that I came across today.  It's a super easy way to make a Jeopardy game customized to any subject matter! Click the pic to try it out!

This is going to be great with my new LCD projector!!

Blessings to you,

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Computer Desktop Organization

I am soooo in to organizing these days.  And my computer desktop is no exception!  I got a new Macbook earlier this school year and I L.O.V.E. it.  The problem was that I like a clean desktop.  It was really bugging me to have all of these files scattered all over the place.  Since I really needed many Power points and files quickly accessible on my desktop, I had to find a solution.  Enter Pinterest to the rescue!  I saw this great idea there, and set out to figure out how to do it!
Here's my desktop now:

And I'm so happy! You know you want your desktop to look like this, too!
Here's how!

Blessings to you,

The 10 Commandments

If you homeschool or teach at a Christian school you probably teach the 10 commandments.  This is a cute way to help the kids (and you!) memorize all the commandments!  Notice how they hold up their fingers to correspond to the number commandment.

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Technology Tuesday

I just found this amazing free app on my iPad called "Show Me".  It allows teachers (or anyone!) to write on a whiteboard and record your voice.  You can also insert pictures.  Here's an example of how I used it.  I posted this to my classroom blog for the students to view.

I think the possibilities are endless! I can let the students make their own presentations.  I can also use this to teach a concept to students who are absent or to students who may just a little more explanation.
I love technology!!

Blessings to You,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Patriotic Bulletin Board

Today we watched the little video clip that I shared with you yesterday.  Then we focused on the Pledge of Allegiance (because I didn't want to get in to too many details about 9/11 with 2nd graders).
Here's the bulletin board we made!

Blessings to you,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 for Kids

This is an excellent and appropriate video to share with your elementary students.  If you teach in a faith based school you'll love how it addresses God's role in 9/11.

9-11 story for Pinelake Kids from K!Lake on Vimeo.
(This video was published by Pinelake Church in Mississippi)

Blessings to you and God Bless America,

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday {Classroom Edition}

{Classroom Edition}

1.  Chart Paper & Sharpies

Although I love my LCD projector-nothing beats good ole fashioned charts in the classroom.  Like this one that I lifted from Pinterest:

2.  Pinterest-One of my new favorite mediums to find fresh, creative teaching ideas is from Pinterest.

3.  Clipboards
Yes, good ole fashioned clipboards (I guess "good ole fashioned" is becoming a theme here..)
The kids can work in groups on the floor, go outside for a field lesson, or work with me individually comfortably using a clipboard.

4.  My classroom treasure chest
It is truly a treasure! The kids will jump through hoops just to pick from it!

5.  Pumpkin Spice Lattes-O.k. coffee IS a teacher essential 

6.  The rolling teacher crate
How would I carry it all without this?

7.  Lastly, my blog was a top 10 pick by Lifelong Learning!
I'm honored!

Blessings to you,

Friday, September 2, 2011

First Time Obedience Club

To start the year off strong, I've been trying to implement some fresh classroom management techniques.  One that has been very rewarding is the "First Time Obedience Club".  The goal of this "club" is to reward those that consistently obey the first time.  It's very simple.  I made a chart with each students' name.
Whenever I give an instruction, I give tallies to the first 2-3 students that obey.  When a student reaches 20 tallies they get to pick from the treasure chest.  I really wanted to reward those students that get overlooked because they're making good choices.  Usually those students who make wrong choices and who constantly need redirection get all the attention.   Just like God blesses us when we obey, I wanted to bless my students who are obeying in a small way.

I love the verse I found for the bottom of the chart.

Blessings to you,

Friday, August 19, 2011

It's Time!

The first three days of 2nd grade were a hit!  We've gotten to know each other a bit, so today it was time to get to business!  We reviewed (from 1st grade) how to tell time to the hour.
We practiced on the white board using our amazing new LCD projector.

Then we worked with elapsed time using our own individual clocks.

But our favorite part was the human clock! Pairs of students decided who would be the hour hand and who would be the minute hand.  Then, they picked a time to represent and the rest of the class read the clock.

Blessings to you, 
Mrs. Hughes

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Getting to Know You Activity

I saw this great activity on Pinterest and had to try it!

I posted these topics on the board.

I cut ovals from the center of a 9x12 sheet of construction paper.  Around the face hole, the students wrote, drew and colored the information from the board.  Then they shared with their classmates!

It was a different, fun way to get to know my new 2nd grade friends!

Blessings to you,

Monday, August 15, 2011

Classroom Preview Day

All of my preparation paid off today.  I got to meet 22 of my 23 students.  My room was in tip top shape.  It was so refreshing to come home and know that I got it ALL done!  And because we all like to see each other's rooms, here's some pics of mine!

The Cowboy Cookies were a hit!

My awesome team leader's husband made these giant posters for us to feature our 2nd grade QR code.  Parents can access our weekly spelling words, Bible verse, and announcements on their cell phones with this code.

We're so excited to have our LCD projectors this year!

And now it's time to prepare for the big day on Wednesday!

Blessings to you,