Sunday, July 29, 2012

Keepin' It Real

Well it's that time. Or pretty close...You know what I'm talking about-or you wouldn't be reading my blog LoL!
As we all brace ourselves for another school year, blogs have become our go-to resource, haven't they?

With that said, I have a confession to make.

Sometimes I read your sweet blogs and I feel completely inadequate as a teacher! And knowing how I feel, I can bet I'm not the only one. (& just for the record, this has nothing to do with all those fantastic blogs out there-it's all me!)
So, I thought I would share some of my inadequacies to help us all feel better, mmmmk?

Downfall #1. I buy desk tags from the teacher store-I don't make my own.

Downfall #2. I've written one and only unit and posted it on TPT. And it was so time consuming that I will probably never make another one!

Downfall #3. I don't make my own graphics and create fantastic printables.

Downfall #4. Sometimes I don't have a fantastic lesson planned and I just wing it.

Downfall #5. I don't sit on the floor with my students and whole-brain teach them all day long. (although I love to use those strategies in small spurts:))

Downfall #6. I do not have a color coded classroom library (though it is my dream:))

Downfall #7.  My classroom doesn't look all Pinterest-y

These are just a few of my million shortcomings. And ya know what? None of them matter. What does matter is that I love my students and teaching with all my heart-so much so that I would do it for free (well, maybe part-time LoL). I will always look for ways to be a better teacher. I'm so thankful for all of your blogs that inspire me!

Feel free to comment with some of your inadequacies! Think of it as a little back to school therapy :).

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Official Unofficial Survey

I need your input. I'm questioning whether to continue my classroom blog for my 2nd graders. I feel like very few parents regularly visited the blog. In the past I've had 3-4 parents who frequented the blog and that's it. Which means that I was spending my time maintaining the blog for those parents. I've found that to get other parents to visit it I would have to send out emails and texts resulting in double work! And though I love blogging, I just don't know if it's really necessary at the 2nd grade level. What do you think? What is your experience with a classroom blog?
I love technology and don't want to digress but I also have to pick and choose to use my time wisely!
I value your input!
Blessings to you,

Saturday, July 7, 2012

All American Teacher

4 Years ago during the Election year and Olympics I chose to do an Americana theme in my classroom.  Now here we are 4 years later (where does the time go?!) and I'm going to do the same theme.  

It's a fun theme and I can't wait to share it with you as it all comes together.  But in the meantime, if you choose to do the same theme (which I highly recommend because it's so educational-much more so than a monkey theme or a happy face theme, etc.!)- This is the weekend to go shop and get all the Fourth of July stuff 50% or more off!

If you're on the fence about your theme, here's some of the ideas I have in the works:

Behavior System: "Elect Good Behavior"
Welcome board: "A Grand Ole Class"
Student of the Week will be "Classroom Hero of the Week" depicting a soldier
Reading Corner- "Mount Readmore"
AR board-"Star Spangled Man with a Reading Plan" I'm going to make little Captain America's with my Cricut for each student.

Lots more to come!  I know we all want to see pics-so I'll post them as it all comes to fruition!

Blessings to you,