I LOVE an organized and welcoming library! Check out these beautiful spaces created by @slay.in.k @simply_miss_rice @essentially.elementary and @sweetladyjess89 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 If you use my library labels, please tag me! I love seeing your pictures! Link in profile for this kit: http://bit.ly/librarylabeling
This sounds like a weird statement to make but let me explain. For several years Safeway higher ups volunteered at our school. (Our partnership ended and I believe they are at a different school now.) They didn’t come just to walk around and feel good about themselves. They actually took part in our kids’ day. They helped run centers, read with students, and many of them worked with kids one-on-one. I was a newer teacher at the time and didn’t realize this was totally out of the ordinary. What I heard over and over again from our volunteers was that they had a reality check about teaching. They bought the fantasy of what teaching was from TV and movies. They thought it was all fun and games. They had no idea how difficult it was to teach a seven year old how to read. I asked one of the execs how this program worked and they said that Safeway valued education and wanted their executives to value education too. Reflecting back to that, I often wonder why our government doesn’t put anything like this into place. I’d love to see some of our representatives in our classrooms working with kids. Not just show up to take a picture to post on their social media or in the newspaper. I wonder how different things would be if they actually saw the repercussions of not paying teachers enough to retain them in our public school system. Or if they would continue to cut budgets or let our classrooms overflow with children. Some teachers in our state have over 40 kids in their classrooms and I don’t understand how anyone can think that’s acceptable. Maybe there are government officials out there in classrooms and I just haven’t heard about it. If so, I’d love to know!
Parent teacher conferences are coming up in less than two weeks! I’m starting up our conference reports this week so that they are done ahead of time. I try to get 4 or 5 done each day so that I have time to give thoughtful feedback and I don’t feel overwhelmed trying to complete 20+ forms all at once. Link for these editable reports in my profile: http://bit.ly/progressreportseditable
Today was our first day assigning jobs and my kids think having one is all the rage! 😆 We will be rotating jobs in two weeks. I decided on two weeks because I noticed one week wasn’t enough time for most of my kids. It would take them a good three days to remember what their role was and then the week was over. Two weeks worked well last year! This jobs chart is included for free inside my book bin label set. Link in profile if you want to check it out: http://bit.ly/neonbookbinlabels
My story elements flipbook resource will be getting a Spanish version soon! It’ll also be included in two sizes just like the English one. Leave a comment if you would like to be tagged when the update is ready. Link in profile: http://bit.ly/storyelementsflipbook
One question I get asked a bunch is about the rainbow metallic discs I use in my planner. They are @the_happy_planner expander discs that are a little bigger than the classic ones. I went with this size so I could add a little more to my planner. These are marked down almost 40% off right now.🎉 Amazon affiliate link in profile: https://amzn.to/2O0NVve
Today was our sixth birthday of the year! I don’t think I’ve ever had this many so early in the school year! We don’t have another one for a while and I have to admit, I’m going to be missing that weekly cupcake. Link for these birthday bags and certificates in my profile. http://bit.ly/bdaymini
The library is by far our favorite place in our classroom! I love watching my kids’ faces as they explore and find books they are excited to read! My library labeling system makes it so easy to maintain everything. Link in profile for these labels: http://bit.ly/librarylabeling