Friday, June 16, 2017

First Day Updates

I was going through my TpT store and looked at my First Day Guidebooks.  Oh, my!  They are need of some updating.  Those were one first resources I uploaded to TpT, and they were newly created resources.  Needless to say they need updating.  For starters I finally listened to my mom and now create resources in PowerPoint instead of Word.  I've started to update my guidebooks to a fillable powerpoint.  It will take some time.  I started with a basic school kids and superhero.  

I no longer do themes in my classroom, but do more of a color scheme.  Right now I have bright colors with black. 

I realize some teachers still do themes.  I understand I just personally need a break.  I would like to update my theme books.  So I'm wondering what themes teachers are interested in and start from there.  I will definitely be limiting my themes.  I can't update them all this summer and still have a relaxing summer for myself. 

Please comment below for your suggestions on themes. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

At the end of every school year I reflect on what I need to improve and/or work on during the summer.  If you are like me I usually have a long list of things I want to do that don't get accomplished before heading back to set up the classroom.  I swear every summer goes by faster and faster.  

This year I am determined to enjoy my summer, but still get some of my "wish list" of items accomplished.  My number one thing is to work on classroom management.  After a few days off from school I started reading some posts on one of the 2nd grade Facebook pages I belong too.  Not sure which one I got this idea from I do belong to a few of them.  

Anyway have you heard of the book What Should Danny Do?  By Ganit & Adir Levy.  If you are not familiar with it is a book that as you read you make a choice and you go to a certain page.  The story has 9 different endings depending on the choice that was made.  How cool is that!  

Of course I just had to get this book.  It arrived in a few days.  Nicely wrapped and even included a note.  Just love the personal touch.

Not sure if this code still works, but it is worth a try for $4 off.
Code:  teachersrule

Speaking of notes.  I have added a freebie to my store.  Kindness notes.
You can click on my TpT sidebar on the left to go straight to the freebie.  

Working on some new additions to be done in the next week or two.  First picture is of a modified clip chart based on a growth mindset.  

Second picture is of student self - assessment rubric charts.