Tuesday, June 6, 2017

End of 2016 -2017 School Year

The end of a school year is a great time for reflection. This was my first year teaching 5th grade (after teaching 4th grade for three years) and it was incredible. I loved every moment I spent with my amazing class. I knew over 90% of the entire grade level, being a 4th grade teacher the previous year. My students were very bright and we had such a unique and powerful bond. There were zero behavior problems and everyone got along. We could start with academics right away because they picked up the procedures so quickly. I even made the moving on ceremony video for the parents to view before the students walked in as 5th graders for the last time. I wish them all the best in their future classes but they will always hold a very special place in my heart. Miss you already! 


I was proud to have a successful year with my new team as well! May next year bring more amazing memories. Summer here I come! STAY TUNED FOR NEW ITEMS ON MY TPT STORE

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March Madness = More on TpT!

FSA is coming, so why not get your students prepared with LA practice?

FSA Language and Editing Tasks {Florida Standards AssessmeFSA Language and Editing Tasks {Florida Standards Assessme

4th Grade Reading Street Daily Fix-it {Bundle}

Looking to organize your binders by subject?

Editable Binder Covers and Spines {RAINBOW}
In Collier County we use this color-subject system and it really has helped, not only me stay organized, but my students too! Every year I decide to reorganize my files. But this year, I think I've finally figured out a system that is perfect. Now if I can just find the time to implement my new system! More to come with PICTURES!!! I'm so excited to share my secrets. 


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Drum roll please...We made it to December!

Alert: Teachers... your students desperately need you! 

Usually towards the final weeks of Q2, you start to see some changes in your students. They have been listening and have made some steps closer to their end goal! Either it's the "Yes, they've finally got it! The light bulb has gone off! " or the "Oh dear, what is happening? How do they not remember this! We've done this so many times before! "... Regardless, WE need to keep moving forward. And, more importantly, help our students to recognize they can keep moving forward. Through any obstacle or challenge you might face, always be there for your students. I know we always say we can do this but do we already remember to keep them motivated or celebrate their successes? It happens. We can't possibly do it all. But pick something to focus on each day that can support celebrating success. Your students may have made some teensy bit of progress in a subject area and need some encouragement. Or possibly they have finally finished an assignment in class on time. Or have remembered to write on the correct side of the paper or put their name on their homework without a reminder. Cheer for them! Praise them! Give them your support! Recognize what they've accomplished, even it is something so small that it can oftentimes go unnoticed. Always try to find a few moments in your day to recognize student achievement, and I know it is packed full! It's important and you will find this helps your connection with those students. 


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Outstanding October has begun!

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***Updates to my TPT STORE ***

This school year I have set major goals for myself, as any passionate and dedicated teacher would. I will be creating custom categories for my products. These will be products for teacher use, printables for students, activities per subject and by grade level. Hope to keep adding to my collection. This is a busy year (being new to the fifth grade world, although it is an easier transition from fourth grade). My focus will be on literacy (both reading and writing) and maybe science as well! I love creating literacy centers and use them every day in my classroom. I have a custom template with my guided reading groups and the weekly rotation activities. I've used it for 4 years and always seem to find new ways to get the students excited about learning. (Fingers crossed I'll be able to upload the editable version soon!) Let me know in the comments below if you are in need of something for your classroom that you haven't already found elsewhere. I'd love to tackle some new projects!

***Updates on this blog***


I hope to post monthly (even if just once a month) to include my classroom pictures, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter posts, and any new product(s) I've had time to upload on TPT. Please be patient. As we are all busy! I honestly appreciate your support. Feel free to follow me on my social media platforms. I plan to be extraordinarily creative this year and share it with you all!


 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Super September

So HAPPY to have made it through the first 3 weeks of school!


Here is my latest project: Updating my beach chairs under my umbrella for silent reading. And, adding the literacy VOICES and CRAFT strategies to my cabinets. It is acting like a bulletin board for my students to refer to throughout the day. I also am using the RACE reading response strategy with them. These 5th graders are incredible and have accomplished so much already!

As promised, I will be uploading pictures of my classroom. I am in love with certain bulletin boards, reading nooks, signs, d├ęcor, and other areas of my room! I hope to continue to find my groove and improve the set-up. This year is off to a great start. I'm remembering one key thing - prioritize! Remember what is MOST important to tackle first and then add the rest to a "to-do" list. It's so helpful and keeps me sane! :)