Use the broken crayons from your classroom…
BEG OTHER TEACHERS FOR THEIRS!
Name tags. Desk Plates. Whatever YOU call them.
And so easy the add or change
when a new student enters your classroom community!
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“P A I N T”
Sends shivers down my back!
our janitor YELLING ,
“NO! STOP! NOT ON THE NEW CARPET!”
Ok…NOT yelling…but you know…”NO!”
So, I guess
24 … 6-year-olds
sitting at desks,
painting beautiful pictures
was NOT was I thinking about!
I SHOULD HAVE BEEN!
I admit…it was ALL about ME!
WHAT WILL I HAVE TO “Deal With”?
And you know what?
(and I try to do it once a month)
Clean, quiet, detailed, HAPPY!
They worked for about 45 minutes…
(I wish some of MY lessons were SO ENGAGING!)
I start with my BFF…
I have some GREAT pins on my boards.
Check them out!
This months “painting inspiration”came from
Here’s a few of ours!
I think they are getting the HANG OF IT!
I wonder what wonderful teacher gave them that ADVICE???
we will PAINT!
And we will PAINT..a LOT!
I’m thinking SNOW, and Penguins, and Nature Scenes.
Maybe some “still life”… Hmmmm.
Watch out WORLD OF ART…
HERE WE COME!
Check out pinterest for more ideas!
First Grade Writing
So…we have taken the step jump LEAP into writing
WAHOO! Summer vacation. The Beach. Family BBQ’s. R&R.
Here is my list:
It’s ALL about ME! What will I need the first week?
My Teacher Editions & Lesson Plan Book. I need them to plan for the first weeks.
Mostly Routines and Daily schedules. (Work on THIS before VACATION!)
Sticky notes inside to remind my “aging” brain…what I INTEND to do!
What MATERIALS will I need to accomplish this? What lesson to focus on those first weeks? What went well? What didn’t?
USE THOSE STICKY NOTES INSIDE YOUR TE!
You will NOT remember months from now… what you are thinking about TODAY!
Use the next few weeks to make your NOTES!
Don’t forget, in your TEACHER DESK…
hide a few water bottles, mints, chocolate, and Tylenol, sanitizer, throat lozenges,
for the first week back…FOR YOU!
Never know how that FIRST WEEK will go!
* “SUGGESTED” teacher MUST HAVES for the first weeks:
Student materials ( packets, papers, journals, etc ).
( Nothing feels better than pulling out MUCH NEEDED things…ALREADY DONE!)
Whew! SO glad I prepped these BEFORE school was out!!
Get some puzzles, games, blocks, etc. out.
THEY WILL NOT BE INDEPENDENT!
Have a few things ready so they can have “downtime”
while YOU are doing ONE-TO-ONE assessing!
You know you will HAVE TO…prepare for IT!
I know you NEED these, BUT
You will “SURVIVE” looking at them LATER!
( YEAH, right!)
Prepare today… after a RELAXING Summer… the thought of coming back
and redoing everything in a day or two is
Breathe…relax…make your lists…stick to them…and PREP AWAY!
The payoff is HUGE!
Now…where did I pack that STAPLER?
These posts might help “ease” the transition Back to School…
* PS…I just found out I have three weeks to pack up
MY ENTIRE CLASSROOM! I am getting NEW Carpet! I am happy…I think!
PACK UP 30 years of stuff? In 3 weeks? EVERYTHING?
Time to PURGE! Who needs the PD resource from 1999???
I think I need a LOT MORE BOXES!
Hi HO…HI HO…It’s off to pack I go!
WENDY – 1stgradefireworks
I am a VETERAN teacher.
I have NOT fought in a WAR.
I have taught in GRADE 1
( exclusively )
for over 25 years!
( Never “graduated” to second grade..as my students tell me!) 🙂
We ALL want to be appreciated.
We want to be recognized for SOMETHING “GOOD” we have done!
things can get a little … OUT OF HAND!
those who are
and those who
I will say this ONE TIME…
The teacher’s with the SUPER highest test scores
are NOT, always,
the teachers who are
APPRECIATED the MOST!
Now…disclaimer…teachers work WAY TOO hard!
I got that!
Some are SOOOOOO focused on the “data”…
they forget, or can’t “document” the traits of the child the “data” came from!
Nowhere is there a box to check that says:
___ Didn’t have breakfast ( or dinner the night before ).
___ Couldn’t sleep because parents were arguing LOUDLY!
___ No one would help with homework/reading
( for the past two weeks!)
___ not in a good “mind set” today.
REMEMBER – these are kids!
This is life!
To attach a “number” to a student based on “today’s testing module”
what teaching is all about!
( Ok sorry…OFF my soapbox!)
Where? How? When?
Please… I don’t need a new pen with my school name on it.
HAVE MY BACK during an IEP
when ‘the team” says
I NEED TO DO MORE!
By the time I have gotten to his stage…
Take the stand that I AM DONE!
SEND ME SOME HELP!
Now I have great admin’s…
I know they have my back!
If you want to “give” me something…
…TAKE MY RECESS DUTY!
…Take my class for an hour at the end of the day, if MY child is at home sick!
… Come in and do reading groups once in a while
( an extra adult doing centers is ALWAYS appreciated).
You see…it’s NOT about the “things”
it’s about WHAT you DO!
Do you “share”?
Do you “follow through?”
Do you “care” about each other?
We are going to retire together
the same year…in 3-4 years.
( We “pinky swore”…
..as long as nothing catastrophic happens before then).
Her mom worked in her room. (Before COVID)
I call her MOM!
Our student’s think we are
See the family “resemblance”?
In my heart…SOUL SISTERS!
We run homework for each other.
We share our students.
We laugh, we cry, we CARE about each other!
We are NOT the ONLY grade 1 teachers.
We have 1-2 others who teach with us.
( Depending on the year and student numbers).
We ALWAYS include them!
This is NOT a
CLOSE YOUR DOOR & DO YOUR THING!
Feel appreciated? YEP! Daily.
( I could have transferred to another school in MY district..many times!)
CRAZY TITLE 1 school!
Finally, When do they make YOU feel appreciated?
When you are passing out report cards?
Is it when they forgot their homework?
Or better, when they have interrupted you for the 1000th time that day?
It’s when that SAME little girl walks in EVERY morning
“Can I have a HUG?”
When the little boy who STUTTERS ( severely )…
asks if he can READ his newest story
TO THE CLASS!
( And EVERYONE cheers for him!)
The “behavior problem” child
who knows ( his MAMA tells him a lot )
that he is a PROBLEM…
and he hands me a heart he made with a picture of me & him!
( Melts my heart..right before he hits another student!)
the “older students” who come back…
just to say HI!
“I got my driver’s license & I promise to be safe..just like you said!”
“I got a full-ride scholarship…to HARVARD!”.. yes it did happen!
“I want to be back in first grade so I can PAINT!”
“Thank you, Mrs. McCarty, for listening to me!”
Giggles, Grins, Hugs, & High Fives to
ALL of YOU!
YOU make a difference!
Not your house..not your closets..
It’s time to CLEAN YOUR CLASSROOM!
Now I don’t mean put on the gloves and scrub down the walls.
( Might not hurt to have some rags & cleaners though. )
So where, oh where, to begin?
I know…start here.
I have been called many things..
A “Professional” Piler..etc..etc…
But it’s time…time to
THROW IT AWAY!
Grab a JUMBO Garbage bag ( actually two )
and get started.
Here is my criteria:
If a paper can be printed from my computer
(I can always print another one!)
If I have NOT used it this year…
OR last year..I usually give myself two years..
( You won’t miss it..I promise!)
Clear out EVERYTHING..files, crates, BINDERS…
IT IS LIBERATING..and SCARY ( What if I need “that”? )
It’s on my computer..
that is NEXT!
I create file folders on my computer so I can find my documents fast & easy!
First I do ELA & MATH
Then I do this:
…Aug> Back to School
I create folders within folders.
This way I can go directly to BACK TO SCHOOL
WHAT AM I DOING IN AUGUST?
I can also go directly to Johnny Appleseed…
Same with MATH
…Beg Year Assessments
…Numbers to ten
Takes a little time…BUT SO WORTH IT!
Then when I need the masters ( because I already RECYCLED them)
Back UP all of your files on a memory stick!
Better SAFE than SORRY!
Do YOU have math manipulatives
YOU JUST DON’T USE?
The little teeny tiny ones some publisher somewhere thought kids age 6 would
LOVE to use?
( USE FOR WHAT? TEETHING..FLIPPING…THROWING???????)
I can teach most math lessons with a few cubes, white boards, & smartboard.
I don’t need 700 little beans!
The “tissue paper” booklets SOMEONE thought my firsties would need to practice fact families!
(PUBLISHERS…little fingers need CARD STOCK!)
And so…away they go!
I try to keep this to ONE box.
Don’t want to store this either.
and LAST for today..
Should be this…
Don’t let it go to this… 🙂
Can be messy!
Really take a look at WHAT KIDS ARE READING!
Old ones? DONATE!
Torn ones? FIX
Need to level? I suggest LEXILES!
( Redoing mine this summer..We use DRA/Guided reading levels)
CCSS is all about lexiles..
Learning As I Go! 🙂
And so ..a little cleaning will make your teacher heart happy!
There is MORE..under the cabinets, construction/ writing paper, the dreaded
Storage drawers…I really don’t know what’s in the BACK of those drawers!
And so on & so on!
Now…I work 3 jobs…
I get up at 5:00 AM and go to bed at 9:00 PM.
I think I deserve some DOWN time!
So every once in a while,
I need someone to give me a little
Time to git ‘er DONE!