This week: Classroom Helpers
Each of us is a flower… Growing in Life’s Garden (by Charlotte Diamond)
Can I really GROW A RAINBOW? YES!
This is the entry into a world where ALL students are flowers in the classroom garden. Each is unique, colorful, and needs it’s own nurturing to THRIVE! How to create a classroom environment where each student with different needs and abilities will blossom. When we create our classroom bouquet, we have grown a RAINBOW from the seeds we have planted.
One time per week, I will post a TIP, a TRICK, and/or a HACK to help YOU, the teacher, nurture our students into thriving blossoms of learning! My hope is that through support, trials & tribulations, and time-saving tips, YOU may grow YOUR RAINBOW!
First, My number 1 goal in MY classroom is to make INDEPENDENT LEARNERS!
HOW? Model…TEACH…Model…TEACH…I DO. WE DO. YOU DO! Then, RELEASE THE KRACKEN!
In order to help support the independent learning, I give each child the OPPORTUNITY to be a HELPER.
A Leader. The person “in charge”.
For some this may the first time they have ever been given the WHOLE responsibility of a JOB!
(Think HELICOPTER PARENTS).
For some, it is a responsibility they take on JOYFULLY!
For others, they embrace the position, but NOT the RESPONSIBILITY!
And so, to help nurture the independence of each of my little “seedlings”,
I CHOOSE DAILY Helpers. I know, some classrooms have weekly helpers, some permanent helpers, but for ME? I choose them daily. In my class of 24, each student SHOULD be each of our helpers by the end of the month. I say SHOULD. I make no promises. We are in a continuous state of growing!
WHAT HELPERS DO I NEED?
If you go to pinterest there are thousands of samples of
Classroom helper/job cards
in a MULTITUDE of classroom themes!
These are a few I have found on pinterest….
But…putting up the cards and
USING THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
are two different things.
And that is THE OBJECTIVE…
Helper ( JOB ) Cards are a way for students to take RESPONSIBILITY
HELP THE TEACHER! 🙂
Here is HOW I USE THEM!
Each morning our bell rings at 8:20 AM.
We are working at 8:21.
My students put HW folders in the basket,
backpacks & jackets on the shelves,
and get ready for chromebooks.
(Don’t be tardy…you will miss computer time)
While they are “waiting patiently”..Ie: staring through my back, grinning quietly, hoping I call their name…
I take name cards ( nothing FANCY…3 X 5 cards with THEIR NAME ON IT 🙂 )
change the helpers in a small pocket chart at the front of my room.
My pocket chart came from the $1 section at Target. Nothing FANCY!
MY JOBS are:
Clean Up Crew (2 students)
Ball Handlers ( 2 for recess)
Tech Teachers ( 4 students )
They change daily.
They biggest change I have made is..
YOU MUST BE
“ON TIME AND IN YOUR SEAT” – To be a HELPER!
WOW…no more tardies!
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A HELPER!
AND after JANUARY… They can choose their job!
(I wait until January because I want to make sure they ALL know EXACTLY what the job is, and may have had a chance to be that “special” helper once before. I want them to see it in action, before they have CHOICE!)
When I turn over the name cards…
(Yesterday’s names to the back of the pile,,)
“Do you want to be a ____ OR _____?”
Whatever the next two jobs available are.
They CHOOSE what they want to do.
That choice allows them to take personal responsibility.
AND THEY DO!
Allow the little ones to be a PART of the classroom!
They LOVE IT!
I hope YOU check out the blogs and pins online to find the HELPERS that fit YOUR classroom and YOUR style! If you need a SPECIAL order HELPERS CARDS SET, email me. I do special orders, too!
Whatever JOBS you choose…let them take RESPONSIBILITY! Don’t do it for them!
NO HELICOPTER TEACHERS! Even when YOUR OCD kicks in!
Come back next week for ANOTHER round of …
HOW TO GROW A RAINBOW IN YOUR CLASSROOM!
Here is a little “HELPER”
to help YOU get started… 🙂
See YOU next week! Wendy 1stgradefireworks
I detest, hate, do NOT like making New Year’s resolutions!
I am totally NOT GOOD AT IT! I know…FAILURE! Who wants to relive that each day? NOT ME!
So… how about a word…ONE word to remind
A few years ago I came across a great idea to reduce your expectations and increase your success.
I use a one-word resolution.
That’s right, all of the things I need to do can usually be summed up in one word.”
So..my friends…here is my ONE WORD
Now I know you will breathe…BUT I MEAN…BREATHE!
Take a step back, breathe in deep calming breaths, and RELAX
Calm the body, mind, & spirit.
NOW…look at what is going on with a new “view”.
A relaxed, positive, and enjoyable VIEW.
SO…as FAITH HILL
( love me some country music) tells us,
Happy New Year! 🙂
You bring 1-2 dozen cookies.
You take home a variety of cookies…
as many cookies as you brought.
Here are some of the cookies made from years past:
those of you who know me…
I don’t bake…
well, I have..
I just don’t ENJOY it!
* I made a batch of persimmon cookies last weekend.
I felt I had to before the perimmons rotted.
I gave them to the chickens!
And so… What to take to the family cookie exchange?
Make it…..don’t BAKE it!
NUTTER BUTTER REINDEER!
Check out my COOKIE Pinterest board for MORE ideas!
Will it be a Pinterest SUCCESS?
A Pinterest FAIL?
Here we go!
Lay out the Nutter Butters.
Break the pretzels into antlers.
Mix powdered sugar into
(It dries like CEMENT…it holds everything!)
I think ..Pinterest SUCCESS!
The grandkids LOVE them!
So was I a COOKIE EXCHANGE cheater?
Maybe. But you know what?
The smiles & hugs made it ALL worth while!
Not, an ELF ON THE SHELF!
A REAL HELPER ELF!
It’s the MOST, WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
SANTA CLAUS is COMIN’ TO TOWN!
First of all…
I work at a low socioeconomic, Title 1 school.
This time of year can be very hard for some kids.
Some families DON’T celebrate Christmas.
Some families can’t afford gifts.
Some are VERY proud and won’t accept donations.
This means…Santa & his elves don’t come to EVERY house.
So today..we had THE TALK.
THE talk about what December, Christmas, and Santa
are REALLY about.
GIVING & HELPING!
Today, we became HELPER ELVES!
We talked about
HOW we can HELP at HOME,
and help our FRIENDS!
The kids talked about giving from the “heart”.
Our class meeting was SO enlightening!
My kids were SO engaged.
The conversation was NOT about “ME..ME..ME”.
They were SO excited to brainstorm “What can I do for OTHERS?”
Sniff..sniff..made tears of joy come to my eyes!
IT WAS AWESOME!
Santa, you can come to ROOM 3.
(I have a feeling…he will)
Here are some suggestions for YOU!
But for now..
WE WILL BE HELPING YOU, SANTA!
WE ARE HELPER ELVES!
To help YOU out in this BUSY month..
Here are some
from my TPT store.
Here is a FREEBIE
from my store!
I bought myself an early Christmas present. Yes. I said CHRISTMAS!
I know..QUIRKY! Teachers are Quirky!
I opened it early! ( Don’t JUDGE..)
a PRESTO SPIRAL VEGETABLE SLICER!
Here is the one I got…3 blades is enough for this chef!
Paderno World Cuisine A4982799
Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
from AMAZON.So…gotta try it!
I AM NOT A COOK!
Ok..I said it…I do not “enjoy” cooking.
BUT…This looks fun!
I have heard of ZOODLES ,
but I admit…
I had to google & then pinterest it to find out WHAT THEY WERE!
I LOVE zuchinni.
I love noodles!
Here we go! Zoodles? Weird..
Yes. I took it out of the box.
Directions for potatoes are on the box.
I started there.
Idaho potatoes and sweet potatoes.
|Baking these as we speak! |
They smell like french fries!
Hook up a zucchini & turn the handle! VOILA!
Yellow and green squash!
I did a little research… “sweat” the NOODLES?
I learned I need to “sweat” the zoodles and then stir fry them “al dente”.
( WOW…new vocabulary!)
My new favorite pasta “ish”…
A little homemade spaghetti sauce…
HUBBY makes it..not me! 100% from our gardens!
AND I am in HEAVEN!
Check out my SKINNY FOOD pinterest board!
I LOVE ZOODLES!
I may cook this way more often!
Here’s to eating HEALTHY!
Happy Holidays, my friends!
I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS…yes, hours…
putting up our
WHY SO LONG?
My Christmas tree is NOT a
MARTHA STEWART tree.
It doesn’t match.
It doesn’t have a “theme”.
It is MY family’s legacy.
It is a timeline of our life.
AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!
I remembered moments from years past.
My hubby kept coming into the living room
wondering what was taking so long.
Then…he would look at an ornament and say..
“Do you remember…?”
Yes! I DO!
As I look through the ornament box,
my heart swells with happiness.
THAT, my friends, is what
CHRISTMAS is ALL about.
I collect ornaments!
I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!
I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!
ALWAYS…date the back!
Doesn’t seem important now…IT WILL BE LATER!
If you can’t find ornaments…key chains work fantastic!
Scavenge the “AFTER CHRISTMAS” sales!
Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!
It’s about a memory.
I never want to FORGET!
IN LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER”.
There are “second chances”…but they are
Here is a little “smattering” of my
A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.
The first ship I had ever been on!
After 10 months on fertility drugs…BABY on the way!
This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!
We didn’t know if it was a boy or girl.
Ended up being twin boys!
32 years ago & still cry at this one!
Yes…I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!
We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.
A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!
4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!
We found our ancestor’s farm!
My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me
when I was 5. ( 49 yrs ago ).
At the TOP of our tree.
The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.
My parents’ house burned to the ground 30 years ago.
In the attic were ALL of my MOM’s Christmas ornaments!
GONE! Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.
You think those little strings of popcorn won’t last?
Hubby’s from PRESCHOOL!
(It used to be much longer…I wrap it in tissue every year!)
For your kids…
If they play sports…get them a sports ornament
There will come a day…when they won’t play!
Remember all the fun times!
KEY CHAINS MAKE ORNAMENTS!
My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!
The WHOLE family went!
We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!
My son’s favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).
He is now in the US NAVY!
I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?
My first trip to the EAST COAST!
We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!
Yes…those “SILLY” classroom ornaments
DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
A plastic lid…some glitter…and a picture!
So here is a “SMATTERING”
It’s PERFECT for ME!
I just had to update with my
I would collect Christmas ornaments on our travels.
BUT…they are HARD TO FIND IN JULY!
So…I started collecting
They are the newest additions to my Christmas tree.
After our recent trip to VIRGINIA…
I came home with 8 new keychains!
I write the date & any “memories” I can on the back!
When I hung them on the tree…
those wonderful memories came back…with tears.
IN LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER!”
Live, LAUGH, Love!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
I admit it…I failed..
I tried the ELF thing…FAILED!
I forgot to move it.
I didn’t want to spend the time moving it to who knows where.
My kiddos didn’t find it!
I went to PINTEREST and saw ALL of these AMAZING ELF activities.
I GIVE UP!
And so…I QUIT! I am NOT “ELFABLE!”
Change my mindset. Change is good. Change is necessary!
So maybe I don’t ELF this year. Maybe I focus on a
Sharing ORNAMENTS! Or presents, or smiles! Or handshakes, or time.
So I think I will focus on content.
I will share the GOODWILL of the ELF ideals, through lesson content.
I hope my students’ families will give them the “warm fuzzies” they deserve. I do EVERY DAY.
But for now, we will focus on learning.
( BORING I KNOW…BUT NECESSARY!)
So…next in my list…MATH!
UGH! I know. HOW CAN THE ELF HELP US IN MATH?
1 more..1 less…10 more..10 less
So…to help with my “ELF FAILURE”
to maximize my math time…
This can be made into a booklet, used as math centers, individual practice, assessments…
It may NOT be as EXCITING as finding the ELF each day.
BUT…my students won’t be confused or saddened because they think the ELF doesn’t care.
They know I care. And that’s better than ANY ELF!
And so my friends, I admit it. I am an ELF on the Shelf failure.
But…my student’s did REALLY WELL on their math assessments and we
giggled, grinned, hugged, & gave high-fives all through the year.
Now…where did I leave that ELF? 🙂
Holiday HELPERS for YOU! 🙂
Leave me a comment…help me be an “ELF” convert. How do YOU use the “ELF”??? There must be a support group SOMEWHERE! 🙂 Happy Holidays!
I just LOVE
I think he is speaking to ME!
As I am singing…no… BELTING OUT.. his song
( in my car of course…windows up..no one wants to hear this voice) 🙂
Just like that, you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don’t blink
I can TOTALLY RELATE!
I swear..I just looked at the calendar & it was OCTOBER!
Halloween is here..NO..GONE!
and now it is NOVEMBER!
WHERE DID OCTOBER GO??
As I turn the calendar, I realize
I need to slow down
and appreciate ALL that I have in the HERE & NOW!
So, my friends..
BEFORE the Holidays come…55 days to be exact!
Take a few moments to
STOP! Look around! Remember this MOMENT!
It will be gone in a BLINK!
( Before the RUSH!)
Take a minute, relish in the moment, and ENJOY!
BECAUSE…tomorrow will be here soon enough..
I wonder where I can get a 2019 CALENDAR?
(I better hurry…it will be here SOON!)
Here are a few
“helpers” to get you through the
1. Don’t BLINK!
2. Enjoy each and every moment
3. Tell those you care about, what they mean to YOU! Kind WORDS COUNT!
4. Take care of yourself.
5. Live, Laugh, Love!
I hate to wear hats when I dress up.
I don’t like things on my head.
I do enjoy a great laugh.
I want to participate with the group.
BUT… I don’t dress up for Halloween.
There! I said it!
I am the “old teacher” who does NOT dress up for Halloween.
WHY? I dunno.
Just never got “into it”.
The whole “make-up, costume, prop thing” just doesn’t appeal to me.
DON’T GET ME WRONG!
I love HALLOWEEN!
I dressed my kids up in HOMEMADE costumes AND store-bought costumes.
They were SO CUTE!
Teachers EVERYWHERE dress up and they are AMAZING!
I just can’t do it at school!
Maybe I’ll dress up at home!
Maybe. Maybe not.
So for now… I will live in my “COSTUME”
vicariously through all of YOU on PINTEREST!
This post might help me…
WOW! CUTE hat!… Maybe… Gotta go…I think I found a HAT I LIke.
Stay tuned. Check out my Instagram.
There may be a HALLOWEEN pic.
Do YOU “dress up” for Halloween?
Help me out…What do YOU dress up for on HALLOWEEN?
Leave me a comment. 🙂