Nibits for Newbies 2.28.16
Get Your Hands DIRTY! 🙂
If it’s Sunday
It must be time for….
NIBITS for NEWBIES!
This week’s theme…
It’s that time of year…
Kindness cards, Friendship Celebrations, Valentine Parties
Whatever YOUR site chooses to call it.
The time of year when we color,cut & glue
to show our FRIENDS that WE LOVE THEM!
Pinterest has LOTS ( I mean LOTS )
of Valentine IDEAS!
These are a few from one of my collaborative pinterest boards..
Click on link to follow..
( Click on this pic for a FREEBIE on my blog)
WE LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY!
But WHAT TO DO WITH ALL OF THOSE VALENTINE CARDS???
How to MANAGE them ALL?
2 days before our “Friendship Celebration”..
*we are NOT allowed to call it a VALENTINE celebration
(seperation of CHURCH/STATE thing..)
we make our BAGS!
Now I have done LOTS & LOTS & LOTS of different types of card holders…
(Again…THANK YOU PINTEREST!)
But I think the MOST important thing to remember is…
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT THEM?
If you have 25 students…these take up a LOT of space!
So the choice is yours!
ALWAYS…ALWAYS…make 1 extra!
(That student who was absent on CRAFTY day…will want a bag on PARTY day!)
Have your kiddos write THEIR NAME ONLY on the cards.
One in each bag…PLOP..PLOP…PLOP!
NO need to MATCH their friend’s name to the bag.
One for EVERYONE!
When we open our bags…we say THANK YOU to each person who gave us a card!
So good luck.
Check your CRAFTING SUPPLIES.
Find our where you want them be..they will be there for two whole days.
Don’t forget to make one for yourself!
I am sure your kiddos will have “TREATS” for you too!
Happy Friendship DAY! 🙂
If it’s SUNDAY
It’s time for
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!
This week’s topic…
I ALMOST QUIT!!!!
What a WEEK!
For those of you who don’t know me,
I teach first grade at a low socioeconomic,
high gang neighborhood,
TITLE 1 ( low performing ),
and VERY NEEDY FAMLIES!
I have been at this school for 16 years.
All in grade 1.
I LOVE my school.
I LOVE my job!
I just can’t let go of some things.
I work with kids from the VERY best..
( I have had a student who got a FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP to HARVARD!)
She was amazing in grade 1…and amazing when I watched her graduate from high school.
I have taught kids who have been “lost” in the gang world
and I have never heard FROM or ABOUT them again.
One of my “lost souls” is now a paraprofessional at our school!
Proud teacher here…he turned it around & is MAKING IT!
So my problem isn’t the CLASSROOM part.
I just can’t quit trying.
I can’t leave my emotions at the door.
And it is making me ILL.
I have a student who is destructive.
He is a time-bomb waiting to explode.
Mean, angry child.
Parent refuses to get help for him.
Easier to “look away”.
And now…he is trying to destroy my classroom,
my students, and me.
I let him get to me.
I let him question myself.
What am I doing wrong?
Why can’t I help him?
Where did I mess up?
Maybe I don’t “have it” anymore…..
Maybe it’s time to find something else….
I LET HIM GET INTO MY HEAD!!!!
I wasn’t sleeping…
I kept trying to CHANGE things
( classroom set up, behavior plans, groupings, schedules, etc..etc…etc..)
and my other “littles” were suffering.
I knew it.
But I kept “trying” to find that 1 thing.
That 1 thing that would bring him into OUR world.
Peacefully, calmly, without cussing, hateful words, destroying papers,desks,etc.
We KEEP TRYING!
THAT’S WHAT WE DO!
MY school support is AMAZING.
Admin, psychologist, staff, etc, etc, etc…
GOT MY BACK!
things take TIME.
I am trying to survive TOMORROW!
I don’t have TIME!
I have IST’d…RTI’d…Behavior planned myself to pieces!
I have MORE DATA than LESSONS!
I forgot the MOST important thing about teaching.
The OTHER students!
They have hung in there with me.
They hug me when I am EMOTIONALLY drained!
They write me LOVE notes
and KINDNESS cards!
And …they are learning!
He has NOT hurt them!
Their scores are climbing!
So…I am letting go.
I am letting go of the realization
that ALL kids can learn.
He will learn.
He will get help.
He is a survivor.
It may be this year.
It may be next year.
Mental illness DOES start young.
I have SEEN it.
I have LIVED it.
I am a survivor.
I WILL NOT QUIT!
I LOVE my job!
I am doing lesson plans.
We have Valentine’s to make, Chinese New Year, the President’s….
We have reading groups where we talk, and giggle together!
We have math where we GOT THIS!
I think we will PAINT!
( Always makes ME happy!)
Thanks for the “vent “!
Happy 3 day weekend!
As MLK says…
“I HAVE A DREAM!”
Clean up, Clean Up…Everybody Clean UP!
|Keeping these…pants together..skirts…etc|
|Pile to GO!|
|Cleaned out my closet…found my LOST slippers!
|Pile of unneeded hangers!
Gave some of them away with donated clothes.
|Kept some…yes..I got rid of the WIRE HANGERS!
|Newest member of my snowman ornament collection.|
|Don’t forget the year!|
|Little sister got married last year in HAWAII!
We were ALL there!
If it’s SUNDAY..
It’s time for
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!
This week’s theme…
Short & sweet…
This GMA takes pictures!
LOTS OF THEM!
I have HUGE tubs FULL!
Someday my 4 kids and 4 grandkids will have to decide which ones
I LOVE going through the pictures, reliving vacations, people who have come & gone, etc.
So…the holidays are HERE!
MAKE MEMORIES…and take LOTS of PICTURES!
Here’s my fun ones…
My next attempt…Pinterest BAKING!
There are SOOOOO many wonderful things on PINTEREST!
I have THOUSANDS of pictures
I want to make, create, cook, send to others, etc, etc, etc…
So this weekend…
I jumped in!
Now I must preface this…
I don’t cook much.
Hubby is the master chef
I clean. I clean well!
So….as an educated adult…I CAN FOLLOW A RECIPE!
Our family cookie exchange is coming up.
I thought it would be CUTE
to have a CENTERPIECE of lollipops
for ALL of the kids to take home.
Here is what I wanted to make
LOOK HOW CUTE THEY ARE!
I CAN DO THIS!
I went to my favorite
and got my supplies!
Hubby wanted to know WHY I was buying
100 candy canes in November!
BECAUSE I CAN! 🙂
So here is my day…
Get out candy canes & sticks.
Lay on waxed paper.
MAKE SURE THE STICKS TOUCH THE CANDY CANES AT BOTH TOP & BOTTOM!
Need white candy melts for centers.
Well…my oven maybe a little warmer than 300 degrees.
A LITTLE large?
Hmmm…doesn’t quite look like the pinterest picture.
So..use my fingers to “squish” the bottom & top
TO THE STICK!
melt chocolate (microwave)
DO NOT BURN!
Go slow & stir often!
White chocolate SMEARED into the middle.
Yes, I dripped all over some.
YES, I used my FINGERS to get in
all the nooks & crannies!
And YES…my sprinkles look like a 5year old did them!
NOT EXACTLY like PINTEREST…
But I will bet
the 20 kiddos
who come to the family cookie exchange,
PS…They haven’t SEEN PINTEREST!
Yes…I am putting them into a “CUTE” basket….with foam…surrounded by Candy KISSES!
It will look great!
AND NO ONE, will say a word!
If they do...
THEY GET TO HOST THE COOKIE EXCHANGE NEXT YEAR!
So…I love Pinterest…sort of
Nibits for Newbies 11.1.15