Classroom Makeover Day 1

5:00 AM
Happy Tuesday, y'all! I went back to my classroom for the first time yesterday and worked a little bit. I didn't get a lot accomplished. I placed most of the furniture, but that was pretty much it. I'm getting rid of my teacher desk and another big table this year in an attempt to declutter! Anyways, here are the pics. I know it isn't much to look at, but it's fun to see the progress! Gotta start somewhere, right? 
Be sure and click "classroom tour" above to see my last two classrooms! :)

Here's the view when I walked in. Those desks weigh a ton! It took forever just to get them all down and placed.

It's so easy to find decor for my black and white theme! These two rugs are from Wal Mart and TJ Maxx. This will be the reading area. 

I'm thinking 4 groups of 6 desks...I'm liking the way it looks, but I may change to 6 groups of 4 if there's enough room. See all that stuff stacked on the table??? That's tomorrows project!

Future small group area. Fun fact: I've never used a kidney shaped table, y'all! 

Future VIP Area. Don't know what this is? Read all about it here!

This blue table needs to find a new home. Mission Declutter has officially begun!

The teacher desk will also leave the room. I usually sit at my small group table anyways and I'm trying to make more room for the kids to read and work around the room instead of sitting in their desks all class period. 

Hopefully boards will start going up later this week and I can share some "cute" pics with y'all! :) :)

Be sure and check out my June Favs over on my Life+Style Blog Southern Belle Inspired!

Book Reviews and Teaching Story Elements

7:35 AM

Hi friends!
I can finally get back in my classroom today, so I'll hopefully start having pictures to share with y'all. I've finally finished and uploaded my newest unit: Teaching Story Elements. You can check it out here

I've also posted my June book recap/review on my Life+Style blog Southern Belle Inspired if you're looking for a beach read! :) 

And I'm also working on a post detailing my 1st grading period pacing guide from this post :) Look for it this week (hopefully!)

More Life Lately

2:13 PM
Hi friends! Normally by now in the summer I would have already been knee deep in my classroom makeover, but I'm not able to get back in my classroom until next week, so I don't have any makeover pics to share with y'all yet. I did want to talk and share with y'all some more stuff that's going on in my summer. :)

Liane Moritaty is quickly becoming my new favorite author. I read What Alice Forgot first and LOVED it! I finished The Husband's Secret last week and I think it was even better that What Alice Forgot. I've started Big Little Lies and it's just as good as The Husband's Secret. Have y'all read anything by this author? What should I read next? 

I finally organized my A Trait A Day unit that I made last summer. I loved using this to increase students' vocabulary and help teach character traits, but I did not do well with organizing this resource in my classroom. I printed every trait card out and placed it in this binder to keep it reusable and organized! You can check out this activity here

I am most proud of accomplishing the task of finishing the first grading period's pacing guide. I had several requests to share this after I posted the pic on Instagram. If you want a detailed post about what standards I'm teaching during the first grading period, let me know and I can write about it! :) 

I've started collecting material for the comprehension skill and strategies that I'm covering in the first grading period. I'm determined that these storage bins are going to keep me organized!

Who doesn't love a good Target Dollar Spot find?! These gift bags will go perfectly with my black and white theme!

I made over my hallway this week. You can read about it on my life+style blog Southern Belle Inspired.

Is anyone else excited about this Lifetime movie that comes on tonight? Sign me up for anything that involved Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig! 

Life Lately

1:36 PM
Hi peeps! Isn't summer wonderful! I thought I would stop by and share a few summer happenings with y'all. Normally, I'd already be back in my classroom, working away on a new design, but I just can't bring myself to! Plus, the floors are still being waxed, so technically I couldn't go back if I wanted to. I'm using that as my excuse! For now, I'm perfectly okay with staying home and enjoying life. Here's a little bit of what I've been up to.

In an attempt to not totally abandon all things school and teacher related I ordered these new PD reads. I'm already LOVING Word Nerds! What are your favorite professional development books? Comment below and let me know! I'm always on the lookout.

In addition to PD book, I'm also getting caught up on all the reading that I don't get to do during the school year.  Follow me on Good Reads!

I finally worked on the first TpT product in two months! You can check it out here :)

I also purchased this binding machine and I cannot get over how easy it is to use! I'll be sharing about this product soon! :)

I've gotten lazy on my skin care routine and in an effort to get better, I've decided to start posting more product reviews on my Life+Style blog Southern Belle Inspired. Check out all the products I used up last month and see which ones I loved and hated!

I also went on a little beauty run in Ulta and got these goodies!

And binge watching The Office on Netflix while waiting for the new season of Orange is the New Black! Anyone else love these two totally different shows?? 

That's my life lately! :)

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