Teacher Week 2015

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Yay for Teacher Week! Today I'm sharing 5 fun facts about ME! Link up with us over on Blog Hoppin'! 

I've just started my 7th year of teaching.What?!? That's crazy talk! I cannot believe it's been 7 years since I got my first teaching job. I spent 4 years in first grade and I'm now entering my 3 year of 5th. I much prefer teaching the older grades! I would have NEVER thought than, but 5th is such a better fit for me!

I am a huge bookworm. In fact, you probably already know this if you follow me on Instagram. I'm always in the middle of a book! And I like to share what I'm reading with y'all. You can follow me on Goodreads to see what I've read so far this year. I'm doing a 50 book challenge and have currently read 33!

I am obsessed with Instagram. Completely obsessed. I LOVE posting pics on Instagram and finding inspiration from other bloggers. You can follow me here!

I bought my first house last summer and I LOVE decorating it! 

I have a Life+Style blog where I occasionally post. This blog serves as a motivator to not become completely absorbed in teaching, which I tend to do. Not that this is a bad thing, but I also tend to let myself go. I'm slowly trying to find that balance but it's hard! When I started my teaching blog, I felt like my teaching got so much better, so I'm hoping the Life+Style blog will have the same affect! Follow me on BlogLovin'! 

Join in the fun! Link up with us on Blog Hoppin'! :)

Plan with Me (Week of Aug 31-Sept 4) Visual Plans

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Aren't lazy Sundays the best? I've done absolutely nothing today except reading and write this blog post. Sometimes a little break is exactly what you need!
This week we are diving into our second vocabulary cycle, starting our second comprehension skill of story elements and learning about the 4 types of sentences! It's gonna be a fun week!

I've left Thursday somewhat open because we might need it to review the LA skill. If the kids do well with it on Wednesday, then we will move onto a close reading mini lesson. If you want to know more about how I teach close reading, let me know and I'll do a post on it! :) 

Resources used:
4 Types of Sentences Strategic Teaching Lesson ( I absolutely LOVE these lessons!!!)
4 Types of Sentences QR Codes (This is the alternate plan for Thursday if I see that the kids need additional help with this skill. I'll also use these whole group task cards for my strugglers. I remembered these two resources after I made the visual plans so I forgot to include them!)

Hope y'all have a happy week! 

Evidence Reference Sheet (Freebie!)

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Hi y'all! Today is going to be a quick one! I wanted to pop in and share with y'all a little reference sheet I made. TBE (text based evidence) is BIG and students need to know how to show evidence in their written responses. I made these posters to display in our classroom and they help SO MUCH! But I noticed when I sent homework assignments home that require evidence prompts, some of my kids were struggling to remember them...especially at the beginning of the year. I noticed this becoming a problem again recently so I put on my thinking cap and created these little reference sheets. I made a copy for each of my kids and they keep them in their binders in a page protector! I thought I'd share with y'all! 

You can grab your free copy here :) :)

Making up Work for Absent Students

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Is this not a major problem or what? I always struggle with makeup work and I'm really excited to share with y'all my newest system for making sure absent students get their makeup work.

So, what have I done in the past? 
In the past we've had a "While You Were Out" bucket. If a student was absent, I would put the work in the basket and they would be responsible for checking the basket when they returned. The only problem was I was so busy with actually teaching the lesson and getting everything done in time, that I would forget to place the work in the basket half the time. To solve this problem, I had the person who was sitting next to whomever was out place the work in the basket. This made the problem worse! I was constantly reminding students to put their friend's work in the designated area and if they forgot, I'd have that immediate question from the next class saying "What do I do with this work on my desk?" I knew I needed to change the way I did things.

I was browsing The Mailbox Gold toolkit recently and discovered these door hanger reminders. I immediately thought about using this for my new makeup work system. Whenever I give out work, I have a tray close to my desk that holds extra copies. I try to put these back into files at the end of the week to keep everything organized. I decided instead of having a tray for the students to check, which they forget half the time, I simply write the name of the missing student and hang it on the door. That way, they are much more likely to remember to get their missing work! (Or someone will remind them! Trust me!) The toolkit has a door hanger template and then I just typed the text on it. I laminated them and that way I can use a dry erase marker to write the name. 

Now what about those who missed an assignment that they can't make up? I always run into this problem! Lots of my lessons involve group activities like sorting or collaborating to create examples of whatever we are discussing and those contain a huge part of the learning portion of my lesson, so the absent kid misses out.  I always hate when students miss those types of lessons because they've missed a major skill. I like to have worksheets that cover the same topic, just in a different way. This way I know the students are still getting the lesson/skill even though they missed the collaborative part of the lesson. The Gold Toolkit has tons of sheets that are CCSS aligned so it's easy to find sheets that cover the lesson that student missed!

Not a Gold Member? Go sign up now! You won't regret it! :)

Plan with Me! Visual Plans

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Sunday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week because that means it's planning time! I've realized I LOVE using this Day Designer planner from Target to plan out my teaching week because I get to decorate it using washi tape and sticky notes AND it helps me be more organized in my teaching. Here's this week's planner spread. Visual plans can be found at the bottom of this post :)

I'm already behind where I'd hope to be after last week, but it happens! We were on short schedule Tuesday due to a school event and we took the STAR Reading Benchmark assessment that day, so I basically had a 4 day teaching week. Since that's all we did Tuesday, we didn't get started on our vocabulary journals. I had planned on doing 2 chapters a day in Frindle, but I quickly realized that some of us needed to go at a slower rate, so we are only at chapter 5. It's all good though! I'm still really pleased with what we covered last week and how next week is looking. 

My BIG goal is to start small groups, but that's always my struggle with time. I'm hoping to, but it might not happen until we can get into more of a routine. 

You can grab a free copy of The Potato Chip Champ QR Code Questions here and you can find the story online for free here.

Hope you have a great week next week! :) :)

Want to share your visual plans? Link up with Mrs. Wills! :)

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