Friday, August 29, 2014

Week One in the books!

Well I did it! I made it through week one of my 7th year of teaching!! A little tired, a little, annoyed, a little happy all rolled into one :)

I've got some great kids in each period, though my period two seems to have all the talkers [ie. guys on the football team that are friends and can't stop talking about football], so that may be my challenge for the semester.

I decided I'm going to try to take a pic of my outfit every day, 'cus I'm a girlie girl, and that will help mix up my outfits, and will give me a good idea of which outfits look sloppy and need to be retired :)

So here's my outfits for the week...I already put up the first day of school's, so there are 3 left, including today. On Fridays we wear jeans and a school shirt, so I have about 5 I can alternate :)

The middle pic I am pointing to a flower in my hair, and for today I had to cover up the school initials :)

Congrats on surviving the week!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More "Get to Know You" Activites, and OOTD

First FULL day of school with kids today! As you know, yesterday was a half day with kids doing a mini day going to all their classes.

Yesterday we had to wear jeans and our school shirt, so today I got to wear a real outfit ;) And here is my OOTD for the first day of school:
Got the top at H&M :)

Today, we played the Marshmallow Tower game and they got so into it!

The winning team gets Rice Krispies :)



And then we did the BINGO game:
 

 Here's the link to the FREE download :)

And then in the last 15 minutes of class, I went over the syllabus...overall, a good first day :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Survival...

So the kids came to school today! It was short though...we did a run-through basically with kids attending each period for 15 minutes after attending a Welcome Assembly. This just gives us time to get to know them a little and they get to figure out how to run to each class ;)

So I'm super sad/bummed that we're not in our new High School building for the start of school. We'll probably move end of Sept/beginning of Oct. With that being said, everything is still in storage and I'm teaching out of a box :/ My classroom looks so sad and pathetic :( But I can't wait to decorate my new room when I get it!!!!!

I put this banner up to "liven up" the classroom ;)
It's a FREE item on my TPT Store if you'd like. The download also comes with cupcake toppers for a staff mtg or the kiddos...the pic below is what I did for the BTS staff mtg.

 And here's how the rest of my classroom looks....sooooooooo sad :( I'm literally teaching out of one bookcase.


There it is...boring as heck. But we're in temporary classrooms so we can't really decorate, and we're moving soon [hopefully] so it doesn't make sense to put everything up again just to tear it down.

Today I played an Ice-breaker with the kids to get to know just a little about them in the 15 minutes I had them :) I called it the Skittles Game, but I was in a rush and didn't know what else to call it :) This is in my Ice-Breakers packet and it worked really well! So well, that I had an extra bag of Skittles so the teacher across the hall is going to do it tomorrow! :) I left the directions OFF the document camera until I had passed each student two skittles; I didn't want them to know what it was for :) Then I put the directions up and showed the kids:

You do NOT have to follow the color ideas in the packet; mix it up! I did favorite book or series for green because I teach English....if you teach Math, do something else :) The kids liked it and it wasn't too out of their comfort zone for the short, first day.

Tomorrow I'll be playing more games because it's the real, first, actual 80min class period day tomorrow. And in the last 10 minutes or so I'll review the syllabus :)

And remember, you don't have to do Ice-breakers only on the first day! I might a short one again on Friday or even next Tuesday...just build community. 

Hope you all are enjoying being back in school!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

TPT Surprise!

TPT is at it again! They're holding one more sale before school starts. I know some of you have started school already, but that's great because now you've had time to assess what else you need :)


So I'll be having 20% off my store and then you can use the code: BOOST to get a little something extra! So this Wednesday the 20th, head on over to my TPT Store and check out all the back to school things I offer, as well as my most popular unit plans.

Ice-breakers for Middle/High School Students:







And so much more! Hope you all can find items you like and will use all the time :)

Happy Back to School!

Monday, August 11, 2014

First Day Back...well, sort of...

Long story short, our first day back ended up becoming a half day-fine with me! I like easing back in :)

This all happened because our new high school building isn't ready yet, so we're going to the middle school location for a few weeks. So the security staff was busy bringing over all our boxes we had put in storage for the move, therefore we couldn't really work in our rooms today.

It's kind of putting a damper on the back to school mojo because we're not really going to decorate since we'll only be there for 5 or 6 weeks. I am going to put some stuff up, but not much because I don't want to have to take too much down again when we move :/

It was a good first day back though! We held our staff "Olympics" and I ended up being a part of the winning team...we got a sticker and a set of cool ink-pens :) Anyway, it was fun. 

So now I'm home, deciding what I'm going to bring with me to the classroom tomorrow. I brought about 15 boxes home because I didn't know what the room situation would be so I brought home stuff I thought I'd need for the beginning of the school year :) At least my apartment will be cleared out again! LOL :)


Anyone else go back today? How was it??

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mixing It Up For The New School Year

New school year= new syllabus. Yup! Changing up my syllabus for this new school year.

I used to have a 3-4 page syllabus because I wanted to make sure I covered everything, and had a "good defense" if parents ever complained...I could always just refer to the syllabus they signed. But over the years, I've learned that if my syllabus was super detailed, it sort of backed me into a hole and basically turned against me because parents would say "well, it's not in the syllabus".

Anyhoo :) I've decided to go to the one-page syllabus! Gasp! I didn't think it could be done! I first saw the idea on Pinterest [of course], but his content was not what I wanted, so I took the boxes on one page idea. But by the end, I was even struggling with what to put in the last box! Awesome :) I'm really happy with how it turned out, and am going to use this method for a while; I love it!!

*All I did was make different text boxes in a Word doc and fill in the background different colors. I liked mixing up the sizes too because it draws the eye to different places.

So here is my finished product...with my school email crossed out, and the school name ;)
If I make it any bigger, it doesn't fit on the page for some reason, so sorry about that :/ But you can see how I laid it out well enough :) I think it fits perfectly on one page and am not sure why I ever needed a three page syllabus!

What are you guys doing for your syllabus this year??

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back To School Sale on TPT-20%+ off

I can't believe it's that time again!!! Back to School is upon us :/

A girl posted this video on Facebook the other day with the caption:

How Teachers Act When They Hear Back To School Commercials...


HAhahahahahahahahahaaaa.....Anyway....
I'm sure we're all scrambling to get everything ready for our classrooms and I've got several goodies to help you out because TPT is having a HUGE sale!!!

300 × 300

Just use the code: BTS14 when shopping my store to get some great deals on all the Back to School stuff you need!


Here are just a few of the BTS products I offer:

10 Icebreakers Middle & High Schoolers will actually do!





Great Handouts for the first week of school:



And if you've still got a few weeks til the kids come back, this BTS Organizer/Planner can really help you stay on task!

And I have so many great Unit and Lesson plans available too that meet the new Common Core Standards, and that have been tested in the classroom ;) 

So get ready everyone! The sale is from August 4-5, and will be 20%+ off!!!! Crazy! 

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!!!