Category Archives: Teacher appreciation

Why Do I Use DOCUMENT FOLDERS? WHY? WHY? WHY?

Don’t YOU just LOVE it when something WORKS?

I am a PINTEREST JUNKIE!

I know. I am.

I saw these on PINTEREST and 

 I HAD TO HAVE THEM!

IRIS USA 12 by 12-Inch Portable Project Case, Slim

(I got mine on Amazon…FYI)

What are they (you ask)?

DOCUMENT  HOLDERS!

How do I use them? and WHY?

I have taken ALL of my MONTHLY MASTERS

Crafts, Reading, Writing, Math, etc

and I have ONE COPY..

YES..

ONE COPY

of each page 

in a clear document holder.

NO more HANGING FILES!

They take up too  much space!

*disclaimer…even though they have clips that hold it closed…

I use an “OLD SCHOOL” rubber band around it..

Just to make sure my papers don’t end up on the shelf!

Then I took SHARPIE PAINT PENS

 and wrote the month on the spine.

It has freed up SO MUCH SHELF space!

All of my HANGING FILES for my MONTHLY papers

(You know…they FUN THINGS!)

are now in one EASY TO CARRY HOME, folder!

I can take home the entire month of ideas

when I do my lesson planning!

EASY  PEASY!

Can you say…DECEMBER!

DONE!

I am trying to “get it ALL together”…

I think it might be my New Year’s resolution!

If so….DONE!

Kinder Friends GIVEAWAY!

Kinder Friends GIVEAWAY

Merry CHRISTMAS!
Feliz  Navidad!
Joyeux Noël
Frohe Weihnachten
There are sooo  many ways to say
“Happy  HOLIDAYS!”
My friends and I at
Kinder Friends
are having a
DECEMBER  GIVEAWAY
We are celebrating
Holidays  Around  the  World!
We are giving away a $25 TPT card!
Raise your hand if you want one!
ME!   ME!   ME!
Here are a few of my
December    products
to help YOU
survive the month!
THAT,
my friends,
is a  UNIVERSAL  theme!
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Includes:
BABY It’s Cold Outside:
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FROZEN!…HFW Game
SLIP SLIDIN’ AWAY…Long vowel Silent “e” Word Work
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Color & B/W printables
Grades 1-2
Do You Want to Build A Snowman?
Place Value Activity for whole group / small group / independent practice.
Snowman “pieces” to create a snowman based on a given value.
Snowman HATS have a number. The students “build” the snowman using corresponding units. Uses base-ten blocks, expanded notation, math mountains, & ten-sticks to make numbers. Differentiate based on student needs. CCSS CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.NBT.B.2
Power Pronouns
25 Pocket Chart Word Cards and
Printables to help students practice using pronouns
in complete sentences.
Snow Fun
4 ELA Centers for Winter
Included:
Sight Word Snowball Fight
Partner Reading Stick Puppets ( Reading Comprehension)
How to Make a Snowman: writing
Christmas Tree “Rhyming” Chains
Available in color & B/W
Grades 1-2
This Elf is NOT on the Shelf!
32 Math Task Cards …
1 more / 1 less
10 more / 10 less
Holiday Themed
And…..
The ELVES are Working OVERTIME!
ELA centers :
Verbs…Past, present, future
Nouns…Common, Proper, plural
Digraphs
Inflectional Endings
Punctuation
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OK…my friends!
Enter  the RAFFLECOPTER
and then….
HOP  ON  OVER to my friend
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Goodbye!
Adios!
Happy Holidays to one and ALL!

It’s ALMOST HERE! CYBER MONDAY is ALMOST Here!!!

You know you are an online shopper when….

The  UPS  man  comes to your house daily.

You check the “package” spot on your porch, before you get out your front door key.

Your laptop automatically goes to AMAZON.

You look in the spare room, and YOU have more boxes than AMAZON!

OK.

I GIVE!

I shop. I shop well.

So…

CYBER MONDAY

is almost here!

I know there will be 

LOTS

of sales.

I am offering to help!

I am giving away a

$10

giftcard

to 

TPT!

You can spend it

ANYWHERE

you want…

might want to check out

1stgradefireworks     🙂

Short & sweet!

Nov. 26 & Nov. 27

What? NO Halloween PARTY??!!

 WHAT???

NO  COSTUMES AT SCHOOL?

NO Candy….No  PARTY!

WHAT!??????

So  how to

“CELEBRATE”

without

“celebrating” ?

( think OUTSIDE of the box )..

We are having a “rotation” party!

The kids rotate to each of 3 classrooms.

The teacher prepares a “project” for 3 different classes.

One-time  prep.   Stay in MY classroom.

Kids get to do 3 different projects.

They move!

WIN!  WIN!!

So here are our 3 projects:

Room  4 :

SCIENCE!

Bat Hats!

We just add some  BAT FACTS 

to incorporate our 

informational writing!

Room 7:

Skeleton Bones!

Cute  craft!

Counting!

Room 3:

Candy  Necklaces!

WHAT? 

 ( Yes… We will have CANDY!)

Here  is  the  HOW  TO…

Need  :  Plastic Wrap

Yarn:   2  long pieces  and  4  small pieces  per  person

5  candies  per  person

Lay the plastic wrap horizontal.

Put candy  in a line…in the middle of the wrap.

Roll the  candies in the wrap “like a burrito”.

Tie the long yarn to the ends.

Use the small strings in between each candy.

I tie them in a knot, then a bow.

TA DA!

Wear   them home!

(Can’t  eat candy until they get home!)

and  so…..

We “really” aren’t  having  a 

HALLOWEEN  “PARTY”…

Just a little

“FUN” in room 3!

and  a little candy to take home!

So we wish YOU a safe and happy

HALLOWEEN!

Build it and They will COME!

Build It..and they will come!

Build WHAT?
Has ANYONE seen the Kevin Costner Movie…
FIELD OF DREAMS?
On MY top 10 of ALL TIME GREATS!
Yes..I love baseball  (  GO  SF  GIANTS!  )
But
This is SOOOO  much MORE!
It’s about never giving up.
Keep  trying.
When others tell you that YOU are CRAZY..
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
I  LOVE  THAT!
( sniff…sniff… hold on now)
OK.
SO How do I give my 6 year old FIRSTIES
a chance to EXPLORE their dreams?
To “think OUTSIDE the BOX”?
To …go the extra mile?
Recently, I have been exploring
Genius Hour.
First of ALL…I don’t have an hour.
Secondly, their little minds and bodies couldn’t focus on ANYTHING for an hour.
So make it REAL
30 minutes of MAYHEM!
NO.
I don’t call it that!
( Even if it makes my OCD heart skip a beat!)
FUN  FRIDAY!
Now…this is NOT your “Teacher KICKS BACK while kids DO WHATEVER THEY WANT!”
This is a structured time of the week ( ANY DAY WILL WORK)
where kids get “tools” to BUILD!
I tell them they are building a city.
We brainstorm (chart with pictures – Lots of EL students )
ALL of the things WE want
in a PERFECT city!
(They want LOTS of PARKS…grass…Ice cream stores…etc )
And then I group them into groups of 4.
I switch them each week.
I get out their “TOOLS”…
Blocks…Garage Sale & “FRIENDS” donations
Their FAVORITE!
Toothpicks & marshmellows..
Engineers in ACTION!
Math Blocks…Want to learn about “sides”, “corners”, “flats”, “rolls” ?
Use them!
Oldie but a goodie!
They LOVE to follow the picture DIAGRAMS!
Get out your MATH Manipulatives…and let them PLAY!
NO! Not “PLAY” 🙂  …BUILD!
Build a CITY!
CUBES!
And the ALL TIME  FAVORITE…..
LEGOS!
Giant TUB!
I ask Parents to donate a small baggie of their “extras” from home.
We add them to the tub!
I may need a LARGER tub! 🙂
And so..don’t forget.
If you want to encourage kids to DREAM BIG!
We have to let them do it!
Create, problem solve, share, plan, explore.
I hope the future leaders of our country can do ALL of it!
(Better start teaching them HOW!)
And remember…you need to be a part of it also.
I  do.
We  do.
You  do.
WOW!
Excuse me.
I have some “creating” to do with those legos!

Primary Teachers are..QUIRKY! #GIGGLES #Freebie # Giveaway

Primary Teachers
are
QUIRKY!
HUH???
Quirky is defined as…
”  something that is strange/not normal but cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd.”
You mean ME?  I am…. ODD?
YES! YOU!
Here are the top 5 reasons PRIMARY Teachers are QUIRKY!
We like to “DRESS UP”!
Now in most professions there is a RULE of  PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
In Teaching…we are a little “QUIRKY”!
We tend to “go the extra mile!”
And it’s a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!
How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?
See?  Just a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
 AND …HEELS???
 Who can chase little ones
 or grab the glue bottle
 before it puddles
on the floor..
in heels?
You see…QUIRKY!
SMELLS..
Who doesn’t LOVE to walk into a room smelling of…
LAVENDER
COFFEE
FLOWERS
COOKIE DOUGH
etc.,  etc.
We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!
And then …24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in…
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
UGH!
 And SOME of those 6 year old WET PUPPIES..
NEED  DEODORANT!
And so…we retreat to our OLD FRIEND…
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and  get a “CERTIFICATE” to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.
A Little QUIRKY!
But…we do what we need to do to survive!
Myself…I prefer cookie dough candles..  JUST  ME.
DON’T LIGHT THEM…JUST SMELL THEM! 🙂
Lunch.
A Primary teacher’s lunch is a LITTLE  QUIRKY!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
ONE  HAND!
I always laugh when someone says,
” You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?”
Yeah…after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND…one doesn’t forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND…if I don’t have to call a parent.
AND..if I don’t need to run off papers.
AND..if I don’t need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note,
AND..HEAVEN FORBID..
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don’t forget to EAT…it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)
So…bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!
A LITTLE QUIRKY!
DIY
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do  It  YOURSELF..NEVER!  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
I don’t think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn’t involve someone else!
 Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY..
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!
Spray PAINT!
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
You have a smile on YOUR FACE?
NEON    SPRAY   PAINT!
Do YOU feel the “NEED”…to  spray
SOMETHING?
I know..it’s OK..
I think some people are “wired” with it.
The NEED  to PAINT!
And we do..
We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
And…it’s OK!
( I’m sure SOMEWHERE…there is a 12 step program for this!)
QUIRKY?
YEAH!
BAGS!
No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
BAGS!
“I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie…”
(I think it’s a SONG)
Me dancing…
But…
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!
We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG..
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!
And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes…I can carry it ALL in one trip!
(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)
But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!
No…I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
 I just bought the CUTEST  “31”  BAG..  🙂
A LITTLE  QUIRKY!
And so..
Some of us were MEANT to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!
To those who are…
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH..WEAR YOUR TSHIRTS PROUDLY…
AND  SMELL  the QUIRKINESS  in YOUR  WORLD!
WELCOME  to the CLUB!
If you have HUNG in here for this LONG  POST..
Keep GIGGLING..
Here is a FREEBIE  for YOU!
Who wants to win A TPT Gift CARD?
( For the BIG  TPT   BTS   SALE!)
My Friends ( BFF’s)  and I are giving YOU a chance to win a
 $40  TPT CARD!
YOU  WILL  WANT  THIS!
BIG  TPT  SALE  COMING!
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Some friends and I have gotten together to bring you a Back to School Giveaway! We know that you are probably gearing up to head back to school (and some of you have been back for a week or 2)!
So, we all teamed up and we are giving away a $40 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card for you to spend at the back to school sale that is happening August 1-2!
Here are the amazing teacher-bloggers that are bringing you this gift card! Click on the blog buttons to go to their blogs. Then, below each button is a link to the stores where you can add lots of things to your cart for the SALE!
Adventures in Teaching
The Groovy Teacher
Curious Firsties
Learning is Something to Treasure
1stgradefireworks
Happy  BTS  my friends!
Stop by my TPT store ( BIG  SALE ) coming soon! 🙂

What is TRUE Teacher Appreciation? It might SURPRISE You!

I am a VETERAN teacher.

NO.

 I have NOT fought in a WAR.

I have taught in GRADE 1

 ( exclusively )

for over 25 years!

WOW!

( Never “graduated” to second grade..as my students tell me!) 🙂

But…

I have changed my “VIEW” on teacher appreciation.

We ALL want to be appreciated.

We want to be recognized for

SOMETHING “GOOD”

 we have done!

But..

things can get a little …

OUT OF HAND!

I believe..

YES…

I believe there are

those who are

APPRECIATED

and those who

WISH THEY WERE!

I will say this ONE TIME..

IT  IS  NOT  ABOUT  TEST SCORES!

The teacher’s with the SUPER highest test scores

are NOT, always,

the teachers who are

APPRECIATED the MOST!

Now…disclaimer…teachers work WAY TOO hard!

I got that!

Some are SOOOOOO  focused on the “data”..

they forget, or can’t “document” the traits of the child the “data”came from!

No where is there a box to check that says:

___  Didn’t have breakfast ( or dinner the night before ).

___ Couldn’t sleep because parents were arguing LOUDLY!

___ No one would help with homework/reading ( for the past two weeks!)

or

___  not in a good “mind set”  today.

BUT…

these are kids!

This is life!

To attach a “number” to a student based on “today’s testing module”

is NOT

 what teaching is all about!

( Ok sorry..OFF my soapbox!)

So ,

Teacher Appreciation.

Where? How? When?

Admin’s…

Please ..I don’t need a new pen with my school name on it.

If YOU really want to show me your appreciation…

HAVE MY BACK during an IEP

when ‘the team” says

I NEED TO DO MORE!

By the time I have gotten to his stage..

I HAVE DONE ALL I CAN DO!

Take the stand that I AM DONE!

SEND ME SOME HELP!

Now I have great admin’s…

I know they have my back!

THAT’s  APPRECIATION!

If you want to “give” me something…

…TAKE MY RECESS DUTY!

…Take my class for an hour at the end of the day, if MY child is home sick!

… Come in and do reading groups once in a while

( an extra adult doing centers is ALWAYS appreciated).

You see…it’s NOT about the “things”

it’s about WHAT you DO!

How do you know if your “team” appreciates YOU?

Do you “share”?

Do you “follow through?”

Do you “care” about each other?

My “teaching partner”..

( I said “partner” one time..it took on a WHOLE DIFFERENT meaning!)

and I have taught next to each other

( rooms 3 & 4)

for 17 years!

We are going to retire together 

the same year…in 7 years.

( We “pinky sweared”…

..as long as nothing catastrophic happens before then).

Her mom works in her room.

I call her MOM!

Our student’s think we are

SISTERS!

See the family “resemblance”?

In my heart..

SOUL SISTERS!

We run homework for each other.

We share our students.

We laugh, we cry, we CARE about each other!

We are NOT the ONLY grade 1 teachers.

We have 1-2 others who teach with us.

( Depending on the year and student numbers).

We ALWAYS include them!

This is NOT a

CLOSE YOUR DOOR & DO YOUR THING!

NOPE!

WE DO!

Together.

Feel appreciated? YEP! Daily.

( I could have transfered to another school in MY district..many times!)

NOT LEAVING!

LOVE MY

CRAZY TITLE 1 school!

and then..

Your students..

When do they make YOU feel appreciated?

Is it when you are passing out report cards?

Is it when they forgot their homework?

Is it when they have interuupted you for the 1000th time that day?

Probably NOT!

It’s when that SAME little girl walks in EVERY morning

and says..

“Can I have a HUG?”

or

When the little boy who STUTTERS ( severely )…

asks if he can READ his newest story

TO THE CLASS!

( And EVERYONE cheers  for him!)

or

The “behavior problem” child

who knows ( his MAMA tells him a lot )

that he is a PROBLEM..

and he hands me a heart he made with a picture of me & him!

( Melts my heart..right before he hits another student!)

and last…

the “older students” who come back..

just to say HI!

or..

“I got my driver’s license & I promise to be safe..just like you said!”

“I got a full-ride scholarship…to HARVARD!”..yes  it did happen!

“I want to be back in first grade so I can PAINT!”

“Thank you , Mrs. McCarty, for listening to me!”

Giggles, Grins, Hugs, & High Fives to 

ALL of YOU!

YOU make a difference!