Thursday, July 28, 2011

Back to School Prep

I went into my room yesterday for the first time to start prepping.  This is the first year I haven't had to move in a long time, so the fact that a lot of things are done was nice!  I didn't get as much done as planned since my kids were with me.  I did get the desks arranged and will be zip tying them together when I go back in today (great idea I found on Pinterest!!)

I seem to have some trouble focusing while there so I made a list of all the things I need to do.  I am not normally a "list" person, but I'm giving it a shot.  I've attached my list, maybe some of you will find it useful.

Back to School Checklist

Heading back in today, hope the air conditioning is on because it is hotter!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Do you Pinterest?

I stumbled onto this summer and have become a complete ADDICT!!  In fact, I very well may start a 12 step program.  Although on 2nd thought, I'm not sure I WANT to give up the addiction!  I have found so many great ideas on pinterest.

If you aren't familiar with pinterest, it is a visual bookmarking site.  You "pin" websites to your virtual bulletin boards via a button you install on your browser.  Your boards and pins are shared with others on a site.  You can follow them, "repin" items from their boards, and search for topics.  Once you join, follow me!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Reading Strategies

We all know how important reading strategies are to becoming successful readers.  My students struggle with many of the strategies.  We would focus on one each week, and by the 3rd week, they couldn't remember the first strategy.

I created this poster to post in the classroom as a reminder of the strategies.  Now, this is not a  "post it and ignore it" type of thing.  I used it as I taught each strategy and I would refer back to it daily, until it became ingrained in their heads!

I printed the poster on a small vistaprint banner.  The printing came out fabulous and the vinyl of the banner means it will last for years to come!  This could very easily be printed onto a bookmark for students to keep at their desks.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2011

New to the Blogosphere

I've spent a few weeks trying to decide whether or not to jump into the blogosphere, and here I am!! I'm quite excited to be starting on this.  I know I have A LOT to learn, but "there's no time like the present!"  I would love to hear any tips you have learned on using blogger or on blogging in general.  My goal is to post tons of resources for you to use in your classroom.