Monday, April 29, 2013

Teachers Taking Over Instagram

Link up with Apples and ABC's and What The Teacher Wants to share the love on Instagram!  I have been obsessed with Instagram lately for a couple of reasons.  My favorite part is that you can interact with teachers all over the world to share ideas, comment back and forth, and as bloggers, promote your amazing ideas and TpT items.  
  Michelle and Rachelle are hosting a linky party to kick off "Teacher Talk Tuesday!"  
Here are some of my photos....some are not so teacher related but most are...I try. 

Our summer countdown rings! I hope I don't get observed tomorrow...the ring is to sit on the floor all day! Whoosie! 

I am IN LOVE with my new Asics shoes! Dear Asics, you're welcome for all the future teacher sales! 

I am starting to makeover my classroom library...I'm bored. I am buying Big Lots out of their bins! Notice the peace signs????? 
This is my niece and I...I let her borrow my crown...I do put a lot of family photos.......mostly of my furry babies.

Yes, this cutie patootie is yours truly!

My furry babies..................
Finally, I can tie ANYTHING to a standard! 

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring-a-licious Fun!

Here is a little peek at our Spring-a-licious week!

Missing addends are usually painful for my little nuggets. They love when they have center activities! Does the cuteness help them? I'd say so!

In ten years I have NEVER had math stations.... just call me ineffective. I wouldn't change this for the world! I feel like I have helped my students with these challenging CCSS concepts with all the hands on review.

We have struggled with greater than/less than this year. The more exposure they get, the better! Once upon a time when our standard was to 20 or even 50 it wasn't as difficult but now that it is 120+ it's difficult. 
Double digits in first grade?????? Thanks Common Core! It is overwhelming but they do understand with lots of practice! 

How about some Spring-a-licious fraction action? The cutesy chevron doesn't hurt the eyes either! I wish they had this rug still :o( 
Mental math=kicking and screaming! When you give them a dry-erase marker..not so much.
Prepositions.....seriously? I'm pretty sure I remember learning this in middle school or maybe 3rd grade! I do remember this..............I don't think colored ink & centers were even invented back then! 

How about some Spring-a-licious Fact or Opinions? Holy cuteness! 
EOY Dibels is right around the corner........need some practice!

Noun, Verb, Adjective word sort.....never can have enough practice with this concept! After they were finished, they used some these Spring-a-licious words to write a Spring-a-licious story during Work on Writing. 
If only the Chicagoland weather was as nice & bright as these centers! They were all like "What's the sun?"
Spring ABC order is always a hit! I made sure to put this center out right away. After they were all finished I put the word cards in our vocab pocket chart located in our writing center.

Click on any pic above or HERE to purchase my SPRING-A-LICIOUS Common Core aligned unit! It will be on sale all week long! 
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I have been a pinning maniac creating an EOY board. I plan on throwing my fabulous firsties a totally peaced out PARTAAAY! They are working towards a goal & they know I can throw a PARTAAY so they will obtain it! Follow my Pinterest board here & stay tuned! 


Sunday, April 7, 2013

New Blogger in Town!

i Everyone!  My name

is Cindy, from Cindy Sweeney’s Class. My mentor, Mel D, is allowing me to do a guest spot on her blog! 

I have been teaching for a long time.  I love technology and creating materials so
they fit just right with the students in my class.  I am always tweaking to make things better.   I’m sure you know what I am talking about. I teach kindergarten but started out teaching high school, spent seven years in middle school, and have been in elementary school since earning my masters degree.  I used to teach middle school students how to sew, so making things fit together and look appealing has always been important to me.  Many of those skills are ones I use to create materials for my current students.  I guess we all know that ya never stop learning.  Anyway, I have included some

free items so you can get an idea of what I do. I never spend money at the teacher store anymore; instead I create everything for my classroom myself.  I started out by creating an alphabet for above my chalkboard.  Then I made alphabet cards, then I coordinated nametags, and then coloring pages, and you get the idea.  I do go a little crazy.


The free alphabet chart for above your chalkboard, smartboard, whiteboard, or for your wordwall.

The alphabet cards that I use during RtI time and for tutoring students.

And the matching nametags for their desks. 

Oh, and I love teacher time savers.  Here is my stoplight behavior system.  I buy the little wooden cars from Michaels and I made the stoplight from foam poster board.  I have everything attached to my wall with Velcro and then when someone misbehaves, their car is moved to yellow…or red!  Yikes!  Anyway, I hand the actual notes to go home right on the wall too, so they are handy when the unfortunate moment arises.            

I am just getting started at blogging and presenting my materials, so please check back often.

Please head over to my
blog and give me some constructive feedback.
Thanks for reading my post.

Now you have a couple ways to save money in your classroom, whether that is in a school or in your living room.

Thank you Mel, for letting me visit with your followers!

Don't forget to follow Cindy & TPT HERE.