Thursday, July 26, 2012

Moving In

Thanks to my niece and her friend, we were able to move my junk treasures to the media center. No need for Zumba when you're moving six years worth of teaching materials to another part of campus. We really got a work-out.

This week I have been busy unpacking and setting up the media center.  I never realized there were so many little closets and storage areas in the media center.  The school Cricut and laminator have been hot - figuratively and literally. I was able to take several "before" pictures, but only one "after" picture.  The custodian had to put me out. Time sure does fly when you're having fun.

I didn't like looking at the back of the bookcase through the window.  With bulletin board paper and my Locker Talk Cricut cartridge, it looks better. I'll add a quote or use it to display rules. The poster will stay for now. 
This unused Room is the new home for the Cricut and Book Hospital.

This is one of the small closets.  Right now it holds some outdated technology and decorations. It will probably be used for decorations and props, once the techy stuff is removed.  There's another small closet across the room, which is mostly used to store Book Fair set-up items.

I am in the process of re-doing the bulletin board and windows on this wall. Instead of doing a theme, I'm using blues, yellow, and green dots to decorate.  It will be easier to work polka-dots into the Book Fair themes.  The PBIS window will remain, but with my polka-dot color theme.  The "Library Star" board will be used for an "Author Study" or theme.

I will only work one or two days next week.  I would like to take a mini vacation before the teacher work days start.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Coin Poem Poster

In order to make sure that my first graders were able to identify and know the value of coins, I usually use play money as part of my classroom management.  This year I decided to use the clip chart management system, at the beginning of school.   After Christmas, I integrated play money with the clip chart management system.  Several students had a difficult time with counting their money, so I needed something to help them.  We memorized the Coin Poem which I found on Pinterest.  I sent copies of the poem home with the students too.
Coin Poem
Someone had given me some extra large coins from Dollar Tree.  I already had the star border, also from Dollar Tree.  After I glued everything onto yellow bulletin board paper,  it was still missing something.  I found some coin stickers in my sticker drawer.  My Dollar Tree border turned into an original border.

I found my students using the poster throughout the year. They also reminded each other to use the poster when they noticed a classmate having trouble.  I only wish I had thought of it sooner.  Although I will not be using this type of behavior management in the media center, I thought it would helpful for other teachers.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Job Title Means New Blog Title

The "Waiting Game" is over.  I am now the media specialist for our school.  Although the previous media specialist tried to convince me that she wears tiny shoes, I know that I have some big shoes to fill.  I am so excited, but nervous because there are so many things to learn. 

I have been trying to get rid of stuff and pack up for the big move.  I can't believe that I kept some bulletin boards, but didn't have pictures of them.  I'm sure that I took pictures, but they must have been saved on our old, discarded desktops.  Here's one of the bulletin boards that I kept. 

Since I'll be the media specialist, I'll be integrating math, science, and social studies with the stories that I'll read. Tops and Bottoms made our plant unit really fun, when I did it about three years ago.  The students labeled the vegetable parts, made a graph, and wrote about their favorite plant parts to eat. I was able to save the bulletin board, because it was done in three different sections. I have already started "pinning" ideas to use as a media specialist. 

Now, what would be a good title for my blog?  I will mostly blog about and share examples of how I integrate different subjects with popular children's stories. I will also blog about how the students use technology for some of the activities.  I don't want to change the blog address, because I've done that before, and lost several followers. I'm open for suggestions about a title and post ideas.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Waiting Game

Happy 4th of July!  I am thankful for the freedom that we have in America. Thank you to the Armed Services. God Bless America!!!

Now for the reason I'm posting, today; I have been playing the waiting game for three loooong days, and it's driving me crazy! Last week I had an interview for my dream position. I've been waiting by the phone, since.
Day 1 of the Waiting Game

I will take whatever God gives me, because I know He has big plans for me.  The reason it's driving me crazy is that I don't know whether to spend my energy continuing with the Daily 5 Book Study, making plans for the 1st Six weeks of 1st grade (done), making all the games to go with the plans, changing the title of my blog, changing my Educator Conference sessions, or getting familiar with K-5 Common Core.  Other questions remain unanswered too.

The next time you visit my blog, it could have a different title.