August 2014 | Teaching in the Tongass

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

dirty dibeling

We are in our second week of school now and I am feeling super excited about this year! We've played the gettoknowya games and are all "communitied-up" and ready for the year! So, what have we been up to?!!  A lot!

1.) I did another fingerprint tree (these are great keepsakes!) and made one for you to use as well (click below to grab this FREEBIE!):
2.) We went over our classroom rules (another FREEBIE!) and I framed this chalkboard classroom rules poster to coincide with my current chalkboard and burlap obsession:
3.) We arranged our desks into table groups and set up a reward system (this is super helpful if you can get peers to remind each other to be on-task---one less reminder from me is always a good thing!) and put it in my lil store as a FREEBIE for you!
4.) And one of the all time favorite games (my go-to for Sub Plans)...Coin War! Click below to download this FREEBIE!
5.) We are in our 6th year of PBIS, so I didn't waste any time introducing this Behavior Matrix (click below to check it out) and of course, Think Time (an integral part of our behavior system):
6.)  Soooo now we're on to assessments (side note---a friend of mine pointed out today that dibeling sounds like a dirty word...she's sooo right! doesn't it?!).  So, I got my Back to School Centers ready and after a quick intro to each one (I keep them in binders and put a binder at each table group of 4-5), the kids were eager to get goin and I was able to get a TON of assessments done (a teacher's dream, right?!)! Here's a sneak peek of a few of the math games they played today (sorry for the glare in some of these...page protectors don't photograph well but they sure work well with dry erase markers!):


Click below to get a glimpse of what else we've been up to!
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Friday, August 22, 2014

chalkboard and burlap classroom...again

First week of school? Check. Great class? Check. I have a feeling this is going to be a GREAT year. Seriously. Maybe the best ever. Ever. I got bored watching a movie with Mr.Craftypants, so I made this little sign to go with my chalkboard and burlap decor.

Here's a peek at what my room looks like now....the inside is exactly the same as last year (you can see that post here).

I updated my hallway bulletin board to match my little decor thing going on...I found the white fabric roses and little wood chalkboard flags/jute string at JoAnns and used a liquid chalk marker to write student names. 
As you can see, I left up my schedule, chalkboard quote globe, turn-in box and burlap bulletin border, but it appears I need to tighten up the fabric backing of our word wall :) I'll get right on that #promisespromises
And I framed this printable (that's not burlap--it's digital burlap paper...yes!) I made to go outside the room:
I'm finally embracing my boring self and although I really like seeing so many colorful and bright classrooms, this is really my style at home, so why not bring it to work? I'm there all.day.long. We'll see if it stays up and for how long...who knows! If you are wanting a chalkboard theme room, click below to check out what I used:


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Monday, August 4, 2014

the sale and new freebies!

And, just in time for my new school year to start (I have about a week before I'm back in the classroom), I created these Back to School Math and Literacy Centers!  If you're like me, you end up having to do a ton of 1-1 assessments with your students right away (i.e. "Did your teacher last year really mark you at that reading level?! I need to verify this for myself....") and need the rest of your class to sit down and shut up be occupied so you can quickly and quietly get things done. Enter my new lifesaver:

Last year, the random holiday/assessment times I pulled out centers (we mainly stick to our reading program), I figured out that I prefer binders over tubs/buckets/whathaveyou.  I just stick the master in the clear front pocket and the rest inside (sometimes I remembered to hole punch on the copier, other times I just stuck them in the pocket part of the binder).  If the center had cards or other parts, I put them in ziplocs or in a binder zipper pouch.

Here's an example of what I mean (using these Iditarod centers):

I used my Teacher Binder Essentials all year last year and looooved it! I think I'll be binding it at OfficeMax this year (have you ever done this? let me know how it went!):

If you haven't seen my classroom remodel from last year where I used this Chalkboard decor and first day set up using play-doh, check it out here!

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