Thursday, August 25, 2011
Pete the Cat has been updated. If you've already purchased it there is NO need to repurchase the unit. Just go to your Manage/See My Downloads folder and you can get the updated version. Click on the Picture to go to TPT. :)
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The theme for today on Blog Hoppin' is Teacher advice.
The best piece of advice I can give is NEVER stop learning. Two of my favorite books are by Debbie Miller. When you read her books it feels like you are chatting with a friend. A very knowledgeable friend. I love these books so much! My copies are dog-eared, hi-lighted and tattered.
Chapter 3 of Teaching with Intention starts with this insight from Debbie Miller,
"I believe that classroom environments are the most effective when they are literate and purposeful, organized and accessible, and, most of all, authentic."
That is so TRUE!!! Don't rush out and spend money on premade bulletin boards and charts for your classroom. Your walls should be covered with student work and charts that were made with them to anchor the learning.
Another piece of advice is this.... If you need help ask for it and if you see someone who needs help give it!We have the wonderful opportunity to help not only our students but each other.
Smile even if you don't feel like it.
Look for the positive in every situation.
One of my friends recently posted on facebook that she was having a terrible day.
She posted that it was only 9 a.m. and she had already spilled coffee on her shirt, been late to work
and ran over a squirrel! My comment back? Just be thankful that you weren't the squirrel!
Can I get an Amen? :)
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
You can download the survey sheet for free by clicking here.
Okay, Friends... I know y'all are losing your patience with me. When are the updates to Pete the Cat going to be ready? I promise I am working on them. If they aren't ready by Wednesday I will ground myself from Sonic coke (which I must have every day) for a solid week! If that isn't motivation I don't know what is!
Have a GREAT week!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Shoo-Wee! I always forget how exhausting (but fun) the first week of Kindergarten is!
Here are some of the things we did the first week.
Mercy! Please excuse the spelling error above (listening)... Hello?! There's a big red line to call my attention to the error but I didn't see it until I had already saved the slide. So my error will just have to live on forever! :)
The Rainbow Names and Wheels on the Bus activity can be found in this unit:
I will post more by Wednesday night!
A lot of you have asked about Pete the Cat... I am almost finished with the updates.
I am also working on essential questions to go along with the Common Core Standards.
So sorry y'all! One thing that slowed me down on the Pete updates were all of the requests for different subject headings on the standards posters (52 requests= lots of work!) It is so funny how we all teach the same subject areas but we use different wording. Reading - Reader's Workshop-
Reading Workshop- Shared Reading.
Here's the pirate sheet a lot of you requested! I made two different versions. :) They are both included in the same download. Click on the picture below.