Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Real Teachers of Blog County: School Stories!

It's that time of the month again!  The Real Teachers of Blog County Linky!  Hurrah!
This month I would like to share a few stories with you.
You know you have them...
Tons of them....
Kids say (and do) the darndest things!

My first share was one that happened this year!
We were studying the life cycle of frogs and had live tadpoles in our classroom.  We we learning that they start as eggs, then turn into tadpoles, get their back legs, then their front legs, then they are metamorphs, then adult frogs. 
We were all taking this very seriously and doing lots of great observations.
One morning one of my darling cherubs runs up and yells "Mrs. G, Mrs. G, the tadpoles have turned to Methodists!"  He was pretty darned excited about it too!

One year I had a little Cherub who was a hypochondriac.  Something was always wrong with this poor darling.  One morning she walked up to me and licked my arm from elbow to wrist.  Of course I was appalled! Here is how that conversation went:
Me: "Cherub!  Why did you just lick my arm?"
Cherub: "Oh no Mrs. G.  That was my nose!"
It ended with me running to the bathroom to wash and sanitize!  Ugh...

My favorite excuse (so far) for why a student didn't have their homework:
"uh...I'm allergic to paper?"

What are some of your favorite School Stories?

Would you like to join us and link up?  Here are the "rules": 
1. Use the graphic above at the top of your blog post.
2.Once you link up please visit 2 other blogs and leave meaningful comments!  We all love comments!
3. Please link up your "The Real Teachers of "Blog County" post directly.  Please don't link to products or your store!  
Thank you Real Teacher Bloggers!  

Next month's topic will be: Favorite Books: Children's Book, Teacher Resource book and/or personal favorite to read.  Real Teachers read too right? Stop by, link up and get some great ideas for summer reading material!
 I will be post on second Wednesday of each month. Next month will be May 13!  
Thanks for stopping by and linking up!
Do you have an idea for a topic that you would like to read about?
Leave a comment with a Real Teachers of Blog County topic idea.  If I use your suggestion, I will send you an item (not bundle) of your choice from my TpT store!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lesson planning and a freebie...

I am blogging today at a new collaborative blog called: Classroom Tested Resources!  It is all about my one page lesson plan!  Hop on over there to check it out (and get your freebie of course)!!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Do you "Daily"?

Hello all!  Today I want to talk about something new that I have been doing in my classroom this year and I LOVE!  I call it our "Dailies".  I have mine on the whiteboard in front of the room.  This makes it easy to change what we are doing daily.  
I will be the first to confess that I dislike calendar time (that is being polite), so I wanted to do something daily that included the date, but was not quite calendar.  

This is what the Dailies Board looks like in my classroom.

This is an example page that the kiddos fill out with the number and word of the day!

In order to make my board, I printed the pages onto cardstock, trimmed them into strips, laminated them and put magnets on the back.  These could also be used in pocket charts (although I have not tried that).

 The bottom "Daily" changes.  As of right now we are doing those "dailies" orally, but I am working on making pages that will fit with all of the dailies.
I love using my students names in my daily problems!  They love seeing their names on the board.
My students all have a number as well, so sometimes I use their classroom numbers in the "Number of the Day" equations!

Recently we have been doing some revising and editing of the sentences that I do for the word of the day!  This is a lot of fun.  It is amazing the number of things that the kiddos have Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber doing!  Here is an example of before and after.  This is not necessarily one of our better ones, it is the one that I thought to take a picture of!

If you are interested in trying my "Dailies" board, it is now for sale in my TpT store.  You can click on the picture or HERE to get yours!

Monday, March 30, 2015

What are those crazy Indiana teachers up to with the Ninja Bunnies?...A $1 sale!

Hurrah!  A bunch of us Indiana Teachers are doing another $1 sale!  The products that I have on sale are:


Check out the link up below for other wonderful $1 products!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Check back tomorrow to see what havoc these Ninja Bunnies reek! You won't be sorry!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

#springteacherbloggermeetup2015 Weekend in Review!

Oh my goodness!  I am writing today about my weekend with 120+ other teacher bloggers!  What a great weekend!
I learned a lot and got to meet some AWESOME people!

I roomed with Amy from Math, Science, and Social Studies, Oh MY! and Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard!    We had a great time and stayed up much to late talking.  We think that we may have even heard the ghost that supposedly haunts the 7th floor of the French Lick Resort! Too bad the only picture I got with my roomies I have my eyes shut!

The whole weekend was about:

I learned so much and had such a great time!  We all worked together to make the sign above!  I was at the R table!

And...I got to meet Deanna Jump!  What a sweetie!  
She made my evening.

This amazing teacher extravaganza was organized by the amazing Holly Ehle of Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connection  and Brittany Banister 

Also a ton of thanks needs to go out to all those folks who donated and helped sponsor the event!
Erin Condren donated a teacher planner to everyone who attended!  It was definitely an Oprah moment!  We were all very excited!  Thank you Erin!

Scentos donated markers, gel pens and stickers!  Hurrah!
Vera Bradley sent adorable shopping totes!  Can't have enough of those!
Lakeshore Learning sent teacher bags!
  Thank you!
Thank you, Teachers Pay Teachers for co-sponsoring the Saturday night
PJ Party with Go Noodle !  We got adorable lanyards and got to dance the night away! A HUGE thank you!
We got very spoiled!

You can win your own teacher swag by entering in the rafflecoptor below!

You can also check out more blogs about this amazing weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March Bright Ideas: 3 ways to make setting up your class calendar easier!

Hurrah!  March! It's almost Spring...I can taste the warm weather!  Are you ready?

I'm back with a fun bright idea for your calendar this month!

1.  Stikki Clips!  I use Stikki Clips to put up the days on my calendar!

I love these things!  You can stick them up anywhere and insert a piece of paper and Voila!  They are awesome!

2. I mark what day it today with a clothespin and a bright orange sticker.  This was a spur of the moment, oh!  I have to mark the date...what can I use... types of inspirations and I love it!  You can also see the Stikki Clip in use here.

3. Velcro Dots.  As a teacher I really should own stock in velcro dots, plastic baggies, sharpies, and stikki clips.  I would probably be rich!

I use Velcro Dots to hang the month header at the top of my calendar.


My calendar hangs in my room above a whiteboard where I can write the date and any other important tidbits of information!

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