Archives for April 2014

Why, hello there!

It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down to blog much.  It has been crazy chaotic getting students ready for state assessments and creating resources that are fun and engaging to keep them motivated.

As most of you who follow me know, I teach writing and math this year.  Weird combination, I know.  But…it works.  We have been told that next year we will all be self-contained, so I’ll be back to teaching all subjects.  My blog may change a bit due to that, but probably for the better.  I’ll just have to categorize my posts into subjects.

So…our writing test is over (whew!), and our Reading and Math are in two weeks.  We are dropping writing for these next couple of weeks in order to get some serious math prep done.  I have very mixed feelings about it, seeing as writing is my absolute FAVORITE thing to teach, but we will pick up where we left off and do some book publishing at the end of April and pretty much all of May.  That’s always a great way to end the year!

Many of you used my 2 week lesson plans for writing test prep, and hopefully you found it useful and thorough.  I planned on posting my math lesson plans, too, but I left them at school in my haste to leave before the storm hit this afternoon.  :/  I’ll try to get them posted tomorrow.

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At the beginning of March, our school had a PLC meeting to showcase things that teachers are doing in their classrooms that are beneficial to learning.  I was chosen to discuss “challenging student behaviors.”  I was asked to speak about a few things I do in my classroom to help minimize disruptions and keep students on task.  Teachers were put into groups and rotated through our stations.  We had a blast!

One of my favorite things I have incorporated into my classroom (that I stole from Pinterest, of course) is scratch-off tickets.  My kids will do almost ANYTHING for one! I use them for any positive behavior I want to reinforce…staying quiet, being prepared for class, answering questions, asking questions, etc.

I’ve always liked it when I can take something back with me to use immediately after learning about it, so I decided to give the last 2 minutes or so of each of my presentations to allow teachers to make their own scratch-off tickets.  I copied several, laminated them, and cut them out.  I set out different colors of paint on the table for teachers to paint over the rewards they chose, and let them take the tickets with them.

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And now on to my Monday Made It.


I’m linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics again.  If you have never taken the opportunity to head over and check out her monthly linky, I highly suggest that you do.  There are so many neat posts about all kinds of things!



I’ve already posted several of these, but I’ve been hard at work making task cards with QR codes for my students.  They have really enjoyed being able to incorporate technology into their learning.  The funny thing is…they are doing the EXACT same skills, but it’s just more fun because they get to use iPads to check their answers.  And they loved getting into groups to discuss their answers and rules they had learned.

I just finished up a set of new task cards…this time…yep, they are MATH!  😉  You can grab a set in my TpT store if you are interested.  They cover Category 1 of the STAAR Math TEKS, but I know they align to CCSS, too.



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If you are interested, you can grab a set from my TpT store.  **Also, the first 2 people to comment on how you would use them in your classroom will snag a set for free!



I’ve been busy creating posters to go along with my math lessons.  I’m sure you’ve seen these before, but I thought I’d share anyway.  One of them comes from a TpT freebie from Catnip’s Word Walls.  SUPER cute transformation posters!  I printed them small and put them onto one poster, but they are a great visual to my students.

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Gallon King: To help students with capacity

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These pictures aren’t great quality, but you get the idea!

Obviously, everything for my MMI is related to test prep.  :(  This is NOT my favorite time of year, but…as they say…this, too, shall pass!  Thank goodness for that!

This post was pretty long, so thanks for hanging in there with me!  If you are a first time visitor, take a look around my blog…I promise most of my posts aren’t this drab.  It’s just THAT time of year.  We’re all pooped and ready for summer test prep time to be O-V-E-R!

Don’t forget to hop on over to Tara’s blog to find more Monday Made It fabulous ideas!!



April Currently

I’m linking up again with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her April CURRENTLY.

Oh, the joys of state testing.  Anyone else feel extreme fatigue?  I know I do!

Another short post, but this one is always fun.  I enjoy reading others on her linky, too.  If you click the link above you can see what other teachers are up to.  It’s always interesting to see how much we are alike….and different!

Have I ever said how much I LOVE Ranger baseball?  If there is a game being played, it’s on at our house.  My husband and I have both had the opportunity to go to a World Series game when they were in it.  So. Stinkin’. Awesome.  I could talk baseball all day. (Except that the team is all different this year, so I’m having to learn them all and their positions again.)

I’m currently loving the fact that one day of STAAR Writing is over.  Once tomorrow is over, we can focus more on Reading and Math.

I have a Manske roll downstairs that I really want.  But more than that, I don’t want to walk another step today.  If you don’t know what a Manske roll is, find out here.  Best. Sweet rolls. EVER.  As in…you can taste the butter in the sauce!  I’m sure there’s an entire day’s worth of calories in one half of one of those bad boys…but man, they’re good!!!

My bed is calling my name.  I need more sleep.  Enough said.

I, like many of you, set my alarm much earlier than I actually get up.  It drives my husband crazy.  But…I usually get to school around 7:00.  The kids get to the room at 7:30.  They get to leave at 3:00, but teachers have to stay until 4:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  Wednesday is our long day…5:00.  Mandatory. Then on Fridays we can go home after our kids are gone.  Always changing!

What are you up to this month?  Link up and let us know!