Week in Pictures

I finally posted something longer than a sentence! Huzzah!

As you may know or remember, I am in a new position this year. I have a TLP teacher for grades one and two. TLP stands for Therapeutic Learning Program, in which I work in a sub-separate classroom for students with behavioral difficulties that inhibit their ability to make progress in a general education classroom. Some of my students are able to join the Gen. Ed setting for certain subjects, mostly my 2nd graders. At these "push in" times, my paraprofessional goes with my students into the Gen. Ed. classroom while I work with the rest of the students in the classroom. This usually works out well, as I usually end up with my lower kids. However, what I find the most complicated, is that one of my second graders is very low, and is not making adequate progress in the 2nd grade curriculum. Additionally, while my other 2 second graders are in pushed into the inclusion class, my other 2nd grader is with me and my 1st graders doing the first grade curriculum. I need to find a way to make sure I am meeting the needs of this student, while ensuring he is able to make some progress and meet the standards required for 2nd grade. It's an art, not a science for sure, and I need to figure out the best way to do this. Advice is much needed and appreciated!

Here is my last week (or two) in pictures:

Math Block:

Our school uses the Envision Math curriculum. I am new to this curriculum, and was very confused about the best way to use it. I hadn't received training on the program until our third week of school, so until then, I decided to teach how to use ten frames to my firsties.

 I used masking tape to create a large tens frame on our rug. I had exactly 10 bean bags (how perfect!) in my closet, so we used those to demonstrate using a tens frame and the beginning concept of counting on.
Here is our small group filling in our tens frame. We all took turns creating oral math problems for each other and displaying the answers on our tens frame. Some of us could do this independently, showing me who understand the concepts, while one friend needed a lot of support -  hand over hand to be exact. This lead us to our next task...
I found these fun little Fall-themed 10 Frames. I just spent nearly an hour looking for this worksheet in my saved teacher products, but could not find where I got it! If you recognize it, please let me know so I can give credit!!
This friend here was my hand-over-hand learner, so I decided to quickly put together this activity. Basically, this friend needs lots of practice with one-to-one correspondence and counting past 10, so I printed this worksheet to have him sort by color first (able to do independently while I supported the other kiddos), then supported him with counting each group. He also needs significant support writing his numbers (he can only write 1 independently), so while my other friends worked independently on other activities, I could work with this fella.
 Finally, I had an Envisions training, so I could start our curriculum. Here is what the program looks like.
 Here is a modified version I quickly decided to do to keep my kiddos engaged. They LOVE whiteboards :)

Literacy Block:
Our district also uses the Journey's curriculum for our reading and writing blocks. Again, this is new to me. If any of you have used this program, you know how.much.stuff there is in this program. I think that this curriculum has a lot to offer our kiddos, but until I can become fluent in it, I feel like my kids are really losing out. I am so overwhelmed by this program, and don't feel like I have received the best training. Oh, and I don't even have the teacher manuals yet! So there's that... The perils of being a public school sped teacher...

 As a result, I have been picking and choosing the activities I can find in what little resources I have. Here, my students are sorting by short a and short i words.
 Then I created a cut and paste worksheet for students to work on independently while I supported some students who needed it.
 And some more...
My kids are already annoyed with my camera!

Then, I FINALLY had my iPad training, so I could FINALLY get my iPad for my classroom! I have been bookmarking every single site that I can find on how to utilize one iPad in a classroom. If you have any more ideas, please let me know! I don't want to only use it as a reinforcer...

That's all for now - I'm off for an Autumn run! Stay tuned some time this week for our Parent Night in review.

Phew! What a Week!

Good evening everyone!

Wow! This has been a whirlwind of a week (or few weeks), as I get settled in my new position. I planned on throwing a giveaway to celebrate 400 followers...but I'm embarrassed to say, I'm not quite there yet... I'm hoping to post my giveaway sometime this week. I also wanted to throw a giveaway for reaching 100 "Likes" on Facebook. But alas, I'm still 4 away on that as well. Maybe I'll reach both milestones this week and can throw an even BIGGER giveaway! Tell your friends!

I just want to let you know that I am still alive... But, now I must leave. Date Night with the Husband! Please don't give up on me just yet! I will be back to show you the week in pictures, as well as that freebie I promised you last week! Thank you for your patience as I figure out how to balance my work, marriage, friends, and blog!

I shall leave you with this image of Fred...
Kitty yawn or the start of the Cat Zombie Apocalypse? 

Currently, Winner, and My Mini!


I'm so excited to present to you...MY CUSTOM MINI!!! The Tongass Teacher has a product you can purchase so she can create your very own custom mini! I was so excited - I just HAD to have one. I created my own, but honestly, I wanted to beautiful colors of the one's people actually know how to create! I use my mini for my classroom exchanges :)

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see Mini Rae!

I also FINALLY linked up with Farley's Currently for the month. It's just been so hectic in my life that this was put on the back burner, but I really wanted to participate again this month.

I need to make sure I am sticking to my New Years Resolution (yes, I'm still on that) by eating produce at every meal! Back to school means back to health! I also want to ensure that I am being positive and looking at every day as a new opportunity for growth and happiness. Weeks like last week I could have really used this outlook :)

Also, we have a WINNER of my Back to School Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Dalynn! Look out for an email from me :)

Teaching Reading Series: Part IV and V

Morning Y'all!

Here is the final installment of my Teaching Reading Series! This week's presentation is about literacy assessments and teaching English Language Learners. I am no expert in ELLs, but I wanted to provide you with some proven strategies that work with these kiddos. If you have more information to add, please comment below :)

If you have missed any of the previous presentations in the series, click the images below. You will find some freebies there as well :)


To access this and all other PowerPoints for later use, please click here.

I sincerely hope this presentation, along with all previous presentations, are helpful for you as educators, professionals, and even parents. If you enjoyed this post, please consider "pinning" it so others can find this as well!

If you have any additional questions, please email me (email icon on my sidebar).

Also, I'm preparing for a 400 Follower Giveaway! Please consider donating to my giveaway by filling out the form found in my previous blog post! Thanks so much :)

Week in Review, Classroom Reveal + Giveaway Form!

I made it! Survived my first week at my new job, with my new kids, in my new position, at my new school! It's honestly, a miracle. I didn't think I'd survive the DAY let alone the week. But, life is full of miracles I s'pose

We didn't actually start school until Wednesday, when the kids arrived. Maybe it's not such a miracle...it was only 3 days. But still...considering how my week started...

I was not able to get into my building this last weekend. I had SO.MUCH.TO.DO and had to put everything on hold. Of course, the things I needed to do HAD to be done in the building (ya know, like decorating...) so I was forced to wait until Tuesday. Which sucked. Tuesday was FULL of meetings...a'int no body got time for that the day before school!!! How have they not realized this yet?!


Back to School Giveaway!

So I know you've heard all the buzz about the the new PINK Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies. Well, now it's your chance to win one!
A'int she a beaute?

All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Make sure to complete all of the requirements, as we will be verifying! You can choose any color still, this is just to celebrate the awesome new addition to the Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener family!


  • Complete all mandatory entries in Rafflecopter (and the non-mandatory ones for more entries!)
  • Once a winner is announced, the winner will be emailed by me, to verify the color request for the sharpener (blue, black, green, red or PINK)
  • I will also ask the winner for their mailing address. *MUST be a US resident*

As someone how owns one of these awesome things (2 actually...), I cannot tell you enough how amazing they are. When I came to my new classroom last week, I immediately got rid of the electric sharpeners and put them in the hall way. The teacher next to me asked if I was sure I wanted to get rid of them and I eagerly said YES! I have just what I need!

* I just set up my pencil station - I will be posting pictures of it soon, if you'd like to see the pencil sharpener displayed in my room!*

Good luck :)

And to leave you with some adorableness...here is my Chester enjoying my new calendar decor (courtesy of Dollar Tree with suggestions from many on Instagram). That's when you know you've made a good purchase.

Well, I'm off to finish some more classroom projects while the Husband is at the gym. Then, hoping the sun comes out we can have our BBQ!
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