Sunday, April 29, 2012

Great Giveaway Linky Party!

The 3am Teacher blog is having an amazing giveaway over on her blog!  I almost hate to tell you about it because I want it so badly! :) Head over there, check out the giveaway, and take a look at all her amazing graphics!  She is also SUPER giving and always offering freebies from her graphic sets!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

29 and counting...

There's only 29 days left for me with my kiddos this school year, and at least 5 of them will be eaten up by PASS, our state standardized test, 3 or 4 with IEP meetings, 1 for Field Day....what else am I missing?  Y'all know I'm new to elementary, so I need all the help I can get these last few days of school.  The Easter Bunny didn't visit my classroom (hey, it was Spring Break during Easter) and my 1st grade girls were so disappointed that they still look for any sign of the bunny each morning.  I didn't know he was supposed to come into my class!  Anyway, back to my reason for posting...With 29 days left, I want to make the rest of the year as fun and enjoyable as possible without adding stress and management problems to my day. So, I'm asking for advice here again....Tell me what you are going to do in the last days of school to help you feel like this:


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive

If I only remember ONE thing about elementary school, it would be my Music teacher, Mrs. Scurry.  She made sure we sang correctly, and didn't let our lazy southern speech get in the way.  I have never really thought of her as being a big influence in my life, but she really did make an impression on me.  To this day, I know that I will think of Mrs. Scurry when I sing "Silent Night" and I always make sure I pronounce the Ts, just like she taught me. She always wore black Reebok tennis shoes and made you sit on the edge of your seat, with a straight back, and sing from your diaphragm.  Something today made me think of the old Johnny Mercer song we always sang in her class, "Ac-Cent-Tchu- Ate The Positive", and I thought that was PERFECT for a classroom.  SO, I turned it into a printable for my classroom and decided the best thing to do would be to share my printable AND my story!  I hope you'll download it (just click on the picture to pull it up in Google Docs) and bring in a little Johnny Mercer and Mrs. Scurry into your classroom!  Now, I would LOVE to hear about a teacher that you've never thought inspired you, but actually did!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Good Decisions Maze!

Good Decisions Maze!  I just made this maze to help my students with making respectful decisions.  I haven't had a chance to use it in own classroom yet, but I am looking forward to trying it out tomorrow.  Please go download this freebie and let me know what you think!  If this maze is a success, I will be developing more to sell in my store.  If you provide any feedback (good or bad) you may have a chance to win the whole set that I design!

Just click on the pictures to visit my TpT store!
Thanks Y'all!