Thursday, May 30, 2013

Measurement

Are you still in school? I have 15 days left!!! The time is ticking but there is still soooooo much to do! We are in the middle of our last unit of the year: Measurement! My kiddos love this unit because it is very hands on : ) Here is a freebie for you at my TPT store. We make rulers every year after reading a fiction story about the "Land of Inch" I made this cute little poem to accompany the rulers we make to send home so parents can encourage their children to measure items at home to practice their skills! Hop on over to my store and download this freebie : ) Hope you are enjoying your recent start to vacation or your end of the year finale!!
We write the numbers in each "brick" and the students take them home : )

Much Love!
Jackie


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Singing the Sunday Night Blues

Another weekend has come and gone my friends. The nicer the weather gets up here in Buffalo, the shorter the weekends get! (or so it seems) There are still 23 days left in our school year which seems like in no time we will be on summer break! (Thank goodness) So I have been reflecting on how I can better implement Common Core and how I can really try to get my students writing more independently. I have decided that next year, I would like to attempt the class journals that most of you have been talking about and that I have seen on pinterest.

I have created my own pack on Teacherspayteachers to help other teachers implement class journals and Common Core writing. I am so excited to get working on these. I almost wish it was September!  I am glad I have all summer off to get things ready! If you are looking for a good way to include Common Core expectations of your students on a daily or weekly basis.. please visit my store. I have included 12 prompts for you to use. The labels go on a spiral or composition notebook.

How do you implement Common Core writing in your classroom? Have you used class journals? What works and what doesn't? Comment below! Hope you all have a wonderful week!!!

Much Love, 

Jackie


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Linking UP!!

I am attempting my very first linky with Latoya! I am trying to get back into the swing of things! The end of the year and all of the new state mandates for our evaluations has me a little overwhelmed, but I really want to get back on track and organized.. so here goes!!


Three questions to answer : ) 

What made you decide to become a teacher?
Well I have ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher. Ever since I can remember, I would practice my handwriting, I would read to my younger siblings and then when I got in High School, I volunteered to teach Sunday School at my church. I loved doing it and when the time came to decide a college and major.. I was split between lawyer and teacher. I chose teaching and I am glad that I did! (most days hehe) You can't use colored pens in a lawyer's office : )

What has been your most rewarding experience as a teacher?
I think its the little things that count most. I love the hugs and the times when the kids get so excited about an activity or a lesson that they tell me they love me and I'm the best teacher. I enjoy planning fun and exciting ways to learn and knowing they enjoy it too is very rewarding. I have to say most recently I had a very rewarding experience. Teaching Special Needs students is a very difficult task and when you see growth from your students, you want to sing on the rooftops. This week, I have one student who has graduated his reading program to level 3. In 3 years of using the Fast Forward Computer Reading intervention, I HAVE NEVER had a student reach this level. I was so proud!
We have also been working on adding and subtracting double digit and 3 digit numbers with and without regrouping. Rarely do I find students who are able to do this. We spend months and months and usually I have like 2 that will be able to do it some of the time. I am proud to say I have 6 students who can borrow, regroup all of the time : ) I am so proud to see my teaching and hard work has paid off!!!!!!!

If you were not a teacher, what would you be?
Well if I didn't choose Teaching, I'd probably be in Law. I also had a dream of becoming a principal one day, but I am not 100% sure I want to do that at this point. I think I would like to read books and write reviews or possibly work as a CSE Chair for Special Education. All in all.. only one profession suits me at this time : ) I am happy where I am!!


Jackie : )

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is Sunday and it creeps up on me every year. This year I came back from Spring Break with a plan.. TO GET THESE MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS MOVING! My goal was to plant flowers in cups early enough so they would flower just in time for Mother's Day. So step 1 was to get these marigold's planted. The kids had fun planting seeds and digging in my bag of soil. After we did that, we just gave the plants some TLC! They enjoyed coming in daily to find out if their seed grew at all. I love that marigolds germinate quickly. The kids were able to see success in a few days!

So this week being the week before Mother's Day, we started working on our projects again. I found the cutest Mother's Day craft on Pinterest here. So we got to work. I collected tuna cans from lent. I bought clothespins from Home Depot. We also of course had our marigolds still growing! Most of my kids get Occupational Therapy so the therapist was a HUGE help in getting these done this week. Check out the pictures below of the finished product. (unfortunately no flowers in time for Mother's Day, but we had great planting success as only one seed did not germinate!)

Do you do anything special for the moms of the children in your classroom? Share your ideas below : )

Much Love, 

Jackie : )

Monday, May 6, 2013

Oh My Pizza Pie!

We have completed fractions! This is a huge accomplishment because we used a lot of food references and honestly.. I am tired of ice cream sundaes, pizza, pie, cookies and sandwiches! Whew! The kids had a great time studying fractions though! We use investigations in our district and so it is often difficult for the children to learn the way the book wants us to present. As a teacher of students with disabilities, I know my students need more concrete examples of mathematics and so I deviate from the manual sometimes  A LOT! I take the lesson from the manual and determine what the objective is and then plan the lesson to meet the needs of my learners. Investigations also does not teach 3/3 as one whole and the new common core standards for second grade includes fractional representations of a whole. So I added that into my final lesson. We started off by reviewing 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 and how to illustrate a fraction using circles and rectangles (specifically from common core). The kids have done well with fractions considering we have kept everything related to food! We then broke up into groups and decided to MAKE PIZZA! This was a great culminating idea and the kids had so much fun!

I made a stop at the local pizza hut and asked for personal pizza boxes and they were more than happy to donate to my cause! I cannot thank them enough for their support in the education efforts!

Students then broke up into groups and started working on their pizzas. They used a key to help them choose their ingredients!


After students made their pizza they had to use a recording sheet to describe their pizza toppings. 


Students absolutely loved making these! We hung them in the hall and received many compliments from other teachers, parents and administrators that walked by! I have to give credit though because I saw this idea pinned on Pinterest. I am not able to find the original idea. If you have seen this and know the original poster please let me know so I can give the credit to the original creator : )

How did your students do with fractions this year? If you did anything fun comment below to share or link up to a previous post!! 

Much Love! 
Jackie


Welcome Back

Welcome back is right! I am trying to get back into the swing of things since I haven't posted in so long. Step one: Get rid of snowflakes. Step two: Welcome Back Blog! So here I am. Between working two jobs and trying to get things buttoned up for the state, things have been hectic and for that I apologize. 

Teacher's appreciation week is this week and my building is also doing a school spirit week. Today (Monday was RED WHITE AND BLUE) I don't own any red, so I went with pink.. but one of my students brought me in a lei of red white and blue flowers! He is so sweet : ) Tomorrow is Teacher's appreciation day and it is also twisted Tuesday at work. I don't plan on wearing my clothes mismatched and inside out because I have to match. I wouldn't be able to work if I didnt match! Wednesday we will be wearing sports jerseys or shirts.. I LIVE for this day because I have so many jerseys! I am not sure which one I will pick : ) 

The main reason I mention this is because I am taking part in the TPT sale for Teacher Appreciation. My sale started today and runs through Thursday. Stop by my store for some goods for your kids! Make sure you use the code TAD13 at checkout! Thank you again for sticking by me through the period of time I was MIA : )

Much Love!

Jackie