Friday, November 15, 2013

Back to School Night

So our back to school night was back in September.. but since I haven't been posting, I thought I would share what I did.. even though it was a sad night for me.

First I will share that it was so sad for me because I only had ONE, yep I said it.. ONE parent/ family come to meet me. Working in an inner city, I expect that not all, maybe half- if I am lucky will come. This one family came 30 minutes before the end of the night. I was disappointed because I spent a lot of time getting things together, and it definitely felt unappreciated. Nonetheless, as an educator, you prepare yourself for nights like this by trying to make it welcoming for families.. and so here is some pictures of what I did for the parents of my students:

I made souvenir popcorn with a Disney Label of course : ) I also made bookmarks for my parents to encourage them to read with their children. I also made the cover to hold the flyers I passed out to tell parents about classroom expectations, rules and policies. I also hand out any school flyers that are asked to go home on parent night as well. Sometimes I will save the extremely important ones to explain to parents. How do you welcome parents into your classroom? Better yet, how do you get more involvement? I usually get a handful of parents. This was my saddest year to date.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I'm Back.. Hopefully on track!

WOW! So first I apologize that I haven't posted in a very VERY long time. Things have been crazy and I know I've said this before.. but this time, its for real! Between trying to get things going for school, being in a wedding, planning another wedding for my best friend and finding out my husband and I are EXPECTING our first baby : ) Things really have been overwhelming!  So I will be attempting to get back into my blogging and back into creating some great products for TPT (I have some ideas in store.. if I can ever get myself to start them). I figured I would post pictures of my Disney Themed Classroom. I have had a few people asking me what the room looks like and how I incorporate my theme into my room.. so here goes! Welcome to Disney World (in Buffalo!!)

This picture is what is right outside my door..
I had the stick people but I made them Mouse Ears! I also have each student make a "Mickey Balloon" to have the stick kids hold. I post my "Mouseketeer of the Week" as well as our "Bucket Filler".  My Mouseketeer of the Week is just my one student for the week who gets to be the line leader, pass out snack, collect papers, run errands etc.

This is my door! I will post monthly pictures so you can see how it changes throughout the year.. unfortunately I missed September : ( But this is October and I will post November soon : )

Behind my Door is my list of busses.. Next to that are my classroom rules, small group rules and emergency exit information 
I also have a group incentive called "Movie Star Points" each group is a different character and their group can earn points for being the quietest, quickest to clean up, ready to learn, etc. reward is lunch bunch on Fridays! CHEAP INCENTIVE : )

I have a class data wall.. at this point it was early in the year so we didn't have much information on it, but it was ready to go! 

Homeworkopoly- DISNEY STYLE : )
probably my pride and joy only because I recreated the game to go along with the different areas of Disney World and Disney Land : ) It makes me happy!!!

The next few pictures are of my Marvelous Mathematicians, reading area, writing board, small group table… 

The next few are of my entrance: Kids put folders for me to check homework in the basket, students also move magnets to tell where they are, my calendar, schedule and focus wall for Journey's Common Core : )

If you look closely, you can see Mickey Heads on the rug, my students each sit on their own "Mickey" so they have their own space on the rug.. these haven't been so successful as they are just paper and rip all the time… I haven't found a good way to keep them from being destroyed : (

These last few pictures are my word wall, the view of my room from coming in the door, my birthday wall, and my teacher desk area : )

Yes my teacher bag and lunch box are Disney : ) Thanks for taking the virtual tour of my room :)

<3 Jackie *