Creative Teaching Press Product Leak!





Hello, friends!  So I am a complete maniac, but I am already excited for Back to School 2014!  Before you close the browser on me, let me tell you my reasons.  I am not by any means ready to start up a new school year...oh no, we all need a nice long mental and emotional break before we can contemplate that, but I cannot help but feel happy when I think about getting my classroom ready.  For whatever reason, it always brings me joy to spruce the place up!





I lucked out and was given some insider information from Creative Teaching Press on their new Back to School products! They've been kind enough to give me a glimpse into some of their adorable new products and, along with some fabulous bloggers, we've got ourselves a little blog hop going on to share what is coming from CTP!  








We each get to leak two darling new products to you!  It has been super hard to narrow things down, but these are definitely items I have my eye on!







Item #1: Mini-Hexagons Border





I have a MAJOR weakness for borders! It is incurable. I was so delighted to see that CTP has a ton of new darling borders for me to staple up at will!


One of the things that I love most about the new products is the fun use of patterns and design, as well as the bright colors that pop.







Item #2: Chevron Lesson Plan Book





I can't wait to get my hands on this one.  Cute and functional.  THAT'S WHAT I LIKE! Excuse me...excited. Well, that's it for my two leaked products. Click below to visit Carmen at Exploring Elementary and see even more!  Oh, and stay tuned, friends...I see a back-to-school giveaway in your future! :)










  

Creative Teaching Press Product Leak!


Hello, friends!  So I am a complete maniac, but I am already excited for Back to School 2014!  Before you close the browser on me, let me tell you my reasons.  I am not by any means ready to start up a new school year...oh no, we all need a nice long mental and emotional break before we can contemplate that, but I cannot help but feel happy when I think about getting my classroom ready.  For whatever reason, it always brings me joy to spruce the place up!

I lucked out and was given some insider information from Creative Teaching Press on their new Back to School products! They've been kind enough to give me a glimpse into some of their adorable new products and, along with some fabulous bloggers, we've got ourselves a little blog hop going on to share what is coming from CTP!  


We each get to leak two darling new products to you!  It has been super hard to narrow things down, but these are definitely items I have my eye on!

Item #1: Mini-Hexagons Border

I have a MAJOR weakness for borders! It is incurable. I was so delighted to see that CTP has a ton of new darling borders for me to staple up at will!
One of the things that I love most about the new products is the fun use of patterns and design, as well as the bright colors that pop.

Item #2: Chevron Lesson Plan Book

I can't wait to get my hands on this one.  Cute and functional.  THAT'S WHAT I LIKE! Excuse me...excited. Well, that's it for my two leaked products. Click below to visit Carmen at Exploring Elementary and see even more!  Oh, and stay tuned, friends...I see a back-to-school giveaway in your future! :)


  

Compound Words and Blog Thoughts





Okay, prepare yourself for honesty.  I am currently struggling with a love/hate relationship with my blog.  The nasty part of Bethany (she has crazy hair and angry eyes) tells me that it is a waste of my time, no one could possibly be reading or caring about it, and it doesn't stand a chance with the amazing teacher-bloggers out there.  Boo-hoo, insert sad violin music...





Then I bounce back a bit (taming the hair and eyes) and remember that I LOVE keeping a digital sort of scrapbook of my adventures with my students and my journey as a teacher!  And I KNOW that the blogging world has made me a better educator. I would even venture to say that it has made me a better person.  So, on the eve of my little baby blog's first birthday, we are here to stay!





Okay, enough blogging philosophy.





The real reason of this post is to share a super simple and super fun compound word activity.  I am still recovering from our England trip and I've been trying to keep things simple, yet productive in my classroom wherever possible. We began compound words this week and had a blast with them.  I introduced compound words with this anchor chart and then we sorted them, wrote silly stories using them, and illustrated them.










  I asked my students to select a compound word, break it apart into its two components and then put it back together via illustrations.  A very simple activity, but very fun.








Love the man falling off the cliff. :)











Don't forget to stop by in a few days.  I have an exciting announcement!













Compound Words and Blog Thoughts


Okay, prepare yourself for honesty.  I am currently struggling with a love/hate relationship with my blog.  The nasty part of Bethany (she has crazy hair and angry eyes) tells me that it is a waste of my time, no one could possibly be reading or caring about it, and it doesn't stand a chance with the amazing teacher-bloggers out there.  Boo-hoo, insert sad violin music...

Then I bounce back a bit (taming the hair and eyes) and remember that I LOVE keeping a digital sort of scrapbook of my adventures with my students and my journey as a teacher!  And I KNOW that the blogging world has made me a better educator. I would even venture to say that it has made me a better person.  So, on the eve of my little baby blog's first birthday, we are here to stay!

Okay, enough blogging philosophy.

The real reason of this post is to share a super simple and super fun compound word activity.  I am still recovering from our England trip and I've been trying to keep things simple, yet productive in my classroom wherever possible. We began compound words this week and had a blast with them.  I introduced compound words with this anchor chart and then we sorted them, wrote silly stories using them, and illustrated them.


  I asked my students to select a compound word, break it apart into its two components and then put it back together via illustrations.  A very simple activity, but very fun.


Love the man falling off the cliff. :)


Don't forget to stop by in a few days.  I have an exciting announcement!




Classroom Management Freebie








Hey there! Just wanted to check in with a freebie!  I had a few requests for the Stop and Think sheet I created to go along with my behavior management clip chart that I recently put into action so here is the whole thing wrapped up into one lovely freebie! The clip chart is working like a charm.  My kids love it and it is helping them to understand their accountability for their behavior. Excellent news, considering the fact that we have six more weeks of fabulous learning ahead of us! Enjoy!







Classroom Management Freebie



Hey there! Just wanted to check in with a freebie!  I had a few requests for the Stop and Think sheet I created to go along with my behavior management clip chart that I recently put into action so here is the whole thing wrapped up into one lovely freebie! The clip chart is working like a charm.  My kids love it and it is helping them to understand their accountability for their behavior. Excellent news, considering the fact that we have six more weeks of fabulous learning ahead of us! Enjoy!




Good News and Bad News

I love to read teaching blogs.  I come away from them feeling inspired and enthused about what I am doing.  However, occasionally I will read a post and feel a little depressed.  You see, when everything in so-and-so's classroom is all rainbows and sunshines and academic excellence and you feel your own teaching is still a work in progress it can kind of weigh you down.  This post is not about rainbows and sunshines.  Well, just a little bit.  Most of it is about management problems...yikes!

Let's start with some good news.  James and I just returned from a fabulous vacation in England and Wales!  It was our first trip with just the two of us, my first trip out of the country, AND my first ever flight.  The whole experience was terrifying and exhilarating and challenging and amazing!  We had a fabulous time experiencing new things together. Here is a little glimpse...























For having never traveled any kind of significant distance, this was an eye-opening, perspective-changing experience.  And it was new and refreshing to be able to spend so much time with James. It was just the most fun I've ever had.

Okay, now to the bad news.  I took 7 days off of work for this trip.  SEVEN.  The sub plans just about did me in.  After those seven days it was Spring Break.  When we all got back into our classroom I quickly realized that something was wrong.  My students were misbehaving.  I pride myself a bit on having a well-ordered classroom and I always take great pains at the beginning of the year to ensure that this is the case, but between having a substitute and having the freedom that spring break brings to a child, not to mention the fact that summer is right around the corner my kids are just a little bit sloppy in their behavior.  I spent my first days back reeling them back in after they had obviously been given a little too much slack. I decided to put a new plan of action into, well...action.  Here is what I came up with on Friday after school.







I've seen this type of thing all over the place and I am hoping it does the trick for my class.  I like the idea of them having individual accountability for their behavior, and being made aware of where they stand.  This is a bit of an experiment (I always find myself experimenting with my kids in April and May!), but I have high hopes.  If the kids reach "Good Job!" they get to enter their name into a drawing for various prizes.  If they achieve "Way to Go" they get to choose a class coupon.  "Ready to Learn" and "First Warning" are exactly what they say.  "Second Warning" will revoke a portion of a privilege (2 minutes off recess, etc.), and "Stop and Think" will require them to step aside and fill out this form that will go home to their parents.






What do you think?  Will this work?  Will it be effective?  Here's hoping for the best! Thanks for being my listening ear while I share some good news and bad news.  Oh, how it helps to have good teacher friends listening!  Time to put these things out of mind until Monday and go enjoy Easter with my family.  Happy Easter!





Oh, and come back soon for some exciting, EXCITING back-to-school news!!

***UPDATE: My clip chart and stop and think sheet are available free at this post!***

Good News and Bad News

I love to read teaching blogs.  I come away from them feeling inspired and enthused about what I am doing.  However, occasionally I will read a post and feel a little depressed.  You see, when everything in so-and-so's classroom is all rainbows and sunshines and academic excellence and you feel your own teaching is still a work in progress it can kind of weigh you down.  This post is not about rainbows and sunshines.  Well, just a little bit.  Most of it is about management problems...yikes!

Let's start with some good news.  James and I just returned from a fabulous vacation in England and Wales!  It was our first trip with just the two of us, my first trip out of the country, AND my first ever flight.  The whole experience was terrifying and exhilarating and challenging and amazing!  We had a fabulous time experiencing new things together. Here is a little glimpse...







For having never traveled any kind of significant distance, this was an eye-opening, perspective-changing experience.  And it was new and refreshing to be able to spend so much time with James. It was just the most fun I've ever had.

Okay, now to the bad news.  I took 7 days off of work for this trip.  SEVEN.  The sub plans just about did me in.  After those seven days it was Spring Break.  When we all got back into our classroom I quickly realized that something was wrong.  My students were misbehaving.  I pride myself a bit on having a well-ordered classroom and I always take great pains at the beginning of the year to ensure that this is the case, but between having a substitute and having the freedom that spring break brings to a child, not to mention the fact that summer is right around the corner my kids are just a little bit sloppy in their behavior.  I spent my first days back reeling them back in after they had obviously been given a little too much slack. I decided to put a new plan of action into, well...action.  Here is what I came up with on Friday after school.


I've seen this type of thing all over the place and I am hoping it does the trick for my class.  I like the idea of them having individual accountability for their behavior, and being made aware of where they stand.  This is a bit of an experiment (I always find myself experimenting with my kids in April and May!), but I have high hopes.  If the kids reach "Good Job!" they get to enter their name into a drawing for various prizes.  If they achieve "Way to Go" they get to choose a class coupon.  "Ready to Learn" and "First Warning" are exactly what they say.  "Second Warning" will revoke a portion of a privilege (2 minutes off recess, etc.), and "Stop and Think" will require them to step aside and fill out this form that will go home to their parents.


What do you think?  Will this work?  Will it be effective?  Here's hoping for the best! Thanks for being my listening ear while I share some good news and bad news.  Oh, how it helps to have good teacher friends listening!  Time to put these things out of mind until Monday and go enjoy Easter with my family.  Happy Easter!

Oh, and come back soon for some exciting, EXCITING back-to-school news!!

***UPDATE: My clip chart and stop and think sheet are available free at this post!***