Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Setting up my room again!!!

I went into school today to begin setting up my room again for the new year! Students start next Wednesday (1 week) and I have been busy these holidays making some new things for my classroom. It is already a great feeling being in my second year of teaching. Having the same classroom makes things a lot easier as most of my things are already set up and I know how I like things. I decided to change a few things though to make it seem a bit different and here are the new things I have done so far. If your interested you can have a look at my old setting up blog post from this time last year to see the difference

My new reading corner
I got a new bookshelf and pillows from ikea. I then made a story map- see other post, and put that on the wall with some story elements posters that I got from Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten TPT store (free).
I also got some reading quotes from The teacher couple TPT store (free) and used the Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Dr. Seuss quotes and suck them on the side of the reading shelf.
I also got an owl I PICK reading poster to put on the wall from cute classroom creations TPT store (free)

Birthday wall
I have changed my birthday wall this year- I decided to do an idea that I have seen on pinterest.
My wall isn't quite done but I will post some more pictures when I finish it next week. 
I bought some sparkly scrapbook paper from lincraft and stuck it up on the wall. I then got some cute owl month labels from schoolgirl styles TPT store. However I think I might need to reprint them a bit smaller, because I am going to take a photo of each the students whose birthdays are in each month. I am going to print their dates of birth with their names for them to hold up. I will then stick this picture underneath each month label. I don't have any October birthdays so I might be able to save some room there :-)
I have also redone my birthday pencils- see other post- this is the same as last year. 
I will post some more pictures when I finish this wall. 

 Owl door
I changed my door this year and gave it an owl theme. I got the sign from vistaprint . I bought the little owls from schoolgirl styles TPT store and just added my students names to it. I also got a cute owl welcome sign from teacherytidbits blog

Thats it for now but I still have another week before school starts and I'm sure some more things will be happening :-) 

Monday, 14 January 2013

Story Map- Plus a Freebie

Today I have made a 'Story Map' for my classroom.

I originally got the idea from pinterest and decided to make one. I am going to put it up on the wall of my new reading corner (which I will post pics of next time I go into the classroom). It is double sided and has basically the same thing on both sides.

The purpose behind me creating both sides is that I can fill it throughout the week as a whole class in shared reading with a big book, and then small groups can use the other side in guided reading without having to take away the post-its from the whole class.

Ways I will use this: 

Whole class- After reading a story with the class (or before and during the story) as a class we will fill out the story map. I will write down student answers on post-it notes and stick them on the map. This can be done in a single session or can be done throughout the week (depending on how long we look at a book for). Depending on the focus of the lesson, we might not fill out every section, just ones that I feel at the time are important for the students to understand.

Small group- Guided reading, after a small group has read their book, an activity can be to fill out the story map to assess student understanding. Students could each fill in one section, or they could work as a group to fill in the whole map. This could also be used with a parent helper with the same concept.

Worksheet- I have also made a worksheet of the map so that students can go away and fill it in themselves. This can be done from a whole class or small group lesson.

Here are pictures of the story map
Side 1

Side 2-

This is the worksheet I made. Just click on where it says worksheet or on the picture. I got the moister clipart from http://www.mycutegraphics.com/graphics/monster-images.html

It's been a while!!!!

It has been ages since I have last posted a blog post!!! I got sooo busy- I blame it being my first year teaching!
Well now that I am into my second year teaching my new years resolution is to post more regularly! We will see how that goes!!!

Well I have about 2 weeks until school begins and I have my new kids :-) It will be a bit different this year- I have 6 more students (27) and 8 more girls then last year (16 G and 11 B). 
I have slowly been getting into teacher mode and beginning to make a few new things for my classroom this year- stay tuned....

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Number of the day freebie and graduation time

After some searching on pinterest I saw a few different 'number of the day' worksheets ( from primary punch and loryevans) and I was inspired to make my own focused mainly on place value for our current maths unit.

download it here number of the day

Also worth talking about, I had my graduation last night! I officially have a Masters of Teaching (Primary) and a graduate certificate in religious education. I had such a great night and thought why not share some pics :-)

This is me getting ready to leave

This is me and my mum after the ceremony! 

It was a really great night- not to mention getting a day off school- and having today off for ANZAC day! I never realised how much work it is getting work ready for an emergency teacher. I was stressing all Monday making sure everything was ready- especially seeing my kids go swimming on Tuesdays!!! Eeeek, will be interesting going to school tomorrow seeing what it waiting for me :-)

Have a great week!!! 

Monday, 23 April 2012

I'm back and a visit to how my first term went

Hello, after a few months of silence I am back.

I never anticipated how stressful, tiring and hectic my first term of teaching would be! But to my amazement, I made my way through it and am now into my second week of term 2, and while I am still tired, I seem to be functioning a bit better.

What a term, I spent the first few weeks getting to know the kids (and still getting to know them... some finally are coming out of their shells :-). What a great, yet exhausting time. I love my behaviour management chart, once I started using it properly it has worked wonders. It is the best motivation for the kids to be quiet. If they get to role model they get a sticker and after 5 they get an award! Very excited last week all my kids finally made it to their 5th and have now all received an award (with one boy and one girl already receiving their second award- 10 role models.... will have to think what to do next once they keep getting awards!)

My kids are also loving the calendar, especially the I wonder questions. We have a new one each monday and each day I change the question a little bit or make it a bit more specific (i.e. make up your own etc). Such a great way to get them thinking and then speaking and listening.

They are probably my 2 favourite things from everything that I made ready for the year, the noise monitor is great and I have noise monitors, but I still have to remind them a lot and motivate them with the behaviour chart.

One great way to start the year was to go over the school rules and have a big chat about what they meant. Students brainstormed each rule. I typed them up put them on the floor and students came out, chose one and explained which rule it belonged on (as some could have gone on a few). It was a great way for students to really explain why we have rules.

Last term we did some great things, one thing which I loved was one of our I wonder questions where we thought about what fruit we would be. At the end of the week I brought in a coconut, kiwi fruit, nectarine, passionfruit and lemons and the kids became budding artists! Have a look at their great work

Another interesting thing that we did was our inquiry topic of 'rules'. We ended up making posters about sun, water and road safety. We also learnt how to play snakes and ladders, wrote a procedure and made up our own with safe (bottom of ladders) and unsafe rules (top of snakes) in it. The kids had such a great time making these and playing them with their parents on our showcase night. 

That will do for now, but I will try my hardest to post up more frequently throughout this term with some things that we are doing :-)

Monday, 30 January 2012

Setting up my classroom

Exhausted, tired, need to sleep!!!! 
But instead I decide to blog a new post about my first 2 days setting up my classroom. It has been a very exciting, stressful and crazy process- but at least my room is now starting to look half decent.

I really never realised how much effort it took in setting up a classroom, but now that I have done my first room, hopefully it will be easier in the years to come (hopefully!?!)

So yesterday morning I went in with a car full of things, walked into the classroom and started setting up my tables and chairs, unpacking resources and then unloading all of my things. Then back in today to make a display, and do lots of little things.

Anywho pictures speak 1000 words so please take a look....

A few different views from my room

My birthday display, just want to add a title and some ribbon to the bottom of the balloons! Might also redo a few flowers as they curled and collapsed in the 35+ heat in Melbourne.

My bday pencils- see other post about how I made them 

My teacher desk- very happy, have lots of room and large cupboards behind it!

Got this great organiser of amazon. The kids are going to put their completed work sheet in their folders and any sheets that are not finished outside their folders so they know what unfinished work they have

My chair!

Love my task board, just need to get some pictures for activities throughout the day (and being really pedantic, I want to reprint the kids names in a diff colour for the reading groups)

The start of my reading display! 

Prayer table

 Great letters- I got them from delawarecountymoms

Love vista print, got lots of great things for free including this sign. Just made a wordle and added it!

Made a behaviour clip chart. Got the idea from teach-a-roo

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Classroom ICT tools

I wanted to compile a list of some great web tools to use in the classroom. The ones that I have either used, or have heard and seen are the following:

Prezi is a great site that allows you to make presentations. The idea is the same as powerpoint, but the presentations that you can make are more interesting and visually dynamic.

Glogster is a site that allows you to create online multimedia “posters”. You can add text, pictures, videos, links and more

Wallwisher is like a big pinboard and you can add “sticky notes” to it. I have seen examples where over the school holidays students go on and stick notes up about what they have been doing on their holidays.

I am sure most people have heard of wordle, it is a site where you can create word clouds.

Tagxedo is another version of wordle, however you can create shapes with your clouds.

Xtranormal allows you to create an animated movie. You can choose two characters, type in what you would like them to say and add movements.

Zui is like youtube for kids. It has online games, videos and websites.

Photopeach is a program where you can create a slideshow and add different things such as text, music etc.

Voicethread allows you to create recordings, where you can add your voice to pictures and videos.

Memorize allows you to create online “tests”, where you can fill in 2 columns and students can match them up.

Blabberize is a fun site where you can add a picture of a person or animal, add your voice and the mouth in the picture moves along with it.

Bubblus is a tool where you can create concept maps.

As I use them in the classroom, I will add some examples to share ideas of how to use them. 

If you have used any of these please comment on how you have used them or what ideas you have for use in the classroom. 

If you have any other great ICT tools, please also comment with them and I can add them to the list.