Thursday, July 5, 2012

4 on the 5th...

Can I just say I LOVE the idea of this linky party that that Ms. M is throwing?  I'm all about keeping things manageable as far trying new things in my classroom.  

My second year of teaching I had so many new things on my list that I wanted to try, got them ready over the summer, and then once the year started, most of them went by the wayside as I couldn't keep up with them all.  Now, I just pick one major thing that I'd like to try and then a handful of smaller things projects, so it's much more manageable and I stick to them.  One year it was my reader's response journals, one year it was my clip chart, and well last year it was learning a new curriculum a week before school started. :)

1. The Daily Five
I've owned the book for years and was a fool and tried to implement parts of it last year in parts without reading it.  Stupid me.  Anyways, I've been LOVING all the book studies going around the blog world this summer.  I'm really excited to implement what will be a Daily Three in my fourth grade classroom. 

2. Whole Brain Teaching
I love, love, love what I've read so far, and while I haven't had much time to read as much as I would like to, but I definitely plan  on implementing the rules, love that they are recited each day, and a lot of the whole group management techniques next year. Again keeping it manageable!

3. A Brand New Curriculum
Enough said.  New grade level, new curriculum.  Thank goodness for blogging friends and Teachers Pay Teachers, I don't have reinvent every wheel. :)

4. Lesson Plan/Cleaning Schedules
I feel that the year that I was most successful in staying on top of  my lesson planning was my second year of teaching.  During my planning times, either before, during, or after school, I planned a rough sketch of plans for a different subject each day.
Tuesday- Language/Writing
Wednesday- Math
Thursday- Social Studies or Science, depending on which one I was teaching at the time.
Friday- Finalized the rough sketches and got copies ready for the week, or at least through Monday if I had plans right after school.  
While I do love, love, love scoring the web for new ideas to use with my class, but at the same time, I hate being glued to my computer every weekend.  I really want to be able to get more done at school this year.  I honestly believe if I stick to a schedule, I will. :)

Same thing at home.  I hate spending all weekend cleaning, and not enjoying the weekend.  My hubs and I have both agreed we NEED a simple cleaning schedule to follow during the week and we need to hold each other accountable to following it for more than just a week.  Especially since we are doubling our living space moving to our new house.
I want to thank all of you who were so sweet enough enough to award me so, so, so many awards lately.  I'm so honored that you liked my blog enough to even consider me.  :) For all my bloggy friends that I've neglected the past few days, life has been crazy sauce! Once my daddy's retirement party is over this weekend, I'll have a lot more time to spare. :)

I spent a lot of time today cleaning up and making one of my FAVORITE back to school/character education activities much more visually appealing and teacher friendly today, and I can't wait to share it with you.  For now, here's a little sneak peek. :)
 If you just can't wait to see what this tasty bowl is all about, you can find out exactly what it is {here}

Don't forget, you can find me on Facebook too! :)


  1. Ooo, I LOVE the idea of a different subject on a different day! That may make my piles a bit more manageable ;)

    Love that you're jumping into WBT- it's so stinkin' easy to start and the success is addicting, so you'll want to do more and more!

    I am checking out that mix now- goldfish are my weakness, so there may not be much leftover for my new class ;)

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  2. I'm also trying to find ways to get it all done during the school day. I like the idea of breaking down each day to focusing (mainly) on planning one subject. You'll have to keep us posted on how that works. I put our household on a cleaning schedule this year and it has worked pretty well to get a few tasks done each day. I'm hoping to keep it up this fall.
    Stories by Storie

  3. So glad I found your blog!!! I just started blogging, thanks for the inspiration :)

    Participate in my first giveaway!

  4. I'm doing the new grade level/ new curriculum thing, too! If you have any advice for where to get started, I would love it!

    I'll have to try a schedule like that for planning, too- I think it would help keep me accountable and make it so I'm not working on it on Sunday and making last-minute copies! Thanks for the idea :)

    I'm still loving your layout, too- makes me wish it was football season again!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  5. I am a new follower. Love your blog and your outlook on planning. We have similar stories...I taught 3rd grade for four years and then moved to 1st. Now I am teaching 4th and am excited! Found so many wonderful ideas on the web, but will take each thing one day at a time. I do not want to overwhelm myself. Plus, I have a wonderful husband and two babies to spend my days with :))

  6. I LOVE your idea of a cleaning schedule for the week so you're not stuck cleaning all weekend (like me!) I think I may have to try that out! :) Feel free to share your schedule so I can copy/borrow it! :-)

  7. I really LOVE the lesson and cleaning schedule. I am going to implement one for myself. Great idea! Thank you also for visiting my blog and commenting. It helped me find you and become a new follower!
    First Class Teacher

  8. D5... I have been meaning to pick t up and read it, then implement it. LOL You'll have to keep up posted on how it goes. Thanks for linking up.


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