Monday, July 23, 2012

Student Supplies

Happy Monday! I am in the process of planning out a new classroom. This terrifies me and excites me to no end! I recently moved from Idaho to Colorado. The biggest thing I have taken away from the move did I get all this stuff? I am pretty sure Jason almost died on the spot when he saw all of my teaching supplies that I just could not live without. OF COURSE....even plastic straws, cotton balls, and used crayons are important. :)

Anyway, on Friday I got to see my new classroom and I am beyond myself. (Allow me to brag for a half sec.) It is a brand new classroom in a brand new building. I have brand new furniture and brand new technology. Did I mention I was excited?

After seeing my room, I of course got to planning right away. I'm not able to work in my room yet since they still need to set up the technology but I have brought home the curriculum and am making room maps and drafting ideas galore.

The first thing I want to figure out is how to store student supplies. I have tables in my new room and I have always had desks in the past. How do I store all of their stuff while making it organized and easily accessible?

Well, I found some pictures that I think will put me on the right track. Let me know what you think and please visit these fabulous ladies.

classroom supplies
Now this I get. Every table has their supplies and everyone shares the general supplies. I love the way that Tiffani over at Time for Organization has separated the supplies into cups and I am currently seeing visions of scrapbooked cans. By the way, Tiffani is also giving you those cute little polka dot labels for free!

Here is another table top organization idea from Mrs. Shannon at Mrs. Shannon's First Grade Class. I like the idea of every table having a small garbage can and also a small basket of books for fast finishers. I'm also think having writing notebooks, math journals, or poem folders at the table as well.

Well I am off to do some shopping. I'll let you know what I find. :)

Ta-ta for now! :)

cartoon graphicsPriscilla

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rockin' Resources Linky!

Wowzers...I can't believe (or yes you probably can!) how busy we teachers can get throughout the school week.  I had such HUGE expectations for this little blog when Priscilla and I started it almost a year ago.  Well.... I am happy to say I am going to give blogging the ol' college try and really set aside time to share my daily classroom happenings and teacher inspirations.

So, why not start big and begin the rejuvenation with a Linky Party :)Kelley over at Teacher Idea Factory has begun a great Link Up for all of those teacher resources you can't live without.  Here are some of my favorites from this year:

Lesson plans and resources for your SMART Board - SMART Exchange
I am a zealous Smart Board user and visit this website to download {FREE!} ready to go activities. It is super easy to search for certain concepts and I like the option to select multiple grade levels too!

View Student Browse

Discovery Education's United Streaming.  My school district has a subscription and we can instantly stream tons of videos...all kid friendly! Nope, no worrying about inappropriate ads or language, this is an easy go to for instructional videos.


Music! I love to sneak in Heidi's Songs, Jack Hartman, Intelli-Tunes, Dr. Jean and random itunes selections into our day.  It is such a fun way to jazz up-no pun intended :) to smooth transitions or energize a boring concept. Plus, I just had a dance loving class this year....they would work their little hearts out for a 1 minute dance party!

Apple ipad...
Okay this one is kind of cheating, but I recently found out I will be the proud owner of 3 new ipads for the upcoming school year and I KNOW I will use the heck out of them. I can't wait to discover what a great resource this is going to become!

cartoon graphicsJennifer