Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet the Teacher {LINKY}

Hey yall! My name is Jessica. I'm a 29 year old wife of a fireman, teacher of kindergarteners, and mommy-to-be. 
This is my 7th year teaching and I'm so excited to be back in kindergarten.The past two years I taught in a 1st grade class, and it wasn't that I hated it, but kindergarten has my heart. 


I married this amazing stud four years ago. We are currently expecting our first child and couldn't be anymore delighted!! He's going to be an awesome daddy!


 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

-teaching
-my fur babies
-peanut butter and chocolate ice cream 
(but I can't have it until the baby is born, booooo)

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
An interior designer or something in social media and technology!

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

sarcastic. fun. crazy.  

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

I love full moons!!!
(you always know without looking right!?!)
 
Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Family & Friends :) that's all I need!
Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

The Litte Girl That Could

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
 
Reading people's minds. You've always wondered what everyone was thinking right?!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

For those who believe,
no explanation is necessary.
For those who don't believe, 
no explanation is possible.
-Author Unknown-  

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

Anything by Luke Bryan. Probably the only songs I could sing every word to. 
 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Night owl! Don't even try to talk to me in the AM. 
 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

My fonts for sure!!!







Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
I volunteer my time in the summer to be a counselor for RFKC


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Breezing Through Back to School: Classroom Management

Hey y'all it's that time again! Can you believe it!? As much as I'm excited for this new year, I'm also dragging my feet because I love my summer!! With back to school right around the corner (or for some it's already here) the sweet Ashley of The Teacher's Treasure Chest set up this adorable blog hop to help you find numerous tips and tricks in a one stop shop. 

When it comes to my classroom management I have tried it all. I'll never forget those days of a first year teacher with dreams a mile high, only to be shattered to the ground when my plan of gold was flawed or thrown out the window. I will say, if you are a first year teacher or someone that's looking for advice with classroom management, there is no one size fits all secret or program to classroom management. It's all about what fits you or your students. Also, you must keep in mind that NOTHING will work for every sweetie in your room. You are going to have to brainstorm, tweak, discuss, and tweak some more! With that being said I'd like to show you what I do in my room that has actually clicked with the kiddos and seems to work with 99.9% of my class. 


Now I know you have seen the "throw out your clip chart" posts on blogs and pinterest this summer, but hear me out. I love my clip chart and I truly know that my students love it too. If I'm gone for the day and the sub doesn't use it, they are eager to tell me in the morning that they had a stellar day and the sub didn't move them up. I've even had a few come to confess that they could have done better and really should have moved their clip down the day before. The clips help them take responsibility for their actions. 

Now once again, hear me out. You can't just move your students' clips up and down. There has to be acknowledgement of the behavior, whether positive or negative. Remind the student of the rule they are following or breaking and tell them how that makes you or the class feel. Ask them how it makes them feel. Also, hold them accountable!


My daily tracking sheet asks them to fill out where their clip lands at the end of any given day and asks for their parent signature. I ask parents at open house and conferences to not only sign the chart, but to discuss their child's behavior with them. 

 I also like to give rewards for doing the right thing. I know not everyone believe that this should happen, but you and I get paid for doing our work don't we? I'm not saying buy the students an xbox for lining up, I'm saying small rewards (even a shout out) for achievements. This also goes back to every student is different. Remember some students might need a verbal praise from you for getting in line at your first request, but as soon as they get the hang of it slowly, but surely lengthen the time between praises. 



I use these name tags to keep track of positive behavior. Some students may get to cross out a student each time they do what they are asked, some may get to cross one out for getting to the top of the chart. It's all about the kiddo and the goals they create with you. As much as you need to stay consistent, it's also about staying fresh and keeping them on their toes! Some days I give them an extra cross out for being the first to their seat and to work in the morning or for having 5 problems done before the bell. Keep it fun!
(students cross out the kiddos with a vis a vis marker -the wet erase kind- so that we can just wipe off with a wipey as soon as they are all crossed out) I also make rewards fun and simple and mostly free... name on the announcements, a call home, lunch with the teacher, free homework pass, 10 extra minutes on the computer, help another teacher, and so on. 


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 Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll visit my friend Vickie over at Primary Press!!!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: What Decor Are You Going With?

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Before we know it we will be decorating those classrooms again....

 to make it easier on myself I have planned on going with the set I used last year.
 It was nice to have my rules, alpha line, word wall, number line, shapes, colors, months, days, weather, jobs, table numbers, clip chart, and more all the same theme... 


that all matched my favorite rug btw...

What decor are you going with this year?!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Techie Tuesday Tip: Get Notifications from Facebook Fan Pages

I am so excited to share my first Techie Tuesday Tip with y'all! If you're anything like me you might constantly be on fb... You know even if you really didn't mean to get on it when you grabbed your phone... It's like a mental magnet! Anywhoooooooooo...
This tip will help you stay in the know about your favorite fan pages!




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