2012 - The Learning Effect

Technology Tutorial: Making Binder Covers & Spines

Reader, Brianne, sent left me a comment on the last post, asking if I could post a tutorial on how to create the binder covers. Of course!

My Year So Far... Back to School Night 2012

This year has been a whirlwind of craziness already. I think I may finally be somewhat settled into my new schedule, commute, school, students, etc. I spend 35 minutes commuting each way. I'm at school an hour and a half early and usually force myself to leave at 4 p.m. each day {when my contracted hours end}.

I'm enjoying my new school and students, but boy-oh-boy do I have a tough class this year - behaviorally and academically. We're working through it - slowly, but surely. I have a teaching assistant who bounces back and forth between the other 4th grade and my class. We have 53 kids in 4th grade. My teaching partner and I rotate in the afternoon. I teach science and art. He teaches P.E./health and social studies. It's so much fun to have 53 students who all feel like mine.

This Year's Classroom {2012-2013}

Tomorrow is the big day! I've spent the last week and a half setting up from scratch. While it was nice to have a brand new room and furniture to work with, that's about all that I had. It was up to me to purchase bookshelves, extra tables, and everything else. I can be reimbursed for these things, but it was a lot of work to go shopping, lug them into the school, and put everything together.

The pictures below are inconsistent because they were taken on two different days. Ignore that when viewing, please. =] I created a lot of the decor/signs myself, and I'll share soon.


I Need Your Help! Teacher & Classroom Organization Labels

I've been working on Teacher & Classroom Organization Labels for my TPT & TN stores. I need your help!

There are 117 different labels and 2 different styles/sizes. {So, total, there are 234 labels}. I included days of the week, months, common supplies, etc. The whole point of this file is to help you organize your classroom with fun labels. Since I know I can't think of every thing on my own, I'm asking for your help!

What other labels could I included in this file that would help you organize your classroom?

Here's what I have so far:


My Favorite: Blogs & Online Resources

Sad to say, I have no idea what life would be like without my laptop...or the internet. I love Pinterest. I love blogs. I love creating PowerPoints, Word Docs, printables, units, etc. electronically. I just simply love every single thing about technology. Today I'm sharing my favorite blogs and online resources with you. I wanted to use image links for all of them, but not every blog has a button and not every website has a decent logo image I can use. I've included a super short blurb to tell you what the websites are for, where needed.

Flashback: 2011 - 2012 My First Year Teaching in 2nd Grade

For my very first full-time teaching job I was hired right before Thanksgiving and started the following week. I was luckily hired on at the same school that I completed my student teaching at, so I was familiar with the school, faculty, and the whole educational philosophy and plan. I was assigned a 2nd grade position and my classroom was a disaster to start with. I whipped it into shape quickly, and things ran smoothly through the end of the year. It was definitely a successful first year of teaching.

The pictures are kind of in a random order. I'll credit where I was inspired by others.

My word wall was created with Erica Bohrer's Polka Dot Word Wall Labels from TPT. The ELA program for the district is Harcourt's Storytown. I added the high-frequency words to the wall, and words I was constantly being asked how to spell.


Flashback: 2010 - 2011 Student Teaching in 3rd Grade

I don't have a lot of pictures from my student teaching in 2010 - 2011. I wish I did. I was in 3rd grade at the school I taught at this past year. My student teaching experience started at the beginning of the school year, setting up the classroom with my site teacher. I was there two days a week during the fall semester, and then full-time during the spring semester until April 1. It was truly an amazing experience. I wanted to share some photos of projects and such. Most of the ideas are fully credited to my site teacher.

First week of school bulletin board display. The theme was lizards. The lizards on the tree had the students' names on them.


Opening Giveaway & Party: Thirty-One

To celebrate the "opening" of The Learning Effect I'm having an online Thirty-One party and giveaway. Thirty-One products are awesome for teachers. I own quite a few of their products and love using them in my classroom.

My favorite product is the Organizing Utility Tote. I use this tote to bring school work home on weekends for grading and planning. It's also a great portable bag for taking to meetings, other teachers' rooms for planning, and more. It's like a mini-portable office.


The Learning Effect

I am so excited to start this blog, The Learning Effect. Since I began teaching full-time at the end of November 2011, I have just had an itch to start a blog specifically for things related to education and teaching.

For a little over a year now, I've been blogging at The Nest Effect. I am not going to stop blogging at The Nest Effect, but instead, hope to juggle both at once.

My awesome readers on The Nest Effect's Facebook page helped me pick the name The Learning Effect. So fitting - I love it.
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