July 2012 - The Learning Effect

Now on TPT: Teacher Planners {3 Different Designs} & a Giveaway

Over the last week, I've been working hard on Teacher Planners for my TPT store. There are 3 different designs available: Rainbow Polka Dot, Rainbow Hexagonal, and Black & White. All of the sets have the same documents {besides design and font}, with the exception of the B&W set having 6 additional covers to choose from. If you purchase the set, you'll be able to download the new monthly calendars next summer for no extra charge. These planners were made to be used year-to-year without having to purchase anything more. Any additions will be uploaded to the original listing, so you'll be able to get them at no extra charge.

Tell Me More, Tell Me More

I'm linking up at Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons for the Tell Me More, Tell Me More! linky party.


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.


Now on TPT: Classroom Helpers Pack

I can't imagine my classroom without classroom jobs for students. My students last year absolutely loved being a classroom helper. There's a picture below of how my display looked in my classroom.

I'm a lifetime member of ThistleGirl Designs clipart. I absolutely love her clipart. Each student was assigned a clipart person, which they thought was so cool because no one was the same, or even in the same theme. I used their assigned clipart all year long. I made a clipart person/name card for each student for classroom jobs. Students who had the week off would be put in the envelope below the display. {So easy to make - seal an envelope, then cut it in half & staple to the wall.}


Free Printable: Show and Tell Notes

I have added a free new file to Teachers Pay Teachers called Show and Tell Notes. The file comes with an explanation of how and why to use show and tell notes in your classroom. Check it out!


Now on TPT: Daily & Weekly Learning Objectives Labels

I like to post the Daily Learning Objectives in my class. It keeps me on-task, when teaching, and allows students to get a glimpse of what they're expected to be able to do by the of the lesson. Here is a picture of the labels I used last year. I printed, laminated, and put magnets on the back. I used a dry erase marker to write the objective next to each label.

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