Second Grade Nest: August 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Open House

Like many teachers in these last few weeks, I have been such an absent blogger! I'm so sorry!! I've been settling in and trying to get my ducks in a row for second grade curriculum. 

Tonight was Open House. I had 12 out of 21 parents and families show up, which actually is a phenomenal turn out for my population. It was so much fun! 

This was so much fun. The students got SO detailed with their illustrations. And when they came in that night, they were so eager to show their parents. 

On the desk:
-QR code that instantly saves my contact information to their phones
-Open House PowerPoint handout
-Curriculum Night invitation
-Letter to parents from student, stapled on top of letter for parent to write to student
-Questionnaire about student from parent's perspective 

I tried the apple tree that I saw on Pinterest. I teach in a very low income community, so I always feel guilty asking for these, but at the end of the night, all but four of them were gone!

And I combined my forms that I used into one document, which is available on my TPT Store (apple cut outs not included)...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Theraputic Thursday {Teacher Week}

Here I am linking up again with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Party.
Today, we are talking about my FAVORITE thing!! Teacher Therapy!
As much as I hate coming home and working out after a long day at work, I ALWAYS feel better after it. I trained for a half-marathon last year and it was awful having to come home on a week night and run 8+ miles, but afterwards, I felt SO much better.
Pinned Image
Click the box for a link to my half-marathon inspiration pinterest board.
On the opposite end of healthy workouts, we have chocolate therapy!!
Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fun Brownie can always put a smile on my face.
Usually I am doing lesson plans and TPTing all night, but the true relaxing comes when I get to sit down on the couch or in my bed and watch some good TV.

And of course... a bubble bath!
So cliche, I know, but it seriously does wonders- especially with a glass of Riesling.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Where I Teach Wednesday {Teacher Week}

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week again! 
Today the link-up is for Where I Teach Wednesday. Now, if you are already a follower of mine, you've seen my classroom reveal, but for the sake of this amazing teacher week linky party, I'm going to post one last time. :-) 

If you're a new viewer, enjoy!

Here is the view inside from my front door. 

This is my student display wall above their cubbies.
The wall is too far hidden in the back corner of the room to put educational posters up, so I decided to display work there. Currently...
No, David! and David Learns the Rules were class favorites. 

Then, we have my library. I'll be doing Daily 5 this year, so hopefully the book bins can stay neat. 

This is my focus wall.
We will teach Genre units for the next few weeks.
Also seen in this picture are my book bins that I spray painted. I wasn't a fan of the funky colors before I sprayed them.

Calendar area

Behavior chart

Outside my classroom, this is my display wall.
Number wall 1-120. 

Overall view from back

Overall view from front

Most of my owl themed classroom products can be found at my store. 
Owl Behavior Chart 2
Behavior Chart
Owl Classroom Decor Pack
Decor Pack
Owl Hallway Display Tags [Editable]
Hallway Display tags
Owl Class Reward Chart
Owl Class Points
Owl Number Line 1-120
Owl Number Cards 1-120
Owl & Chevron Table Display Signs
Table Signs that hang over tables

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Technology Tip Tuesday {Teacher Week}

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Technology Tip Tuesday. 

Here are a few things I find necessary in my classroom...
Some teachers may find this dangerously close to an Activ Classroom advertisement. 

Here is the ActivInspire notebook page. I am continuously writing on this throughout the day for students to copy, check their work, read for directions, etc. 

But one of the best parts of ActivInspire is Annotate Over Desktop, which allows me to write and draw and highlight on Internet sites, word documents, documents under my document camera, PowerPoints, etc. 

I LOVE my Activotes! These I use on daily mini-assessments instead of wasting ALL that paper! 

I suggest using these for a daily warm up, an exit slip, or even a 4 page multiple choice test that you don't feel like printing off or grading. Just like that, no more red pen! 
It will tell you which kiddo got the answer wrong and what they put.

And lastly, if you're a ActivClassroom follower, then you'll NEED to start using your ActivSlate! 
This allows you to control the computer while you walk around the classroom. So while you're giving your Activote assessment, you can walk around and make sure the students are not copying. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Must-Have Monday! {Teacher Week}

I'm linking up with Blog' Hoppin for Teacher Week! 
Click the link above to add your entry. 
Monday is Must-Have Monday... here are mine. 

Here I am when I wake up every morning
So I MUST HAVE my caffeine. 

My amazing Keurig that my boyfriend got me for my birthday. Thanks Mitchell! :-) 

And the most fabulous K-Cups to go with my Keurig! Hazlenut and Donut Shop Coffee flavors. 

My document camera helps in almost all subjects and lessons!

My Monday-Friday paper sorters! 
These sorters + binder clips = life saver

I can't function without to-do lists... and of course with to-do lists, I need...

No better feeling than marking off a teacher to-do list than highlighting! 

I made a list over the summer of my must-haves... 
Click this link to find EVEN MORE must-haves on an older entry. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Day & Guest Blogging

My first day of 2nd grade was today, and let me start off by saying WHAT A CHANGE! Teaching Kindergarten for the last 3 years, I was introduced to some stressful first days. In second grade, they are quiet, they listen, they can follow directions. I don't have to teach how to line up or how to sit still, it was amazing. 

Here are some fun first day activities we did...

We started by reading Jitter Juice and discussing our nerves on the first day of school.
Funny little ending in that story... the students were entertained! 
Then I created some "Jitter Juice" (recipe from Babbling Abby) Second Grade pack on TPT. 

This picture is very hard to see what it is, but we made Second Graders can/have/are charts. The kiddos were coming up with some really creative words to describe themselves   

And, of course, we made David!! Free craftivity on TPT! 
I had some pretty interesting looking Davids.  

And GREAT NEWS! My Vista Print stuff shipped!  
Follow the link to see the blown up images of what I ordered! 

 My kids had a blast playing Find Someone Who!
Click the link for a FREEBIE at my store! 

And my day went from great to fantastic after I read the writing journals!
I asked for 3 full sentences, but wasn't mad when I only got 1 on this response.... :-) 

FUN first day! I love second grade and can't wait to teach these kiddos! 

On a side note, I am guest blogging for Teacher Mom of 3 today! 
Follow the link to see my blog entry about Children's Literature and tying it in to the first days of school! 
Teacher Mom of 3