Second Grade Nest: August 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Teacher- August Edition

Here we go again! How exciting that it's time for our link-up for August already! 
I felt like it was JUST the July link-up! 
Check out my day as a teacher, then follow the links at the bottom to check out other fabulous teacher's days! 

Duh! Who wouldn't start the morning off like this?

I need to start packing my lunch in the evening, but I am always caught up with blogging or creating, that I always end up doing my lunches in the morning.
And of course, getting my hair and make up finished! 

Went with a side bun today because I woke up with hair that did not want to cooperate this morning! You can always spruce up buns with scarves! 

I got my ENO pen today! So excited to start using it on my ENO board! The kids are excited, too because they can start using the ENO board with me! 

Learning targets (thanks to Deanna)! I have my 2nd grade targets, but since I switched to first at the last minute, I didn't want to have to type them all up! 
And my wonderful day of the week sorter keeps me soo organized! 
I start getting students at 8:30, so these are last minute things! 

Starting our morning work with Drops in the Bucket and reading on the floor! 
I'm starting my morning work next week from my store! So excited! 

Starting centers. 
I use my magnets for my check-in chart to label which center the students are in. I can just move the magnets each center! 

Starting our centers! 
Technology center.

Reading Centers

And finally my lunch! Which usually only lasts about ten minutes! 

It is so insanely hot out lately that recess is almost unbearable for teachers! But the kids love it, so of course we do, too! 

Every Tuesday and Thursday, my students get Headsprout/Compass Learning time in our learning lab!

And then my day got a little too hectic to photograph. 
We had Math and P.E. in this crazy 2 hour window. 

Finishing our day off with some writing! 

This should say 4:30!! 
I do not get home at 3:30, I still have kids then. OOPS! 

Lovely laundry time. 

This was too much fun! 
Dancing around at L.A. Fitness with Kim and Tim (our fabulous Zumba instructors)! 

Picking out clothes is always a trick.
Yes, that is my walk-in closet. Yes, I am obsessed. 
I chose a skirt and ruffle top for tomorrow! It's too hot for scarves right now! What was I thinking!? Oh yeah... bad hair day. 

Anna DiGilio from Simply Skilled in Second and I skyped tonight.
We were planning out our team blog post on Primary Chalkboard.
If you haven't checked our the collaborative blog I am on, go check it out!! 
We came up with some GREAT ideas for our post, which you can see on Saturday the 31st! 
And talking to Anna was too much fun. We talked about so many things and I adore her New York accent. 

I haven't created since July and it is killing me. 
I am loving my new creating time that I make super late at night.
Fall and apple packs are coming soon! 

And ending my night getting my blog post ready for you guys!! 


1. Take pictures of your day.
2. Create a blog post about how you spend your day as a teacher.
3. Use the graphic at the top of this blog post (Day in the Life) at the top or bottom or the post with a link back to Second Grade Nest.
4. Add your link down below by hitting the Inklinkz button!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

O.W.L. Binders

I started OWL binders in my classroom last year in second grade and adored how organized it kept my parents and students (and me)! This year, I'm doing it again with first graders. I was a little worried because my kiddos are a year younger, but they are doing JUST AS WELL! Parents are telling me how organized and excited they are to show their OWL binders once they get home! 

Organized While Learning
And that is certainly something that holds true. 
I'm teaching these kids how to organize themselves and become independent and I love it. 

classroom organization- stude OWL binders (organized while learning)
The front of the binders! 
I hate to admit it, but I ran out of printer ink and didn't feel like spending another dime on it. I swear I've spent $200 just on ink this summer. So, I printed all the boys' binder covers on blue paper and all the girls' binder covers on pink/purple paper. They're 6 and 7! They don't judge! 

classroom organization- stude OWL binders (organized while learning)
The first page they see is a binder contents sheet. 
Before any of the tabs, there is...
-table of contents

classroom organization- stude OWL binders (organized while learning)
Here is the contract that teachers, parents, and students sign just promising that papers will be added daily by teachers and paper will be checked by parents. 

classroom organization- stude OWL binders (organized while learning)
Rules that the kids sign

classroom organization- stude OWL binders (organized while learning)
Then a little parent letter to let them know what the binder is for and what purpose is. 

Then we get to the tabs....

classroom organization- stude OWL binders (organized while learning)
Each binder will need 4 tabs- label them with a Sharpie or make them cuter than I did and slip in those papers to label them with words. I was feeling like I need something easy, so I just wrote on them with a Sharpie! 
To each their own. 

Funny story...
My phone DIED and couldn't get anymore pictures! 

But in those tabs...
-Section 1: Parent Section
-Section 2: O.W.L. Report (Our Weekly Learning) (Newsletters)
-Section 3: Homework Section
-Section 4: Behavior Section 

I REALLY wanted to show a picture of part of my parent section. I bought every kid a $1 zipper pouch that I stick notes to and from parents in. I stick thank you notes, reminders, important notes. Parents send money and transportation notes. The zipper pouch is a new plus I am really enjoying! And they are $1 or less at Walmart. 

Here is my outline of what I did last year to give you another idea of it! 
classroom organization- stude OWL binders (organized while learning)
Click here for a walk through of last year's binders.
Don't mind the Valentine's Day stuff. Haha! 

And now it is available as an EDITABLE document that you can use in your own classroom! 


And a little pic of an amazing Monday gift. Just because! Love my new school!! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Open House

I had so much fun at open house this year! 
It was actually last week, but since I had back to back teacher week posts, I decided to wait on my post until today. 

Open House was amazing. Last year, at my old school, we did open house after school began, which meant we had class work hung around the room. At my new school, we do it before school beings. I met all my kiddos and had a great time! 

I am SO SORRY these pics aren't clear and as close up as I usually like. 
This post was very rushed because my parents weren't headed down the hall when I was snapping these pics!! 

Name tag
Red folder w/ district information
My flipbook that I had too much fun making!! (Actually, my boyfriend did all the cutting, assemblying, and stapling! <3  )

Scavenger Hunt
Student information sheet
Email information sheet
'WelGUM to First Grade' baggy w/ 3 pieces of bubble gum. 

Email Information
Volunteer information
Student information
Scavenger Hunt
And a HUGE folder of paperwork to fill out

Forgot to get a close-up, but of course, you have the sign-in sheet with the apple die-cuts of things that we need for the classroom! :-) 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Classroom Digs- Teacher Week '13

As some of you know, I have my classroom completely set up and ready to go for this year teaching second grade, then I had an amazing job opportunity open up at a school district closer to home! So, I took it and here it is!!

Here is the big CLASSROOM REVEAL PART 2!!

These are random and not in any sort of order!
Windows with my homemade drapes (shower curtain rod, fabric, iron-on hemming). I blogged about this a few days ago. 

Close up of my READ letters in the window.
And a few of my owls.

My Daily 5 bulletin board, plus my Listen to Reading area. 

My computer and word work area. 

Word Work tables. Love it! 

I'm excited to have a designated word work area. 

My guided reading/small group area!
I'm TOO excited to have a kidney bean table again!!! Missed it since my kindergarten days. 

Teacher corner with three bulletin boards and a white board I separated up with painter's tape. 

My Eno board,2 more bulletin boards, and another white board that I separated with painter's tape. 

Sink, behavior, filing rack

My student cubbies (plus a few of my 26 cabinets)...
Yes, we have exactly 26 cabinets. Perfect for my word wall!!! 
And my apologies for the messy cubby appearance. Some of the school supplies started rolling in, and I haven't found a home for those books and binders on the right.

Number, name, and owl to label their cubbies. 

Panoramic shot of the room.

View from the door.
Quite spacious!

Calendar area

Close up of the teacher area! 

Most of the owl items in the room can be found in my owl/chevron decor pack.

I'm linking up through BlogHoppin's Teacher Week posts!