Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rehired and A Giveway

         I was really excited today when I received my rehire letter. I will be staying at my school for the fourth year. I will be teaching reading for 5th and 6th grade again this year. Which really makes me happy since I have already started working on my room. I also have a giveaway. I am joining in on a book study of "Playful Learning" with Teaching My 3 . The author of "Playful Learning was so nice to share a self-paced e-learning course with each of the bloggers to giveaway. It will guide you through the process for setting up playful learning spaces. The class will cover organization, storage, and selecting materials for different ages and stages of child development. Your access never expires and you can watch when you want to, no schedules to follow. It is an awesome giveaway that keeps giving

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Common Core District Meeting

               I was really excited a few weeks ago when the Elementary Supervisor asked me to join the common core district team. Basically, we will be attending all the state training on implementing common core in our district. Our district was chosen to conduct a pilot program for the 2012-2013 school year. I believe it will help our teachers get ready for 2013-2014 school year when we teach all common core. My main job on this committee is to:
  • Find and create resources for ELA teachers grade 3-6
  • Provide feedback to the state on implementing the pilot in my classroom
  • Provide in-services for ELA teachers grade 3-6

              Lucky for all my blog readers I will also be sharing the resources that I find and create. The first differences between most of our current standards and the common core is the shift from text-to-self question to text-to-text questions. To help teachers create more text-based questions I found a great guide online. Click here to get the guide. I hope this is helpful guide. Also, if you have any questions please post them. I will have the chance to ask these questions and get answers from our state common core trainers.

Monday, June 25, 2012

No Air For You!

              Our school has no air for the summer now that we are trying to conserve energy. The no air makes working in your room crazy hot.

See my high-tech cooling system!

        My whole purpose for going to work in my classroom was to cover more of my tables in contact paper. I got this idea from an awesome blog Ladybugs Teacher's Files. She puts contact paper on her table every year. I love her room so much. I actually have room envy. This is my first year of putting the contact paper on my tables. 

This is the before! 

Supplies that I used: Contact paper, scissors, black electric tape, and a thumb tack

This is what happens when you rush! 

Things that I learned: 
  • What ever you do, take your time. (Or you end up with the above picture)
  • Do small sections. I chose a speckled contact paper and you could not see the seems. 
  • Use a thumb tack to pop any air bubbles.
  • Don't worry to much about the sides of the table because you cover the side with electric tape.

The after! It looks so much better. 

Another table I covered today! 

          I have a few more tables to cover. I hope to be done soon. It is making such a difference in the look of the room. A few of my teaching buddies stopped by and said when I was done their tables were waiting. However, I do not have that much patience. 


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Vista Print Online Deal 17.00 for 70,00

  Groupon currently has deal where you pay $17.00 and get $70.00 worth of printing. Click on picture above to purchase your groupon. I have seen ideas all over blogs and pinterest on how to use Vista Print in the classroom. I am going to use my money to purchase the following items: 
Rubber Stamp (Free item)
Pen with my Name and Class Website (Free) 
Business Cards (You can get for free, but I wanted a different design) (500 for $18.99)

Business Card Holder ($5.99) (Just thought it would be cute to keep in my purse for all the times you see parents at Wal-mart) 

Notepad (3 for $18.49)

Car Magnet ($6.99) (You can get a free one, but I wanted one to match the colors in my room)

Sticky Notes ( 5 for $10.49)

Thank you Cards (10 for free)

Mouse pad (1 for $5.49)

          I'll take pictures of all the items when they arrive! I am really excited. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

More Free Zebra Theme Items

 Using the template, I found on Real Classroom Ideas I created a few zebra theme items for the classroom. 

You can type in these name plates and type your students names. 

You can also change my name to your name in this document! 

You can also change the labels to fit your needs.

           I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you need anything else! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

2012 Really Good Education Blog Awards and My Image was Chosen!

         My blog Oodles of Teaching Fun was nominated in the 2012 Really Good Education Blog Awards by Really Good Stuff and is now a finalist in the Middle School (4-8) category. I am so very excited and I have my fingers crossed that I might win. Voting begins on Monday, June 18th and ends on Friday, June 22nd, 2012.  The blog in each category with the most votes will be the winner. I would appreciate  it very much if you would vote for my blog by click here Thank you for reading and hopefully voting! 

      I must be lucky today. I entered IDEA Paint's social media image giveaway. You were to take a picture of an area you would paint with IDEA Paint. IDEA Paint turns any surface into a whiteboard. I took this picture :
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        You can help me win this too with a simple like! The picture with the most likes receives a kit to paint an area. I oober excited! Thank you guys! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pinterest Items I Plan to Make!!!

             I spend way too much time on Pinterest. I find my self looking at it on the computer and on my phone. So of course I have find items I would like to make for my classroom. Below are some of the items I plan to make for the new school year.

Project #1

          I am going to make these dry erase photo frames. I plan on using white frames with the zebra theme. I'll post pictures when I get them done.

Project #2

            I am decorate my clipboards like this. I plan on using zebra themed duck tape. I'll post pictures when I get them done. 

Project #3

            I plan on using the great template they have provided on the link(click on picture) to create a banner for my classroom. I think I 'm going to have my banner say "Welcome to Reading Class" or "Reading Rocks". Which one do you think I should do? I'll post pictures when I get it done! 

         What projects are you going to be doing this summer? I have so many going on at once. I really need to stick to one, but I believe my ADHD is not letting me. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

I've Got Spirt....How About You?

           I have been named the new cheerleading coach for our school. In planning for the upcoming school year for cheer I started searching the Internet for resources. Sadly, I found very little. So I thought I would share the items I created. Hopefully, some of my blog friends are also cheer coaches and these items will help them to. Click on the links below for the freebies!

Cheerleading Tryout Score Sheet
Cheer Squad Contract
Cheerleading Tryouts Information

          I have other materials that I use for my cheerleaders as well. If you need anything, please let me know.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Working In My Room Update With Pictures!

              I returned to my classroom today to start on a few projects. For some reason I cannot just work on one project, I need to work on many. Over the last few years I have collected many different baskets of all shapes and sizes. I have decided I would like all my baskets to be the same color, so I purchased some plastic spray paint in black.

     This is what they look like so far. I started with six baskets, so now I only have about twenty more to go. The second project I was working on I found an on Lady Bug Teacher Files. She puts contact paper on her tables to make them all look alike. Since I have a variety of tables with different shades of wood, I decided I wanted to try the contact paper idea. 

      Please ignore the mess in the picture, but this is what it looked like when I finished putting the contact paper on top. I am going to put black electric tape on the sides. What do you guys think? Should I go with black contact paper instead, since my colors are pink and black?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sparkle Box Is An Amazing Free Website for Teachers


      So I have been looking for zebra themed materials all over the internet. While looking, I found the website Sparkle Box. This site has a lot of free resources, such as word cards, writing frames, banners, calendar sets, printable bookmarks, and many others. Everything on the website is free! There are a lot of resources, so I have not been able to look at everything, but I am very excited to do so.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Theme For The New Year & a Freebie To Go With It

          So I have been thinking about what theme I would like for the classroom. I have decided on black, pink, with zebra. I am so excited about the theme. I have been on Google all day looking for ideas. I found a zebra label template on Real Classroom Ideas. Using their template I created labels for my Reading Street Leveled Reader baskets. (Click here to get them). I plan on creating many more items for my classroom and share them with all my blog friends. What themes are you planning on using in your rooms this year?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Need Your Suggestions!

             I am working with our school parent involvement committee. I have worked with them for the last three years and we want to give the committee a face lift. This is where I need your help. We are looking for a neat name for our group. We have used PTA/PTO and parent involvement committee, but we want something more catchy. I am looking forward to hearing all of your ideas! Thank you so much.