Friday, May 30, 2014

What Worked....What Didn't Work

    I'm joining Stephanie over at Teaching in Room 6 for a linky about what worked for my classroom and what didn't!

What Worked!!!

Organizing all my supplies into this 5-drawer systems! 

Giving my students the opportunity to decide what work they were proud of and wanted hung on the wall. I provided a box for students to put work and another student changed out the work each week.

What didn't work :(

I painted my tables and they looked so good until about February. I must have some nervous pickers, because I now have missing paint on several tables. Sadly, the tables are going into storage. I will have large class sizes next year and tables just won't accommodate all them. Although, I'm sure some wouldn't mind sitting in the floor! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SRSD Freebie!!!

All SRSD Resources on this site can be found here!

   I am currently preparing for my summer adventure as a TN Core Coach. I always love when I go to in-service and the presenter has resources for me to take back to my classroom. The main subject of the in-services is SRSD. SRSD is Self-Regulated Strategies Development  writing approach. There are six stages in SRSD: 

Stage 1: Activate and Develop Background Knowledge
 Build enthusiasm for genre
 Develop background knowledge (and pre-skills)
 Read and discuss models
 Teach genre vocabulary
Stage 2: Discuss It
 Teach strategy (mnemonics)
 Map out models with graphic organizers
 Review and repair poor models, together then alone
 Establish benefits of strategy use
 Explore when / where to use strategy (generalization)
Stage 3: Model It
 Introduce self-talk
 Introduce focused model think alouds
 Students personalize and record self-statements
 Introduce collaborative writes
 Practice self and peer scoring with scales
 Begin graphing
 Introduce goal setting
Stage 4: Memorize It
 Internalize strategy via mnemonics
 Internalize personalized self-statements
Stage 5: Collaborative Practice
 Continue collaborative writing experiences
 Support students’ strategy use, fading support when ready
 Support self-regulation, fading support when ready
 Provide feedback on writing and self-regulation
 Fade prompting strategy use and self-regulation
Stage 6: Independent Use
 Students use strategies and self-regulate independently
 Fade overt self-instruction to covert (“in your head”)
 Ensure transfer and buy in to strategies and self-regulation

     My first freebie for in-service is the POW posters. POW is mnemonic device to help students structure any kind of writing. This is a great tool for students before they start to write. 

I've created 5 posters with the POW mnemonic and  click here to get them! 

   I am also starting a Pinterest board for SRSD that you can find here. I'll be adding resources as I find them. If you have resources please comment below. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Getting the Supply List Out There for the New Year!

    My teammates and I have completed our supply list for our students for the 2014-2015 school year. In order to be sure our parents have the list before the school year, we publish our list in many different places.

  •  First, we make copies of our list to go in the reports cards of the students we will have next year. 
  • Next, we take our list to the local Wal-mart and Walgreens to keep posted at their stores. Wal-mart also has an online site you can post supply lists to and search for lists. 
  • We publish our list on on Teacher Lists website too. You can earn items for your classroom for posting on this website. 


This is our 5th and 6th Grade supply list. We do one list for all subjects. We also list our supply needs on our syllabus. 


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Get Organized Linky!

           The end of the year is coming and I am joining Fifth in the Middle for a linky! In our school all of our room is moved out to clean the floors. So everything needs to be organized or I have a hot mess when it time comes to put everything back together. 

Here are some tips for helping get organized. 

1. Label your cords before your computers are moved. I found this idea at I have labeled my cords using a label maker, but I think the bread ties are also a neat idea. 

2. Go ahead and put up your bulletin boards and calendar for the start of the year. I use the fade-less paper on my bulletin boards. One less task to get done at the start of the year and less items to pack up. 

3. Take inventory on your supply needs for back to school shopping. Also test out your markers, glue sticks, and pens to throw out anything that does not work. 

You should go check out the other great tips at the linky

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Favorite Pins of the Week Linky

         I love Pinterest and can spend hours looking for ideas for my classroom. So I thought I would share some awesome pins I have found this week. I would also love to check out other teachers' favorite pins. If your a blogger please join the linky below!

Click on each picture to follow link! 

Print a thin strip of questions for students to glue in their notebook and answer. 

Cute! And relevant. Wouldn't it be great to replace TV with reading for entertainment? Bulletin Board ideas. From Marci Coombs Blog
So a cute way to encouraging students to read! 

Take pictures so students know how to put supplies away.

Take pictures of how the supplies should be in the basket! 

For word wall cards. Organize by weeks of school (week 1, week 2).
Great idea to organize word wall words! 

Can't wait to see all of your pins! Be sure to link back to Oodles of Teaching Fun.