If you’re like me you use those adorable reading decoding strategies in your class. During our small group guided reading time I would show the students a strategy poster and we would talk about it. I would also point out how a strategy can help us read a word. That all seemed fine enough, but… Continue reading Student Ownership; Decoding Strategies
It’s that time of year again when borders, paper, staples, and glue guns are used in abundance. If you’re like me, you want your Bulletin Boards to be something pleasant to look at. You’ve probably already pinterested yourself to death looking for ways to spruce up your boards. The focus of this post however, is… Continue reading Purposeful Bulletin Boards; a Back to School Strategic Plan for your Boards
Shared Reading or Read Aloud time is one of my favorite times of the day. However, I admit when it came to teaching my students their “story elements” I was struggling. I had a bunch of different mini-anchor charts that I would pull out from our easel each time we needed to learn a new… Continue reading Story Mapping: Road Trip Story Map
So I’ll be at the beach all year this school year and I have these wonderful palm trees to thank for that. I promise they aren’t as impossible as they might look. They do take a little time and effort, but they are so worth it! I currently have them placed in our library, pretend… Continue reading DIY Palm Trees
I’ve seen these beautiful giant paper flowers for a while now and I’ve been wanting to try them, but didn’t really have a reason to. Then again, who needs a reason to be crafty? Am I right? So I watched a couple tutorials, tweaked a couple things I saw, and BAM! I was hooked on… Continue reading Giant Paper Flowers
It’s summertime, which for me means that I can actually accomplish some of those extra little things that I want done for my classroom. My goal this year is to try and make the classroom as light and bright as possible. One of the little projects I worked on was making some motivational posters for… Continue reading DIY Adorable Frames for the Classroom
If you’re like me, you hate making sub-plans. You’ve also probably pushed through an illness just to avoid making a substitute lesson plan. Over my years of teaching I have tried many different methods for my sub plans, some have been mediocre and others have failed. For this upcoming school year, I decided I would… Continue reading Sub-Ready for the Year!
Do you look on Pinterest for Anchor Chart ideas and give up at the thought that your Anchor Chart could never look that amazing? It actually doesn’t have to be that difficult to make an amazing Anchor Chart that you and your students will actually enjoy creating and looking at. I have a few simple… Continue reading Anchor Charts: Hacks and Tips