Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May Currently

Hey there! 
I had this blog post typed up last night and around 10 my computer shut off and I lost all motivation and went to bed. You win some you loose some. So here we go again.
I am linking up, better late than never, with Farley over at Oh Boy Fourth Grade for the May currently link up.

Listening: 19 Kids and Counting might sound cheesy, but I seriously love their family! I am so amused by the way they feed and clothe and nurture 19 human beings and do it with grace and patience and poise. Let's be real if I had to take my 19 students home every day I would not be so gracious! 
Loving: Planning for my move back to Kinder! Yep you heard me.... I recently took a position in a new district for Kindergarten and I am beyond excited! I have been pinning away with new Kinder ideas, filling my TPT cart with Kinder products, and looking at School Girl Style
for inspiration. I love all her new themes, but I just can't get over her woodland animals theme! My mentor teacher used this theme for her new Kinder classroom this year and Casey if you are reading this I just want to be just like you! :)

Thinking: Grad school....oh the joy of grad school. I should be working on all my final projects, but I am the world's best procrastinator. So those pesky projects will wait. 
Wanting: If a massage was gifted to me for Teacher Appreciation week I might just cry. This teacher is teacher tired and I just want to relax! A girl can dream. 
Needing: Extra sleep...that is all. 
Summer yes: We are going to Rosemary Beach in about a month! I cannot wait for time on the sand with my hubby! Hope: I am hoping to fill my TPT store this summer with some great products. Dream: I am dreaming of going to the TPT conference in Vegas, but that is a long shot this summer. 

That is my May Currently!  Here is what we have been up to in the classroom.

Last week we hosted our Living Wax Museum. The kids have been hard at work on their research and their presentations. They conducted research, wrote a small report,  put together a display, and then finally wore a costume and presented on the big day! All of the second grade parents came to watch, and we even had some visits from Kindergarten and First grade students. 
I loved this project because so many skills were taught. Students learned about research, historical figures from the past, and how to give a presentation. I was so proud of the students who are often shy and withdrawn but still memorized their lines and got into character! Look at that Martin Luther King Jr. is he not precious with his podium and microphone!?

We have also been doing LOTS of review during our math time. Instead of introducing new facts each week, we are reviewing the facts we have already learned through my Fact Fluency pack. 
Click the picture to see this unit which is on sale for the big Teacher Appreciation sale! 

Instead of having the students just color in the graph as they add or subtract, I have them write the fact every time they spin so that they really start to put those facts to memory. My students LOVE their fact fluency spins and honestly never get tired of them. We spend about 15 minutes each day on these. 

We also dove in heard first this week with Text Evidence. My students were so engaged when I talked about being text detectives, and during our science time one of my little sweeties said, "Mrs. Hudgens should I show text evidence for this?".....Yes honey. Yes you should. 

 After our anchor chart, we read A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. I had students come up and roll this comprehension dice and ask me questions about the read aloud. I modeled answering by finding my answers in the text and using text evidence. I used small yellow post-its to highlight my text evidence in the book and reminded students of the sentence starters on the anchor chart. "I know that Camilla was feeling worried because page 3 said she was afraid to go to school." 

Today we used Miss Decarbo's Text Evidence reading passages which I puffy heart love. Click on the picture to get these passages for yourself!

While answering their questions, I heard my students saying "I know because...." or "The author said....". My little teacher heart was so happy! 

On the management side of things, we started using my Secret Student behavior incentive last week. Honestly, I wish I would have used it all year! I choose a "Secret Student" at the beginning of the day and write their name on the slip. I fold it up and tape the slip to the board for students to reference all day. All I have to do is say "Oh I am loving how my secret student is following directions today" and all the students instantly straighten up. At the end of the day we give a big drum roll and I announce the secret student. If they were on green that day they choose from my coupon binder some type of reward. If the student was not on green or had a poor behavior day, I just say that I cannot announce the secret student for the day because they made poor choices. If you want to check out these classroom management techniques, click the pictures below to get them at an AMAZING price during the TPT sale.   

Last but not least, the Mister and I went to a community event for my new school last weekend and I loved meeting all the new families and coworkers! The school is still being built so we didn't get to see inside, but just seeing the school made me giddy. It was such a God situation and I felt so blessed to know that the Lord is always planning and preparing on our behalf. 

 I am going to try and get some of that extra sleep I talked about earlier, but thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for my new blog design that will be debuting soon! 

1 comment:

  1. I love 19 Kids and Counting too! I am always amazed at how they do things. I have only 1 little one and sometimes I feel overwhelmed! Congratulations on the new job! I am a kindergarten teacher so you will be heading right into my world next year! Please hop over to my blog and see if you can find some useful things to help you prepare for kinder!

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