1. Last Year, I went crazy-nuts with unleashing Common Core Essential Questions, Objectives and I can statements all-over the classroom! I am now realizing that it was a bit overwhelming for our littles and now I am rethinking the entire scheme of things to what matters most...to the kids and their engagement WITH the objectives. So what do I do with all this common core material? We took a vote! I showed each of the anchor charts, learning cards, etc. to the kids and asked them to vote on only the ones they liked best. Which one was helping them stay on target the most with what I was expecting them to learn? Hands down, 24 out of 24 students voted on the Anna Bradley Common Core Vocabulary cards! These cards have the objective in large print (easy to read) and a simple statement of explanation. Ahhh, YES! K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Sista!) So I took down the unnecessary, and created a cozy, little spot, right on the front board for our new weekly/biweekly learning objectives, And the kids LOVE it!
I asked the kiddos what colors I should use for the headers and they said "all of them!" So RAINBOW it is! If this looks like something you could use in your classroom, click on the image below. I only ask that you leave some happy feedback on TPT for me!
I put all the other CCSS materials back in my handy dandy reference binder and this will be used for weekly planning purposes. You can click here to read more from that previous post.
2. Earlier in the week, Kelly from First Grade Fairytales shared a simple and easy idea she calls the HUSH BUTTON! Click here to read more. I thought this was a precious idea and after just a few practices during teaching class rules (WBT), I had students doing it independently to others as the voice volumes got too high.... One student was giving the signal but the other student did not look over...So he said, "Tara, I really think it is time for your Hush Button!" (Oh my word, how funny is that!!)
Kelly has shared so many wonderful freebies with us this week, I just want to repay the favor and offer this to her and all of you. Click on the image for a copy!
My class LOVES it and I used it all week with night and day results! WBT + Class Dojo + Hush Button = Marvelous Year in First Grade! And did I mention that you can send a code home for parents to view and track their child's behavior performance? It's so cool! Thanks Megan for sharing your secret weapon with me!!
These awesome Dr. Seuss templates came from Art Projects for Kids!
I find myself using Kathy's projects more than any other website this year!
Room 102 LOVES Miss Kathy's ideas!
The Principal even visited Room 102 and read a Seuss story to us!
Then she left this bag of Seuss goodies in my mailbox!
Our award says, "Most Seuss ENTHUSIASM!"
|I have seen all the cute, very stylish pictures of my beautiful blogging teacher friends...Well this outfit will ROCK your SOCKS off! HAHA! Yes I am a Seuss-a-holic!|
Got this FANTASTIC idea from Pinterest! Our very own Truffela Garden!
Many, Many Thanks to Kacey, over at Doodle Bugs (First Grade Rocks) for inviting me to join this weekly tradition! I hope you keep it going Kacey! I would love to do it again!