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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Teacher "Shopping the Clearance Section at Walmart" Haul

Hello, teacher friends! I hope you are enjoying summer. I've just officially started my summer break this past week as I had to pack up my room, because the old building is going to be demolished and we are moving to a new K-12 school! Excited--yes! Anxious--yes! We should have access to our classrooms no later than August 1st, so I am looking forward to having a new room to organize this year. You know what that can mean, teachers--gotta buy organizing systems! I have some organizing systems that are still nice looking enough to be in our new rooms, but some things had to be chucked for the wear was showing.

For a while I was looking for another rolling crate. I have one already but I find that when I need it for something else, it's in the middle of another job I have it for. I like to keep it in the trunk of my car for those extra special big hauls and for library books taken hither and dither from the county library. So this is what I found for $15 today in the clearance section at Walmart.

I've paid way more than that for the one I already have, though it has lasted me 14 years. I hope this one will last me at least that many years or more.

Now, I have never found a gem of a deal as I've ever found like this beauty. 
Actually, I bought out the whole lot of them beauties, 8 in all! Most of them are already promised to my other grade level team. I was only going to buy one for each of us but they texted me to tell me to buy 2 for each, if there were enough...and there were! Yippee! These things are made well and very sturdy, all for the tune of $6.00 each! Excuse me while I peel myself off the floor, again.

Why would we want 2 each for our classrooms? Well, our new classrooms are going to be smaller and we are not sure if we have room for book boxes for Daily 5. We have seen the kindergarten teachers use these types of chart organizers to hold a gallon-size baggie of books for Daily 5 "read to self" or "read to someone". We first grade teachers used this type of organizer to keep each student's extra supplies for the year, which worked out very well.

Now, is this something that might be a deal that you could snatch? I don't ever remember seeing these at Walmart before they hit the clearance section, but maybe I just missed them. Now, let me clarify--in the Walmart I was in this was in the general clearance section at the very front of the store.

Ok, so I started looking for anyone else out there who might have bought or reviewed this pocket organizer just to see if I wasn't in the Bermuda Triangle today and nobody else has every seen this quality of pocket charts before. Raye at The Caffeinated Teacher picked them up last year for $12 a piece. Donna at Peace, Love and Learning purchased the 10-pocket organizer last year for $8.97. I did see one of those in clearance already opened but without a price tag and it rang up for $10.97, which I just didn't purchase (should I be kicking myself for that?). So, if you are interested you just may have a chance of snagging some of these for yourself or a beloved teacher friend!

If you have one of these types of pocket charts let me know! I'd love to know if you found these recently at a Walmart near you so let me know that too!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Please vote for my nominated 1st grade Livebinder!

I’m very pleased to announce the nomination to my Livebinder! My first grade team shares a roll-cart SMART Board (yes, we roll it from room to room) and we share and use all the links throughout the week—we each get a day and a half to use it. It really helps us to share and teach the same things across all our first grade classes.

Click here to go to vote for my Livebinder called

“1st Grade, Dalton L.S.D (Ohio)”

(it’s #2 on the list)


Click on the left side and choose my Livebinder to see it!


The links connect with first grade Envision Math topics and Treasures reading 2009 (National).

Special thanks to Mrs. Ziruolo’s Teacher Resources and Mrs. Settle at her blog Settle On In for many of the resources connected to this Livebinder!

Please comment below to let me know you’ve voted and thank you!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Liebster Award

Part of life is about saying you’re sorry for something you did or didn’t do and should have done. Man or woman up to your mistakes, one could say. This is a very long overdue post. I’ve come to make amends with and give a special thank you to the following bloggers:
First Grade Delight
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Apples and ABCs

They nominated me for the Liebster Blog award some time ago and I never properly accepted the award, which at the time I had less than 200 followers. Please accept my humble apologies.

Here’s a little background about the award.

Liebster Award: Given to blogs with less than 200 followers and passed from Blogger to Blogger, each hand picked by the previous recipient. It originated in Germany and means dearest or beloved, and Liebe is the word for love. <3

Here are the rules to accepting the award:

• Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

• Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.

• Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

• Present the Liebster Blog Award to blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.

• Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

I would like to give the following blogs the Liebster Award:

An Open Door

 Teachin' First

SUNdling's BRIGHT Ideas

Rachelle's Ramblings

ABCs and 123s 4 me

Please go over and show these bloggers some love and encouragement!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Freebie: Labels for Organizing CCSS Math Assessments, Printables and More!

Continuing with the organizing, I want to bring to the table something that I’ve had in the works for 2 whole years! When the CCSS came out, I had solidified an idea in my mind as to how I would organize assessments for each standard, starting with math. I knew there were tons—an understatement—of great resources on the internet out there and if I’m going to have them I need to organize them in order to use them. Are you with me?
So, I took the math CCSS and put them into labels. Then I put them on folders. I just used any folders which are more functional than beautiful; file folders inside handing files.
I like how the standards all line up behind their own domain.
If I printed some cards, I put them into a zip-top bag before putting it in its place. Bulkier items like this is the reason why I have each manila file folder (read standard here) in its own handing file folder.
I need to purchase more file folders for geometry.
Here’s a peek of the file, but no worries because it is a freebie!
imageDownload it here: Labels for 1st grade CCSS math
This 1-page document is to be printed on return address labels, but since I made this 2 years ago I cannot remember exactly which brand of return address labels I used. If you know of a brand that worked for you, please help another teacher and post a comment about it below—TIA!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Organizing units/weeks of classroom materials

The thought of organizing anything in my life makes me feel a little divided. I love the idea of having a place for everything and everything in its place so that I can find it when I need it, but I can become paralyzed and indecisive about the best way to organize for my personality. I am more of a visual person and I feel more compartmentalized and organized in my thinking if I can see things spatially as opposed to linear. So here is how I organize my weeks of school.
Instead of one large filing cabinet, I use these:
Large Open Top File Box Translucent
I got most of my open-top file boxes from The Container Store. This one is the largest, but there are also small and medium choices.
I’m so happy with these since I can not only store papers but also bulk items for crafts! I can pull the one down on my lower counter that I am currently using and sometimes I pull down the next one while I’m planning ahead. Each box hold about 6 weeks, and I made sure to label this on each side.
I have weekly hanging folders inside. Any materials for any subject I teach go into the proper week I am planning. If my week gets too busy, I just move items to the next week to try and finish up then.
This system has really helped me feel less stressed since this makes the most sense to me. I like how things don’t fall out or become too bulky to handle, like a binder might be. I can easily transport one to another place in my room or if I’m planning in another teacher’s room!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching Facebook links

If you, like me, are interested in learning more about whole brain teaching and want to see what other teachers are doing in your grade/area, hop on over via the links below. These are just the ones I know about as of now. If any of you know of other grades/areas of WBT Facebook pages then please comment about it below! TIA!

WBT-Kindergarten Facebook page

WBT 1st Grade Facebook page

WBT 2nd grade Facebook page

WBT 3rd Grade Facebook page

WBT 5th Grade Facebook page

WBT Special Education