Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BOO testing... YAY for soon-to-come freebies!

The past two weeks have just been completely packed with back to back testing.  Last week was the regular testing with all of my accommodation kiddos so it was lots of reading, scribing, and extended time!  This week I have a couple of my own students that need make ups but then because we are such a small school, I am the only teacher available to administer all of the make-ups as well so I have 13 students and 28 tests that have to be made up by...umm... the end of the day TOMORROW! goodness gracious it's gonna be a crazy day! 

The plus side... Only 3 of those assessments have to be read aloud which means I get the whole day in between pick ups and drop offs and direction reading to work on lesson plans!! Woohoo!! AND... tomorrow is my last day before spring break! Can you believe it's time for spring break already????


Well, stay tuned because I am going to have some pretty good freebies coming soon to try and welcome all of my readers back to my blog!  There will be a little something for everyone, I promise!!

Taylor

Monday, March 17, 2014

Time to reclaim my love for teaching!

So if there is anyone still out there **crickets chirp**... my last post was a long time ago and I shared some struggles I had been having with my current teaching placement and pure exhaustion from a new baby!  What a year it has been! Reagan is almost one and is growing like a weed!
 
She's so stinkin cute isn't she?!?!?!  Well now that she is getting bigger, things are a bit easier here at home.

Things at school however are not nearly as easy and I have definitely lost some of my passion which I never thought would happen.  I decided that it is time for a change and I will be looking for a new placement for next year.  I am excited and nervous and thrilled and terrified and mostly passionate again!  I am hoping to really find a place that I can fit in well with and feel like I am making a difference!  With that new found passion and excitement, I have decided to try and come back to my love... teacher blogging and where better to increase my passion but with all of you lovelies!  I am hoping to find a new placement soon and get making lots of great things to share with you all!  I am going to be working hard to make my last trimester with my kiddos of the past 4 years be a great one for them and I hope that I have some things to share with you all that you will find helpful!  Can't wait to see what everyone has been up to and I hope that I am welcome back with open arms!  I've missed you all!
Taylor

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New blog...

Hey all....
Man has it been awhile!  I apologize for being away to all of my loyal followers.  So where have I been?  Well ten months ago I found out I was pregnant and everything changed!  I was extremely sick with morning sickness all the way through the pregnancy and between that, being completely exhausted, and having a rough year at school, blogging just wasn't happening.  Some of you know that my current teaching job is not exactly my dream job and I feel very limited in what I can do there.  Following all these amazing teaching blogs and seeing all the amazing things you all were doing was really starting to bum me out so I stopped blogging.

Well now I am a mama to a sweet baby girl and my interests and focus have shifted a bit.


I will still be going back to teaching next year, but at the same school and same position.  Some day I may get back to this blog, when I am really loving the placement I am in, but for now I will no longer be blogging here.

I have created a new blog called It's a Krazy Life where I will be sharing my adventures as a first time mom but mostly it is just a family blog for me to journal and have a creative outlet.  I have missed blogging greatly and so this will be the perfect solution... I think!!  So if you enjoy following family blogs, seeing baby pictures...lots of baby pictures, getting recipes, craft ideas, etc. stop on by!!


Enjoy your summer breaks everyone!!
Taylor

Monday, September 10, 2012

O Gosh... So Much Place Value & A Freebie for 3

Are you guys doing as much place value as we are?  On my Aide days, such as this morning, I did place value 3 times in a row for all different grades.  My kiddos are really struggling with this and always do so this is something we work on A LOT and I mean A LOT!  So I made a fun packet of activities to work on this skill.  I made one that goes to the hundred thousands,



one to the thousands place,





and one to the hundreds place.




As you can see they ar all the same activity but color coded to match the skill level and to avoid mix-ups!  I have uploaded them into my TPT store and you can go here to download it!

But you all know how much I love sharing things with my readers so the first 3 people to leave a comment with their email will receive a free copy of the pack containing all 3 activities!

I hope everyone had a good Monday and is enjoying some Monday Night Football!! Go Bengals!
Taylor

Sunday, September 9, 2012

How Do I Do Birthdays?

Hey Ladies,

I just have a real quick post for you today but I want to share with you how I am doing birthdays this year.  Being in the position I am in, I see pretty much half the school, which is a lot of kids' birthdays to celebrate!  Even students that aren't my intervention kids will bring me treats on their birthday so I wanted to have something cheap and easy to give to them when they come! 
 
This year I ordered these awesome, FREE, birthday business cards. 
The design is one of their free ones and I just made up the text.  Love them, and 250 of them should last me 2 years at least! 

I got a big box of air heads, because who doesn't love them a good 'ole air head, and taped one of the cards to each one. 
Finally, I stuck them all in this cute cupcake bucket and set it on my cabinet so it is easily accessible whenever a kiddo comes by and is easy for me to grab when one of my kiddos has a birthday!
 

 So, that's it!  It's simple, convenient, and I think the kids will love them!  I know it's not as cute as those balloons, or silly straws but this works for me, and maybe it will for you too!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday's Fantastic Five

So I know I had said I was going to try and figure out the whole linky party thing so that you all could link up for Friday's Fantastic Five but unfortunately it has been a bit hectic this week and I have not yet found the time to do so.  I would still love for anyone who wants to, to feel free to share their fantastic five too!

So here we go for this week!

5. It was only a 4 day week!  It really did make the week go so much faster and I was so thankful to have a shortened week as we are still trying to adjust to the new school year.

4. I think I may have finally gotten a schedule in place today and will be able to see all of my students next week.  Heck, I may even be able to do some teaching and not just observing and assessing!!!

3. I not only got to see some of my in-laws for Tuesday night dinner, but we also got to see my family this week too and it was great! 

2. I am starting a powerpoint lesson template type thing.  For each group I have a powerpoint slide that reminds the students what to do and helps them know what is expected of them each day!

And the most fantastic thing this week...

1. I worked with a student over the summer and we worked every day on subtraction with regrouping.  I assessed her on it this week and she scored a 100%!!  I was so thrilled!  Sometimes I feel that I don't really make much progress with my students and it's rarely mentioned that if a student does improve that I had anything to do with it.  But I know that this success was due to my support and teaching and that makes me feel great!  We all love when a student succeeds and who cares how they did it, but let's be honest, we all love to know, 100%, that we had a hand in doing it!!!  I was thrilled!

So what are your Fantastic Fives this week?  Enjoy the weekend!
Taylor

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Teaching Pencil Grip

Do you have any students that struggle with holding a pencil correctly?  I believe that if the child can hold a pencil in some way, write legibly, and have it not take forever to complete a writing task then who cares how they hold it.  But if students struggle with any or all of those things, then I believe that teaching the proper way to hold a pencil is important!  In my research today I learned that it is believed that handwriting is pretty much set by grade three so it is extremely important to teach this before then!

I have a kiddo that has some sensory issues which has made handwriting very difficult for him.  Last year we solely worked on correct letter formation, the pressure he used when he wrote, and spacing between his letters.  He made great progress and I hope some of it was due to the support I gave him.  Well this year we noticed that he is holding his pencil weird so I needed to come up with a way to help him. 

*Sidenote Instead of trying to come up with something on my own, I went to my never fail, all amazing, kill my creativity source... PINTEREST.  Does anyone else feel that since pinterest, their own creative ideas seemed to have slightly taken a backseat to the awesome ones someone else already did and posted?  Sometimes I have a good creative moment but thanks to Pinterest it doesn't happen nearly as often haha.*

Anyways... I found the best way to teach this on Pinterest today and it actually worked!  So I thought I would share with you this video! These ideas were so smart and I was so glad to find them! Go to the following link to check out her website and video. http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2012/06/correct-pencil-grip/

She has a video that gives 2 awesome ways to teach your kiddos to hold a pencil correctly thus making it easier for them to write.  I used the first one and it worked beautifully!  I hope this can help you in some way! 

Tomorrow is Thursday everyone, almost the weekend again!  Yay!!  Enjoy the rest of your week!
Taylor