Sunday, January 25, 2015

A "Royal" Celebration!!

I'm thrilled to be helping my friend Michaela at Reading Royalty celebrate her second TpT Anniversary! She has her entire store on sale, is having $3 steals each day, and is giving away the three amazing prize packages you'll see below!! Be sure to visit her at her blog to share your congratulations!

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Best of luck to you!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Year of Awesome - Week 19

Sorry for the late delivery... I'm still sick (but mostly sick and tired of being sick...) and just didn't have the energy to finish this post Friday night!! I'm back for what is a mostly "normal" week in grade 2/3!!
Today during lunch, I had supervision of my own students and the grade four class down the hall. This is my twice-weekly duty, and I spend the twenty minutes wandering back and forth between the classes until I've dismissed them to prepare for lunch recess. At that point I tend to hang out in the hall where I can keep an eye on most students at once. Today while the students were getting ready to go out I poked back into the grade four classroom to hurry some of the students along when one of the girls makes her way over and says to me, "Guess what Mrs. Beattie! I'm a lot like a boa constrictor." Um... "Really? Tell me about that." And she responds with, "Yup, I sometimes hug people a little too tightly." Awesome!!!

We used a product created by a fellow TpT seller today. I stumbled across Cori Bloom just yesterday while searching for some music activities for my students. We've done our share of singing, and I wanted some music appreciation activities that were ready to go. She didn't disappoint. We read about Claude Debussy today and listened to his piece, The Snow is Dancing. The kids had a great time with this and asked for the music to be played repeatedly while they were completing the reflection. With a group that is 3/4 boys I'm very impressed that I could get most of them moving with the music. Awesome.

Another fun little thing that put a smile on my face today was having Miss Laidlaw share some photos she tweeted of her little ones using my Guided Math: Linear Measurement activities. Check them out... even Teachers Pay Teachers retweeted these cuties!
I got some REALLY awesome news today!! My class is getting SIX new iPad Minis!! Yup, six. I am so excited I could burst. To have them in my room full-time rather than having to sign out the school supply... awesome!!
So let me ask you... what are your must-have, use-every-day, can't-live-without apps? I'm talking about the best of the best. I know about Spelling City and certainly plan on having that one installed, but what others do you truly use all the time? Please leave me a comment with your faves!!
I ran into a bunch of my former fifth grade students today. Now that I teach primary and they are in grade seven we are in opposite ends of the building so I don't tend to see them often. It always touches me that they will go out of their way to come and chat with me, even now that they are "big kids". One of them even burst into a spontaneous "What I Am"! If you've been reading my blog for a while you know how awesome that is to me!! :)
We are finally getting really settled into our guided math groups routine. This was the first week that I pulled regular groups together while the rest of the class worked independently on centers. They were a huge hit. I love that within each group I have been able to provide enough choice that the students are all engaged in something that interests them! Take a look at some of the fun activities I caught them working on... They're awesome!
 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

And The Winner Is...

You are the winner of my Guided Math BUNDLE!!
Thanks so much to everyone who expressed an interest. Just for you, I'm leaving the bundle discounted just a little bit longer. Don't delay... it won't ever be priced this low again!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Year of Awesome - Week 18

Well, my friends, I hate to admit it, but this week was far from awesome. I'm finishing this post up on Friday night with my cozies on, computer on my lap, box of kleenex by my side and a popsicle in one hand. I've got some sort of flu, complete with fever. Don't worry, though... I've pulled together some Awesome for you, if you care to keep reading!
Today was a pretty busy Monday. My new student started today. One of the kids was having a birthday, so there were treats and excited children. And, (lucky day!) we had a staff meeting after school. A big thank-you to our administrators for letting us go a few minutes early! That's awesome, especially with a scratchy throat driving nuts the whole afternoon!

Woke up sick today. Worked with nearly no voice, but my kids were great. They worked hard for me, listened when I signaled for their attention, and were extra helpful around the room. One of my little guys even said to his E.A. helper, "Mrs. Beattie is really sick. She needs to rest her voice and drink lots of fluids." Now how awesome is that?!
Sooo sick. Stayed home today. Sleeping in would have been awesome, if I'd been able to not cough for more the 20 minutes at a time. :( Now, this is one time when having my husband home full-time is a real blessing... he cooked me up a beautiful meal and ran out to get me popsicles. Awesome!
Still sooo sick. There was no question of my staying home. Nothing awesome about this at all. Can't remember the last time I felt so miserable.
6:15 alarm. Shower. Prep for school. Ugh. Not feeling well, so leave without time to make my cup of tea. Arrive at school to find room a mess. I've made a mistake. There's no way I can teach all day, who was I kidding?? The kids and I have a big talk about what I expect when today's Guest Teacher arrive, and work together to put the classroom back together. Then, she walks through the door - our Guest Teacher for the afternoon, and one of my former fifth grade students. Awesome!! It is such a strange feeling to hand over a class to a former student, but so cool to see how grown up and responsible she became! (Not that I ever thought she wouldn't be... she was awesome even then!)

Well, boo hoo for me... If you've stuck through this miserable week's post you definitely deserve an awesome little reward. How about the opportunity to win my newest product BUNDLE?! Yup!
I've just bundled all of my current Guided Math resources, and I'm giving one bundle away! Enter below, and stay tuned... I'll announce the winner on Tuesday! Be sure to read the Terms & Conditions carefully when entering!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Year of Awesome - Week 17

Welcome back, and Happy New Year! May your 2015 be full of love, laughter and good health!
I'm excited to look ahead to this new year in my classroom! I have big plans for my kiddos! :)
First day back. Full moon. All things considered it went pretty smoothly. It was definitely a day for reviewing expectations and establishing routines (all over again). We got started on some reading response activities with my new resource. The kids loved coming up to the SMART Board to draw for our sample retell this morning.
The students kept putting their hands up to add more detail, and during Daily 5 rotations one of the girls asked if she could please do "one of those pages" while referring to our collaborative retell that was still displayed. {Teacher love!} Awesome!
Tuesday we did this amazing art activity from Whimsy Workshop Teaching.
The kids were SO excited when they saw my sample polar bear, and were extremely proud to show their own off when I hung them up in the hall later in the week. Aren't they so precious?!
Today I learned the hard way that I'm too old to play dodgeball with 19 seven and eight year olds. I'll be feeling it in the morning, but it was AWESOME!

Reading response fun continued today on the SMART board!
The kiddos are absolutely having a ball with the new activities, which makes this teacher very happy indeed! I'm loving how eager they are to complete each new page - the SMART Board makes everything more awesome!
Oh, today is the happiest of happy days!! SNOW DAY for me, and just in time... I've got a new student beginning in my class on Monday.

In my neck of the woods when the buses are canceled the schools remain open. I can only remember two complete closures in my 16 years of teaching. So, even though the roads were snow-covered and slippery, I hauled my sick butt out of bed and into my classroom because on a day like today I get so much accomplished!! THAT is Awesome!!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

I LOVE a Celebration!!

I'm sending a HUGE congratulations to my friend Christina from Hanging Around In Primary on reaching a milestone of 300 followers in her Teachers Pay Teachers store! She's celebrating with an incredible giveaway that you won't want to miss!

I have donated winner's choice of products from my Teachers Pay Teachers store - part of this huge prize bundle at the 3-5 level:

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There is also a huge K-2 prize bundle that you can enter to win here:

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Best of luck to you!