Saturday, August 23, 2014

Peek at My Week AND classroom tour

First off... here is a little classroom tour.  Video next week (I hope).

 Because sometimes the scissors need a time out.
 This is our focus wall for this week.
 Each student made a self portrait.  I put them in frames from the dollar store.  
These will be an end-of-the-year gift.
 Our math station bins.  If you want to know how I run my stations, read HERE.

 To read more about our math tool kits and grab a FREE download, read HERE.
Last week, I had written that we would start stations.  In retrospect, I decided to just focus on teaching the stations as a whole group.  We will launch stations this week.
In this photo we are practicing our pocket chart stations (predictable sentences).
 We are practicing our Writing Work Station.
 We are practicing our Listening Station while turning the pages to the beep.  It's sort of a big deal.  For some, they have never done this before... assume NOTHING!  Ha!
We also worked on classroom management routines (AKA:  teacher sanity savers).


Here are my plans for next week!


Have a great week!


25 comments:

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  2. Hi Deedee, I love your focus wall! Such a great idea to have it all together so you can refer to it throughout the day.

    Zoe
    Oh the Little Wonders

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  3. Hi, Dee Dee, I just have to tell you that last week during our grade level meeting with the principal, she was telling us about how important our I can statements and what we were focusing on for the week needed to be posted. I saw your focus wall earlier in the week on another post and I showed it to my colleagues. That was a springboard on what we are going to do. Thanks for posting it. Also, I love your all star work posters. Can't wait to incorporate that as well! Linda G. lindaslearningloot

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    1. That is GREAT to hear!!! It's hard to keep up with all that we have to, but if we figure it out together... much easier. Right?

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  4. I love how you framed your students self portraits, great idea.

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  5. OMGoodness! So much cleverness here! I love the scissor time out! Love the focus wall! Love the framed self-portraits! Love the "Sorry, we're closed!" for you computer slot in your lesson plans!! Totally laughed out loud! And love the Math Tool Kits! Genius! Thank you!

    Ashley
    One Sharp Bunch

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  6. Dee Dee, do you have to teach a science or social studies block? Or do you try to incorporate them in other subjects? Thanks, Kinders on the Block

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    1. Yes, That is where you see "content" area on my lesson plans. Right now we are focusing on the friends in our class with "star of the day" activities.

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  7. Love the scissor time-out- just might need to try that

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  8. Dee Dee is your Focus wall the same as a learning targets wall, like I can statements. I just posted my statements last night but I kind of like the focus wall better, sometimes an I can statement just doesn't fit the lesson

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    1. Yes! Exactly! These will keep ME focused so I can keep THEM focused... HA!

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  9. Loving your purple/green and the cute monkeys!
    The self portraits in the frames for an end of the year gift is BRILLIANT!!! :)

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  10. Oh my gosh, your framed self portraits!!!! LOVE!!!

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  11. I want to know about the scissor time out! Are they on time out because they're not cutting what they're supposed to?

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    1. Cutting, swirling, in their hands when they were not suppose to be. Ha! I had some crazy scissor behavior last year (ok... LOTS of crazy behavior last year) so I am on the offensive this year. Gonna nip that in the bud!

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  12. I LOVE those pictures! I need to remember those for next year... they are SO stinkin' cute!!
    I launched centers this week, and we did really good! (just posted about them).... but I don't even know how you teach the beginning of the concept in K. There is a special place in heaven for Kinder teachers and all of the patience they have! hehe
    ♥ Jen
    Teacher by the Beach
    A Splash of Life Blog

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  13. Your scissor time out is CRACKING. ME. UP. I'm going to have to use that!

    Racheal
    A Kinder Kindergarten

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  14. Oh my goodness! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! Okay, random question, where did you get those name plates? I was looking for a yellow-green themed ones without success…
    Also, where is your word wall? Thanks!
    *Kate*
    Windows Into My Classroom

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    1. I got the name plates a few years ago, but I found them for you here (you will have to copy and paste this url.

      http://www.carsondellosa.com/products/124001__Traditional-Manuscript-Grades-1-3-Nameplates-124001

      You can see my word wall in the 2nd photo. It is just above the student self portraits. It was empty when I took the picture, because we had not moved the new words over yet.

      I hope that helps!

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  15. Thanks for sharing, Deedee. I love the time out for scissors idea. I'm still thinking of joining "Peek at my Week" when my school year starts. I honestly might do better though if you had a "Fess Up Friday" where everyone shares how the week really went.

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  16. Totally in love with the scissor time out too, Dee Dee! ;) Thanks for sharing your room with us! ;) Looks spectacular! :) Last week, I started working on resources for a focus wall in my room too! :) Thanks also for posting a link to your center management! That was a great read as well! ;) XOXO

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  17. Scissor time out... Hilarious! I love it. I had a crew that could have benefited from that, also pencil time out, crayon time out, book time... ;)
    First Grade Fun with Mrs. Dunn

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