Saturday, 3 November 2012

My New Adventure!!

Take the tour!

Well I have officially had my own classroom now for... drum roll please.. 14 weeks!! This is why I have been super busy and you haven't heard from me. So to make it up to you all, I thought a classroom tour would be wonderful. If you want to link up with me to show off your classroom (remembering I have only been a 'real' teacher for 14 weeks) please link up with me for this classroom show off party!! :)

First of all, if you have any tips for me as a beginning teacher, I would love to hear from you. My tip to any other new teachers out there, is to always remain true to yourself. If you can do that, then you will be amazing!! :)

In this first picture you can see my brand new library, and bean bags for reading time. The students helped with painting and sticking up the letters. They are very impressed with themselves. 

In this next picture is my most favourite wall, it is my very brightly coloured buckets, with all of the essentials in them, such as pencils, pens, scissors, coloured pencils, textas etc. 

This wall has my birthday presents with my students birthdays on them, and some numeracy and literacy reference charts. 

I love my reading wall .. :)

This term we are learning about information reports, here is the beginning bulletin board with my students very hard work displayed. 

Numeracy Charts & Displays..

Full vision of the wall, This is their computer work stations, where they complete most of their given work. 

Literacy and numeracy Tubs with games and practice skill cards for early finishes.. 
 My new CAFE display (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency & Expanding vocabulary) Yet to begin this, I am very excited to introduce these concepts on Monday!

 Other side view of classroom, this includes our floor space, IWB, teachers desk and my coloured buckets, which we use for drum beat most mornings. 

Overall I think i have brightened my classroom up a bit ;) let me know what you think, and link up with me if you want to show off your classroom too!!

Happy Learning Kylie :)

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Don't Be an Angry Bird: Anger Management for kids!

WOW!! I was so excited to see this fantastic idea from Keri, at the home teacher (If you click on the picture above it will take you to her original post with all of the downloads)

In my new teaching position, working with students in a school for specific behaviour purposes, there is one thing that is very prominent: Cherubs learning to deal with their frustrations because of different reasons. When reading Keri's post about her 4 year old daughter, I can see some connections in my students at school. Some of the students are little angry 'chicks', they have angry faces, they use cutting words, they throw objects and sometime let their body out of control. I love how Keri's idea 'hatched' and I can't wait to use the Angry Birds as a way for teaching anger management to my students.

The background for Keri's technique is simple, she simply married up the behaviour with an Angry Bird. This way we are able to explain to our kids that feeling angry is completely normal, and teach them appropriate ways of dealing with frustration, and clearly define those behaviours that are unacceptable.

Here is Keri's Definition of each bird:

Here are some of the APPROPRIATE strategies that can then be put in place to help our children deal with anger. Give the children as many strategies as possible and then let them decide what works best for them. 

Of course there is endless possibilities with this idea, and you could come up with your own stories and teaching points :) 

Happy Teaching!!! :)


Saturday, 7 July 2012

101 Followers Celebration with FREEBIE!!! (:

WOW! 101!!

This morning when I logged on to do my usual blog hop, I was super excited to see that my tiny little blog has reached 101 followers!!! After doing a happy dance to myself I have decided to give away my brand new guided reading binder organisation file that I have been working on. I think you will love it!!! A big thank you to each and every one of you for following me on this journey, one in which I never thought would be this fun. Thank you!

Kylie (:
Click on the picture below to follow me to my Teacher's Notebook store to download your freebie. :)

You can also follow this link to my Teacher's Pay Teacher's Store. :) Just click on the books below.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Line art :)

Line arT!!

     On Thursday, we were learning about straight and

 curvy lines! What is a fun way to learn this?? Line art!!

 Here is the pin on pinterest that I was inspired by.

This is how my students turned out, we only had 1 finished

 when posting this, but the kids are super excited to get theirs

 finished. The trick is to use really effective colours, also,

 my major secret is to get the kids to use a ruler to draw 

the straight lines first, then add the curvy lines at the end.

 They turned out so great and the students had so much 

fun creating these.

Enjoy! Kylie :)

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Guess What! :)

Procedure Writing With 4/5!!

GUESS WHAT!!! I have four days left of my last prac before I am a REAL TEACHER!!! Can I hear you squeal in excitement?? Can you hear me squealing in excitement!! Hehe WOW! I have had such a fantastic time on my last practicum. I have 31 students that I teach for literacy. (My school is streamlining years 5/6 ready for highschool) With my literacy class we have been learning about procedures. HOW FUN!! We have made jelly, wrote revolting recipes and this week we are cooking pancakes. My favourite?? Well it would have to be following the procedure to making a paper crane. Don’t you think they turned out great?

My numeracy class is very full and has 33 gorgeous, bright students!! I’m always trying to challenge them! We have been learning about all sorts of things, but I think THEIR favourite lesson was on probability and data where we collected data on the most popular colour of Mentos lolly. After we had collected the data, there was a wonderful sugar buzz within the classroom, and the school! YUM!

My ‘home class’ is a smaller class of 27 year 4/5 students. This is where all of the fun begins. We have been doing reader’s theatre; my favourite lesson was ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’! My students loved it, and really expressed themselves and made the performance their own. We have also been doing the unit ‘making informed choices’. We had some fantastic wanted posters for our Australian Parliament members! How fun!! 

I am really enjoying my time on my class, and I really will be very sad in four days when its time to leave them, but I am also super excited for my new career to begin!! Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated !!

Kylie :)

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Teacher Appreciation Ideas!

Hello everyone!!

There has been a lot going on in my life at the moment. Yesterday I celebrated my final day/class at university!!! Phew!! Long four years has finally paid off!! In saying that though, I have one final assignment to complete and hand in, but I am almost over the celebration line!! Within the next week I will begin my final practicum as a student teacher for four weeks in a gorgeous 4/5/6 class, and I cannot contain my excitement about this adventure!! Apart from all that I am busily programming for my stay in the classroom and preparing for my final interview with the big boss to finally become a full time classroom teacher!!! Can I hear you all squealing with excitement for me?? I know, I know, breathe... still 5 weeks to go... but hey! Who is counting ;)

With Teacher appreciation week coming to a close I thought I would share with you some of my most favourite teacher appreciation gifts!! These fabulous ideas came from the talented bloggers whom I follow and I found these wonderful ideas through pinterest!!

Here is the first of six, Please click on the photo to follow the link to find their blog :)

This one says: " Thank you for chewsing to teach at (Insert school name) this year! My Son/Daughter had a ball" How gorgeous!!! These cute jars are filled with gum balls.

Second one, Please click on the photo to find the link to their blog :)
This one says: 'You are a lifesaver! Thank you for all your help!" Perfect for your parent helpers in the classroom!! Love it!

Third one, Please click on the photo to find the link to their blog :)
This one is filled with star burst lollies and says "You're the STAR of our school" Gorgeous!

Fourth one, Please click on the photo to find the link to their blog :)
This delicious treat is a bag of popcorn with the tag saying "For a very POP!ular Teacher!!" Just gorgeous and so yummy!! :)

Fifth one, Please click on the photo to find the link to their blog :)
This would have to be a personal favourite!! This Dr. Seuss book is AMAZING, to receive it as a teacher gift is truly special. :)

Sixth one, Please click on the photo to find the link to their blog :)
This is for my "Marvellous and Magnificent Teacher"!! 

Green is for the inspiration you give me each day. Blue is for your patience in showing me the way. Orange is for your warmth and caring style. Yellow is for the way you always make me smile. Red is for my life that you have touched this year. You place knowledge in my hands, that melt into my heart and live forever! You're a "Magnificent" & "Marvelous" Teacher! Thank you for being my M&M;!

Hope you Enjoy!!!

Kylie (:

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sharing Sunday !

Welcome to Sharing Sunday !

Hello blogging friends!!! We are on school holidays at the moment so I have had some extra time to find ideas via pinterest!!! Sooo.. I thought I would share my FAVOURITE three ideas from pinterest this week!!! Every week, on Sunday I will share some more of my favourite ideas !! Feel free to join in and share the love around! 

First up is Mr Potato Head!

I found Mr Potato Head over at Journey of a Substitute Teacher! You can find her by clicking on the picture above. I love her idea as I am a Student Teacher and can use him in the same way she is excited about! 

If the whole class is doing a great job, a piece gets added to Mr Potato Head, but if they are off task, a part comes off. As a student teacher, I could say that if we can complete Mr Potato Head, then we will have 15 minutes of free time or extra time on the computers at the end of the day, or something like that! How exciting!!! 

Second is this great idea for classroom organisation. (Sorry if this is your picture, feel free to let me know and I will happily give credit, there was no link with the pin! I hate that!! but here it is) 

I love this idea!! Do you have the trouble of when writing starts everyone, and I mean EVERYONE needs their pencil sharpened, or worse they can't find a pencil? How fabulous is this idea!! When the pencils are blunt, the students place them in the 'please sharpen' tin, and can choose a sharpened pencil from the 'sharp' tin. Visually as a teacher, i can see when pencils need to be sharpened, and this could even be assigned as a student job! 

Thirdly, a fabulous idea from 3rd Grade Thoughts!! You can find her blog by clicking on the picture below! 

WOW!!! What a fabulous idea for a bathroom pass!! When the students need to use the bathroom, they move the pass to their desk and when they come back they can squirt some sanitizer into their hands to make sure germs don't spread around the classroom!!! You can even download a copy of her hand sanitizer bathroom passes!! I surely did!!! :) 

Thats it for this weeks Sharing Sunday!! Hope you all found these tricks as fabulous as I did!! Feel free to share your experiences or ideas below!! 

Happy Sunday!!

Kylie :)