Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bulletin Board Display and I've been TAGGED!

The following bulletin board display comes from Christie Lamb's Spring Fever Unit on TpT.


The kids had fun writing what they would put inside the easter eggs and where they would hide them if they were the Easter Bunny.  They thought the chicks were so cute!  I love seeing my kids' faces light up when they see their work displayed in the hallway.  I wish I had more bulletin board space, but I make do. :-)

On a completely different topic, I have to share a funny conversation I had with one of my kindergartners today.


Student:  (walks up to my desk with a serious look on her face) Miss Murray...I'm feeling really burned out.


Me:  (pause to take in what she just said) What do you mean by that?


Student:  Well, from being in school so much, for more than 100 days.  It's hard to be in school that long.


Me:  I know, it's hard to be in school for a long time.  But, guess what?  The year is almost over, and then you'll be on summer vacation.  Plus, school is fun!  You get to learn all kinds of new things! (Hoping my little pep talk was enough to satisfy her.)


Student:  Well, will you please just let the nurse decide if I feel good or bad?


This cracked me up!  It was all I could do not to laugh!  Kids say the funniest things!  I thought to myself...girl you don't know what's ahead of you!  


Okay, now I've been TAGGED!  This is the first time I've been tagged and I'm so excited!


Here are the Rules:
* Post these rules.
* Answer the 10 questions that the tagger posted for you.
* Create 10 questions of your own to ask the people that you're about to tag.
* Tag 10 people and link them with your post (and let them know they've been tagged!)


Questions Marie asked me:


1.  What is the one item in your classroom that you could not live without?


I can not imagine living without my Smart Board.  I use it every day, many times throughout the day!  My students complete a Daily Calendar Book each morning as part of morning meeting, and I model how to fill in their books on the Smart board.  I create interactive literacy activities on my Smart Board for literacy centers and whole-group activities.  My students watch the Decorah Bald Eagles every day on the Smart Board.  My list could go on.  I LOVE this amazing piece of technology!


2.  What is the last "teacher book" you purchased?


I recently purchased two math books after attending the Ohio Kindergarten Teachers' Conference and getting some wonderful math ideas from the presenter who swears by the practices in these books.  I plan to spend some time this summer diving into these books and creating the activities in them.  I have already used some of the ideas and they have worked so well with my kinders!





3.  How long have you been blogging?

I've only been blogging for a couple weeks, so I'm a newbie!  I'm still experimenting and learning how to upload my documents and make my posts look cute like all the amazing bloggers I follow!  All of you inspire me!

4.  What is the best teaching advice you have ever received?

The best teaching advice I have ever received is to keep it fun.  Teaching is stressful and tiring and requires a lot of patience, and if you don't keep things fun and exciting, you'll get bored and so will the kids. 

5.  Do you have any big summer plans?

I'm so excited to be attending the 2012 National Kindergarten Teachers Conference in Las Vegas this summer!  My mom is going to come with me and we'll check out all the cool sites while we're there!  I'd love to meet up with some fellow bloggers while I'm there- let me know if you're interested!




6.  What do you give your students at the beginning of the year?  Do you give them a goodie bag?  What's in it?


My students come to school with their parents the night before the first day of school to check out their new classroom and meet me!  I give them all a treasure hunt paper, and they go around the classroom with their parents and search for the items on the page- their table spot, coat hook, attendance chart, etc.  I've never done a goodie bag for the students, but I'd like to do something fun like that for this upcoming school year.  


7.  Do you have plants in your classroom?


No, I would probably forget to water them regularly!  At the beginning of the year I had the students plant their own bean plants inside a wet paper towel in a plastic baggy so they could see the roots as their beans grew.  


8.  Do you remember who YOUR favorite teacher was?  Why were they so memorable?


Yes, I remember my favorite teacher very well.  Her name was Mrs. Ruh and she was my 2nd grade teacher.  In fact, right before I graduated college, I went back to my elementary school to visit her and shadow her for a day.  I wanted to remember what it was that made her my favorite so I could try to be that way for my students.  She was a very nurturing teacher, and I was a sensitive kid, so she eased my nervousness about being at school.  She truly cared about each of her students, and I felt that from her.  She is just the way I remember her!


9.  What is your go-to lunch that you pack for yourself?


Store-bought chicken salad with Ritz crackers, or a Lean Cuisine frozen meal.


10.  What is the hardest part of your job?


I would say two of the most difficult parts of my job are staying organized (I hate when things are out of order, but I haven't quite created my ideal organized classroom yet), and finding enough time to fit in everything I want/need to teach each day.

Ok, now here are my questions!


1. Do you assign homework to your students?  How many days each week and what do you assign?

2. What is your organization system for sending papers between home and school?  Do the students have two-pocket folders, a binder, or something else?  I'm looking for a better approach next year and would love new ideas.

3.  What is your favorite "teacher" book that you've read?

4.  How do you teach sight words to your students?

5.  Do you teach guided reading groups during literacy centers?

6.  What is one way you incorporate technology into your teaching, besides having students use the computer to play a game?  I'm looking for some new unique ideas!  If you don't have anything to share for this, it's ok. :-)

7.  What is one blogging tip/secret you have for a new blogger?

8.  Do you utilize parent volunteers in your classroom?  If so, in what capacity?

9.  Do you teach half-day or all-day kindergarten?  Which do you prefer?

10.  What are your favorite student websites to use with your kids?


Bloggers I'm tagging!


Deeanna @ Golden Gang Kindergarten


Vickie @ Mrs. Plant's Press


Mrs. Blakely @ Kindergarten Tales


Vanessa @ Kinder Love


Katie @ Kindergarten Simplicity


Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten


Angela @ The Daily Alphabet


Caitlin @ Kindergarten Smiles


Pam @ Can Do Kinders


Mrs. Kazanjian @ Mrs. Kazanjian's Kindergarten Blog


I'm excited to see what these bloggers have to say!  It's so much fun to share and connect with other teachers! :-)

7 comments:

  1. I love the bulletin board!!! In my class we did something similiar but I used it for estimation. The teacher next door has an incubator and a couple of weeks ago she placed real hen eggs. We estimate how many chicks will hatch bellow the chick pattern used in the bulletin board.I would have love to do some writing activirty but with the whole testing situation, our time have become very limited.

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  2. Thanks for tagging me!! Here are your anwers :

    1. Do you assign homework to your students? How

    many days each week and what do you assign?

    Yes, I assign homework to my students. I teach a combo class so I have a Pre-K and K combined. I only assign homework to my K. I do it weekly and all the homework is similiar the classwork done the week before. With the homework I attach the "I am learning this week" sheet which help parents know excatly what their child is learning.

    2. What is your organization system for sending papers between home and school? Do the students have two-pocket folders, a binder, or something else? I'm looking for a better approach next year and would love new ideas.

    My K students have binders, the theme for my class this year is Frog. So I names the binder F.R.O.G.S binder which stands for fully , responsible, organize student. These binder work like the M.O.O.S.E binder. I have one section of the binder devoted to parents. In the parent section I have included blank sheets of paper where the parents and I write to each other back and forth. The parents really like this idea. Now with letters sent home I usually whole punched them and put them in the binder. I never really had any problems because I am very strict on how organize the binder should always be.

    3. What is your favorite "teacher" book that you've read?

    Favorite teacher book has to be from Kyleen Beers Why Kids Can't read. Is more for teacher of upper grades but lots of the info apply to everyone.

    4. How do you teach sight words to your students?
    Oh sight words!!! every year I add something new. What has worked this year has been the sight word weekly packet that I have custom made for my class, and I make the kids write each of the five weekly sight word on an index cards. Everyday for a week, I tell them to read to me each of the index cards in whatever order. As they read it I place a small checkmark, which lets me know if they know it. If they read all five words right they get a sticker, four words right a happy face, three words right a check and two or less a question mark. After a week, if they have five stickers they get to take it a home and get a small rewards. For the students who dont have the five stickers they keep the words that they had trouble on and it gets added to the following week.
    5. Do you teach guided reading groups during literacy centers?
    Yes , but this is after much modeling on how to work in each center. I usually start by mid October.

    6. What is one way you incorporate technology into your teaching, besides having students use the computer to play a game? I'm looking for some new unique ideas! If you don't have anything to share for this, it's ok. :-)

    My district has purchased Discovery Education which allows me to assign videos and small clips to students. Depending on the theme we are working on I assign the video clips. I like it, it adds to their prior knowledge.

    7. What is one blogging tip/secret you have for a new blogger?
    dont blog everyday

    8. Do you utilize parent volunteers in your classroom? If so, in what capacity?
    Yes, I love my parents volunteers!! They do all the cutting, printing, lamination in the classroom. They also help for holiday projects and in the garden. My school has designated a garden space behind each kindegarten classroom. So the parents volunteer to paint, clean and plant with the kids. Its a great bonding activity.
    9. Do you teach half-day or all-day kindergarten? Which do you prefer?

    All -Day kindergarten!! there is so much to do ;)
    10. What are your favorite student websites to use with your kids?

    tickettoread.com
    starfall.com

    hope this answer many of your questions!! let me know if you need more in depth answers
    Happy teaching,

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  3. I really love your blog and those little chicks are SO CUTE!! Glad I found you :) Come check out my blog when you have the time!

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  4. Love the bulletin board!! So cute!

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  5. Congrats! I've given you the One Lovely Blog award. Stop by to check out all the details.

    Maria from
    Kinder-Craze

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  6. Your bulletin board is adorable!

    What a funny and cute story....the poor little sweet has no idea what will soon face her!


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  7. Hi Ms. Murray! I heard you were on pinterest and did lots of neat things and then found your blog! As a blogger myself, I had to check it out! As a parent of one of your students (who suspicially sounds like the one in the post...), I just want you to know how much Ellie loves school. I have you to thank for that!

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