Friday, September 6, 2013

Five for Friday

Happy FRIDAY, friends! I'm not sure how short weeks always feel super long, but man, is it ever true! I'm linking up on this {late} Friday night to share a little of my week with you. Be sure to click
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Five for Friday: 1--Birthday Festivities

Tomorrow we're having my Lilly's second birthday party. This mama has been busy doing some crafting this week, food prep since I've been home tonight, and will be massively cleaning tomorrow morning until the party starts! Lilly's newest "thing" is Dora, so I pinterest-ed it up, and found {this}awesome pin! Now my house is not going to look nearly as cute, but I'm still pretty excited about it! Here are some pictures thus far... with more to follow!

Tico's Acorn Treats!

One of her {many} presents... this one is from Daddy. :)
Labels for the food table! My favorite!

Five for Friday: 2--class scavenger hunt

How boring must it be to students to sit and listen to us go on and on about rules and procedures? Yeah.. I discovered (finally) last year that it was a waste of my time and theirs. So this year I let them figure it all out themselves.. all procedures, times, rules, and other need to know information was/is posted around my room, so I made a quick scavenger hunt for the kids to complete. They LOVED roaming around and finding answers. My favorite was the question that said , "When Mrs. Lopez says Macaroni and Cheese, what should you say?" I can't begin to tell you the strange looks I got! Anyone know the answer? "Everybody freeze!" of course!


Five for Friday: 3--math games!

 These first two weeks of school we have been adding and subtracting with regrouping, using a variety of strategies. I personally am over adding and subtracting, but my kids LOVE it as long as we play this simple game whose name I currently can't remember! It's like a race to 100, where they roll a die, trade in their ones for tens, and the winner trades in their 10s for a 100 first. Simple, yet effective. :) See the pencils? That's what happens when you don't have enough 10s rods.. you improvise!

Five for Friday: 4--I have a co-teacher!!!!

I have never co-taught before or even seen it in action, so this is all new to me! Where I teach in Florida we aren't allowed to have class sizes over 18, and don't have enough space for a new class, so my principal hired another AWESOME teacher and is giving us more kiddos on Monday. It will be an adjustment to have more kids, and all the new kids throughout the year, but it'll be nice for the kids who need that small group intensive help! Plus, it sure does make planning easier! :) I'm definitely optimistic about it and would love to hear your thoughts on it... and how to fit that many kids in one room!

Five for Friday: 5--I feel famous!

Are you a fan of Ideas by Jivey? Well, if not, ya should be! She's such an inspiration and always offers high-quality, relevant posts. Tonight while reading her Five for Friday, I read my OWN name in there! I literally had to read it twice to realize it was MY name! Her students used my making inferences task cards this week and apparently they loved it. So glad to hear! She's currently having a HUGE giveaway because she reached 1000 followers (told you she's awesome!), so do yourself a favor and enter!

I'm off to bed now, friends. Lots of Dora fun in my future!

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  1. Co-teaching is the most amazing experience ever! It just makes life so much easier to always have someone to bounce ideas off of. Often you will have to compromise and give up control of how you might normally do something, but it is so worth it. It is a phenomenal learning experience for the teachers and students involved. My best piece of advice I can give. Make sure you have parents email you both at the same time...always. That cuts down on one of you missing something that you might need to know about. Whoever has the time to respond first, does...and that's it.
    When I co-taught, my co-teacher was better at making the plans and I was better at taking her ideas and putting them into action bouncing all around the room explaining everything to 44 kids at one time. You just find which areas you are stronger in and go with it. Good Luck!!! Let me know if you need anything.
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  2. I've never had a co-teacher before, but I can imagine it will be great for your low kiddos! Have a great weekend!

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  3. I just added your task cards to my TPT wish list! Isn't it so fun to see your name in someone else's post?! I'm also pinning your scavenger hunt idea and hopefully I'll remember it when B2S rolls around next year - that is genius!
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