Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hall Pass Linky party!

I'm participating in Reagan's Hall Pass Linky party!


Here are the rules:


P is for Product:  My favorite product that I've created is my Investigating Arctic Animals unit.  My students did such a great job with their posters they created.  Plus, I get to use this for a project in my grad school class, so I'm doubly excited.  :-)


This is one of the posters one of my students made.  Totally awesome. :-)


My students did such a great job with their posters and are totally rocking their books!  I can't wait to share them with you!  They are totally excited about making the posters and books, and they are excited to share them with their families!

A is for Area:  My favorite area in my classroom is definitely my classroom library.  However, don't get me started on the fact that I really can't trust the particular group of students that is in my room for reading, which means that I actually can't "open it" because I can't trust them.  This thoroughly depresses me.  I have chairs and pillows and carpet squares available to use, and they've barely gotten any use this year.  :-(  (That really is a whole other can of worms that I will not open in this post.)

Even more depressing is that I don't have a decent picture of my actual classroom library.  And the power supply on my desktop computer died last week, so I can't access any of my pictures right now. :-(  I may have one of my library from last year on there.  This kind of shows what it looks like, but mostly the picture is of my bunting.  How in the world do I not have a picture of my library on this blog?


S is for Signal:  My signal for transitions actually differs based on the time of day.  In the mornings, we do guided reading, so I use a timer.  When the timer goes off, the kids know to clean up and stand behind their table/area.  During the rest of the day, I have a chime that I use.  Whenever the chime rings, the kids know it is time to stop what they are working on and clean up.  Occasionally, I will use "give me five!" but I prefer the chime.

S is for Sanity:  I can't really say I have any ritual or "happy spot" at work.  I guess my day is so busy, I don't really have any time to chill out or take a break.  I do enjoy when we have breakfast in the classroom, because the kids and I eat breakfast, and I get the chance to sit and talk to them or listen to their conversations.  Most of the time, they are pretty hilarious!  I don't get to do that much, so I like it.  Or they'll practice math facts.  But they want to practice stuff like 100 + 100 and then ask me if the answer is correct! They are too funny!



17 comments:

  1. The 100+100 thing has to be universal :) My kids do the same thing! By the way, don't you love your crazy lamp? I have two of them and they give off tons of light. I wish mine were the same color as yours. I have pink and blue.

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    1. That is too funny! I think the kids just have to one-up each other by solving the largest addition problem!

      I love that crazy lamp! That one in particular came from my sister when she moved to Seattle. Then she tried to tell me she didn't give it to me! The one I have at home is blue, which matches my house very well! They give off so much light!

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    2. Ha! Ha! That's a sister thing :) I can't tell you how many times my sister gave me something and later tried to take it back. Of course, I got away with keeping tons of stuff she didn't give me :)

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    3. Sisters... aren't they wonderful? A few years ago, my sister moved to Seattle, and she was trying to pawn a bunch of stuff off on me. Luckily, she didn't try to take the lamp back, but that would have been hard from across the country! She doesn't usually give me too much stuff, so I don't know how she forgot about that!

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  2. Hi, I found you through the Hall Pass Linky Party. I LOVE your arctic unit. I just got done finishing the same unit in my kindergarten class and my projects look similar to yours. How funny! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower!
    Sherry
    Kindergarten Milestones

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    1. Thanks! I love my Arctic unit too! My kids are loving making their posters and books! I tried to follow your link to check out your blog, but it took me to the wrong place. I would love it if you could visit again and share the link again! :-) I'd love to see how your projects turned out!

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  3. I am so glad I came back to check! Sorry about the bad link. When you get a chance come and visit.
    Sherry
    Kindergarten Milestones

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    1. Something is wrong again. Wow lets do this one more time :)

      Kindergarten Milestones

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  4. Well ok for some reason it goes to your blog??? If you are still sticking with me and haven't given up then you are my hero

    Kindergarten Milestones

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  5. I just went back to everyone's blog that I posted to and for some reason only on yours its not working. So sorry.
    Try this address
    http://sherrymarieandrighetto.blogspot.com/

    Sherry
    Kindergarten Milestones

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up! Your room looks adorable!

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

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    2. Just found your cute blog! And I am your newest follower!

      Love your area. We can't hang things from our ceilings so I get a little jealous when I see the possibilities!

      Stop by sometime.

      :)
      Tamera
      MyHeartBelongsinFirst
      Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

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    3. Our Fire Marshall came and said we weren't allowed to hang anything that wasn't on our bulletin boards outside, have those plug in air fresheners, or a few other things. I'm not sure if we're not supposed to have things hanging from the ceiling either, but he didn't come in my room and they didn't make me take them down, so I'm leaving them up! I love them!

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  7. Hi Erica!

    Found you through the awesome Hall Pass Linky. I'm so jealous that you get to hang things from your ceiling! It's so sweet that you all get to share breakfast together sometimes. You're right, it's a great way to get to know more about them. I sometimes sit with them for lunch, but I like your breakfast idea, because it is a great way to start the day.

    Feel free to come visit me and check out my hall pass!
    K. Almaraz at Our Future is bright

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  8. Our school is part of a program called "Breakfast in the Classroom", and all our students receive a free breakfast. We eat every morning in our classroom together. It's a great program, and a great way to start the day! It gives me an opportunity to talk with my students that I never had before. Sometimes I sit with them at lunch too, but this is very different and I love it!

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