A Year of Awesome - Week 12

Get your students excited about daily writing with class journals! These FREE covers give your students choice in writing about the things that matter in their lives!
Get routines running smoothly in your classroom with the tips and tricks in this post!

Get routines running smoothly in your classroom with the tips and tricks in this post!
A morning doctor's appointment confirmed that my hand WILL be okay, even if it isn't feeling so okay right now. I'm still a little swollen and very tender, but I'm managing. Being away in the morning meant a very short amount of time with my kiddos since I have planning at the end of every day. During our art block we got started on our door decorating for Bullying Awareness Week. We are going with a fish theme this year: "There's no room in our school for bullies." I found the idea on Pinterest but there was no link, only a picture. Here's our finished product. My photo is hard to read because I couldn't make the words any bigger and still fit in all our little fish. Each of them has a friendly message in the top bubble.  I think it is pretty awesome! ☺
Get routines running smoothly in your classroom with the tips and tricks in this post!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we've fallen off the rails. 

Okay, I may be exaggerating just a bit, but these past couple of days have been tough! I'm sure that my nearly week-long absence has contributed - that's FOUR different guest teachers in one week. And did I mention we have snow? Yeah, that could be the culprit, too.

Whatever the reason, these past few days have been a real challenge. I've found myself repeating over and over, "Boys and girls, please watch your volume." I don't have the energy for this over, and over, and over, and.... yeah. 

Remembering a great little trick I once saw on Pinterest, I put this up on the board today:
Managing noise levels in the classroom can be challenging. Grab this classroom management tip to help reduce student noise in your classroom!

Each time the volume creeps up beyond an acceptable level I simply walk over and remove a letter. I don't need to say a word. When three letters are lost and only "NO" remains there is no talking. BAM! Instant change! They are watching, they are reminding each other. Wow! Awesome!!
Get routines running smoothly in your classroom with the tips and tricks in this post!
Although we've clearly been working on writing and word work for weeks now, I have finally introduced these as part of our Daily 5 time. The kids were even more excited for writing than word work (which surprised me, but more about that tomorrow!) and we'll soon be ready to get some choice in our rotations.

So... I dusted off last year's rotation board but found that the pieces had really taken a beating. They were all splitting (since I'd laminated them before cutting them out) and really do need to be replaced. To make the job a little easier, I invested in these great little punches from our local craft store. They didn't work so well once the pieces were laminated, but that may be because I chose the nice, heavy 3mm film and it is thick. At least I only have to cut the circles once! If you'd like to grab these for your classroom you can find them HERE.
Get routines running smoothly in your classroom with the tips and tricks in this post!
Get routines running smoothly in your classroom with the tips and tricks in this post!
Today we broke out the class journals. If you haven't heard of them, they are simply themed journals that the students share as a class. They can write an entry of their own during writing time, or choose to read them during independent reading. They are ALWAYS a hit - the kiddos in my class last year actually argued over them. What teacher doesn't love students who are eager to write? Awesome☺
Get your students excited about daily writing with class journals! These FREE covers give your students choice in writing about the things that matter in their lives!

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Get routines running smoothly in your classroom with the tips and tricks in this post!
Here in Ontario, the third week of November is designated Bullying Awareness Week. We celebrated with lots of activities throughout, including our door decorating that I've already written about, and today was one of our Pink Shirt Days. We came together as a school for an anti-bullying assembly full of stories and inspirational messages. Well, the very last thing that was shared as the students were exiting the gym was Will.i.am's What I Am, performed with the cast of Sesame Street.
If you've been with me since the beginning of this blog you know that this is a special song for me. When I began Mrs. Beattie's Classroom I was teaching fifth grade to a most special group of kids. This was our class theme song and we listened to it belted it out at the top of our lungs several times a day. The time I spent with those children sticks with me to this day.

When this song was displayed at the front of the gymnasium, these now seventh-graders became ten again. They all started waving at me across the gym, and when the song played they sang along. They high-fived me in the hall remembering with me. It nearly brought me to tears. In fact, later on in the evening, as I recounted the day to my husband, it DID bring me to tears. This was one of the most awesome teacher moments ever. Ever. ☺

One more thing... I hit a quarter of a million views of my blog today, and that is totally AWESOME, too! Have a great weekend!

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Get routines running smoothly in your classroom with the tips and tricks in this post!


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