A Year of Awesome - Week 1

Wow! Week #1 of the 2014-15 school year is done! It was such a busy week. Busy, but full of awesome moments. I've pledged to pay closer attention to these little diamonds in my day, so this is the first of my weekly Year of Awesome posts.
I hope you see some of your own awesome moments reflected here, and will link up with your own weekly reflections! You'll find more information (and a freebie!) at the end of the post!

Well, come on... Labor Day... Holiday... Day off... AWESOME!

Tuesday was my first day of teaching. It was a super-busy day, but full of great moments. One of these was when I awarded the first Heart Garden recognition for our classroom display. The kids were so pleased and actually clapped for the boy who was recognized for his great listening while I was teaching. AWESOME!

In my class of 20 students I have 5 girls and 15 boys. There are some busy little bodies in there. At the end of each day I have my planning time. Four out of five days my students will be learning French and will be dismissed to the buses by the French teacher. Today at the end of the day, one of my more challenging little personalities returned to my classroom, walked right up to my desk, and said to me, "See you tomorrow, Mrs. Beattie!". This was so unexpected from this particular student. This was AWESOME!
A non-teaching-day-AWESOME event was the arrival of my Brag Tags! You can read more about that HERE.

My students did such an amazing job of taking ownership of the supply baskets on their tables that they earned their first letter in our Tidy Table Challenge!! When the table baskets are tidy and organized at the end of the day, one student chooses a Scrabble tile and matches it to a corresponding letter on our Tidy Table Challenge board.
This idea comes from Mr. Hughes at An Educator's Life. I love it, and the kids are so excited and motivated!! AWESOME!

Today, our Heart Garden truly began to blossom. It was the first day that my students began to recognize the kind things other students had done for them and share their own appreciation. Today, two of my students sought me out to request a heart for our Heart Garden display. They purposely walked away from the art activity they were engaged in to ask me if they could write a note to someone who had done something kind for them. I think I'm going to love the Heart Garden! AWESOME!

At the end of the day today one of my busy little boys came over to give me a hug and say, "See you tomorrow, Mrs. Beattie!". When I told him that I'd see him on Monday the disappointed look on his face showed me just how much he loves being at school. AWESOME!

We finally got our CAFE program kicked off today with the introduction of the Check for Understanding strategy! I made these Check for Understanding check marks for each of my students and laminated them so they'll last the year. (Unfortunately, I am unable to continue offering this freebie to my readers. I apologize for any inconvenience.)

Do you have an AWESOME story to share from your week in the classroom? Grab the button below, add it to your blog post, link it back here, and then add your link below!


  1. It sounds like you had a great week! Me too! I wish I had remembered to link up. You will definitely see me next Saturday!!!! I love the Tidy Tables idea... Happy Saturday!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. Thanks for the great freebie! I am looking forward to linking up often and sharing some AWESOME!

    1. I'm so glad! Next, we'll get you set up so you aren't a no-reply blogger! ;)


    2. I think I just fixed the no-reply thing. How can I test it out.

  3. I love your checks for understanding! Is there a way to download them...it says the file doesn't exist when I try? Thank you!


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