Thursday, May 30, 2013


I'm linking up with Kim from "Finding Joy in 6th Grade."

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She's having a linky party to share things you are DEFINITELY going to do differently next year! It funny how, no matter how long we teach, we still come up with ways to do things better and make things flow smoother year after year!! Like Kim says, "As teachers, we are always thinking"....and reflecting. 

And then there's Common Core, Pinterest and all of the wonderful ideas in blogland, that keep us evolving year after year. 

With only 3 1/2 more days of school left, here are some things I've been reflecting on for next year......

This did not happen near enough this year and it really is a necessity! It is just such a challenge getting us all together without students. I am going to make this a priority next year, for sure!! I have some things in mind to make this work. 

This new student I'm getting has been at my school all year in the KG self-contained. Next year she is coming to me.....and let me tell you, she is hell on wheels!

I'm moving to a new classroom next year and I am so excited with the possibilities I will now have. My current room is so tiny that a reading nook was impossible. My new room is HUGE. So excited! It is literally almost 3 times the size of my current room! Poor teacher that's in there now......I keep going in her room, taking photos and drawing out floor plans! :)

M. is for Math facts
A. is for At your seat
T. is for Teacher time
H. is for Hands on

 Elizabeth at "Fun in 4B" is the master at M.A.T.H stations! Go {here} to read about it in her blog. Even as a special educator with 4-5 levels in my class, this method is easily implemented in my room. I have been testing it out on a trial basis for 2 weeks......just to be sure it would work before I plan it all out this summer and make my signage.....and it has been a success!!! Can't wait to take it on at full speed next year. 

I am so terrible at this. It just gets so busy in my room, that I forget. I did get much better at it after making it my blog New Years Resolution, but I still need to improve. 

As a teacher in my district, I have free access to thousands and thousands of resources from Vegas PBS. There is a wealth of educational video streaming, music, media center (like a red box for teachers), teaching materials, lessons, and printables aligned with Common Core. There are teaching videos to reinforce skills for your students. They even have the resources to make Braille for your students. Too bad I didn't know this 2 weeks ago when I hosted our schoolwide "Disability Awareness Day." As you can see, it is an amazing resource we have! If you're in CCSD, be sure to check it out! I DEFINITELY plan to utilize this resource to its fullest next year!
I'm sure I have most likely left some things out! But since it's almost midnight, I'm also going to go ahead and link up with TBA for Freebie Friday! 

I've been piddling around with labels for my new theme next year and you can grab these {here} for free. There are two sizes included. 

If you go {here} to yesterday's post, you can also snag up two more Freebies!

Be sure to click on both the buttons to link up with Kim and post or snag some Friday freebies!!!



  1. Those sound like excellent goals. I think I might borrow a few of them to work on for myself. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. Thanks for linking up your freebie at TBA this week.
    I love the idea of M.A.T.H. so cool!
    I'm having a Great, Big Pout-Pout Fish Giveaway and I would love for you to enter!
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