Monday, July 22, 2013

Let's Get Aquainted!

This week's topic is "Advice for new teachers" and I love that Latoya has provided a template to use! I wish I could make it larger for you, but if I go any larger, it cuts the right side off!

So, going into my sixth year of teaching, here is my advice to you newbies out there!

Buy only what you need and wait for sales! Don't forget about second hand stores and Ebay too! It's so easy to spend a fortune on your class before you know it and buy things that you'll never end up using!

Be prepared! It may mean spending your own time at home, but the more prepared you are, the smoother your day will go!

NEVER sidewalk talk! It will surely bite you in the butt and make you enemies quick! Be honest, but careful! I always keep my dad's rule of thumb.....if you wouldn't say it to their face, don't say it all!

Everyone needs a mentor or a teacher buddy! Many districts provide mentors to their first year teachers! Be sure to ask if they don't offer the info!

Make the most of your time! I know this is easier said than done for a first year teacher, but it's never to early to start thinking about it. Make a plan for yourself!

Last....just be YOU! 

And if I could add a "Don't" on this template.....don't be afraid to ask questions and don't make enemies with your custodian or office staff! They will be of more help to you than you could ever imagine at this point!!! Trust me!

On to other things.....I've been busy working on my class decor for my room and still have almost 4 weeks left of summer vaca! Yesterday I finished my rule posters! After playing around a bit, this is what I came up with. While some of you may think these are a bit out of the ordinary.....that is exactly what I was looking for! I wanted something that matched my new theme, but yet something that wasn't so "uniform" like everything else! I decided to think out of the box a little and this is the ending result! 

While piddling around with this pattern, I also made a teacher binder cover and a stationary page. As random as they are, I really love how they turned out! I know everyone has their own class rules, but if you can use them, feel free to snag them up{here} for free! Even if the rules don't work for you, you may be able to use the binder cover or stationary! 

I also made a set of money posters that you may be able to use and you can get these {here}

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Happy Monday!

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  1. Love your tips! Thanks for the freebies as well. Love the money posters and rules. Enjoy the rest of your summer. I only have two weeks left.

  2. LOVE the colors you chose for your posters! They are gorgeous! So glad we found your blog!

    Frugal In First

  3. Thank you for the awesome freebies. I found you on Manic Monday. I'm your newest follower.

  4. I totally agree with the advice of this post! Wise words :) I wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Head over to my blog to find out more information.
    Mrs. Holder’s First Grade


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