Here’s the lowdown.
Well I don’t have tons but one I love is my Reading Strategies Caterpillar. We refer to him every day during Guided Reading and he just looks cute :)
Sorry he’s blurry :(
My favourite part of my classroom is my reading corner.
I love it because it has cute pillows and carpet, owl reading buddies, a funky lamp and my kiddos are great at taking care of it :) We read, book shop, hang out and learn new things in here! (This is last years picture so no lamp and owl reading buddies in this one!)
My signal in my class is my wind chime and my hand chime. We practice the very first day of school with a freeze game that helps us learn what to do when you hear the wind chime! When you hear the chime…you freeze and turn to look at the teacher. You are frozen while I talk. When I am done talking I will say “Melt” and you can continue on.
My hand chime is a little different. It is used to signal the end of Daily 5 round and Daily 5 math rounds. I ring it 3 times on my hand and when you hear those 3 rings…you know to clean up and come to the carpet. No words are necessary.
Works great for me!
Ashley from "That's so Second Grade" had it in her post! Mine is silver but looks exactly like this!
One way I keep myself sane at work is by chatting with hallway colleagues about some of my known turkeys. We are in an open concept school so no doors on the classrooms and a few walls. We all open up into the same hallway. I can look over my bookshelf and see the grade 3 teacher. I have 2 1/3 walls in my room. The 1/3 wall I share with another classroom. Hard to picture I know.
Anywho….chatting with certain people makes me feel better and reassures me that I am not crazy.
Another way I stay sane is by just having some quiet time at lunch or during recess. Sometimes it’s nice to just surf Pinterest, eat snacks out of my filing cabinet and have a quiet moment. Although indoor recess is making me bananas. No more –40 celsius days please.
There you have it!
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