Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Camp Read-a-Lot

The coveted reading corner! The student of the day for the math meeting board and the "Camper of the Week" are the only ones allowed to read in the tent during D.E.A.R. time!

Nuts About Helping

The mascots of my camping theme in my classroom are small woodland animals. My job system consists of squirrels and acorns. Each acorn top has numbers to correspond with the students' number. The tops are attached by velcro and can be rotated to the next job every 2 weeks.

Time for school!

I saw something similar to this in a the Really Good Stuff catalog, and decided I could make it myself for free with die cuts!

S'More Classroom Management

My classroom theme for the 2010-2011 school year is Camping/The Great Outdoors.
My discipline system is a marshmallow count system.
Each student begins the day with 4 marshmallows. At the end of the day, they receive a number stamp in their homework planner to inform their parents of how many marshmallows they had.
The hierarchy is as follows:
4 marshmallows: You're a happy camper!
3 marshmallows: Lose 5 min. of recess, no stamp
2 marshmallows: Lose 10 min. of recess, no stamp
1 marshmallow: Lose 1/2 of recess, no stamp, parent contact
0 marshmallows: Alternative Classroom (a.k.a. Big trouble at my school!)

The students who kept all 4 marshmallows receive a stamp on an incentive chart. When it is filled they get to pick out of the treasure chest.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Take Home Buddy

Meet Orly Owl!

Isn't he adorable? I found him and the coordinating bag at Target. The bag was in the dollar section. I recommend purchasing 2 (especially since they're only $1) just in case it breaks, gets lost, or gets disgustingly dirty. The owl was in the toy section on clearance for $6.

Orly will be my take home buddy this year. He goes so perfectly with my Great Outdoors theme! The students will take turns bringing him home. There will be a journal that goes home in the bag with him. Here are the instructions that will go home with Orly.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ocean Theme

My 2009-2010 theme was "Oceans". Here are pics from my classroom last year:

Say It Ain't So...

It is just about time for a new school year! I know all of my teacher friends are asking, "Where did the summer go?" I hope you were able to do all of those things on your summer "wish list". For my inaugural post on my "teacher blog" I wanted to share a few verses that God gave me over the summer. The Lord has really been impressing on my heart this summer that teaching is a ministry not just a paying career. As a Christian school teacher, you would think this is a given. And to some extent it is. But, I know God is having me take this to the next level and move beyond lip service. Even if you are not a Christian school teacher, if you are a Christian, I believe God expects the same high calling from you. I am posting these verses on my desk as a daily reminder of God's calling to the students He has placed in my classroom this year. May you do the same!

1 Kings 3:9 (New International Version)
9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

servant-that's us! You know, as teachers, we certainly feel like servants some times!
govern your people-can you say "classroom management"?
distinguish between right and wrong- is referee part of our job description?

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 (New International Version)
As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, 7but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. 8We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

Let's be honest, as the weeks go on, and Christmas vacation gets closer, it becomes harder and harder to be gentle and delight in our students. I am challenged to remember how dear these children are throughout the ENTIRE school year-even in May!!

I hope these verses will be an encouragement as we begin this adventure into the 2010-2011 school year.

On another note-my "teacher blog" will be featuring this year's classroom theme-"The Great Outdoors/Camping" as well as links to helpful websites and much much more!

Happy Teaching!!