Are you ready for back to school?? I am so busy planning for this year. I wanted to share a freebie with you that I am going to use the first week of school. Everyone loves a funny joke right? And kids love even the cheesiest joke....So I made a fun Ice Breaker Activity to get them up and out of their seats. The first week of school it is always good to find activities that get kids up and out of their seats as much as possible!
You can get your copy here

How much summer do you have left??



A couple of months ago, our pastor spoke about a business book called The One Thing. Basically, it's premise is, every business or industry has "one thing" that if you know it and do it well...you will be successful. So it got me thinking, What is the "one thing" for educators? What is the one thing that makes a successful teacher?

By most accounts, I am successful at what I do. I get great comments on all my reviews, parents and students love me (sorry if I am bragging...I am trying to make a point!) I am very highly organized, is that the "one thing"?  I am very good at meeting the needs of all the learners in my classroom. Is that the "one thing"? It's definitely NOT my nicely decorated classroom!

Here's what I think it is...

I have always worked on building strong relationships with my students. I have had many students who were behavior problems before they came to me, but I just took the time to build a positive relationship them. I am not saying they were perfect angels for me! But a relationship of trust and genuine caring can make a huge difference in a child's desire to want to cooperate in the classroom. Clip charts and behavior management systems can NEVER take the place of a genuine relationship only the teacher can provide!

The second relationship I think is very important is the teacher/parent relationship. Parents need to know we are on their side and we are working for the best interest of their babies! I have met so many colleagues over the years that conflict with parents just over "control" issues and for the right to be "right". It's not worth it, positive relationships with your parents will benefit you and the students! It's a win-win for everyone. 

So, that's my one thing.......what is your ONE THING????





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I hope everyone enjoyed Shark Week and all the amazing freebies! They were all so cute. I "chomped" some of them up myself.

This week I have been trying to get ahead on planning for next year. Not only am I decorating my own classroom (I am changing to my colors to chalkboard and brights) BUT I get to decorate a brand new planning room for my team. We have several empty classrooms so we are getting to use a whole classroom for our planning room next year! I am so excited that we'll have enough room to plan and have a bulletin board for our data and long range planning.


I went back and forth on colors and themes and FINALLY decided on something. We have one really long bulletin board in our rooms, so I am going to cover it in plain black fabric and use this border:

So then following this theme of black and pink I made some Quote Posters to hang on the walls. 


I loved how they turned out! Would you like a copy of my Quotes for your Teacher Planning Room or Workroom? Leave me a comment with your email address and I will send them to you!


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All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love! 

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The freebie I am sharing with you is great for your Measurement and Graphing Units, or just to review both! You can get your copy here!


fintastic freebie

Be sure to go for a swim and visit Flapjackeducation to get your next freebie! 
Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a jawesome freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, July 12  : )


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Love that it's the first of the month and I have time to do my Currently! Summer is just wonderful.....time to sleep in, get some work done, spend time with the family. I hope that you are spending time doing what you love during these summer months. 

Listening: Ahh, England lost tonight so now the US plays Japan for the finals. We have been loving the soccer in our house!

Loving: Summer, need I say more?

Thinking: Planning our Fourth of July fireworks celebration....we go to watch fireworks and bring a picnic to eat while we are waiting for them to begin. I love this time of year.

Wanting: I had a large format printer that stopped working, I am thinking of replacing it to print larger size posters for my classroom. They have really come down in price since the last time I bought one.

Needing: I really want to start getting ahead with my planning for next year. I started but need to keep working!

All Star: Organizer...I love to organize and reorganize. I can't work if I'm unorganized! 

Don't forget to link up with your Currently with Farley!

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