November 16, 2018

The Good and the Bad

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Woo-hoo! I am officially on Thanksgiving Break! I am looking forward to a week off, so I can sleep!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Behavior - This is the ongoing issue this year. It's driving me crazy. It's like two steps forward, one step back. I'm up to 5 students on different behavior plans. It's not working too well. I need to try something new!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Rounding - We did a rounding blitz this week to get students to remember how to round. As one boy said, "I feel like rounding jumped back into my brain." I feel so much better after reviewing with my students. From now on, we will complete a quick review one day a week, so it stays fresh in the kids' minds.

Food in the Classroom - I love working in a school that allows food in the classroom. We did a variety of food related tasks - cranberry experiments, making butter, and creating pumpkin pie (in a bag).



How was your week?
What was good and bad for you?

November 9, 2018

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

This week was much calmer than last in some ways and just as crazy in others!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Rounding - My students did so well on the rounding unit, like better than any class I have ever had well. Unfortunately, we have not reviewed it for awhile. This week we had to do rounding as part of a strategy for addition. It was like we never covered rounding before. Note to self: Make sure to add review rounding on a regular basis (like once a week) on top of everything else!

Rough Start - This week started off extremely rough! Before I even picked my students up on Monday, the office called my room saying there was a parent there. The parent told me that in the after school club on Friday, another boy threatened to get a group of boys to beat up her son. All the boys were in my class. After the meeting, I went to pick up my students only to find out there was an assembly starting at 9. I'm not even going to go into the mess of that assembly! What a way to start the week! 


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Fact and Opinion - While rounding was just Bad, Fact and Opinion were definitely Good! We have been spending a few minutes each day doing a couple of task cards (for a couple of weeks) on Fact and Opinion each day. This week, it was like a light bulb finally went on! They got it! 

Turkeys Fact and Opinion Task Cards
Next week, I am using the Turkeys Fact and Opinion Task Cards. I am super excited to get to these, because I am obsessed with the turkey clip art! 
(Click the pic to get your own set.)

Adorable Students - I had two students that were extra sweet this week. Today, during the awards ceremony, one girl was so excited to receive Perfect Attendance. She never got an award before and her mama was going to be so proud! She was ecstatic! One of my boys was super sweet too. He's a great kid to begin with. This week he ended with asking to add prizes to the treasure chest. I glanced at his addition - Pokemon cards. He is the most considerate child! I love that I actually had a couple student positives this week!

How was your week?
What was good and bad for you?

November 2, 2018

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

This was a super long week! Who had the bright idea to schedule Halloween in the middle of a school week?

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Halloween - While the day itself wasn't too bad, I did not get as into the holiday spirit as I normally do. My costume was lame, an Incredibles t-shirt. I just wasn't into things. 

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Candy Apple Bar - This week our Social Committee had a Candy Apple Bar. This was the first time for it and I think it was pretty successful!


It looks chintzy but was yummy!

Task Cards - Instead of scooting around the room, my students worked on task cards in the area of the room with their level cards. My students got to choose their levels. They have been enjoying this! They love to challenge themselves and are definitely learning their math skills.


Surprise Visit - My former student, Reilly Jackson, stopped by for a surprise visit complete with candy apples for my students and myself. He also signed copies of his books! Such a great surprise!


How was your week?
What was good and bad for you?

October 30, 2018

No Tricks, Just Treats

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Whose bright idea was it to put Halloween in the middle of a school week? I am surviving by completing lots of projects/activities with my students. Here's a little peek at our week and how we are surviving. (Stay tuned to the end for a special treat!)

* Read alouds - My favorite is The Hallo-weiner by Dav Pilkey.

* Art projects - Tomorrow we are making Fact Family Frankensteins. Keep on eye an my Instagram for pics.

* Review Work - This group needs work that they know they can master. For this, I have given review work on expanded form, rounding (this group really gets this skill), and greater/less than. They get so excited when the work is "easy." 

Differentiated Halloween No Prep Math Printables

These are the sheets we used.

* Task Cards - I have three sets of task cards for different levels of students. My lowest two students were told they had to work on the cards at one table. These were one digit cards. The rest of my students were given the chance to work on the cards they thought would be a good fit. Almost half decided on the three digit cards. I love how the kids want to challenge themselves!

October Task Card Bundle - Addition Without Regrouping

These task cards helped me group students by ability.

* When in doubt, a single Hershey's Kiss makes great motivation for students. A new incentive we tried was when you finished the regular work (correctly), students had the chance to work on a challenge sheet (the same work at a more difficult level). If students mastered that work, they got one Hershey Kiss. Bonus, the teacher (aka me) got one too!

And now a little bonus for you, for the next 24 hours, I have marked the task cards below as Free on Teachers Pay Teachers. Just click the pic to take you to the resource. 

Pumpkins Fact and Opinion Task Cards

Good luck on Halloween...and the rest of the week!

October 26, 2018

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

This week started off with a much needed Sick Day and ended with Parent Teacher Conferences.

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Certain Substitutes - I am definitely not bad-mouthing all subs (I used to be one). However, the sub I had this week was not good! I don't mind subs doing what they need to do to survive the day. I do mind when NOTHING in my sub plans was done. What did they do all day? Work I had hidden away for a small group was completed (how was this even found)? Students' desks and chairs were moved all over the room. Things were broken. Grrrr.....


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Friday Breakfast - Our Social Committee has a sign-up where you bring in breakfast one Friday during the school year and get it every other week. This week was my turn. I got to bake up a storm, which I love, and decorate (within reason).

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My Mummy Bananas

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A Yummy Feast!

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Mummy and Pumpkin Clementines

Donors Choose - I got another Thank You Package done this week! This is a bit time consuming to do, but it's worth it after getting all the materials! I still have one more package to complete, and I will finally be caught up! This past summer I was lucky enough to have three projects funded. I told myself that I can't create any new projects until all the Thank You Packages were done! Interested in tips to getting your project funded? Click HERE to see my favorite tips.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - I was debating which category to put this under, the Good or the Bad, but ultimately decided it should go here. I had exactly half of my students' parents/grandparents show up (the Bad). However, these conferences went so incredibly well. Everyone was very supportive and really wants to help their child (grandchild)! I only wish I had more families come. Having your own conferences? Check out my tips by clicking the pic below.
How was your week?
What was good and bad for you?