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Hi everyone! My name is Noelle and I am a Special Education teacher (self-contained, grades 3, 4, and 5!) After graduating, I started teaching Kindergarten!!! I had only applied to sub when I was called in for an interview! The following school year I moved schools and changed grade levels. I absolutely love where I am now and what I am doing!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Giggles at Greene: December Currently, What?!?

Giggles at Greene: December Currently, What?!?: Hi All!!! I'm once again linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the December Currently!  I don't know about ...

December Currently, What?!?

Hi All!!!

I'm once again linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the December Currently!  I don't know about you, but I can hardly believe it is already December!!! This year is flying by!

Listening:  We are talking about our food tasting!!! I can't believe we just scheduled the date to try everything! We had to pick out some different things for different courses, yum! Can't wait to try the food since I know it will be hard to eat the night of the wedding!

Loving: I am loving the start to the holiday season!! I absolutely love the Christmas season and everything that comes with it!

Thinking: I can't wait to decorate! I have already started with some things in the house.  Right now I am anxious to decorate the tree that we picked up! 

Wanting: It's report card time, I want them complete, finished, done! I can't wait to send them home and finish conferences so that I can really enjoy the holidays!

Needing: After some new TPT purchases, I am running out of ink.  Time to order some!

Giving: I have actually just donated a big bag of clothes that we don't wear anymore.  I usually donate a few bags a year!

Happy December!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wait, It's November?!?! .. November Currently

Linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the November Currently!

Listening - It's another gloomy day in New England!  The rain is still coming down.

Loving - I'm snuggled up on the couch on this dreary morning and absolutely loving it!

Thinking - I have some IEPs to finish and a lesson plan to submit for my evaluation.  While I snuggle on the couch, I'll still be working... it never ends!

Wanting - My grandmother has been in the hospital/rehab center for just over two weeks now.  She and I are extremely close and I am ready for her to come home.  Hopefully, there will be good news on Monday and she will be able to head home! I would much rather visit her at the house than in the hospital or the rehab center.

Needing - It would be wonderful to have an extra day thrown in to the weekend.

Reading - Right now I am reading Mindset, so far so good!!

 Can't wait to get further into it.  Up next I'd like to read something for me.  Feel free to leave suggestions!

Have a wonderful weekend and a thankful November!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five for Friday - 10/10


Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.  It's been one extremely rough week, and I'm really glad that it's Friday.... make that really glad it's a three day weekend.  Here's a peek at my week!

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In Social Studies, we are discussing the difference between rural, urban, and suburban communities.  My students live in an urban community.  In the textbook, the example for urban communities was New Orleans.  It just so happens that my brother's girlfriend is working there.  She is currently working with homeless veterans.  I thought why not see if she would answer some questions about her work in an urban community and her job.  My students came up with a list of questions for her and she responded before the next lesson.  The kids loves hearing the answers to their questions!! She did a great job answering and explaining what she does.  Here's the list of questions they came up with:

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On Tuesday, I walked into my classroom and there was a surprise waiting for me on my desk.  A little "ghost" dropped it off.

There was a note/poem with my little gift.  You had to give a gift to another teacher and post a ghost on your classroom door so that everyone knows who has been ghosted and who hasn't.  I really wish I had started this, because it's such a great idea!

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In math, I taught part/part whole earlier this week.  I decided to whip out the dominoes and counters to go with a domino worksheet.

Today, I had another idea.  I wanted to do some sort of pumpkin craft.  I decided to have the kids complete a word problem using the SOLVE method and whichever addition strategy they wanted on a pumpkin.  They did such a great job.  I gave them the problem and they were all able to solve the problems with different strategies!  Here are the problem solving pumpkins:

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This week was the first week that the school store was opened.  I have to say, the kids did a great job running things.  They had to work on social skills as well as money skills.  The store is already a success!  I'm going to add to their success with a field trip in the near future.  We are going to visit a bank!  I can't wait to finalize the plans and tell the kids!!!  They'll be able to use the coin machine and help make a deposit with the funds from the store.  I can't wait!!

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On Thursday, I attended a Professional Development on Close Reading.  I have been using Close Reading in my classroom for a little while now, but wanted to see what my district had to say about it.  The district guide is pretty much what I am already doing.  I love Close Reading.  I think it's perfect for children who struggle with comprehension because you are continuously going back into the passage/text.  My students often have trouble with comprehension and it's refreshing to see that they are learning how to build their comprehension using text evidence through Close Reading.  What are your opinions on Close Reading?

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and enjoys a three (or possibly more) day weekend!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Currently! (a few days late)

Linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the October Currently! I know, it's not the first, but better late than never! So here it is:

Listening: My fiance is watching TV while I blog, work, and get some wedding things done.  I wish he was watching something else! Haha!

Loving: I love that I didn't need to set an alarm this morning and I actually slept.  That never happens! I usually still wake up pretty early and am still tired, so this lazy morning is wonderful because I am not as tired!!!

Thinking:  One wedding this has become a small issue and I cannot get it off of my mind.  I am certainly trying.  I also have to work on progress reports for this week as well as attend two after school PD sessions.

Wanting: I really want to go to the gym, but I am really enjoying having no set plans until later tonight.  Hopefully I'll get there at some point!

Needing: Yup, I need a sweatshirt! I already have a blanket, but I'm still cold.  I think it's time to say good-bye to summer and take the ACs out of the windows!

Trick: In my classroom groups change so often that to make a chart and staple doesn't make sense.  I have a magnetic cabinet that I use to keep track of my groups!  I can easily switch the students to different groups if need be.  One of the best decisions I have made!

Enjoy your October and wonderful fall weather!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Five for Friday!!


Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday (I know, it's now Saturday, but sometimes there is not enough time in a day!). Here we go!

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On Tuesday, my school held its Open House.  Many grades/classrooms have about 50% of the parents show up.  This year I have ten students and just two parents came.  It upsets/saddens me that parents do not come to see what is going on in their child's class, especially a self-contained class.  Each year I always prepare as if every parent will show up and I always have nice displays for them.  At least two parents got to see them!

I generally set up some sort of station like this, a "Helping Hands" station with different items we could use in the classroom.

My mom actually gave me this when I first started teaching and I still use it!! This is a front/back sheet of different ways to help your child at home!

My sign in sheet!

I can't remember where I found this poem, I wish I could because I love it!  I have used it since!

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During open house, one parent asked me about different apps that they're child could use at home.  I did a little research and made a list of math and literacy apps!!!  I shared this with my co-workers the following day and many took advantage of it! I have it as a freebie here today or by clicking on the picture!!!

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This year I offered to help with the school store.  My offer turned into taking it over.  I am actually very excited about this.  I'm going to use it as a life skills class for my students.  They will be the ones running the store.  They will be selling the items, conversing with peers, making change, and working together, all while being overseen by myself and my assistant.  I think that this is perfect!!! When I told my students, they were also as excited as I was! This week we made a schedule for when different grades would be able to come and shop!

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Right now in science, I am teaching about the solar system.  The kids are loving it so far! #welovescience!  We have been talking about planets for a few weeks.  I found this adorable planet book on TPT that you can get HERE for free!  It was perfect to close the lessons on planets!

We began learning about the phases of the moon this week as well.  I had seen some cute piterest moon phase activities, but my favorite one was using Oreos to show the different phases!  I also found a freebie on TPT for the Oreos to go on!  I had bought a Halloween pack, so we have orange moons. HA!

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This is probably my favorite thing about this week.  A student that started with me as a fourth grader (now in grade six) did not know letters, numbers, or how to write his name.  He has come such a long way since then.  That first year we worked on those three things.  Last year we began doing more with phonics and more with numbers (adding/subtracting).  Well this year, he is reading!!!!! I could not be more proud of this student.  He was so happy when he finished reading those five sentences!! The look on his face is something I will never forget.  Moments such as this are the reason I became a teacher.  I cried this week, but for so many happy reasons! They were all happy tears!  One co-workers said something negative about this and it threw me off for a minute, but I was too happy and too proud for anything to ruin my day.  The next day, my student proved her statement to be wrong and was reading again!  Even as I write this, I am tearing up because of how far this student has come and because it's something I wasn't sure would happen, but it did!!!!!!

For this reading activity, he had to roll each dice and write the word down.  He then had to draw a picture to go with the last word.  The first only has the word "It." The next has "is." The third has three words: the, my, and a.  The final dice has basic words with a picture.  When he finishes one row, i point and he reads, then he points and reads.  At the end, once all are completed I point and read reads the entire thing.  Then he points and reads the entire thing!  This was on Thursday.  On Friday, he was reading in a basic Reading A-Z book!!!!! Yay!!!!

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Back in Action!

Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the first Five for Friday of the school year!!!  Here's week two!


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This week we began looking at the difference between fiction and non-fiction.  I made these two anchor charts with the kids during Reader's Workshop time.

Then I made this chart for us to fill in next week:

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I reviewed the rules for buddy reading so that when small groups begin next week the children will know exactly what to do!!  To review, the kids paired up and read a Close Reading passage.  I purchased this packet from TPT last year from Teaching and Tapas (third grade level - I believe there's also a grade two level!).  It's fantastic!!!  The kids read together, then worked on the questions individually!

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In math, I'm teaching place value.  I have started putting together a place value packet for TPT.  This week I used one of the pages with my students to test it out!  It's an interactive notebook page and it was a hit!!! I put up a sneak peek freebie.  You can find it here or by clicking on the picture of it below!

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This week as I was meeting with my new principal, I mentioned how I have everything in a labeled (front and spine) binder.  Later in the day, I was showing her something for open house and she jokingly asked me if I kept the sheet in a binder.  I think we'll get along!!  You can find my binder labels here or by clicking on the picture!

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Working as a special education teacher brings me complete joy.  My students seriously bring tears of joy to my eyes.  I generally have my students for two to three years.  This picture means so much to me and here's why:

Do you see green?!?! I DO!!!!! It's not very often a self-contained teacher sees green.  Unfortunately, my students rarely read on grade level.  These two students are in grade six and reading on a grade six level at the beginning of the year!!! WOOHOO!!! They are usually in the yellow of red area.  I am so proud of these two students.  I cannot believe how far they have come and am already dreading the end of the year when they move onto the junior high school.  I have had both of these children for two years, this being their third with me.  This goes to show that anything can be accomplished if you believe you can do it.  I truly believe in all of my students, which in turn makes them believe more in themselves.  We have worked so hard over the past few years and this is the proof.  This seriously makes me one of the happiest and proud teachers.  I know that along the way I have done something right and have made difference in their lives and them in mine.  I'm truly blessed to have these students and wouldn't change my job for anything!!

I hope you all enjoyed you week, whether it was your first or you're a few in!  It was a humid one for us, hopefully the humidity passes for week three!