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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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Monday, February 24, 2014

Meet the Teacher Monday!

For those new to Meet the Teacher Monday, take the time to answers this week's questions on your blog, link up here on my blog, and check out the blogs of two or three other participants.

Meet The Teacher Monday: Have You Ever?

1. Have you ever been on TV? 
Nope, unless the cable access channel from my home town counts? They used to show sports and what not throughout the year.

2. Have you ever been trapped in an elevator? No. I really don't like small spaces that are cramped. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be good!

3. Have you ever made anyone cry? Yes, unfortunately. At times I can give some tough love. It's good in the long run.

4.Have you ever walked into a window because it was just that clean? 
No.  Because I'm answering with "no" I'm almost positive that I now will.

5. Have you ever fainted in public? Nope, but I've come close.

6. Have you ever gone to a restaurant and ate, only to realize you didn't have any money? 
No, I would be embarrassed if that happened to me.  

7. Have you ever gone to greet a family member or friend and then noticed it was someone else?
Yes, I have. I have waved and waved only to realize it wasn't someone I knew. Oops!!

Thanks to The Ordinary to Extraordinary Classroom for this blog update!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Classroom Sneak Peak

After sitting around on this snowy day, I decided to do something a bit more productive. Since I'm still getting used to this whole blogging thing, I thought I would use this post as a way to share my classroom!

Last year, I had a different classroom. It was much smaller than my new room.  Needless to say I was excited to begin decorating and still am.  I feel as though my classroom will never be complete, there is always something I want to add to, change, or recreate.

I'm going to start with my desk area.  I always try to stay organized and binders seem to really work for me!  This area is right next to my desk I keep things that are used weekly here.  I have so many items because I differentiate everything!  This bookcase is mainly made up of ELA binders.

On top of that book case, I keep all of the work for the week.  I also keep everything for the following week here as well.  I copy everything I need for two weeks at a time, sometimes more if it's something we do weekly.

More binders! I seriously love how I am able to keep myself organized.  This is my math book case.  Everything you would need for a math lesson can be found here.  The binders are organized by topic.  On the bottom shelf are my holiday binders, organized by holiday starting at the beginning of the school year.  For me, that is around Labor Day weekend.  On top are my prize basket, copies that need to be made, a collaboration binder, an IEP binder, a data binder and my parent communication binder.

My desk area. I also love the wall, I can staple right into it!

This is my small group/intervention area.  I use this area all day long.  On the shelves behind my chair are different activities/games for reading intervention.  On the top are their reading group materials and my progress monitoring tools.  On the smaller shelves are math tools, games, and activities.

This year I decided to put my groups on the cabinet.  My groups change often and having everything on magnets make for an easy move!

This is my math area.  I am currently in the process of putting up new labels right now.  I keep all of my manipulatives, games, and activities.  I put posters up on the math wall as I teach new concepts.  I explain the chart, then I post it.  On the left side of the math wall, each child has a data graph for a school wide math task.

These areas are for writing and reading.  On the shelves are writing tools, along with reading games/activities.  I also have my magnetic letters and stamps here.  In this bulletin board are different writing posters and anchor charts.  The anchor charts were posted as I taught a new concept.  In the middle of my classroom, my library is sectioned off.  The books on the left are labeled according to reading level.  In the bin are my big books.  On the right side I have all of my non-fiction books, some leveled readers, and seasonal/holiday books.  I love the way my book nook is set up this year!  My Accelerated Reader wall is set up above the computers.  For every five points earned the children get to choose a treat to add to their candy ribbon! I love this idea and it motivates them to take the tests!

My students tend to struggle with telling time.  This year I saw these clocks and knew they would be perfect for listing their itinerants.  My word wall is next to this as well.  I generally keep the words up and occasionally add new ones.  I am in the process of creating a new word wall that's more vivid and colorful.

I use this behavior chart daily.  The children have the opportunity to move up the chart for good behavior but could also move down if their behavior is off.  Depending on their daily scores and completion of school work they are able to earn a treat on Fridays.  The treats vary from food, to bingo, to extra time outside.

I know this is a lot, but I wanted to give a sneak peak into my classroom.  Hopefully there are ideas that you like or tips for me! Thanks for stopping by!

-- Giggles at Greene with Ms. P