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Hi everyone! My name is Noelle and I am a Special Education teacher (self-contained, grades 4, 5, and 6!) 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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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Five for Friday - Memorial Day Weekend


Linking up with Dooble Bugs for Five for Friday!  Ready, go!


First, it's Memorial Day Weekend.  For teachers, that means a three day weekend.  For the country, it's a time to thank soldiers and veterans.  Number one is for just that.  I'd like to thank those who are actively fighting, those who have risked their lives for others, and the families who have supported their loved ones.  Home of the free because of the Brave!
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Number two: We wrapped up the story Jenny Archer: Author.  In the story, she writes an autobiography.  However, Jenny stretched the truth a bit.  We know that an autobiography is about your life not an exaggeration of it.  We began making autobiography books!



They are doing such a fantastic job!

We just finished studying the branches of government.  We are now focusing on presidents.  Each student chose a president that they wanted to research.  I found a president project to use as a guide on Teachers Pay Teachers by Amber.  You can find the guide here.

 




I have been working on a few new TPT products.  Here's one that I recently posted!  You can find it here or by clicking on the photo.




This week the children cleaned out their desks on Friday.  One of my students found a picture in his desk that he had drawn for my dad.  He had drawn it about a month ago when my dad came in to read on Earth Day.  How cute is that?!


For those of you who are done with school, enjoy! For those of you still in school for another month like I am, enjoy the beautiful three day weekend!









Sunday, May 18, 2014

Five for Friday on a Super Sunday!


I know, I know, I am SUPER late on this, but finally, here it is.. Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!




For number one, I'm going to vent a bit and I'd love to hear your responses!  Substitutes, how does substituting work in your district?

In our district we use an online site to post when we are going to be absent and a substitute can pick up the job.  However, I'm finding that not many jobs are being picked up by substitute teachers.  This past week several teachers in my building were out on several days.  Sometimes when a teacher is out and there is no coverage.  When this happens the class is generally split up or a substitute is pulled from a special.  When a substitute is pulled from a special, the class is cancelled which means no planning period.  

This week a teacher was absent and 8 extra students ended up in my classroom.  The following day a different teacher was absent with no coverage, three of her students ended up in my class for the day.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't mind having additional children occasionally.  We do get paid a bit more for coverage such as this.  I guess I just don't understand why there are not enough substitutes.  I feel as though if substituting was my job, I would take every chance possible to sub and get my name out there.  I wonder if other teachers feel the same?  End rant.  Sorry

So I guess my questions to you are:
How does substituting work in your district?
Are there enough substitutes?
What happens when a classroom is uncovered?

I'd love to hear your answers!  Again, sorry for the rant, but I would love to hear from other teachers!


This week, my students continued on with multiplication\.  We didn't get this far last year and I'm finding that I love how well the kids are doing this year!  Throughout the year the children have been taking both multiplication and division assessments.  Now that we are going to be moving onto division, I am anxious to see if their score show a lot of growth or not.




In science, we moved onto electricity.  This week we did a science experiment about static electricity.  The children were so excited to conduct a new experiment!! It was nice to see them eager for science!



In social studies, we are finishing up our unit on the branches of government.  I really took my time with this unit and competed many different activities within each branch.  This week we completed one of the closure activities that I had planned.  They made a tree with the different branches and what they do.  This activity was by Sarah at Wishful Teaching. You can find the activity here or by clicking on either of the pictures.

      


This week I received my SLANT Box.  I was so excited to receive it.  The fabulous Carrie from Anchored in 3rd Grade had me for a match.  She filled the box with all sorts of goodies that related to The Jester has Lost his Jingle.  The lovely Jameson from Lessons with Coffee sets this up each month.  It's a wonderful way to get to know other teachers.  You have two partners, one to send a box to and one you receive a box from!  I sent my box to Carol from Super Sparkly in Second.  For more information check out her blog! 


Even the packaging was adorable!


Along with the book were candy and goldfish.  A new pair of reading glasses, hehe!  There were pens, pencils, stickers, and a notebook.  Washi tape is always a plus!  Also, there was a magic wand, I think I will be able to find the perfect use for it! Thanks again Carrie!!!! I love it!!!!


Last but not least, today was my brother's college graduation!  I am so proud of everything he has accomplished.  Each and every day he makes giant strides and strives to always do his best!  He has done a remarkable job and is going to continue to do wonderful things with his life! So proud of you David!

Here's a picture from my college graduation and one from today at his!  Love both pictures and him to pieces!  Congratulations again!




That's a basic sum of my week.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a lovely week ahead.  Just think how close we are to being done or how you are loving being on summer break already.  Either way enjoy!!!






Friday, May 9, 2014

Five For Friday! TGIF


Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday!  As usual it was a busy week at work, let's take a peek!


It's that time of year when everything starts winding down, or for teachers a busy time.  Within the next two weeks, I have five IEP meetings scheduled.  I don't know about you, but most of the time they are re-scheduled anyway.  Each IEP has to be done for the meeting and revised if the meeting is rescheduled.  In my district we use the Common Core.  These books always become my best friends whenever I have an IEP due, or in this case, FIVE.  We use Tienet, which is done online.  How are IEPs in your district written?




Continuing on with all of the fun for teachers at the end of the year are benchmark testing.  Benchmarks are done three times for us, in the beginning, the middle, and end of the year.  Throughout the year we progress monitor bi-weekly.  For reading and math we use STAR, which is an online assessment.  I'm not crazy about it.  I feel as though it doesn't give all of the information I need so I also use DIBELs. It's funny, some of my students actually can't wait to read to me.  They can't wait to see if their scores go up!  This week was the last week of progress monitoring and next week I will assess for their benchmark scores.  I progress monitor on their academic levels, but their benchmarks are on grade level.  What does your district use to benchmark and progress monitor growth for math and reading?




Throughout the week, the children worked on various Mother's Day activities.  They made a book and tea kettle.  We put tea packets with the kettles.  Before we made the book, we made an anchor chart.  We put mom in the middle and created a giant web.  All of the children were able to add different things to the web.  They did such a wonderful job coming up with all of their ideas!




We have been working very hard on multiplication facts lately.  Upon coming back from vacation it was time to step up the level.  I taught the children how to multiply with more that one digit.  They are doing problems that involve carrying, but are multiplying the larger number by one.  To review and practice, the children completed a scoot by The Magic of Teaching.  You can find that here or by clicking on the picture below.


It's always a great feeling when a student says, "Wow, I never thought I would understand the word Math!"  It's moments like this that make you feel amazing about what you are doing.  It's moments like this that make you remember why you are a teacher.  I am so proud of all my students!  This picture was right after she said she understood!  Proud and happy teacher moments!  I'm getting through!



My fifth graders participated in the G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Program this year.  It's very similar to D.A.R.E., but geared more toward bullying, gangs, and peer pressure.  They did a wonderful job in the program.  Today they had their graduation!  One of my students led The Pledge of Allegiance with the principal at to open the ceremony, how special!


Here they are after graduating!! I had four grade five students when the program started.


That's all for now.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms!!






Friday, May 2, 2014

MAY Currently!!

Linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for May's Currently!




Listening: 4 Weddings is on in the background.. since it's Friday Brideday on TLC

Loving: It's Friday! I'm so ready for the weekend.  This week seemed to fly by, but boy was it tiring!  I'm glad it's also finally May and starting to feel like spring around here!

Thinking: We're going to see our wedding venue tomorrow!!!!! I am so excited to set the date and more excited to spend the rest of my life with my love!! Whoops, sorry I'm such a sap!

Wanting: I'm so sad that vacation is over and I'm back to reality.  Aruba was seriously the best time of my life!

Needing: Well my thumb has been swollen, double the size of the other.  I went to the doctor's today and they numbed it and sliced it.  So far it's starting to feel better, can't wait for it to be back to a normal size!

Surprise: So I have been following Ashley Schroeder's blog Schroeder Shenanigans in Second pretty much since I started my blog.  Her idea are fantastic as well as her products!! Check her out!

Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd


It's been tough not blogging for two weeks, but I'm back! More to come soon!