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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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday!

First Wordless Wednesday of the year! I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice for this fabulous linky!


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Question of the week: What type of spelling program do you use in your class?

Check back later in the week for how I use spelling in my multi-level classroom!



Monday, August 25, 2014

Classroom Reveal 2014-2015

Today was the first day of school for teachers, which means my classroom is finally ready!  I guess my district starts somewhere in the middle of everyone, not at the beginning of August, but not after Labor Day.  I am linking up with The Primary Gal to show off my room!  Anyway, here it is, the big reveal!

This is what you see looking into my classroom.  I work in an extremely old building.  A very long time ago, my classroom used to be the auditorium/cafeteria (which explains why I don't have real walls!).  The one good thing about not having real walls is that I can staple everything!

When the children enter in the morning, they put their belongings away and folders in their mailboxes.  On Mondays, they check the job chart to see what their new job is.  You can find the job chart here.  Every day, they choose their lunch.  This is a new system I am trying this year.  When they come in they just have to move their magnet to the lunch of their choice.  One student, the lunch helper, then adds how many for each lunch and records it.



My calendar area is along the front of the room.  I've used this behavior chart for the past 3 years, I love it.  It's not your typical move your clip up and down chart.  Yes, as students move down there are consequences.  When I made this I also thought about those students who were doing a great job.  If a student is on a higher number, there is a reward.  They can earn free time, computer time, etc.  They enjoy being able to earn different things.  On Fridays, there is also a reward for the class as a whole.  I love the schedule labels I made this year!  I am excited to use a new schedule!  You can find them here.



On the other side of the white board on the front wall is my word wall!  I remade my word wall last year! You can find the letters here, they're a freebie!  Along the bottom of the word wall and calendar area are good manners to use!



These are my library, reading/writing areas.  Not pictured is a table I use for small groups/intervention time.  My instructional groups are magnetic!  I love that I made them on magnets because they change so frequently!  Last year my class had some trouble with different parts of speech.  I happened to find this bulletin board set at Lakeshore.  It's perfect since most of my students are the same!  I used a machine to blow up their writing rubric so they can always see it.  I love my library area/book nook.  Even though my class is on the older end of elementary school, they love going to read on the rug!  The chairs were the perfect addition to the area.  The library labels are available here.




This is my math and computer area.  I have my AR board right near the computers.  Each time a student hits a multiple of 10, they add a sweet treat to their ribbon to show their gains!  The math board behind the computers is for key terms.  As I teach, the terms go up.  The plastic sleeves are for data collection.  Each student has a sleeve for weekly check-ups.  The math wall stays up because it has different pieces that the kids use throughout the year.  The book case contains different games and manipulatives.




The final area is my desk area.  I moved my desk into the corner since I rarely sit at it.  In the book cases behind my desk are all my organized binders.  You can find the labels here.  I also have my M-F/Next Week drawers on top of one of the book cases.  There's a table in front of my desk that has 3 bins.  There's a finished work bin, a send home bin, and an absent bin.



To see the changed in my class from last year to this year click here.  I am excited to kick off the new school year and hope everyone has a wonderful year!!! Enjoy!













Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School 2014 - Wednesday: Why




Organization.  The word itself makes me happy.  I love when everything is organized and neat (I guess I could be OCD about being organized).  Take a look and see how I keep myself organized in the classroom!

Again, These pictures are from last school year, and many things have been updated.

Behind my desk:

I keep everything that I use regularly throughout the year on these shelves. I keep the binder(s) that's needed at the time on the side of my desk.  All of my binders have been updated with new labels and spines.  They are color coated by subject.  I seriously love the binders and these two pictures do not do them justice.

I also keep the entire week's work filed on the day it is to be completed.  Everything for the following week goes in the final drawer for "Next Week."  Each night before leaving I take everything out of the next day's drawer and it goes into a folder on my desk also labeled with the day.

Library Area:

I love labels.  Everything is labeled for easy access.  The children know exactly which bins to look in to find a book within their level or the genre they need.  It's fantastic!

Math Area:

Again, labels!!! The labels with the pictures were actually found at Lakeshore! They are perfect for some of my student that cannot read the harder words.  My math area has improved since this was taken and looks a bit different now.

Stay tuned for my full classroom reveal to see more!  Until then, check out my TPT store to find some of these adorable labels!









Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School 2014 - Tuesday: Where





Where do I teach?  I am a Rhode Island blogger and teacher!  I have been in the same district since I began teaching.  I've been in two school and three different rooms.  Since we have not started school yet, my room is not quite ready for a tour (it will come later, I promise!).  However, I do have a few things to show you!

We haven't been able to get into the school until this week, which made me a bit nervous.  When I went in yesterday, here's what I saw:

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All I can say is, WOW! I am impressed with how clean and neat the building is!  Almost all of my larger pieces of furniture were exactly where they were when I left in June, which was fantastic!  I am keeping most of the room set-up the same as last year because it worked out so well!

Throughout last school year and the summer, I created many different things for my classroom.  I have updated A LOT!  I'm not going to re-post every picture from last year, but you can see last year's set-up HERE.

And here is just a quick sneak peek of two things from today:

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I spy a theme!  Check back soon for a full classroom tour and before/after pictures!  Don't forget to check out Blog Hoppin' for where other teachers create magic!



Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School 2014 - Monday: Who

Linking up with Blog Hoppin' this week for Back to School 2014 blog posts!! 


With today being Monday, the topic is WHO?  So who is Giggles at Greene?



Me:


10 Things about me:
1. I'm 25.
2. I will be going into year 4 of teaching.  I'm a special education teacher now, but first taught K!
3. I live on the border of RI and MA, to me it's the perfect place.  I am close to Boston, the beach, Newport, the Cape, and Providence.
5. I'm obsessed with anchors.
6. I love fitness.  The gym is one of my favorite places.  I have completed a Tough Mudder!
7. I love football, go PATRIOTS!
8. I'm a huge Harry Potter nerd!
9. My favorite color is coral.
10. I would be lost without my friends and family.

Family and Friends:


Personally, I think my family is the greatest (doesn't everyone though?)!  My parents are two of the greatest people.  My brother and his girlfriend are sort of amazing too!  



However, I think my fiance tops them all!  He is simply the best!  I cannot wait to marry him next summer!


I'm also partial to my friends, they are wonderful!

Thanks for stopping by to learn a little more about the person/face behind Giggles at Greene!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet The Teacher Linky!!!!

I am linking up for my first blog post all summer to Meet the Teacher with Falling into First!!!


Hi everyone, my name is Noelle.  I'm a 25 year old fiance, teacher, and blogger(even though it's been a long time).  This year will be my fourth year teaching.  My first year teaching, I taught K.  The past two years I have taught a 4, 5, and 6 self contained class.  I'm excited to be continuing my education experience with the same class and most of the same children!


I feel so lucky to be marrying this wonderful man next summer.  We got engaged in Aruba back in April!  It was the best vacation of my life!  We actually met at the gym!

I usually nanny throughout the summer.  The kids I nanny for decided to try camp this year and I began watching some other kids for a while.  I wasn't happy with the new job, so eventually I ended it.  This summer has been so fun!  Here's a few things that we did!:


My parents held a wonderful engagement party for us. It was such a wonderful day to have everyone we love celebrate our engagement with us.  For my birthday, we went and fed the giraffes at the zoo! Giraffes are my favorite animal, I was so excited!!!!  We also stayed down the Cape for a few days and took day trips to Newport.  Both are two of my favorite places!


 After leaving my nannying position, I picked up my paint brush a few times!  I love these two pieces!



THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

fitness/working out, neon colors, giraffes, traveling, blogging, Newport, Cape Cod, anchors, the beach, painting, target, the sun, puppies, shopping, Harry Potter
 

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
I began college at an art school.  I wanted to be an interior designer.  If I weren’t a teacher that’s probably what I would be doing, with painting on the side.

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Organized, passionate, and short

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I’m so happy I have four IEP meetings today, said no teacher EVER!!"

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

I would absolutely invite anyone that attended Hogwarts, Justin Timberlake, and Walt Disney.
Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
 Short and Sweet

 Q: YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?

 I would want the power to apparate and just be somewhere else right away instead of taking a car, plane, or boat.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

Right now it’s from a painting I just finished "You be the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground, I’ll be the wings that keep your heart in the clouds." 

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

 Anything by NSYNC or Bon Jovi… HA!

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Depending on what I am doing I can be either.  I generally wake up early, but I don’t like it, so a mid-morning person?!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

 I love the binder covers I created.  They have helped my organizational skills even more!
Polka Dot Binder and Spine Labels

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU! 
I love to cook, but rarely do.  Thank goodness for my fiancĂ©!