About Me

My photo
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!

Rhode Island Blogger

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Monday, June 22, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge - Week Two: Dare to Dream

I am linking up again with four spectacular women for Week Two of the TPT Seller Challenge.  Thanks to Jen from Sparkling in Second, Emily from Third in Hollywood, Ashley from Teach, Create, Motivate, and Amber from Peppy, Zesty, Teacherista for this week's challenge, Dare to Dream!

Here's this week's challenge:


I am so excited to be blogging about the things that I dream about this week! Here they are:



1. Get Married - That's going to be checked off pretty quickly! Our wedding is less than a month away! I cannot stop thinking about how amazing the day will be!!!

2. Buy a House - We plan to start house hunting not long after the wedding and I cannot wait! I am constantly checking out houses and am so ready to move! 

3. Graduate School - Eventually, I want to go back to school for my Masters.  Right now I am so torn between what I want to study.  I can't decide if I want to go further into Special Education or explore something else.

4. Pay off Student Loans - I would love to be able to accomplish this soon.  However, I think it may take a little while longer since so many exciting things are coming up!  One day!

5. Blog and Create More Products - I feel as though I don't blog nearly enough.  I need to sit down, make a list of topics that I want to blog about, and get to it! I also want to create more products for TPT.  Hopefully, I will be able to create more products throughout the summer!

6. Live Life to the Fullest - I want to enjoy my life and live it.  I'm excited for the next chapter to start and can't wait to see what it brings!

Thanks for checking out my dreams!


Monday, June 15, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge - Week One: Makeover Madness!

I have decided to participate in the TPT Seller Challenge hosted by four lovely and talented teachers: Jen from Sparkling in Second, Emily from Third in Hollywood, Ashley from Teach, Create, Motivate, and Amber from Peppy, Zesty, Teacherista!

Week One's challenge was to revamp or update a product.  I chose to update my Classroom Library Labels and I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am!!! Obsessed doesn't even begin to cover it!


Here's a before picture (one of my first products):

The cover was plain and boring.  I don't know why I haven't updated it sooner!  Not only did I update the cover, but I updated the entire product!!! You can now choose from A-Z Labels, Genre Labels, DRA Labels, and Lexile Labels.  I know that many teachers label their libraries in different ways.  With this product, you have four options to choose from that are bright and colorful!

Here is the new product:


Like I said, I am obsessed!!! Check it out here or by clicking on the photo above!
Thanks again ladies for starting and hosting this challenge!!




Friday, June 12, 2015

Teacher's Night Out - Boston!

Although most of us New England teachers are still in school, we all got together last weekend for a fabulous night out!  I absolutely love teacher meet-ups!  Each meet-up bring together such a great group of educators!  Getting to know fellow teachers from outside of my own school district has definitely made an impact on my teaching and what I do each day at work.

First, a huge THANK YOU to the four fabulous ladies that put this night out together:

The Tutu Teacher       Button

A Burst of First   Adventures In Kindergarten

They took the time to plan an event at Splitsville at Patriot Place and set up a a few raffles!  They also took the time to put together some great gift bags for each teacher that attended the event. 

  


In the bag there was a Go Noodle Tote, pen, and note pad, a Shelia Jane Teaching 30 day free trial membership, Educents Swag, a Heidi Songs DVD, and Melonheads Boston Clipart.  A few teachers also threw in their cards along with candy/pens.  We also each received these fantastic name tags! I am obsessed with them!



The night started off with bowling, food, and lots of chatter.  We took a break for some raffles and pictures! We then continued on the night at Howl at the Moon!  I ended up winning a KP Clipart gift certificate! Can't wait to use it!



Did I mention these great shirts?! How cute are they?! Thanks to Ruffles with Love for creating these beauties!

Over all, it was such a great night out with some wonderful ladies!  I'm so happy and thankful to have met these wonderful, talented teachers through blogging!  I can't wait for the next meet-up! 


Monday, June 8, 2015

Teaching With Intention: Chapter One

I am so excited to be joining Mr. Greg over at The Kindergarten Smorgasboard for the wonderful book study.  Thank you for putting this all together!

Each chapter has different hosts, so thank you to Keri, from Enchanted Kinder Garden, Jessica, from Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten, and Stephany from Primary Possibilities!


I have been waiting for my book to arrive in the mail, no it's still not here, but I have found a place to read it!  So here is my take on the first chapter:

My ideal classroom.  I have so many thoughts spinning in my head right now about what my ideal classroom looks, sounds, and feels like.  I want students to come into my classroom and not want to leave.  I want them to want to come to school each day.  I want my ideal classroom to be bold and beautiful, with a lot of learning going on.  I want them to come in and say, "Wow, I really can learn something here!"

My ideal classroom looks lived in.  It's comfy, cozy, and calm.  It's a place they want to be.  It's bold and exciting.  You don't know where to go first. Their work should be displayed to show what they've been learning and how hard they've been working. Anchor charts are hung around the room depicting what is being taught.  Bulletin boards are coordinated with learning topics. It should also be organized (I've already got that part down).  I've created various work spaces throughout the room for the children to work.  Throughout the day they are able to move about to different areas to complete different tasks.

My ideal classroom would have unlimited supplies, ah a teacher can dream, right?  Until then, there are enough supplies around the room for each child.  There are caddies at the extra tables and pencil boxes in each desk.

I have seen all types of classroom library set-ups.  I chose to set mine up by level (A, B, C, etc.)  They are brightly labeled and stored in their proper bins.  It's easy to read and easy to find a book.

You can hear the excitement of students who are ready to learn.  You can hear them learning in small groups.  You can hear them working as a group.

It feels wonderful, you feel like it's a place you belong in.  A place you are a part of.  It's not just the teacher's room, but the student's room and they should feel that they are a part of it.

I know I do not have my ideal classroom, but I am on my way to making it happen!


I loved that on page thirteen Debbie Miller writes, "Hey! Where's the teacher?"  That sentences alone spoke wonders.  As the class was working students were able to confer with their teacher.  They alone had all of the teacher's attention.  She wasn't looking around the room at other students.  Behavior problems didn't exist.  Just this student.  Each student should feel like that.

This makes me think of what would be happening in my ideal classroom.  Students would be working, independently or in groups.  Students would be taking their learning into their own hands and the teacher would be their as a guide.  They would be 100% engaged on the topic/task at hand.  The teacher would be walking about the room checking in on students/groups of students.  The teacher would be taking small groups to work with or work independently with a student if needed.


I like to think that parts of my ideal classroom are in place.  I have made sure that anchor charts are hung and bulletin boards are bright, significant, and usable.  

Throughout my room, there are various work places for students to complete their work/tasks.  They each have their own desk, but they are able to move their spot if they want or need to.

My library area is a cozy, comfy nook.  All of the book bins are labeled according to level.  There's a bean bag and two rocking chairs.  They are able to really get into their reading.

There are supply caddies throughout the room for students to use.  They each have a pencil box in their desk to keep any personal belonging.  I also have extra materials in my closet (at least for a portion of the year!)

I am also already extremely organized, and most of my classroom shows that.  My desk area is very rarely used for sitting.  I do, however, keep all of my teacher binders behind my desk area on bookcases.  They are easy to grab.  When I need a new topic, I pull the binder out and replace it with the previous topic.


I need to work on being the teacher that guides and facilitates.  I need to work on letting my students take charge.  That is probably one of my greater issues.  There needs to be less of my in front of the room and more of the class working together. 

I wish that I could give more one on one attention.  Even though I am a special education teacher, there are times when I am working with just one student, but cannot fully give them my attention because another student is struggling in one way or another.  I want to be able to give that attention.

Remember to link up and check out these blogs from the hosts of this chapter:

Enchanted Kinder Garden

Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

Primary Possibilities

And of course, you can't forget to stop by Mr. Greg's blog:

The Kindergarten Smorgasboard



I am loving the study so far, I can't wait for the next post! Stay Tuned!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June Currently!

It's the beginning of a beautiful, new month, and you know what that means!!! Farley has posted a new Currently!!



Here it goes:



Listening: I just left school and am now at my after school job babysitting.  The boys I watch are wonderful.  Right now it's homework time, so it's nice and quiet!!

Loving: My fiance and I are both on the board for the RI Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Despite yesterday's rainy weather, we had a wonderful turnout for our golf outing! It was such a great day!! We also had some raffles and auction items!! 



Thinking: Today has been one of those days where I've been reflecting on the positive things happening right now.  Lately my class has been tough and it's been hard.  Days like today put things into perspective.  My class was on top of things and were so well behaved while there were many other things going on in the building.  I'm also lucky to have family and friends that support me, in my many ventures (yesterday, for example, my dad and uncle came out to golf and support AFSP RI).  

Wanting: I am totally ready for summer vacation.  Just a few weeks, yes, weeks, left!

Needing: I have one IEP meeting left for this school year and I cannot wait to put a pause on IEP writing for a while!

Summer Lovin: This summer I'm getting married!!!! I cannot wait to marry the love of my life!  I can't wait to go on our honeymoon! I can't wait for the beach! .. I really just can't wait for summer.  It's going to be the best yet!

Head back over to Farley's page to see more of your favorite bloggers!!! Enjoy!