Monday, May 7, 2012

Thanks.... and a freebie!

I have spent every spare minute today madly clicking and saving files from Teachers Pay Teachers.

Living on the other side of the world I had NO IDEA when the sale actually started. It turns out I could have started last night (my time)but the first few I clicked on had not yet started, so I was unaware of the wasted minutes!

So today was revenge day for me with the sparrows... I was up farting first!!!

I even had a SHORT shower so that I had more time for clicking and saving! Gulped down my breakfast in a somewhat awkward postion so as to not even tempt fate to spill my breakfast on my laptop.... all with the single-minded focus of saving money so that I can provide even more motivating, authentic, realistic learning opportunities for some of my ungrateful students!

THANK YOU to all the fantastic teachers who took part in this day. I will endeavor to go back and look at your other resources as I just did not have the time today.

I would like to share a resource that I made to go with what my student teacher started teaching my students last week.

I have called it Ladybird Facts. I have printed and laminated the sheets to put in the group boxes for my groups. I can also print them as a worksheet to check their learning/understanding. The file include addition, subtraction and family fact sheets. Please click here for a copy.

Today in the scheme of things was a good day! I had 3 of my challenging students away today and what a difference!!! I was even able to mark some writing samples as they read at library time. I loved being able to glance around and see all (ok... all but 1) of my students reading and sharing together without me having to reinforce remind them of what they are supposed to be doing!

See.. so it isn't me that is the bad teacher... I just have a VERY challenging mix of students, who individually are wonderful wee human beings... but together become the devil incarnate!

I wonder what tomorrow will bring?!

How was your day?


  1. Yay - thanks for the fun posts! We had a great day but tomorrow we have our retention talks, so that won't be as much fun. If only we had a crystal ball . . . do you have many retentions in your corner of the world?

    The Corner On Character

    1. I am not sure if there is a language confusion... lol but I have no idea what retentions are!!! But it could be a bit like anchor charts! I have learnt through blogging to call them anchor charts... but when I mention it at school, they all look at me as if I am from another planet! We refer to them as posters.

      So what are retentions?

  2. Barb from Grade ONEderful posted about your blog and the respect song and rap. Going to check them out.
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  3. I've dreamed for years of visiting New Zealand and simply sitting in elementary classrooms for a few weeks. It's Marie Clay's influence on my life. I'm looking forward to following!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. If you make it over here, you are more than welcome to visit! Marie Clay's work is a huge part of my teaching.

  4. Thank you for the laugh! I just found your blog and will continue to follow you. I have also given you an award, but you will have to stop by my blog to claim it. I am just about to post it for everyone to see, so stop by in about 20 minutes or so!
    I will be teaching second beginning this fall - August ;) Anyway, I am on the lookout for fellow 2nd grade teachers that I will be able to collaborate with. I am glad I found you!
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