Sneak Peeks and Random Freebies

So let me tell you right off the bat: I’m super scatter brained right now. I’m just itching to get going in my class and the anxiety is starting to creep. I know, I know, I know… it will all get done. But can’t we just be at that point now?? So last week in my “You know it’s back to school when…” post I admitted my tiny issue with school planning during any down time. It’s at an all time high right now. I swear I just had a whole conversation with my boyfriend and did not hear one thing he said because I was planning how to organize my writing binders in my head. Jeez. (I don’t feel too bad though because I feel likes it’s pay back for all the one sided conversations I have while he is watching baseball :))

Initially I thought I wasn’t going to be able to setup my classroom last week but the administration decided at the last minute to let us go in a day or two. I felt WAY better after that. At least I got my furniture organized, which is the big job. Good thing I didn’t work out that morning – because I definitely got a workout lugging huge shelves and tables all over my room!

Here are a few sneak peeks into things I have been working on:

  • I’ve been creating a new system for independent writing centers and I’m super excited about it (the things that get us teachers going, huh?). Here is this visual  I’m going to add into each binder for reminding my students how to double check their work when they are done (my guys have a very hard time with this!). Stay tuned for more pics and a TpT packet with all my new writing materials!
  • I found this awesome blog with tons of free classroom quote posters: – I downloaded a bunch of these plus made a few of my own!

  • Last but not least, I gave a free download of my independent journal page a few weeks ago. I made in adapted easy version for one of my students who has less writing skills. I will be working on this one on one with him. I laminated a copy of this page and will be writing in the answers with dry erase markers each day for him to copy from. Eventually I will fade this out. The ‘journal’ box will be used for him to copy a picture. I will be starting the year with very easy versions (for example: a red circle next to a blue triangle) and then shaping these into pictures of items. I think this will work really great for him. Stay tuned for more pictures and videos of this!

Happy Sunday everyone! Tomorrow is my first day of teacher meetings!



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