Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Class*y Cruise...Around the Classroom Linky! & Giveaway

I am linking up with

for the

I am very excited about this linky party because I switched school this year so I had an entirely new classroom to decorate!  I have done an ocean/beach themed room for the majority of my years teaching.  I did an up north/camping themed room when I taught 3rd grade which went very well with studying Michigan.  But last year I decided on a MSU/sports themed room and decided to do it again this year!  :)

This is a view of my calendar area.  My new magnetic whiteboard is very weak.  If anyone has a suggestion for a good place to buy reasonably priced strong magnets, please let me know:)  I am so excited to have a real classroom rug this year for my first time ever!

I am loving all of the storage in my new room!  With having to store two grades (1st and 2nd grade), I need it!

This is a view of my library and tables.  The word wall is one I made (baseballs and basketballs) and can be purchased in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
I am also loving having 5 computers for the kids and one at my desk!  The one thing that I am missing is a kidney shaped table for guided reading/guided math (and I can't get one).  If anyone has any pointers as to how to best teach those, I'd greatly appreciate it!

In celebration of my new sports themed room, I am offering to giveaway anything sports related in my store to the first two people who comment with their e-mail and their sports product choice from my store to this post.

Well, I hope that you liked your tour of my new room!  I am looking forward to school starting on Tuesday!  :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

So much to do, so little time when life changes :)

I just looked at how long ago my last blog post was...I am so embarrassed. I found out that I got my dream job at another school in my district where I will be closer to home!  I took a couple of days to pack up my classrooms (I've accumulated a few things over the past 9 years, and made "a few" purchases at Lakeshore), and then took off for Oregon for a family wedding/vacation while my boxes were moved across the district.  I had a lot of fun with family, and saw what my cousin was doing in algebra where several of us attempted to solve a homework problem of hers.  Let's just say if you don't use lose it.  She found this shirt on her flight home.

I have been busy unpacking and setting up my new classroom (will post pictures this week) with the help of a good friend, and my mom is coming tomorrow. I am going again with the green/white/sports themed room:)  Then I have p.d. and open house on Wednesday, and more p.d. on Thursday.  I am really looking forward to meeting my new students next week!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Time Travel Linky Party

I am linking up with
I {Heart} Recess
for her "Time Travel Linky."  Every year at the start of the year, I like to show my students what I looked like when I was their age:)  Being a child of the 80s, I always entertain my students with stories about what life was like when I was a kid without cell phones, the internet, etc.  :)  So, since I am currently expecting to teach 1st grade, here is a picture of me in 1st grade:)

Grade:  1st Grade
Year: 1985-1986
School: Resurrection School
Teacher: Mrs. Jackson
Favorites: grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup (still love it to this day), crayons (I had a crayon themed birthday party, and was a crayon for Halloween believe it or not:), playing in the woods in my backyard making forts
Memories: I remember getting to stay past lunch time and eating lunch at school with the big kids (K was 1/2 day for me).  In order to go to our cafeteria (K-8 school) we had to bundle up and go outside and walk 2 buildings over.  I also remember having a really bad case of the chicken pox.

I think that part of the reason that I am a teacher is that I loved elementary school so much!  :)