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I am starting my 7th year of teaching and I can't believe it. This will be my 4th year in first grade I am excited to start implementing the common core standards this year.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

First Day Jitters

Another Blog Hop - Thanks to Ashley over at Fierce in Fourth for hosting a First Day Jitters Blog Hop.
Here are 3 things I'm jittery about for this year
1. My new firsties, all of our kindergarten classrooms are in one building. Then in firs they move to our elementary buildings so I don't know these kids and it always makes me jittery
2. Making sure all of my firsties get home the correct way. It is always a crazy time of day and by the end of the day they've always forgotten how they get home.
3. Getting all the supplies organized and put away. I'm going to try having them bring in supplies during our reading screening days before school begins but I have a feeling several will forget.

So what are you jittery about? Link up and share!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Another Award

Thanks to Mrs. Livers over at Starring in First Grade for another blog award!
So here are some random facts about me:
1. I went to college at a small Christian school in Lake Wales, FL - Warner University (it was Warner Southern College then)
2. I start every Friday with a Diet Mt. Dew - thanks to my teaching team for getting me addicted
3. I have completed 2 half-marathons and am looking forward to running another
4. I was part of a missions trip to Guatemala this summer and now help run a program that helps feed kids lunch in Guatemala and can't wait to return next summer
5. I am an only child
6. I have a dog named Willy Mo after Wily Mo Pena who played for the Red's and was my favorite player at the time.
7. I am OBSESSED with the Royal family :)
I would like to nominate the following bloggers with this award and you must complete the following:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Include the award image in your post
4. Give seven random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their blog
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated
Versatile Blog Nominations......
Now back to sorting my files, I promised myself I would organize them this summer, of course I waited until the last minute :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

2 Awards Already!!

I am so thankful for the support that has come in the past few days. Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. And for the 2 words - y'all have only made me more excited about this blogging journey.
The first award came from Mrs. Goodwin over at I Live 2 Learn I Love 2 Grow. Thanks Mrs. Goodwin.
So here are the rules:
1. Follow the person who gave you the award.
2. Link back to the person that gave you the award: Click here to go to her blog and check it out!
3. Pass to 5 new bloggers and then let them know they have received the award.
The 2nd award came from Teacher in Training.
The Rules:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you
2. Post the award to your blog
3. Give the award to at least 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.
The nominees are ...
Hope y'all take the time to check out these awesome blogs!! And again thanks for all the love and support!

Crazy Day & Math Manipulatives

Well I never expected what happened today or at least I didn't expect it to happen today. My principal called to let me know that we were moving so positions around in the school. Not my job but the other 1st grade teacher will be moving to 5th/6th grade science, the 5t/6th grade teacher to 3rd grade and the 3rd grade teacher who was my childhood best friend to 1st grade!! I am excited to be working with her but we've been meeting as a 1st grade team through out the district all summer so now I have a lot to catch her up on.
After all that excitment I spent some time in my classroom. Organizing and cleaning its such a mess right now. But I am trying something new with my math manipulatives this year and I'm really excited. I took all the manipulatives the kids will need for the beginning of the year and made a baggie for each student. Each one has a tens frame, a five frame, unifix cubes, and counters. We'll spend the beginning of the year exploring the manipulatives and then the students will be able to use them when ever they need them. I know this is probably not a new idea but I'm excited to try this and hope we can keep them organized. (Sorry about the bad picture but I only had my phone with me).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop

So this is my first blog hop and I'm excited to join. Thanks to Janis at Grade Three is the Place for Me for hosting this blog hop. So here it goes:

1. what state you are in
2. your current teaching
3. your teaching
4. when you started
5. share a blogging tip / blogging

1. I am in Ohio
2. I currently teach 1st grade
3. This will be my 7th year of teaching - I have taught 1st & 2nd in my career including one year of a 1st/2nd split class
4. I started blogging TODAY
5. Here is a great post on how to make a button for your blog - which I'm off to do now :)

My New Blog

Ok so here it is. I have been addicted to reading teacher blogs for the past couple of years. They have been an inspiration to me so I decided it is my turn. Who knows if I can keep up with this or if it is just a crazy thought. But I hope to be an inspiration to others. Even if it is just to let others know they aren't the only one running around like crazy trying to keep up with everything.

So its the middle of July and I'm already stressing about what will happen in my classroom this year. Is anyone else stressing abou this? I've already been in twice and moved things around and am trying to make decisions about where things will go.

Well now I'm off to get some cleaning done. Have a great day!