A Big Thanks!!

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Hey everyone. It has been a little while since I last blogged. I am only going into my fourth week of school and it has been really kicking my but!!

I wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has supported me and read my blog or purchased from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Without your support, I could not have reached this TpT Milestone.

In celebration, I am giving you my Character Traits Puzzles free for the week! Please leave some feedback if you download it.
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I am also having a 20% off sale on all of my interactive notebooks.
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You can check out the rest of the interactive notebooks by clicking here

For my blog readers, I am also giving you my birthday crowns for free for only 3 days. (Until October 1st) Grab it while you can!

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If you download the Birthday Crowns, leave a comment below on how you celebrate awesome events!

Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate. I couldn’t have reached this milestone without you!!

Rachel

A $1 Steal!!

Hi everyone. Today is the 15th of the month, so it is my day to post on Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals.

Everyday there will be a new dollar deal that will last for ONLY 3 DAYS. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the deal will only last for 3 days. After that, the product will go up to the original price.

SHHHHHHHH!

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Don’t you just love this picture? It just makes me smile. 🙂

To find out what product I am putting on sale for the 3 days, that’s September 15 through the 18th, you need to do to Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals. Click the picture below to go. What are you waiting for?? YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS DEAL!

Maybe I can give you a hint…There are robots on the cover. Do you know what it is?

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi,
Rachel

Teaching with Intention: Chapter 4

Hi everyone! Welcome back to our book study on Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller.

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Sorry I missed you last week in our discussion on chapter 3. Last Thursday was my first day back with my kids. You know how that goes. I am now a full week into the new school year and I am exhausted!!

Chapter 4 is about having a classroom culture that promotes and supports student thinking.

According to Debbie Miller, we should put our thinking on display. By showing our kids our thinking, we are teaching our kids how to be thinkers. We are showing our students how to be curious and reflective.

We need to show our students what we are curious about and what things interest us.
For the most part, I think that I show my kids what I am curious about. I often use the phrase, “I wonder why..” My students love when I stop and and ask questions.

We also need to show the students that we are open minded and willing to consider alternate perspectives.
After reading Teaching with Intention, I started to reflect and realized that I didn’t always keep an open mind when looking for an answer. There were many times that I was only looking for a specific answer. It wasn’t that I was doing it on purpose, it’s that I am always rushing because I have so much to material to cover and so little time. I learned that I definitely need to slow down!!

We also want to model seeking the truth and understanding.

So, I think that I do model and show the students that many times I have one thought in the beginning but as I continue reading, I realize that my idea has changed. I have a chart with prompts in my room. One of the prompts is;
At first I thought… but now I think…

According to Debbie Miller, we should also model what it means to be reflective.
I realized after reading this chapter that this is not something that I do a lot, so I have made it a point of modeling how I reflect on things said or learned in the class.

We should show kids what it means to have healthy skepticism for the written and spoken word.
I have to be honest…I am not good at this at all. This is one area that I definitely have to work on!

As I was reading chapter 4, one thing that stood out for me was when Debbie Miller was giving examples of Teacher Talk and how we use language in the classroom.

The example that stuck in my head was “Sometimes children say things that seem so bizarre (to us) that we wonder if they have been listening at all.”

YES!!!!

This almost describes at least one conversation in my classroom everyday. Especially when one of my students blurts random things to try to get my attention. While I was reading aloud, my one student shouts out random thoughts. So now I say, “What from the book makes you think that?” After a few, and I mean a few (5 or 6 times that day) the boy stops making comments.

THANKS DEBBIE MILLER!!

My mind was racing after reading chapter 4. To be honest, every chapter had me thinking and reflecting on my classroom and my teaching.

I plan on trying to write down things my kids say that are insightful during a lesson and write those ideas on chart paper to display in the room. I’m sure my kids will be really excited to see their thinking displayed for everyone to see.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. I’ll see you next week for chapter 5.

Rachel

Can You Guess What I’m Doing?

Hi everyone! Can you guess what I am doing the night before school starts? I’m sure MANY of you are doing the same thing. LAMINATING!!

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I have to be honest, the thought of laminating makes me tired. I really hate laminating. It’s not just the laminating that I hate…It’s the cutting, laminating, and cutting again that I hate!

I know there is a debate over cutting, laminating, and cutting vs. laminating and cutting. Unfortunately for me, I have found that cutting, laminating, and cutting works best and lasts longer.

BOOOOOOOO!!!

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So, it’s the night before school begins and here I am sitting on my floor laminating my reward coupons for my kiddos.
Do you use a reward, or treasure box in your classroom? I used one for years. Finally, I got fed up with looking for things that the kids would like and were not expensive. I would buy some little toys, only to have the toys fall apart quickly.

Last year I decided to throw away my treasure box. Instead, I started to use reward cards. It takes me a lot longer to get ready than the treasure box and my hands hurt by the end of the night, but the reward cards are so much better.

Last year I used the zebra themed reward cards to go along with my jungle theme.

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This year, I have a star theme so I decided to use my iphone reward cards. My kiddos are just going to love these!

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Do you hate cutting, laminating, and cutting as much as I do?

What is your favorite way to reward your kiddos? Do you have a treasure box or use reward cards?

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi,
Rachel