Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stop Bullying! A Bug and a Wish

Bullying.  Teasing.

Both words just bring dread.  Unfortunately, it seems that students have to deal with both more than anyone should have too.  I always begin my year discussing both of these topics with my students.

As teachers, we all want to put a stop to bullying and teasing before they even begin.

This book deals with both of these topics.

Karen Scheuer is a 2nd grade teacher who knows first hand how bullying and teasing has been on the increase in the last several years.  She decided to write a book to address both of these.

In this wonderfully illustrated tale, a little boy named Tyler is teased by the other boys. His good friend, Danae, encourages him to give the boys A Bug and a Wish. What could she possibly mean? When Tyler finds a ladybug and a dandelion seed, he thinks this is what Danae was talking about. As Danae helps Tyler learn the true meaning of her advice, Tyler finally understands the solution to his problem and hopes there will be NO MORE BULLYING!

This book is a great book to have in your classroom to use in your classroom to read to your students.

The great part is that Karen is offering a FREE copy to a lucky winner.  To win, you just have to leave a comment on the post on my facebook page about the giveaway telling why you would want this book for your classroom, and the author will pick a winner.

The contest starts today and Karen will choose the winner on Wednesday.

Don't want to wait?  Get your own copy here.

Please help spread the word about this book by pinning, sharing the facebook post and tagging your friends.  Let's help get the word out about this book.  It's time to stop bullying and teasing.  

Helping to do my part to make school a fun and safe place for our students.  That's

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Settling in to a NEW (and I mean EVERYTHING) School Year!!!

It is just the beginning of September and we have already finished 4 1/2 weeks of school.  That's CRAZY isn't it???  Mid-term progress reports will be sent out this week.... WHEW!!!!

What a busy, stressful, overwhelming beginning this year.  In fact, in 27 years of teaching, I don't believe I have ever felt this bad.  

We have new math and new reading series.  Those are the only 2 subjects I teach, so I have been spending 12-14 hours A DAY teaching and preparing.  Thank goodness, I'm finally feeling like I'm getting the feel of how it's working and what I need to tweak and add for my students and things (hopefully) are falling into place.

In addition, we have a brand new teacher evaluation system in the state of Georgia.  It no longer matters if you are a teacher of 27 years or a brand new first-year teacher, the evaluation process is the same and it's MASSIVE.  I just "might" be one of those over-achiever teachers and so this is adding to my stress level too!

So, just know that if you are out there feeling like the beginning of the year is stressing you to the max, you are NOT alone!  It happens to the best of us!!!  :-)

Now, that I've gotten that off my chest, let's move on to bigger and better things.

Did you know that I have started a brand-new monthly newsletter?

It's filled with pictures, samples, ideas for your classroom, a freebie and much more!

I am really excited about it.  It's the only way I could think of to make sure I'm connecting with the people who read my blog, follow me on Facebook, and/or follow me on TPT.  If you are interested in receiving this and haven't signed up, just send me an e-mail to and I'll add you to the mailing list.

Here's a little part of what I included for the month of September:

I have a review section each month to show you how I use one of my products in my own classroom.  This month highlights my Daily Math Spirals for 2nd and 4th grades.  I even include a sample month for you to try it out for FREE!

I mentioned above about our new reading series and also the new teacher evaluation  system.  Our new reading series is Wonders by McGraw Hill and I am LOVING it!  It's massive and a little overwhelming (especially when there has been NO training), but I am beginning to get it figured out and what works best for my class. 

Part of the evaluation system is having our standards and other evidence of what we are learning posted.  So, I made this focus wall to highlight the weekly skills and strategies.  The "I Wonder..." is my little play on words of the name of the series.

It doesn't matter what reading series you use, if you would like these headers click here to download it FREE.

I enjoy learning, I really do.  I strive to be a life-long learner and love learning new things.  However, more than I enjoy learning, I LOVE sharing what I've learned with others.  That's what I'm all about.

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