Saturday, August 11, 2012

How Do You Plan Linky Party!!

So I am joining the How Do You Plan Linky Party hosted by Mrs. Stanfords Class. Looking through the blogs, I have noticed that most of you use the similar small squares across the week format for your plans. These are what I have seen in the classrooms as well. However, still being a student teacher, I have to follow a completely different (read extremely detailed)format. 
Instead of just writing - 
Teach this, 
with this book, 
and this activity....
I have to include 
Grade level, 
Time required, 
Instructional objectives, 
behavioral objectives, 
independent practice, 
This is why I am freaking out  worried about lesson planning. A lesson like that takes me at least 2 hours if not more. I have to script it out completely (what will I say, what will the kids say, etc). 
I plan on using a smaller, calendar type format for my in the classroom reference. I made one using the idea from The Wise and Witty Teacher Using post-it notes so I can move things around if I need to. I will post a pic of mine once I know our schedule (it is not final yet and school starts Monday!)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Maybe I should go to Vegas

I have been hopping around, reading blog after blog. The closer I get to the start of my student teaching, the more I seem to want to read about all of you out there in teacher land. As I stop by, I notice so many giveaways happening, so of course I enter. Now, I enter but never expect to win. I never win anything, really. BUT, I just won two. Yep, that is right TWO giveaways. I am not sure how that even happened, my grandmother was the lucky one in the family, not me. Now that my luck is changing maybe I should go to Vegas. Naw, I think I will just enter more giveaways :-) winning teacher stuff is sooo much more fun! Anyway, my first was from
First Grade Fascination
I won a set of her back to school math and literacy centers. You can choose from frogs or owls. I loved both, but chose owls. SO CUTE! Check out her TPT store at 

I also won a giveaway over at
Lanier's Kindergarten Lions
The giveaway was for one item from her TPT or TN store. I chose the Number Math Centers from her TPT store at! 

I am so excited to print these and get them ready for the students. 

Now a question. How do you print all of your TPT buys/wins/finds? Do you print them at home? (WOW that is a lot of ink!), print them at a printing that more cost effective? Or print them at school, will I be able to do that as a student teacher?