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Tips for Teacher Self Care being mindful of moving more

It's time for some teacher self care.  It's January and I know lots of people make resolutions for exercise and these resolutions can quickly fall to the wayside.  

In September 2017, a report came out that too much sitting can be deadly.  Now, I'm not really sure why we needed a study for that.  It just seems like common sense that sitting too much is not good for us.  We were made to move.  But I must say it does really wake a person up and make you a bit more mindful of your movements.  Some of the the links below are referral links, which means,  I will earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

Tips for Teacher Self Care being mindful of moving more

Teachers do a lot of sitting.  Even if you are moving around in your classroom, we still sit a lot:  at the guided reading table, doing read alouds, sitting on the carpet while working with students, grading papers, writing lesson plans, etc...  You get the idea.  So I want to give you some tips for helping you be more mindful of moving more.  Easy to implement ways to keep you motivated to move more. Not an exercise program.  Just easy ways to move a little more.

Tips for Teacher Self Care being mindful of moving more

1.  Wireless Earbuds

Get a pair of earbuds and listen to music, podcasts, or audio books.  Makes the time go quickly if you are exercising on a treadmill.  Some schools require teachers to complete professional development, so listen while you walk and get both accomplished at once!  Use your time wisely.  I got these wireless earbuds for one of my sons.  They have a good sound and are not ridiculously expensive.  Which is good because he tends to lose things sometimes.  😀

2.  Step Counters
Tips for Teacher Self Care being mindful of moving more

You don't need an expensive step counter.  You can even use one on your phone if you carry your phone around.  It won't be as accurate, but the whole point is set a goal and try to meet it every day.  I have a Fitbit Charge 2.  I can tell when I am not wearing it I am not usually getting as many steps and movement in.  One easy way teachers can get in more steps is to walk those long hallways.  Stretch those legs out and go for a couple of strolls down the hall when you have planning time.  Walk around the playground when you have recess duty!  This helps you see the whole playground and keeps you moving.  Also keeps you warmer when it is cold out!

 3.  Workout DVDs
Tips for Teacher Self Care being mindful of moving more

Find work out dvds that you enjoy.  I have this PiYo and like it.  Some teachers like Beachbody.  You can find friends to share and exchange dvds with too.  Or workout after school together with some teacher friends!  If you do this once or twice a week, it will give you some variety to your routine.



Tips for Teacher Self Care being mindful of moving more

4.  Aerobic Stepper

Do you have a favorite tv show you watch in the evening?  Instead of just sitting while watching tv, get a stepper and use it while watching your show.  Gets you up off the couch and moving.  So easy!  When your show is done, so are you!

5.  Use a planner
Tips for Teacher Self Care being mindful of moving more

So many teachers live by their planners so use your planner to help you get moving!  Plan out your exercise like a to do list and check it off when you do it.  It's just another easy way to get moving in your schedule and help keep you healthy.  Moving more is just like brain breaks for our kids.  It gives our brains a boost, makes you feel better and gives you energy!  

Wish List:  Treadmill Desk
Tips for Teacher Self Care being mindful of moving more
Some days I think I would like to have this treadmill desk since I spend a lot of time on the computer.  Does anyone have this?  What do you think about it if you have it?  Has it helped you?




6 Days of a Reading Teacher

Lesson plans for a reading teacher

Happy New Year!!  We went back to school last week and it has been super busy with guided reading lesson planning, anecdotal records and planning for our RtI Data meeting.  Busy just like always and just like you!


I am so happy to be linking up with Mrs. Wheeler from Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade this week!  Be sure to head over to her blog after you are done here to read her 6 for the week and the others who have also linked up with her.
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Bass Pro Wonders of Wildlife

Last Sunday (New Year's Eve day) my husband took me to  Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium and Wildlife Museum for a late birthday celebration.  This place has just been voted as the #1 Best New Attraction in America and it is amazing!   These are just a few pictures I snapped in the aquarium.  Truly a cool place to visit!
Bass Pro Wonders of Wildlife

This place is in Springfield, Missouri.  If you are visiting, definitely stop here!



Lesson plans for a reading teacher

Back to school means back to lesson planning.  😀  These teacher resources are some of my main books that help me when it comes time to lesson plan.  
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Using anecdotal notes in guided reading


While I lesson plan, I also like to use my guided reading anecdotal notes.  Keeping notes and checklists help me when I write my guided reading groups lesson plans.  I rely on these notes to help me move my students forward in their reading skills.  You can find my guided reading anecdotal notes binder by clicking right here!


Tips for RTI Data meetings using RTI forms and graphs

I am also the RTI Coordinator in my school besides being a reading specialist.  We have completed our first cycle of RTI and our data meeting is coming up.  This means lots and lots of prepping and planning on my part.  I make graphs for our RTI team to help us get through all the data information and make informed decisions on each individual student as to what their next step in RTI should be.  You can find this this RTI Data Meeting Guide by clicking here.


How to use Reading Interactive Notebooks for Guided Reading Groups

After DRAs are given in December, I revisit my groups and do a little shuffling around with the students if necessary.  Some students will have shown that they can give it a try without my support and others may need to join my groups.  When I add new students, I have to get new Reading Notebooks ready for them since this is a huge part of our guided reading groups.  I try to keep extra binders with the papers already in them so it doesn't take me long to get new students ready to go!  Find these Reading Notebooks here.


Inflectional Endings Activities

I know many of you are using our Reading Intervention Binders and we have one more new one to add to your collection- Inflections Intervention Binder!  This binder, as always is no prep- just print and teach, will help students during guided reading word work, literacy centers, and RTI intervention groups.  Students will gain strengthen their skills of reading and spelling words with inflectional ends.  Click here to check it out!


There's my 6 for the week!  Now head over to Mrs. Wheeler's and see what she's been up to!








New Year's Goals Not Resolutions

New Years Writing Activities free


Happy New Year!  It's that time when everyone is making resolutions to begin their brand new year.  But how about challenging your students with using FREE growth mindset and creating a Goal for themselves instead?  

Their goal might be a goal for the classroom or it might be for at home.  Either way, encourage your students with this free writing activity to set a goal to write about and then how they are going to go about meeting this goal.

New Years Writing Activities


If students only choose a goal, they are not as likely to meet it as they would be if they write out the steps they will take to achieve it.  This freebie has several New Year's fun shapes and lined paper to match it.  You can pick up this freebie by signing up for our newsletter!




Student Christmas Gifts

Free Christmas Bookmarks for Student Gifts

Student gifts are so much fun!  Don't you just love getting them something you know they are just going to love?

Free Christmas Bookmarks for Student Gifts

I know a lot of you like to give books to your students for gifts for Christmas.  I have made you some editable Christmas bookmarks to go with them!

Free Christmas Bookmarks for Student Gifts

Print them off on yardstick, paper punch a hole at the time, tie some pretty Christmas ribbon through the hole and you have a cute personalized gift to give them.

Free Christmas Bookmarks for Student Gifts

For each bookmark, you can type your name so the kids can remember who it is from.  Attach a candy cane or Christmas pencil and make it even more fun!   You can get these cute bookmarks, along with our other fun, free resources when you sign up for our newsletter!  If you have already signed up, the bookmarks are already waiting for you in the free resources folder.  😀

Take It or Leave It Would You Rather Type Game

A fun spin on the Would You Rather games is Take It or Leave It activities!  Students have fun deciding whether they would rather take or leave certain topics- like candy canes- and then provide evidence or reasons why.  


Christmas Writing Activities for students



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Christmas Holiday Picture Books for Elementary

It's time for all the FUN December activities!  Christmas read alouds, door decorating contests,  an exciting game for your party and engaging classroom activities!  Lots of fun and lots of pictures today!

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This is not an Elf on the Shelf book.  This rhyming elf book is about a different elf.  Funny with bright pictures that students will love!



A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree is such a sweet story about true friendship that will surely touch your students' hearts about what is really important!  Love it!



How Santa Got His Job is a fun book with lots of references to abilities Santa demonstrates in different jobs that will become important later in his final job as Santa!  This will be a fun book for students to use for text evidence!

               

Two last books with the favorite characters of Pout Pout and Bear round out the holiday read aloud list!

Christmas Door Decoration

Does your school have a door decorating contest?  We do!  This was a blast!  Everyone who came in our school loved this 3D display.  Students really enjoyed it!

Christmas Door Decoration

The snowman was the most time consuming part.  It took quite a few cups too.  But we purposely picked something that would last past Christmas so it could stay up longer.

Christmas Door Decoration

The Christmas trees were pretty easy compared to the snowman!  Students made the snowflakes.

Fun Christmas Holiday Party Games Minute to Win It Games

If you are needing a game for your classroom Christmas party, this Marshmallow Toss is fun!  We used some old Christmas wreaths and hot glued them to some boxes that were wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper.  Students had one minute to stand behind the line and throw as many miniature marshmallows into their team's box as they can.  Cheap and easy game that students really enjoy!

Fun Christmas Activities for elementary Christmas Flip booksFun Holiday Christmas Activities Christmas Flip Books


A fun, but thoughtful Christmas activity is a flip book!  Rather than have students thinking of long lists of toys, it's nice to have them think of one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing to wear and one thing to read.  I know some parents use a guide similar to this for their gift giving!

Similar to this is Gifts I Will GIVE.  This flip book is a good way to get students thinking about giving instead of receiving.  And to take it a step farther...you can have them think of gifts they can make or activities they can do to fit each of the categories so they don't even need to be concerned with how much things cost.  You can find the flip books here!

Fun Christmas activities for centers Holiday ELA Task CardsFun Christmas Fluency Task Cards for centers

Another fun Christmas activity for the classroom is task cards!  Fun holiday task cards for your centers and fluency task cards with a Christmas voice cube to roll and read in a reindeer, Santa or other holiday character!  Fun, fun! 

I think we are set now for a really FUN and memorable December!


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Blessings Shared With YOU!


This has been such a year of blessings!  And I would love to share some blessings with you!


14 of my blogging friends and myself are joining up to be able to pass along some blessings to you that you are really going to enjoy!

Each one of my friends will be blessing you with a free resource on Sunday, November 19 and Monday, November 20.  PLUS, we are EACH giving away a $25 TpT gift card!!  15 free resources and 15 chances to win a gift card!!  Sharing is so much fun!


Be sure to download your free resources on Sunday or Monday!  They will only be available for free on those two days.  Click here to get this resource free!

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STEM and Family Literacy Night

STEM and Family Night Ideas

Our Family Literacy Night theme this year was STEM.  What a fun night!  


STEM and Family Night Ideas- Gear Up!

We decided to go with the GEAR UP title.  We decorated our doors and the FFA provided some pretty mums to brighten things ups.

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STEM and Family Night Ideas

Our school has been really building up our STEM activities and knowledge in the past year and a half.  So it just fit for us to use this as a focus for Family Night.  
One of the biggest hits of the night was the Marble Genius Run.  More time was spent here building tunnels and tracks for marbles to travel through.  Then rebuilding and doing it again!

STEM and Family Night Ideas

Our math teacher requested the Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks.  These little magnetic shapes can be put together to build objects.  They are colorful and easy to use.  

STEM and Family Night Ideas



STEM and Family Night Ideas

Another fun activity was the Zoob Builder kits!  We purchased two kits and combined like pieces together in the green buckets above.  Students could come in and build with the different pieces on their own or use the cards that came with the kits.  It is fun to see them creating and trying different designs!

STEM and Family Night Ideas
STEM and Family Night Ideas


But it wasn't only about STEM building activities.  We also involved the community!  Our high school students demonstrated a robot that they had built and taken to contest!  Very cool!  

High school students also demonstrated a 3-D printer!  That was really neat to see work.  Another community member brought his racing car on a stand so students could see it up close and ask questions.  He brought an engine so they could see it and all the gears that work together to power it!

STEM is a great way to bring in new ideas to your family night and a great way to involve community members.  They love to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics!

STEM and Family Night Ideas

Lego sets, Makey Makey, book sets and gift cards fit our theme for Gear Up this year!

Thanksgiving Activities for kids

Holiday Activities- Let's Talk Turkey! Literary Turkey craft, Eat More ______, Not Turkey and How to Cook  A Turkey, plus more!

Christmas Writing Ideas for Kids

Christmas Writing Ideas for kids

Christmas Flip Book Fun!  All I Want for Christmas and Gifts I Will GIVE




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