Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What to Wear: Teacher Edition

I literally just ran over here to my blog because I just saw an article written BY a teacher about what to wear as a teacher.... it made me cringe! This teacher said she actually has a friend wear the same thing EVERY single day of the school year. We are not stuck in a cartoon!

So here are my top tips to dressing as a teacher:

**Please note that I am NOT a fashionista by any means. These are simply my thoughts as a veteran teacher.**

#1- Khakis are fine but NOT a must. You can wear skinny pants, chinos, ankle pants, capris, gauchos, or skirts. But you need to be comfortable in them. Do not squeeze yourself into them. If you can't sit, stand, and bend over comfortably with out having any unsightly issues (i.e.- major panty lines or too tight in those inappropriate areas) then you need to find a different pair to wear.

#2- Shirts and blouses. Anything goes with your style so long as you aren't flashing or falling out. Here's a good test: when you try them on, bend over, bend to the side, bend backwards, pretend to write on the board, and then squat down. Didn't show any skin or flash? Your shirt is good to go to school.

#3- The rule book that you expect the students to follow... you have to follow it too. No spaghetti straps. No gym clothes. No short skirts. Keep your political opinions off your shirts.

#4-  Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. They are always your friends. Try jewelry, scarves, and hair styles to change things up. Not sure how? Go to a Premier Jewelry party or check out Pinterest.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Reading Line Up: Top 5 Must Haves

As I begin to look forward to next year... I begin (always) to plan. I'm a planner and can't help it. Lists, plans, and organizing comes easily to me... except in my house. So I began looking at my reading list for this next year, here's my top 5 lift of must haves:

#1- Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations- This is a review read for me. It's an amazing book for setting up Math work stations! The set-up, the teaching of, and the creating of are all covered in this book.

#2- The Common Core Lesson Book K-5- Need to increase rigor? Increase accountability? Want vertical alignment in your school to help with comprehension of concepts? This is the book that you need. It is fabulous for all of these needs.

#3- Making Small Groups Work for You- This is my new read book. Since I am going back into Kindergarten this fall, I want to make sure that I'm really utilizing my para and my small groups. I have never taught Kindergarten with a parapro. It's always just been me... and lots of little bodies!

#4- Purposeful Play for Early Childhood Phonological Awareness- This is a must purchase! This book is chock full of lessons, activities, songs, rhymes, and poems for students to learn and practice their phonological awareness.

#5- Systematic Sequential Phonics They Use- Amazing book similar to word ladders but perfect for kindergarteners. I start these lessons in about October once we have all the letters/sounds so that we can sound out words.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Currently

I love linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her March Currently! Here's what I'm up to:

Make sure to find out what your other favorite bloggers are up to!

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