Friday, August 29, 2014

Five for Friday: I can breathe again!

Phew! We are in our second week of school and I finally feel like I can breathe again. The kids are getting into a routine and classroom management has gotten much better. These are my pictures from the week...
Have I been living under a rock? Why haven't I heard of Class DOJO before? I absolutely love it and it has really helped my little kiddos get on track. We were really having such a difficult time lining up, staying in line, working without distractions, etc. I set up my DOJO classroom and it was AMAZING! The kids really changed their behaviors and the choices they were making in the classroom. I really like it because it documents whether they are making good choices or areas that need to be worked on. The parents can log in and see their progress too. Perfect!!! Check of management in the classroom! I have also begun my assessments using my pack. There is quite a bit of work to be done this year but we will do it!

We have also gotten into a good routine of doing our daily math journals. It is still a struggle to make the illustration along with the math equation but we are working on it. This is the first year I have tried these so I am interested to see the progress they will make!

The part that I really struggle with when starting a new year is all of the online training we have to complete in order to prepare for the new school year. We have to take tests in blood borne pathogens, hazardous wastes, epipens/inhalers, allergies, harassment in the work place, and several more. I am happy to say that I finally finished them. Onto bigger and better things =)

Our Everyday Math program had the kiddos learning about pattern blocks and reviewing shapes. I spiced up the lesson with these great block puzzles where the kids created pictures using the various shapes. They were a hit!!
We started our "Pete the Cat" series and started off with the school shoes. The kids then found a partner to help trace their feet in making their shoes. We used paper reinforcements to make the holes in the shoes and then crayons to draw the laces. It was a lot of work for them as they kept asking when it was game time. I was really pleased with how well they did though!

Have a wonderful labor day weekend!


  1. Class DoJo rocks! You can also use it on your smart phone in the motivating for our students to hear the little "ping" as they earn a point :)
    LOVE Pete's shoes! Thanks for the great idea! Jen

  2. I downloaded it on my phone too! LOVE IT! I need to figure out a reward system to use with it though =)