Wednesday, September 9, 2015

YES Goals {You Establish Success}

It’s always important to empower your students and promote a positive classroom environment. One way of doing this is by using YES (You Establish Success) Goals in your classroom.

YES goals are student created goals in three areas:
  • Scholarship/Academics
  • Citizenship
  • Effort/Work and Study Habits

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Teacher Week 2015 {Monday Five Fun Facts}

Happy Monday!

It's Teacher Week 2015 with Blog Hoppin', and BOY AM I EXCITED!

Today I'll be sharing FIVE fun facts about ME!

1. I am Cuban. I am very proud of my family's heritage.
2. I love to dance! I actually studied ballet (tap and jazz too) throughout my whole childhood and well into college. I taught little ones ballet when I was in college. It was so much fun!
3. I have two boys under the age of two! It's a busy household, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
4. My sister and I are eight years apart. She's younger and she doesn't let me forget that!
5. I love country music and line dancing. YEE HAW!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Five for Friday {8.28.15}

YAY! It's Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

I uploaded this fun Accelerated Reader Clip Chart and Individual Goal Tracker this week!
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I also blogged about something I think every teacher should say..."our classroom."

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Hispanic Heritage Month is coming up quickly!
I created some Fact Folds to honor some special people! It's half off just for the weekend!

I am transitioning my youngest baby to his crib this week. He was sleeping in his swing because of his reflux. I was nervous to transition him, because I was worried about his reflux bothering him.
He seems to be doing pretty well (knock on wood)! He's in the pack and play in our bedroom. Next step, crib in his own room!'s my new fear: waking up his older brother if he cries for a late night feeding!

I can't believe this is the last week of August. Time just goes by too quickly!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three reasons why every teacher should say OUR CLASSROOM

Building your classroom community is so important! Positivity, smiles, and fun are the ingredients to getting your classroom community started. 

One thing I have noticed is that it's important to make your students aware of their effect on classroom community. Each student is a stakeholder in a classroom community's success. 
That's why it's so important that students know the classroom is not only your clasroom, it's their classroom.

Here are THREE reasons why every teacher should say OUR classroom:

1. Students will  collaborate. 

Students will be more willing to collaborate and work with one another more fluidly when they know they are part of a team. Saying "our" classroom enforces the sense of collaboration. 

2. Students take ownership. 

When students feel like they're a part of something, they'll tend to try their best when in a situation. When students feel the classroom is also theirs, they'll do more to help, listen, and be engaged. Say things like "keep OUR classroom clean" or "take care of the books in OUR classroom library."

3. Students will be proud. 

Students will walk around the campus proudly knowing that it isn't just "Mr. or Mrs. Classroom." They'll be proud to say, "In our classroom, we ..." Students will enjoy their time with you and make everyone's school year that much more enjoyable. 

Grab these FREE posters and let's welcome students to their classroom! Available from kindergarten through sixth grade.
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Five for Friday {8.21.15}

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching today for FIVE for FRIDAY! One of my favorite linkys!

We went to the Santa Barbara Zoo this week. We went with some friends who also have little ones!

It was a fun time for all of us. It's so awesome to see your little ones' faces light up when they experience new things.

I did some creating this week that I am super excited about!

Punctuation Posters

Reading Log Bundle

My little guy had to do a "peanut food challenge" this week.

He had no reaction, so that means lots of peanut butter sandwiches are coming his way!

I am working on a guest blog post today! I'll be blogging over at Teach, Inspire, Change. Be sure to check out my post on September 9th.

I am super ecstatic because both my Instagram and TpT Store have reached 1,000 followers!

WOOT WOOT! It made my week!

Thank you all for stopping by and reading about my week!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Letter "A" {Oriental Trading Goodies}

I have been trying to work with my little guy (16 months old) on some reading activities. It’s never too early to introduce books!

I was fortunate enough to receive some items from Oriental Trading in return for my honest feedback. I used this opportunity to gain insight on what would work well for my toddler; therefore, I could also see how these items would be beneficial in a preschool or PreK classroom.

I saw these great Alphabet Readers and Jumbo Dice on Oriental Trading’s website and thought these would be a great start to teaching my little about letters!

I started by reading the “Aa” book to him daily for one week. I would point to the pictures, say the letter and picture aloud and continue with repetition. It only took one day for him to know the pictures and letter sounds. Now, when I say the name of an item, he can point to the picture in the book.

I decided to take it one step further and use the Jumbo Di to create a little more practice. 

I printed out letters and pictures and put them in the slots in the di. I ask him to show me the “apple.” He turned the di, and what do you know, he pointed to the apple!

Practice, repetition, and some creative tools from Oriental Trading made teaching my little guy fun and easy.

Not only is this a good tool for toddlers, but this activity and book set can be transferred to primary classroom.

The Alphabet Readers come in a cute set of the alphabet. Great for centers, intervention, or early finisher activities.

Next week I’ll be posting about some other great Oriental Trading products!

Be sure to check back! :D

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Student of the Day

It's always important to have a positive attitude in your classroom. Your kiddos are with you the WHOLE day. Why not make it a HAPPY day? I have blogged about some positive behavior management strategies before, but I wanted to go into a little more detail about one of my favorite strategies: STUDENT OF THE DAY!

I always pick a "student of the day," or more than one, at the end of the day! Student of the Day is a student (or students) who exemplifies qualities of a good attitude and hard worker. It's a student who has worked hard throughout the day, been on their best behavior, given their best effort, or all of the above! 

It's a great incentive to keep your students behaving well throughout the day. I even remind them throughout the day that I will be picking a Student of the Day. Sometimes, when it gets really close to dismissal, and I haven't chosen one yet, my students will remind me!

Here's how it works:
Keep them handy for your end of the day routine.
Write out a few notes during clean up time.
Pass out the notes when your students are lined up ready to leave for the day!

I usually write why I chose that student(s). What they worked hard on, how their behavior was exemplary, or how I saw them changing their attitude for the better. 

My kiddos love putting up these little notes on their refrigerator doors. Some can't wait to see how many they collect. �� 

I also keep a checklist and make sure to honor all students equally throughout the year! 

You can check off weekly, monthly, quarterly, or however you want! It's important to keep it fair and balanced. Trust me, your students will know who gets chosen more than the other students. It's also important to keep in mind the students who need that extra push and motivation. Being Student of the Day can really give them that bump they need to stay positive in the classroom.

Who will you pick as Student of the Day?

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