1.30.2015

Five for Friday: Great News!


Hi lovely readers!  I am so excited for this Five For Friday post with Doodle Bugs Teaching because I am sharing some very exciting news.  So let's get on with it!



Yes, you read that correctly!  The hubs and I are expecting our first baby in early August!  We are so happy and excited for what the future holds.  It's going to be a little hard seeing as we aren't surrounded by our family and friends, but I am happy knowing that I will be able to be at home for baby's first year.  It actually is perfect timing because we are due to move back to the states in July next year, which means we'll be coming home with an almost 1 year old.  Crazy!  Anyway we are thrilled!



While visiting home for the holidays we announced our great news and videoed their reactions!  Here's the link if you'd like to see how are loved ones reacted. :)



Ok, back to education news.  Do you have a student who constantly needs reminding to stay on task or seems to always be seeking attention in a negative way.  If so, here's a strategy I learned from a special education teacher that has worked for a variety of my students in the past.  The picture above is of a behavior visual card.  Basically all you do is cut out 2 different colors of a 3x5 rectangle.  Then glue these together so that each side is a different color.  For example I used red and green.  To use the card discuss how one color (green) means on task and one means off task (red).  Then place the card on the students desk.  If they are on task the card is green if they are off task simply flip the card to red.  No need to call their name out or interrupt your teaching.  Then if they are back on task turn it back to green.  It's a simple strategy that I found very helpful!




Hopefully you remembered to complete your prediction graphs for Groundhog Day!  Here's a simple student graph I'd have the kiddos complete to accompany a class graph answering the question "Do you think the groundhog will see his shadow?" Now to see what happens on Monday...



This week I did some winter cleaning.  Here are 3 bags of clothes ready to donate.  It always feels good to get rid of extra things that are just taking up space.  I plan to do some more deep cleaning in the next few weeks.  

Well that's it for this week.  Now off to the gym I go.  I'm trying to stay motivated to workout even though my body seems to be oh so tired from this growing baby. :)

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!! The parenthood journey is like no other. Such exciting news! You said you'll be moving back to the states. Are you currently abroad? I am too. For my husband's job. We're in the Bahamas. I know what it's like to be away from family and friends. Our community of friends here is pretty awesome though. No complaints. Happy Friday!
    Joya :)

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    1. Thanks so much Joya! The Bahamas?! How neat! Yes, we are currently living in England for my husband's job. We are having a ton of fun and have been able to travel all over. :) We couldn't be happier. Thank you so much!

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  2. Yea! So excited for you! The video is great. Being a mommy is the best job in the world and you are so lucky you will get to be home for the first year. It will be a time you will never forget. Hugs to you my friend!

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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  3. Hi Laura!
    Thank you. I am so excited. Can't wait!

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  4. Congratulations Kelly! Wishing you and your husband all the best. I'm so jealous that you live in England! I've always wanted to travel there! Enjoy this time!

    Jayme

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    1. Thank you Jayme! We are having a wonderful time. I feel so blessed for this adventure and for our little one on the way.

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  5. Congratulations!!! What an exciting time for you both! Your groundhog graph is really cute!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
    recipeforteaching

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    1. Thanks Heather! We are thrilled!

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  6. Congratulations! Babies are such a blessing. I really appreciate the classroom management tip. I'm definitely going to try that. I love that it's nonverbal. Have a great weekend.
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to know how the tip works out for you. :)

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  7. Congrats! What an exciting time. I absolutely love the red and green felt idea. There are some students that need that constant reminder when it comes to staying on task. This would work great for some students I have in mind.

    Nicole
    Crayons, Pencils, and Students, OH MY!

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    1. Happy to hear Nicole. I really like the strategy because it's so simple to implement.

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