Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I finally did it!!! I created a power point over my MLK projects I've been doing in my classroom the past 4 or 5 years (Check it out on instagram find me @thepolkadotdesk or @mrsille  I grammed about this project but never blogged about it)...AND I uploaded it to TPT!!! I have wanted to join this community for a really long time, but have been stumped, scared, not sure of myself...etc. etc. BUT tonight I decided to just go for it!!!! Everyone has to start somewhere right???

Monday, May 25, 2015

It's Official!

Got the official word last week.... I will be a 2nd grade teacher this fall!  I am beyond excited!!! I've taught for 11 years and all have been in 6th, 5th and 4th grades...the past 6 years have been in 4th.  I am nervous and thrilled to be digging into a new grade level.  I know that learning new curriculum will provide the growth and challenge I have been craving!  This move requires another big move...from one building to another.  I have already started packing and sorting and trashing things.... really wanting that fresh start that this change will allow me. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Is it April Yet???

I know that March is only 6 days old, but the other day while perusing Instagram I came across the fabulous Tiffany May's ONE FAB TEACHER post of her A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E April calendar cards.  This girl is such a fun, upbeat, POSITIVE person....she would be SO MUCH FUN to teach with! She is also generous.  She was about to post the cards to her TPT shop, but wanted to share them too.  She said she would GIVE a copy to the first 8 emails she received...normally I would not have been one of the first 8....but this time I was!!!! I quickly printed, cut out, laminated, and cut out again and debated changing my calendar to April  now....I mean take a look at how cute these are...so cute that I couldn't resist purchasing the March cards today. Then I won't have to wait until April to enjoy the adorableness....I can't wait to switch out my calendar Monday morning!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hello March!

In like a lion in Oklahoma! I cannot believe it is March... It always seems that January and February take forever... Thankful that spring SHOULD be right around the corner.

This month my fourth graders will study the man behind Dr. Seuss and learn more about the non-fiction genre of biographies. 
We will continue to explore figurative language. 
Measurement is a huge concept we will be learning about. 
We've been studying matter and will make oobleck this week!!! Fun times!

I am crossing my fingers for some outdoor recess!!!!  Even though I love seeing stuff like this after an indoor session:)



Monday, December 29, 2014

Simon

I was inspired by the fabulous Farley and her friend Buck to add a class mascot to my classroom this year.  So I went to the great people of Facebook and put out a plea asking if anyone had an extra deer mount lying around...long shot I know, but I do live in rural Oklahoma, so I thought it was worth a shot. Low and behold a friend of mine from church posted that her husband had one in a shed that was not being used and that I was welcome to him!!!! I was super excited! She brought him to church and I immediately took him to my classroom...he hung out and I introduced him to our custodians hehe!   My son decided he should be named Simon...you know like Simon Says and the clouds parted and the heavens sang and Simon found a forever home in my classroom....


Simon chose his antlers to write about during our "Best Part of Me" writing lesson.


 
Simon reminds us of important events, gives us words of wisdom and relays random facts.  He also wishes each student a Happy Birthday while wearing his birthday hat!

 
Simon enjoyed the Christmas season and my students painted portraits of Simon's cousin Rudolph...
 


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Washington D.C. Recap

Thursday, October 30th I got the privilege to attend the National Conference on Character Education in Washington D. C.  It was such an exciting trip!  The conference put on by character.org featured some amazing speakers, teachers, and authors.  I learned so much and have several books on my wish list that I NEED to read now.  While we were there we got to see many of the monuments and we visited the Holocaust museum... I feel like I haven't stopped since we left that morning, but I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given. 

Here are a few shots from our Monuments by Moonlight tour....








Monday, September 8, 2014

Classroom Pics

For the past 5 years I've had a GLORIOUS, MONSTEROUS, sized classroom. The room lacked storage...seriously it was a huge, GIANT, SQUARE of a classroom, but even with 27 students, a futon or a couch, 4 bookshelves, a dresser, a teacher area, a round table, and a class library the room was still SPACIOUS. Not to mention that because in its former life my classroom had served as a high school computer lab, I was blessed with plug ins every 12 inches. BUT alas...  All good things must come to an end...I suppose. The fourth grade building is no more at my school and my teacher friends and I had to pack up and move into the Intermediate building over the summer. The room is WAY smaller, but positives are being noticed:
1. 2 FULL walls are made of DRYWALL! Meaning I can use a stapler instead of a glue gun on half of my room.
2. The building is fairly new...10 or 11 years old.
3. We have a front office in the same building as us, our secretary is in OUR building, and the CLEAN STAFF RESTROOM IS IN OUR BUILDING!!!!
4.Built in storage....
5. Library and computer labs are in our building.
6. The walk to the cafeteria is shorter!
 
So the 4th week of my school year started today and I wanted to share some pics of my "new" classroom:
 
 
The front of my classroom....don't you love how nice and clean it is at the beginning of a new school year??? 



Here's a little shot of my sweet little chair that I purchased at a garage sale and recovered...it belonged to a friend of mine's father in law....I love when pieces have a story...she said this little chair was in his office and she can still see him sitting in it. The filing cabinets are a makeover I shared last summer. I am still very much in love with them and the functionality and personality they add to my space.

 Probably my MOST favorite furniture re do ever!!!! My $20 desk I found on FB this summer.  It was in pretty rough shape...I painted the body with a homemade chalk paint recipe and completely stripped the top and redid it with two shades of stain and about 20 coats of poly:) I had my name cut out in black vinyl by a local vinyl shop and created the little rag garland and attached the vintage flashcards with clothespins.  I AM IN LOVE WITH MY DESK!!!!


 My cute little bathroom passes....I found the labels for FREE on TPT....can't remember the shop/seller but I will research and link back to them soon.... This  is my 2nd year to use this system...works great!


 I painted my podium last year. BUT this year I stepped it up a notch with my 70% off clearance frame I scored at Michael's  painted satin lagoon and by sending the free print from eighteen25 to walmart.com and having it printed as an 11x14.  I still might add some large polka dots or some rosettes from Hobby Lobby, but it's 100% cooler with just the frame. :)


 I added a class mascot this year named "Simon".  This goodwill frame got a makeover and now hangs on my door side window. (this pic is of my back patio door) Surprisingly, 4 weeks into the school year the chalk is still smudge free!!! Whoop whoop!!!


 This is the view from behind my desk looking to the front. Loving all the storage in my new room this year...even if I had to give up lots of space....


 Another view....I do have a smartboard hanging on that blank space of wall now!


This view is to the right of my desk area....you can catch a glimpse of my library area in the back corner. And there is SIMON and his chalkboard... My kids are loving it and look forward to what he has to say...I've added a giant speech bubble, so he can leave messages.  His chalk board says: "Simon Says: 1. Work Hard 2. Be Nice".


~LaKeta
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