Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pinterest ... my new obsession.

Hi. My name is Brittney and I am a pinterest-aholoic. My friend started using this website for wedding planning and I almost love it as much as getting lost in blogland. So you get an account through Then you create different "boards"... think of them like bulletin boards.

Then every time you see something you like, you click the "Pin It" on your online toolbar and a new window comes up. It will show all of the images from the webpage you are currently on. Click the image you want to pin, choose the board you want it to go on to, and Taaa Daaa ... it is now saved for you. Exciting!

Here is a screenshot of my "classroom" board.

Now the really awesome part of this website... not only do I have a visual of all of the great things that I find online, but if I double click on one of the pictures, it takes me to the website where I first saw it. Now do you understand why I haven't had much sleep?! Isn't this too perfect for all of us bloggers?? Please, please leave me a comment below with a link to your Pinterest board if you get one/have one. I'd love to stalk follow you. :) Oh, and here is the link to mine...  My Pinterest!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kindergarten vs 2nd Grade

Okay, so after teaching 2nd grade for two years I was moved to kindergarten. I was terrified and to be completely honest... I cried for the first few months. Everyone should teach kindergarten once in their life so they don't make comments about how easy it is can appreciate just how difficult it really is. My district decided to switch to full day kindergarten that year and give me 33 little ones, only two of which had actually gone to preschool before coming to me. Thankfully, I had another teacher ::my soulmate:: with me for half the day and she is AMAZING! We both worked so well together and if you have ever had to share your classroom, you know how hard this can be. By January, we had it down. And by the end of the year... I was in tears for a completely different reason! Students that couldn't hold a pencil were writing paragraphs! I was placed back in 2nd grade this year and after only a week, I put in my request to go back to kindergarten. I miss it so much. Don't get me wrong, 2nd grade is great too. I just think kindergarten is a better fit for me. At the moment, I have a pinkslip which you all know means I could possibly not even have a job next year, but just in case something works out and all my dreams come true and I end up back in kindergarten, I have been doing some stalking. We all know and love Deanna Jump but I am becoming Kathleen at Growing Kinder's biggest fan. Her 100th Day post is something worth archiving. Okay, so enough rambling... off to find some more blogs. Leave me a comment with yours so I can follow you!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Math Vocabulary Posters

It's about time I learned how to use googledocs. Geeeez.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

classroom in April

fraction kites (my partner teacher's wall)

 food pyramids and Brag Tags

 Focus Wall - We were doing a Unit on Camouflage at the time and these are all projects/pictures the students brought in.

 Vocabulary words - focusing on prefixes, base words, and suffixes

 Seed Mosaics projects. Its a mess. I know. They installed that beautiful new AC unit finally, but left HUGE holes in my wall. That's why I had to put that ugly piece of chart paper up and scatter the projects like this. 

George Washington Projects from The First Grade Parade