Wednesday, November 14, 2012

TpT Items

I finally jumped on the TpT train. And to clarify, I've been on the browsing and downloading train, I've just started uploading my stuff. I started going through my files at school and had a ton of stuff, but figured they looked a little boring compared to TpT standards. Ha! So this weekend, I katie-fied them and added some spunk. Thanks to Kevin and Amanda with their awesome fonts and a handful of other people with their awesome graphics, I think I'm set.

Without further ado...

Tweets in the Classroom. You can read about how I used this in real life HERE


Mean, Median, Mode and Range Review.
Big XII Football.
This is always a big hit. I do a huge display in the hall and we keep a graph of football wins for the week. Then the kids get to find the MMMR each week. We love football in this neck of the woods!

and finally...
This is an activity going along with the book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett. My 5th graders love it. Anytime you can mix a fun picture book into a math lesson...you know the kids will love it! :)

Hope you can check out some of my stuff! I'm busy getting more together...so stay tuned. :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Aunt Katie x3

I was looking through my blog today and realized I've gone all teacher for the last 6-9 months. While that's wonderful and all...this blog did not start out being a teacher only blog. I remember one of my very first posts said it would be about my family, recipes, great deals I've found, teaching...and anything else I found interesting. I use this blog as a place to log things important to me and to be a resource for great ideas.

That being said...one of the things that makes me happiest is being an Aunt. Since my last "Aunt Katie" post we've had an addition. Little Hudson Wayne. :) He is so precious!! ...And I can barely wait until the holidays so I can get my hands on all three of these little babies!



...And now for a little Ella Kate and Harper. :)









These three make my heart SO HAPPY!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Venting

Teachers! Have you ever felt defeated at school?  Like to the point that teaching can barely even happen because behavior is so off the chain!?!?

Parents! Please help me out!!!!

Why is stupid recess more important than learning?
Why is football practice a bigger priority than doing homework?
Why are you doing their homework for them?
Why is your child always telling the truth and the teacher is lying?
Why in the world does your child have the audacity to speak to an adult (much less their teacher) with SUCH disrespect?!?!
Parents, why is it ok to speak to your child's teacher with such disrespect?

I could go on...but I'll spare you.

I just don't get it. It was never a thought in my head to speak to my teachers in the way these kids do. AND if I got in trouble at school...you better believe I got in trouble at home. There was no such thing as believing me over the teacher. My parents defended our teachers no matter what...not talk bad about them in front of us. I've never experienced anything like it. Kind of just makes teachers want to throw my hands up in defeat. It seems as though parents could care less that there child HAS TO pass state tests to go onto the next grade level...I just don't know what to do anymore, because like I said...I don't get it! Please tell me I'm not the only one!?!?!?!?!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election 2012

Today our 5th graders put on our school wide Presidential Election and out did themselves. It was so much fun! They each got to work the polls in one way or another. We learned about the Electoral College in Math, which is a another story. Lol. I taught it in the basic form...because if I'm being honest, I don't complete understand it. :) I hope you enjoy our pictures from today!