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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gratitude, Shout-Outs and A FREEBIE!

Thank you for all the comments~ I appreciate the support!

I couldn't fall asleep last night. Last time I looked at the clock it was 2:30am and I got up at 6am- so that made for  a lovely first full day with me sweeties!

I just feel a little "sold-out".  I was never given a chance to talk to the parents and admin never said 'ok, let's schedule a meeting and see what we can do."
With the move being made at the parent's request, I feel like they were agreeing with the parents!
I went into the new teacher's room during planning so that she could send home the medical survey I had to fill out on the child. While we were in the there, the child was called up to be dismissed. So she came back from music to get her bag- and when she saw me, she looked terrified! What did they tell her?!? Do you know that mom or dad didn't even come to my room this morning for her to get her things??

ok- pity party is officially over. I have to move on.

I have a few things to share- non of them related to each other- just a few things to share.
These are the "Squirrels in Love" Salt and Pepper Shakers I recd from my Mother in-law  for Christmas.! The oldest son said he is just happy that the holes for the S and P are in their heads and not under their tails!

2. From my Versatile Blogger Award Picks! I have gotten so many great ideas that I have already used, printed, purchased, or have in my cart! My budget for colored ink, laminating pouches, and cardstock had to be increased!!!

 An Open Door
 Buggy for Second
 Buzzing with Ms. B
 First Grade Delight
 Heather's Heart
Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching
Klinger Cafe
 Marvelous Multiagers

 Sub Hub
 Sweet Times in First

3. Laminating-
Rachel from Sub Hub posted about her laminator this week and it made me think of a laminating trick that I have. It spawned from my thriftiness and also because we used to only get 15 ft. of lamination a month. And when I was new, I didn't think about that "empty space" that comes out of the machine when you are laminating odd shaped items. I just ran my stuff through and hoped no one (admin) saw what I was wasting as I walked back to my room with it.

So I started taking sentence strips and index cards with me to the workroom.  If I am laminating poster board or regular shaped stuff, I can usually fit a sentence strip along the side where there is usually empty space. When I have the really odd shaped stuff, I whip out my index cards and start feeding them in there to be rolled in and take up the space!!!

I use the strips with dry erase markers in small group, whole group, and centers. And the index cards  (white and colored) are great for all of those things too! The uses are unlimited. Now that I have a growing stash of them- I am always thinking of  a way to use them.

4. And last but not least-
I used ideas that I have gotten from many teachers and places and border that I got from Tpt (Karen Cox) to make these spelling task cards. I did have some in a spelling center- but they are also great for my volunteers to take out with my sweeties. The little guys like them, because she lets them pick (like "pick a card, any card") and they do the activities together with the word list for the week! Some of them have to be done in the room- but she has a caddy with markers, paper, pencils etc that she takes out with her (See Volunteers without tears post)
I hope you find #3 and/or #4 useful. Would love some nutty chatter if you do- or if you have other ideas about either one of them to add to!

I am working on a giveaway right now- so be sure to check back tomorrow!


  1. I'm sorry about those parents! :( What a shame!

    Anyways, I LOVE your idea about lamination! I always hate the waste {especially when I have to pay for it}. In my school, the media tech. does the lamination-so I have to wait up to 2 weeks for it and it is sometimes overlapped and ugly... so sometimes I go to Lakeshore and do it myself! Blah! I will def use your little trick!


    Sweet Times in First


  2. I'm so sorry about what happened with your student. Situations like that really stink. It makes you feel bad, no matter what. Just know that, while parents are doing what they think best, they are basing their decisions on the information they have; not the information you have. So all you can do is go to work and do your job well for all your other little guys.

    Teaching hurts your heart sometimes! But that means you're a good one- the bad ones don't hurt!

  3. Check out my newest blog post!

    Sweet Times in First


  4. I'm sorry to hear about the situation with the child being moved out of your room. What a shame that things weren't handled better before resorting to moving classrooms.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  5. ugh....that happens a lot in our school too...And the same thing happened to me too - and then the morning that she was transferred, her mother had the nerve to walk THROUGH MY ROOM pulling her child by the hand...and then did NOT even say a word to me - and of course, I had to be me and was all smiley and "Good Morning!" but she wouldn't even look at me...then WHY DID YOU WALK THROUGH MY ROOM???? ugh! I'm so sorry...but you know what, we can't please them all - and she's probably a coocoo anyway, so let the other teacher deal with her. lol.

  6. I have a present for you! I thought of you when I saw this never forget You are SUPER!
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  7. Thank you for the freebie!

    I am sorry that you are having parent issues.

    I am your newest follower.

  8. Stuff like that happens at my school all the time. We call it musical students. Our principal generally goes with what the parents want. It is very frustrating. To all of us.
    Brilliant move with the laminator!!!!! :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  9. We've had "musical students" in the three first grades at my school TWICE this year. Unfortunately, once the decision is made to move a student to a different teacher, it catches wind and other parents join in. It can be a huge problem for the school. I'm so sorry this happened to you. I know it hurts. It would hurt any of us.
    Thank you for this great freebie! I'm going to put it in my class this week!

  10. I'm your newest follower. And I'm giving your blog the Liebster Award.
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  11. Love the freebie, thanks!

    Hmmm giveaway...I can't wait to see what it is! I have to narrow down what my giveaway will be when I get 100 followers (pretty soon!) and love getting ideas :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  12. We know you are great...there is no way we can please everyone!!

    maybe this can brighten your day...

    I gave you an award! Hop over to check it out!
    2nd Grade Paradise

  13. Thanks for the Spelling Task Cards- love them! I have one of the Scotch laminators and LOVE it! The pouches are available at Sam's Club at a great price. So convenient that I hardly ever use the school one

  14. Sorry about the parents, that always hurts, even if the parents are in the wrong or crazy or both !
    Thanks for the spelling cards, they look great !


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