Welcome to my blog:) Since I am so far away from my friends and family, I want to keep you updated on the fun and trials of my new job. Thank you to everyone for your support, encouragement, and the tips/ideas you may offer!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Last year, my first year teaching, I had one para that I had to plan a schedule for in and out of my classroom.  I believe I did a good job building a relationship and keeping her active in the classrooms.  Part of the way through this school year, the school district hired another para to help me with some severe behavior students.  After my "experience" working with a few different paras, including subs and the other paras in my school, I have had some ideas.  I would like to make a "para handbook" to set up guidelines, expectations, strengths, weaknesses, schedules, etc. to help me when working with new paras, and as expectations for me to refer to when things aren't running smoothly.

If you saw my post about FBAs/IEPs, I will be incorporating and expanding upon information along those lines.

If you have any suggestions, words of wisdom, questions, information that teachers learn in teacher ed courses that they take for granted that paras were not taught, etc. I would appreciate any advice.

It is my GOAL to share what ever type of "handbook" I develop with my followers as a FREEBIE:)

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Permission to Pin

The saying, "I learn something new everyday," applies here.  I didn't know you had to have permission to pin other people's pictures/freebies/etc.  Find out more by clicking here to read more about this topic.

Well, you all have permission to pin from my blog, as long as you are doing it in a positive manner:-D  
You may also check out all my boards!  It's always fun to have new followers:)

Happy Pinning:)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Freebie

My Kinders are still working hard on counting 1-50.  In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, here is a set of fill in the blank counting worksheets.

Shamrock Counting

Hope these are helpful for someone else:)

Monday, February 20, 2012

IEP/FBA Workshop

Last week I went to an IEP/FBA Workshop.  I didn't really learn anything new, but they gave us some great refeshers.  Just thought I'd share, and maybe some others could use some reminders like I needed:)  These might be some helpful pointers to share with your paras as well.  I think I'll print them up and share them with my paras.

General Reminders
- Remember kids didn't get the behavior problem overnight, you won't be able to fix it over night.
- Unteaching and then reteaching positive behaviors takes 8-12 times as long as teaching a new behavior.
- Often we have to teach the "hidden curriculum".  Like what is "on time", "how do we walk in the hallway", "what is proper bathroom etiquette?" To teach this we need to, "practice, practice, practice".
- Focus on positive behaviors! We should be using 4 positives to 1 negative (not the previously thought 8 positives to 1 negative); however, most schools have 1 positive to 7 negatives.
- Kids with bad behavior believe negative attention is better than no attention.
- It can take 4-8 weeks before you see positive changes when you start a new intervention.  In Kentucky they were required to use an intervention for 30 school days before they could legally count it as an intervention.

FBA Reminders
- In WI, you HAVE to have an FBA if an EBD student was suspended for more than 10 days or is looking at expulsion. If the bill passes, starting September 1, 2012 any time behavior is listed as a "Special Factor", and FBA will be necessary.
- However, it is best practice to have an FBA for every eval, reeval for a student with behavior goals, and if what you're currently doing with a student isn't working.
- Things that you should ask yourself in an FBA - "why now?", "why here?", and "why me?"
- Format to consider for an FBA, "When __________ occurs, student does ________ in order to ________."  Also, include present levels.
- Data collection is important.  Use a behavior log.  Document students levels.  Think of it this way, "If you won the lottery and quit tomorrow, would the person to take your position know how your students are progressing towards their goals?"

Here is the document I'll be sharing with my paras.  Let me know if it's useful for you:)

I had it typed in a cute font, but I lost the font when I uploaded it, bummer.  Hope you can still use it though:)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

You Know You're a Teacher When.... Linky Party

Jeannie at Kindergarten Lifestyle is having a funny linky party.

Check out the Pinterest Board for even more reasons "you know you're a teacher".

Look at the beautiful flowers my boyfriend sent:)
Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Nouns & Verbs

My students are working hard to learn the concept of nouns and verbs.  I created some visuals to help them.  Hopefully they are helpful.  If you have any more ideas let me know:)

Make sure you download this one in the .doc version, not a PDF. The formatting is goofy in the PDF version. Hopefully it works in the .doc version though. Let me know.
Nouns 1


Idea - you can cut the pictures out and have students categorize the pictures.  If you laminate and velcro, this could make a nice center idea.
Verb Chart

Some of the people and action images might be used interchangeably, but hope you can find a use for this in your classroom:)

We have parent teacher conferences this week; hope they go well!

Friday, February 3, 2012


I love this poster that Rachel at Blog Hoppin' created!  It is a very cute poster, and an awesome freebie.  Just wanted to help her spread more smiles:)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Another Valentine's Freebie

I'm ready to switch into Valentine's mode in my classroom.  Things are seeming a little blah lately, so here we go with Valentine's stuff.  I hope this boosts my mood (and therefore my students') :-D

Here's what I've got planned Valentine's BingoValentine's Roll and Count, Valentine's counting fill in the blank (below), Valentine's memory (using 2 sets of calling cards from my Bingo game), Real/Nonsense Words with Love Monster GameABC OrderRoll and ColorWriting ActivityGraphing Activity, counting conversation hearts, and a craft or two.

To help boost some other's spirits, I hope some of you can use this counting freebie!
Valentine Number, Fill in the Blank

Happy Wednesday:)