I thought that I'd catch you up with the reasoning for my absence...
I have been packing up all of this...
Believe it or not- but I had already been working for 1-2 weeks packing things up BEFORE I took this photo!
And I have been taking things home, re-organizing and bringing only about 1/2 of my stuff to here...
You probably used your deducting skills to figure out that I got a new job! It is VERY bittersweet. I LOVED my old district, the staff (my family), parents, kids etc. but I disliked the LONG drive! My new district is 30-35 minutes closer! Not only that- but I have met MANY of my new colleagues and they are AMAZING! :) I'm sad but super excited for this new opportunity.
It sure is tough dropping everything that you know and go to feel like a first year teacher again! I will still be teaching first grade but almost all of the curriculum is new to me and they are a MAC school! I have NEVER used a MAC a day in my life but have always heard great things about them, and I am eager to learn. I ran across this website that has been very useful: http://myfirstmac.com/ This site is AMAZING! It has cheat sheets for everything and a table comparing functions on PCs and MACS.
I have been going through my 6 years of teacher stuff and sorting it by trash, sell, store or bring. It is quite embarrassing how much I have accumulated and spent on teaching stuff in just 6 years! If you are in the central Ohio area, I'm having a teacher yard sale next weekend... so come and get all kinds of goodies!
I'm not allowed to bring my plastic Sterilite organizers that I used for EVERYTHING in my old classroom so I had to come up with something new. I enlisted my wonderful friend Kristin to help me. This is what we came up with...
These boxes were purchased at the dollar store and was I ever impressed with the quality! The lids actually snap on! I swear lately I have been disappointed with the dollar store boxes for the past few years... but these were an amazing buy! (I don't know why I expect so much when they are ONLY $1) :)
I also went through my classroom store tub, recess toys and separated items into these tubs as well. If you have a dollar store near you- head on out and get the tubs with the red lids! The white lids are okay- but the red lids hold on much better. :)
I also have been working slowly on my common core to do list. I have finished these since my latest blogging post:
This is a pass chart that I am going to use next year. Each of my kiddos will have a clothes pin with their name on it and they will move it when they leave them room. I am going to hang this by the door so that I can grab it when we have a fire drill. Yeah, I realize this isn't common core related. :)
This has first grade CC Phonological Awareness and Phonics Assessments
. There are 4 of each assessment plus recording sheets and skill cards. I will probably end up writing newsletters to go with each just like I wrote for math. I just wanted to at least get out my assessments first so I can start writing more lessons and activities. I always start with assessments and then move to the fun stuff! :)
Once I get to a point that I feel "ready" for summer. I only need about 3-5 hours to sit down to finish these two items.
With tradition, as I post new items to TPT I also give them away to some lovely little readers of my blog. :) The first 5 people to comment with their email will receive the pass chart and phonological awareness and phonics assessments for FREE! :)
Have a wonderful weekend! I hope to "stop by soon" and maybe update you with more organizational tidbits that I'm finding or to tell you that I finally finished some of my works in progress!