Organizing Math Manipulatives

One of my many goals this winter break was to get my math manipulatives organized. I want to use the differentiation cards through Math Expressions for early finisher work, but each lesson has 3 different cards and the materials piece was a nightmare to try to have ready. I had all the 'stuff' (well, almost everything) I just didn't have them accessible for my students.

In comes Mama Lynch with a request: A Christmas Idea for my classroom; she wants to give my sister and me a little somethin' somethin' to our classrooms each year (how sweet is she?!?) First, I asked for those super cool pencil sharpeners I've been seeing on Pinterest (I got 2 from her- they are AH-MA-ZING!) Then I remembered my manipulative dilemma. I had a vision of using those clear, smaller drawers, but they can actually add up pretty quickly. I asked her for a couple of them to at least get me started. As I unwrap my presents, one of them was a set of clear drawers with a post it note saying that she didn't want to wrap them all. She got me 5!! That means enough for 15 different maniuplatives and supplies (or even more, since I am doubling up on some of them).  It might be a bit pathetic with how excited I get over organizing things, especially for my classroom. Anywho, let me reveal to you my new math resource station!
 I decided to use one of the sets of drawers for some word work things, so I had to rework my vision a bit, but I am so excited to lead the kiddos in a guided discovery when we get back from break! I still have the decks of cards in a separate tub, as well as the dice.
I made labels with the name of the manipulative and a picture to help keep it organized. How we take out resources and use them will be modeled next week in hopes that it stays this neat. I have a separate smaller drawer set for some of our math center game cubes and dice. Normal dice are kept in my little pail, and extra dry erase markers will be stored over here also for the use of the Smart Pals.

Rulers, Fraction Tools, Number Cards
Various Paper: Dot, 10x10 Grid, Index
Cards, Inch and Centimeter Paper.
This is also where I will keep the
activity cards they can work on.
Pattern Blocks, Connecting Cubes,
Counters, and Spinners
Clocks, Place Value Markers (no label yet)
Play Money, 3D shapes
I also have the challenge problem located on top of the drawers. This will be an option for students to try to complete. Since we are already in Unit 7, I didn't go back and look at what materials they would need for the cards. However, I am sure that most of them are here. I'll add next year if need be. With that said, I will have everything they need for every card, for ever lesson, for the rest of the year.
Smart Pals
To try to save some paper, we'll be using the Smart Pals (posted here). Students can slip in the paper they need (dot paper, grid paper, etc.) and use dry erase markers. That way, I don't have to worry about making a ton of copies and running out. I only have 19 Smart Pals though, so some sharing might need to take place if they all need it, but I don't see that happening very often.  I'll also keep up our math center games as occasional options; but I do love the idea that they will be extending their understanding on the topics we are learning that day. The math centers will be great for review every once and awhile on topics like place value and multi-digit subtraction. 
File folders with Duct Tape and magnets to house some of our math centers!
I'll leave you with one other project accomplished: Leveling and labeling the 200+ new books to our library! I got some PTO money and through Scholastic, I was able to use my own account to get bonus points. That means double the books and I get to keep some of them should I not stay at my school forever. :) It's a win-win! I gave my kiddos a glimpse on the last day of school and boy, were they excited! Until next time!



It's about time! Charts, charts, and more charts

My last post was in September.. (I think). That goes to show you how crazy busy this first year of teaching has been. It's had a ton of ups and downs and has completely consumed my life. On top of that, I am trying to plan a wedding. The wedding has been helpful however, as it gives me a different focus so that I don't drive myself crazy. I love my kiddos at school, they teach me something new each day. I just hope that they know I am doing everything I possibly can to help them. I'm at school at 7 am (school starts at 9:10) and stay until 6:30-7 pm (school ends at 3:45). I also take more work home and work for another couple of hours before repeating. I've found a better balance over the last month or so, but I just have so many things I want to do and not enough time to do it all!
Here's a glimpse into some of the things we've created as a class to help us in some of our studies this year!

These were some of the charts we created for our character unit in RW. We used the front bulletin board as a reference board to help us with the narrative elements. We used this often to help us (solution was not up yet when I took the picture) 

We are in the middle of our non-fiction unit in RW. This is our text feature chart. We did an inquiry activity in the form of a scavenger hunt. This was a great formative for me, as I could see what text features they already knew about and used and which ones they didn't. We later (for review) had to match examples of each text feature to the actual t.f. I often see students looking at this chart to help them with their think packet (which will be talked about later).

Close up of actual features. Wording isn't perfect, next year I need to write down exactly what I want the chart to say and try to mesh that with what students say to have a more accurate chart.

Close up of actual features. Wording isn't perfect, next year I need to write down exactly what I want the chart to say and try to mesh that with what students say to have a more accurate chart.

Close up of actual features. Wording isn't perfect, next year I need to write down exactly what I want the chart to say and try to mesh that with what students say to have a more accurate chart.
Here's our context clue strategy chart. We found different strategies and kept adding to the chart each time. I've seen major improvements after these lessons in terms of students being able to figure out unfamiliar words.

Boxes and Bullets introduction to main idea. It has gone over really well!

Our NF reference board with most of our charts!

After a verb lesson, we created a chart to help us remember!

After a noun lesson, we created a chart to help us remember!

After an adjectives lesson, we created a chart to help us remember!

During independent reading time, students use a think packet (talked about HERE). The main purpose of it is for accountability and additional practice with their metacognition. Students write down 3 "codes" a day. For example, if they come across an unfamiliar word, they write down a U and then follow the example/sentence stem. This way, I am able to see who is using but confusing the strategy, or if I don't see any particular code over a week, I know I'll need to work with that student more on that particular strategy. 

Here are some of our writing reference charts in our writing center for our research paper.

Parts to a paragraph intro chart

Research Tips Chart

We are constantly using Post-Its for formative assessments. This idea has been floating all over Pinterest, so I don't know who to give credit to, but it's not my idea! Not to mention, my great mentor also created these before me, and gave me the push to go ahead and do one myself. I made a post-it parking lot and pick up board. That way, I can move their post-its over after I am done looking them over and they can pick them up to put them into their notebook and clear up the board for another post-it later that day.
We've done many, many, other things, but this is just a glimpse into why I haven't been around for the last 4 months. Hopefully, it won't be another 4 months until I get around again!


Week 1- Done... What a Week!!

I can't believe I am still alive after this past week- and it was only a four day week. I felt so unprepared from day to day- as I am usually a planner, and I felt like I didn't know what to really plan day to day due to all our interruptions (2 assemblies, whole school modeling schedules, etc.) I thought I might get a bit of a honeymoon phase with my students- it's the first day of school, they'll probably be a little shy... WRONG! Many of them were showing their true colors on day one- which was a little tough on me, but actually quite appreciated. Now I know what I'm working with and begin to start getting some plans and ideas into place so that I can help them be successful both as a student and as a person. I had meetings everyday, would come home, work the entire evening- then go to bed. I would get to school 2 1/2 hours before it even started (we have a late start, so I'd rather get there early than stay till 8pm), and would still leave after 6 pm, making it nearly 12 hour days. I was thrown challenges and tested- but I think for my first week ever- it went well. It could have gone a lot worse, and although I wish it would have gone a bit better, I learned a lot about my kiddos and myself as a teacher and that was one of my main goals.

I was so grateful for the weekend for some time to just get organized. My planner wasn't even put together yet- which, if anyone knows me, they would be shocked to know that I survived this week. I had a plan for the weekend to get so much done (grading, sort paper work, organize, plan, prep). However, I didn't have as much time to do all of this as I planned due to a little surprise.

You should see this sparkle in the sunshine!!

I GOT ENGAGED! Nick, my boyfriend of nearly 7 1/2 years proposed to me Saturday night. We spent the evening going out to dinner, walking on the beach, calling friends and family, and just enjoying every minute. Needless to say, I am a bit overwhelmed now- but in a good way! I hope that now that I get to start planning the wedding, that it will help me take time for myself and my new fiance and not solely focus on school. Don't get me wrong, I'm still totally invested in my kiddos- but I think I will better be able to serve them if I take time out for myself and remember there is a life outside of school.

We have our first full week of school this week, and it's filled with testing and push in lessons so the chaos continues. Hopefully fill you all in later on sometime!


Workshop Week Done

Well- it came and went. The week was full of a whole lot of useful information that I haven't yet sorted through in my brain or my filing cabinet, but I'm trying. I swear I got a whole ream of paper worth of stuff that is suppose to help me get ready for school. However, I don't feel any more ready than when I started. Not because I don't have the information, but rather I have too much and it's a task and a half just trying to find everything I need in regards to preparing for my first week with my students on Tuesday. Over the whole week, we only got 7 contract hours to spend it as we please in the school. One of those was a 4 hour chunk that involved me running around like crazy trying to get my room in order for Open House. Here's a little break down of what went on this week:


  • Welcome and general staff meeting in the morning. 
  • In the afternoon we met with all the other 3rd grade teachers in the district for a little PLC time (very basic- kinda seemed like wasteful time considering the work load that I needed to get done by Tuesday, but I'm looking forward to the future PLC planning time with the other 3rd grade teachers the rest of the year since its based on literacy!)


  • Balanced Literacy 1/2 day training (very informative, but a whole lot of stuff that I just don't have time to think about yet)
  • Open House Prep time, followed by Open House


  • We spent the morning at a church with everyone from our district and a neighboring district that we do a lot of PD with... we're talking over 1,000 people. I wish the speaker was more applicable to elementary, but he was a good speaker. Al Franken also stopped by! Great guy, not so good at public speaking... at least not this past Wednesday.
  • The afternoon was spent learning about our new BAS (benchmark assessment system- for finding reading levels for students). I actually did BAS at my student teaching placement so it was all review for me. However, it was good practice again to do all those common codes for those running records. 


  • Thursday morning was all about the data! It was our data and Qcomp day, so the morning was spent looking through our schools data and discussing what some of our challenges will be this year. We also found out that we were labeled a Celebration school based on the MMR. We were a rewards school last year, so that will be a goal of everyones to get back up to that status! I did find out that my sister's school is a reward school, which is HUGE news for them after having a difficult year prior. They were all so excited and rightfully so!
  • Afternoon was school PLC time. We met together as a 3rd grade team and went above and beyond! As in, we just had to establish norms, but we actually figured out our first trimester goal. Woo Hoo.


  • This was by far the most helpful day in a number of ways. First, our morning was focused on our bully prevention program. We will be piloting a new 'program' where we bring two different organizations together to create one focus in creating a safe, welcoming environment for all. There was a ton of useful information that I can easily begin to use on day one. The part of the morning that made the biggest impact though was the panel. 2 students (one of them a former student at the school where I'm teaching at) came in to share their stories of how school was for them. These 2 were so brave, as they both are transgender and have been through the deepest pits imaginable. It made it real that we as teachers need to be more aware of the type of language we use (boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen). It also made me motivated to step up and do what I can to ensure that any student who comes into my room will feel safe and supported by not just the teacher but by their peers. Let's just say, there wasn't a dry eye in the room after these two got done talking. 
  • The afternoon was work time, which involved finding out I was up to 27 kids now, then back down to 26, signing up for my 403b, and a bunch of other small stuff. I was grateful when I found out people were coming to school tomorrow to work, so I'll have the whole day tomorrow to get settled and organized for day one!

I can't believe that in less than 48 hours, I will be greeting my first class ever. Why am I not feeling the nerves yet?? Probably because my mind is busy with all the things I need to get done first!

I hope to blog each night this upcoming week- but I can't make any promises! Wish me luck!


Open House and Classroom Pictures

Whew! I made it! I have been preparing my classroom for this night- trying to set a good first impression. I couldn't have done it without my boyfriend who came in and helped me this afternoon. He seriously was my life saver. I had 18 of my (now) 26 students show up, which is a pretty decent turn out! I met some very excited students which made me get so excited! I also met some pretty shy students and it got me thinking of a way to respect their shyness but help them also express themselves more. I tried a checklist activity to keep families and students busy while I was talking with others. It went ok- some really got into it, others just took it and left after 1 minute. The result was a bit expected, however. I've already found things I would have done differently, but I am happy with how my room looked and happy with how I interacted with my new students and families and hope to continue to build relationships with them! I have to say though, these 12 hour school days will need to stop come school year- I won't be able to survive. For all those people who give crap to teachers about working only 9 months out of the school year: don't worry- we make that time up... and then some (without pay)!

Anywho, here are a few pictures of my mostly completed classroom! It remains a bit bare, as I believe that the learning resources posted on the wall need to be meaningful and created by and with the students. So, that will come...

Here's a little tour!
Our door! I had to add another column of puzzle pieces after I got the news at 10pm last night that I would have another student. Cue crazy-getting-everying-ready-for-new-student mode. 

Here's our buzz board, lunch/attendance count, and student display clips. My students and families seemed really excited about the buzz board. Some got around to using the buzz board tonight where they wrote down 1 thing they are excited about for 3rd grade.

Here's our writing center (sorry about the ugly wall... it photographs weird). My wall moves, so it's really hard to post things on it without it getting crinkled and smooshed. So I have to hook everything with drapery hooks on only one curve. Anywho, here is where our writing goals will be displayed. Students will put their number under the goal they are working on. A close up of these are below. I also have two little trays to allow students to write in a different spot. They will also put their writing folders into the box that matches their stage.

Here is the material board and an example of a possible writing goal. I used whiteboard strips from the Target $1 section. (I love these) I got four in one pack!

Here's a close up of our writing stage boxes. 

Here's my finished classroom library- complete with bean bag! The bulletin board is temporary- I had to decorate at least 1 board so it wasn't SO bare. I also had students write down a book recommendation for me to purchase for the library. I had many boys already searching through the Goosebump books. They said they were so excited to read them (heart melting).

Here's a closer view

Front board complete with schedule (which isn't finalized yet) and objective board divided up!

This was my thrift store find! I've been looking for a little stool for students to use when sharing. I repainted the top with left over paint and it's done for under $4! 

Here's a better view of the back of the room. The students who didn't make it still have stuff on their desk.
Well- there's my room. I am excited about going to bed tonight and not doing anything related to school (besides blog about it). I need to start to refocus and shift to planning. It feel like after today, it should be the weekend!


Itty Bitty Sneak-a-poo

I'm going to give a little classroom tour once my room is mostly complete (hopefully by next Tuesday- Open House already?!?!) but in the mean time, here are a couple things that have kept me busy in my classroom while taking breaks from trainings.

(Click on the pictures for a bigger view)

Project #1: Materials Needed
I knew I wanted a space to post materials needed for each lesson/activity. Not only does it limit the amount of times I have to repeat myself, but it's a great visual for my ELs. I found these AMAZING mini-posters from Ashley at the School Supply Addict. I typically like to try to make my own stuff, but this was one project that I was willing to pay for a bit as opposed to spending countless time. They are simple, clean, crisp, and numerous!

I cut out each one of the mini-posters (there were larger ones in the set also so you can take your pick) and laminated them. Yay for being at school and laminating FO' FREE. Then, I put those handy, little, circle magnets from Lakeshore on the back. I cut out my own sign on the Cricut, applied some Modge Podge, and it's done!

Here's my little secret: I keep all mini-posters behind my Smartboard. That way, they are out of sight, but easy for me to pull and push around based on what is needed at that time.

If you like these, you should really check out Ashley's website/blog. She is very reasonably priced, and you aren't going to get products that are too fancy or grade specific, which means very versatile and will go with just about any theme.

 Project #2: Math Banner
Ugh. My first intentions did not go so well. I was going to post this on the top of one of my bulletin boards that is going to be just for math. But no matter how I hung it, I didn't like it. Then I remembered writing down a thought: "Think about what to put under the boards." I've got this weird cork strip under my whiteboard and Smartboard. I got the idea to put my math vocabulary under it, since it will still be near the other math stuff. That way, students can reference it during work time while they are sitting on the floor (if they choose).
I quickly cut out the word "Vocabulary" and glued it onto the same ribbon I used for the banner. The yellow ribbon looks like an odd color in this picture- I promise it isn't puke yellow.  We'll see if this idea lasts or if I have another plan for this space.

Project #3: Student Display Tags
I really wanted to create some space in the room to showcase student work. It's tricky with my lack of useable wall space. These little guys will be kinda high up (meaning I'll have to stick them up, but I will let them decide what they want showcased) but at least everyone will have a space. I'll hang student work in other aspects of the room too, but I just wanted to make sure that everyone equally got to shine!
I used my Cricut to cut out the black "notebook" squares. Then, I used Sharpie paint markers and made them look more like notebooks. I wrote the students' names on the top and left a space for their nicknames as well. Then, I stuck a clothespin on with the use of double sided tape!

Project #4: Clock Numbers
I've seen these all over. So naturally I had to make some too to match my color theme of yellow and teal. These are nothing special, but they do draw some focus and attention to the clock. I was shocked last year how many of my 4th graders could not read the clock. Hopefully, this will help.

Project #5: Job Board
This is one of my favorite projects. I love how it turned out. I took one bulletin board and split it with ribbon. This will be our 'command station' to run our classroom. My plans will be posted on the board (where you can't see right now because that side isn't done yet); our schedule will be posted there as well, and of course, our jobs. I went back and forth between how many jobs I wanted to have. I read and saw what other people did, and I decided that I was just going to try this out and modify it later in the year if need be. I made these library pockets myself by just making my own template. I cut the words out on my... you guessed it... Cricut. I glued the words onto the pockets with a little Modge Podge and plan to use popsicle sticks with student numbers on them. I have to still figure out how I am going to do rotations (I may have them sign up or just volunteer, or I may assign them- not sure yet) I plan also on changing the jobs throughout the year if I find some not being used or discover a need later on.

Well, there's a few things! I finally have my new teacher orientation tomorrow!! I am so excited to finally get some questions answered.

Also, I'm testing out some new 'blogging' adventures including linking up to awesome teacher blogs full of neat stuff. I've been following Tara at 4th grade Frolics for a bit now and thought I would attempt linking up with her Monday Made It (even though it is now Tuesday.. hey, I was 'making' a lot of this stuff yesterday.) I don't get this whole button thing yet... and I've got to get to Target still tonight so for now, I'll just put a link so you can go check her blog out at 4th Grade Frolics!

Until next time!


Spoke too soon

It was back in the classroom today. I was pumped- Nick was coming to help with some stuff I couldn't quite do alone, I was going to meet with my team and plan, and I was hoping to get some pictures up on this here blog since I thought I would get a lot done. However, the day started off a bit rough:

First, I arrived at my car and realized that the bean bag in the back seat had moved to the other side of the car. A closer look, and the glove compartment was open. Even more, my driver's side door was cracked open. Yup- someone was in my car last night looking to help themselves to my property. I always lock my car, so I don't know how I forgot to do that, but it didn't look like they had to try hard to get in. Luckily, they didn't take anything that I knew of (I don't keep valuables in my car) except for my safe state of mind. A little shook up, Nick and I left to head to school.

Once there, I started to piddle around with stuff while Nick hung things way up where I couldn't reach. I got some stuff done- but not nearly as much as I wanted to before I went to lunch with my team members to get to know each other better and start to discuss some logistics. We then spent at least an hour trying to figure out our schedule for the day and although we wish we had some more time (which teacher doesn't wish this) I'm excited about our schedule. My lack of expertise in our SASH time (Science, Art, Social Studies, Health) resulted in me getting health, which means I'll be teaching all 4 sections of 3rd grade health this year. I wasn't exactly excited, but it made the most sense since all the others had ties to the other subjects. One team member also suggested integrating some technology into health, which made me more interested. I went home and looked more closely at the standards for health, and I am excited to see what I can come up with! It'll be a challenge, since we have some curriculum (I swear its from the time when I was born), but I am excited to teach something other than the heavy math and reading instruction.

Another staff member came in and said hello during our meeting and asked, "Feeling overwhelmed yet?" I replied saying, "No, surprisingly not yet." Spoke too soon...

With my last 1.5 hours at school today, I was excited to get back to my projects. Never happened. More talking (about helpful stuff- just random stuff though) between some of us kept me from doing this. After talking, it also made me realize HOW much I still need to figure out..... OVERWHELMED NOW. Oh well- tomorrow afternoon I'll try again :) Hopefully I can get some pictures up then- No promises.


RC Training Day 1

I had RC training today. It's not a full week like usual, but it will give me some support until I do take the week long RC 1 and RC 2 trainings. However, a lot of it was review for me, which made me feel much more confident in some aspects of RC. I also found some trouble spots for myself and got to hear some great ideas to help! These trainings make me so excited to start working with my students. They are helping me shift my thinking away from the classroom environment I have been creating and begin to start the planning piece. I've wanted to do some planning, but since I'm not meeting with my team until Monday, I don't want to do too much work to then realize we are doing something different. I have started to think up some math centers to go along with the common core standards and have begin to plan out my morning meetings, while making a list of procedures and routines to model and teach the first week. I hope to have most of my classroom done by Tuesday... Friday at the absolute latest, so that I can fully focus on the planning and prep work involved to welcome my new third graders (not to mention get reacquainted with the SMARTboard- I haven't used one for a couple years now).

Funny little event happened tonight: I was suppose to do the dishes since the boyfriend made a delicious dinner. After dinner, I was finishing a project when I realized I had to do some reading for my training tomorrow. I shared this notion with Nick and how did he help? He pulled up a chair and sat by the sink to read out loud to me and to highlight. Why didn't he just offer to wash the dishes you ask?? Because he "enjoys reading out loud." Not to mention, he'll be working with my kiddos in P.E. this year so some of this stuff can translate right?? He is so helpful, though. What a keeper! It was a relaxing  time together :)



I forgots ma' camera!!

My classroom is coming along so nicely!! The more and more I do, the more and more I look forward to spending time in it- because let's face it, I'll be there probably more often than at my home. More importantly, I want this space to feel clean, crisp, and warm for my students and I think I'm getting closer to accomplishing this. I also feel very blessed to be able to have such great 'bones' to my room (nice big windows, lots of storage, large space) as well as having it available to me to work in it- one of my team members isn't so lucky. However, I hope that since I've gotten so much done in my room that I can lend a helping hand to him if need be next week! I was so excited about a few of the new additions but of course- I FORGOT MY CAMERA! Grrr. Oh well, I guess it will be more of a 'surprise' later on when even MORE stuff is done.

I probably forgot because I was in such a hurry to get to school today. My mind was racing as I got back from my very last day at my summer job (WOO HOO) and tried to finish some last Cricut Cutting stuff before I left for Lakeshore to get some 'stuff' laminated.

I won't be back into the classroom until Monday because I have RC training the rest of the week. GAAAAAAAAAAH that means it's the middle of August already. Which means in 2 weeks, its Open House! Slow down August, slow down.

(P.s. sorry for all the Caps Lock... its just one of those days) Until next time!


Buzz Board... and then some!

I got some time in my classroom this week. YAYY! I got a few projects done as well as some organization. I wanted to post pictures of some things I'm really excited about, but they aren't done yet and I'd rather wait until they are done. However, here's a few things I have been working on!!

Buzz Board
An idea I found on Pinterest ( (big shocker, huh?) was a buzz board. The original idea suggested using Post-it notes, however, I came up with a different idea that I am lovin'. Here's the concept:

Students always have so much to share. One way to showcase their lives and all the big (and little) moments is through the buzz board. Students can clip a piece of paper (which I have yet to make) onto a "buzz" clip and write their share. Also, students can bring photos to clip also. As students enter the room, they can check out each other's news. In addition, buzzes can be taken down and shared during Morning Meeting.

There are some other possible uses for this buzz board also. I hope to incorporate current events and have students bring in news that relates to things that we are studying or important events locally all the way to globally. Also, this could be a place for students to clip exit slips and such.

The idea seems really great, but we'll see how its executed this school year! Now- the how-to on how to make the buzz clips!

Your materials needed:
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Scrapbook paper of your choice

There are a few different ways to go about doing this. If my way seems difficult, test out some different ways that'll work for you!

1. Brush Mod Podge onto one side of the clothespin. Make sure that you try to keep the Mod Podge application even. 

2. Place the clothespin down onto the scrapbook paper- Mod Podge side down. Press down firmly and let stand for a minute or two.

3. Once the clothespin seems set (as in, doesn't wiggle around), carefully cut around the clothespin. You only have to do two cuts if you line it up nicely. Trim excess scraps if you find it too difficult to get to close. 

4. After you cut it out, cover the newly scrapbook-covered clothespin with another coat of Mod Podge. Make sure to apply it evenly and to brush the same stroke. It will dry clear, but if it is clumpy, it may not look as smooth.

Here is a set of 24. If you combined all the paper used, it was about 1/2 a sheet of 8.5 x 11 scrapbook paper. This little project would be great if you had a bunch of scrap pieces left over.

The next part is dependent upon if you have a Cricut or other cutting devices. Obviously you could use stickers or simply free hand it also. But, all I did was cut out the word "Buzz" and took the outline, glued it onto a white piece of paper and filled in the "B." I put a layer of Mod Podge over the labels and then added a bit more Mod-Podge to the back to stick the label onto the clothespin. (Sounds like a lot of Mod Podge, huh?)

Last step: Put two small, round magnets onto the back of the clothes-pin. 

(I got the little magnets from Lakeshore; $7.99 for 300.)

I cut out some letters on my Cricut to label the board and the Buzz Board was born!

A couple other projects I worked on (and completed) this past week:
Teacher Mailbox:  A place for students to put notes,  forms, etc. all in one place as opposed to littering my table.
Weekly Organizers: A place to put all my copies and books for each day of the week. I stuck the labels on these magazine boxes with velcro so that I can change them later on.
Filing System: A place to put all the papers I need copies of as well as a place to re-file them afterwards. Also, I have an outgoing tray for things that need to be sent to the office and such.
Well, those a just a few of the things I worked on! I also got to meet with one of my teammates for a bit and she answered a bunch of my questions!! 

On a slightly different note, I got my class roster today! I also got to see pictures of my students from last year. It was at that moment that I saw my name at the top of the page that it hit me that I would be the teacher to these 23 students for their 3rd grade year. I got somewhat terrified thinking about it! So much to do, so much responsibility. I began to think about what parents will think of the idea that their child is going to have a first year teacher. I hope that I don't let them, my students, or myself down...

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