Friday, August 18, 2017

Teaching a Growth Mindset

The countdown is on!  A week of teacher inservice, and then my classroom will be filled with 21 bright and shining faces, ready to learn every single thing I have in my bag of tricks.  The thought of those faces is what is going to get me through a week of meetings, staff development, more meetings, online training, even more meetings, convocation, and still more meetings. UUUUGGGHHHHH...

And also...  I get SO excited when I'm able to add a new resource to my bag of tricks!  I've been working on a couple of the things this last week that I plan on using WEEK ONE (gulp).  My fingers have been flying across my keyboard with excitement (and maybe a little anxiety) as I try to get all my ideas onto my screen.  Maybe my kids have been living on frozen waffles and Lunchables.  Maybe the animals don't get fed 'til the wee hours of the night.  Maybe the dishes keep piling up in the sink.  But it will all be worth it when I'm finished with everything!

I FINALLY finished one of the goodies, and I'm thrilled to get my Growth Mindset Resource & Activity Guide out there!  Sometimes my eyes are bigger than my motivation, and about two weeks ago, I ordered a ton of picture books with the idea of using them to teach my students how to have a growth mindset.  They sat in my teacher bag while I contemplated just how much energy I had left to start this endevour after setting up my classroom.  Turns out it was just enough!
Have I said how much I love Amazon Prime?
I read each one of these books, and MY, OH MY!!! I SIMPLY. CANNOT. WAIT.  I created a ton of activities to teach growth mindset, and then I created another ton of activities and discussion questions to go with each book to reinforce the importance of growth mindset.  My plan is to use all of these resources...just about 15-20 minutes each morning as we establish a routine in those first several weeks.  Crossing my fingers it all works out!

Check out some of the activities included in the guide!  I've even made it FREE for the first 24 hours!  Click on any of the pics to snag your copy!

Best wishes to you all for a fantastic year!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's August, Ya'll

I have a love-hate relationship with August.  I love that it's my birthday month.  I hate that I'm a year older.  I love my 50% discount at Kendra Scott.  I hate that I can't get out of that place with JUST ONE ITEM.  I love the FRESHNESS that is the new school year.  I hate that our days sitting poolside are swiftly coming to an end.  Sigh.

I found at least 14 items I wanted, but my bank account said NO!
Let's  reflect on where we are in our summer timeline, shall we?  The bickering is at an all-time high. Most of my children are in a YouTube-induced trance for approximately 90% of the day.  The kitchen has become a 24-hour buffet.  Half of us have summer reading that that HASN'T. EVEN. BEEN. TOUCHED.  Mention the word "chore," and suddenly everyone under the age of eighteen is catatonic.

And I've just been too summer-lazy to give a care.

But it's August.  In a few weeks, I will be FORCED to give a care.  I'm sure it's nothing a little school-supply shopping won't cure.  Because let's be honest,  the MOST awesome thing about being an elementary school teacher (aside from those 22-26 shining faces, of course) is buying school supplies.  Sorting them.  Organizing them in cute bins.  Labeling said bins.

In honor of the upcoming school-supply shopping binges (and, if you're from Texas, the tax-free weekend coming up on August 11-13), I'm offering my supply labels for FREE for the next 24 hours. They come in two sizes - large and small.  I use the large at Meet-the-Teacher to display on the walls above where I want the kiddos to place their supplies.  I use the small in my closet, cabinets, shelves, etc. to label where everything lives.  I allow my 5th graders to get new supplies when they need them.  I know, sounds crazy, right???  But with the exception of a few "off-limits" items that are occasionally snagged, it works out pretty well.  I'm totally okay with a few pilfered pencils if it means I don't have to be in charge of passing out new supplies!

Click here to snag your free set!
At Meet-the-Teacher, I collect small supplies in tubs from Walmart.  They stack easily for storage, and I can use them throughout the year for other things.  Thank goodness they are cheap, because I buy new ones every year.  They are like socks in the laundry!  I don't know what happens to them, but somehow they VANISH.  Somewhere out there is a sneaky little troll with a cave full of socks and plastic dishpans.

Looks like they sell them in bulk - 8 for around $14!  WOOHOO!!!
Hope you enjoy the freebie!  Just a few more weeks of freedom, friends!