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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Back to School Teacher Jitters

Hello!

The excitement you feel in your stomach anticipating an event such as back to school, is what I call jitters! Like the students, teachers also feel nervous for back to school. We try to have all of our school supplies - felt markers, smelly markers, awesome teacher planner, matching teacher bag, and favorite pens ready the night before. Like the students, we have picked a new or favorite outfit for that very important day, along with shoes, and accessories. All this preparation ease the jitters a bit, but doesn't go away.

I remember when I packed and repacked my backpack with all of my supplies and 8+ notebooks and textbooks - yeah, my backpack weighted almost as I did back then! I sharpened each one of my pencils and made sure each one of my pens worked just fine. My school uniform was ironed and pressed - raised in Catholic schools - our white shirts must be starched and crisp. The skirts length had to be just perfect - not an inch shorter or an inch longer. The black Mary-Jane shoes needed to be polished and shiny. The girls earrings not to go below the earlobe....so many details! 

The jitters from the night before the first day of school were unbelievable, in a wonderful way! I have always loved school, and school made me happy.....still does!

I am very excited for this upcoming school year; new teacher, new team, and of course new students! I know these first couple of weeks will be challenging. But I'm really looking forward to starting!

My first day back is on Monday and students will attend on Wednesday. That first day is orientation day with the parents. During orientation, we discuss our classroom management techniques, drop off and pick up procedures, and all of the housekeeping items to have a successful year.

I want that first encounter with my new kiddos to be "magical". After doing my famous scavenger hunt, read more HERE, we will explore our Magic Playdough.

The Magic Playdough consists of an illusion that I want to create in my students for the new school year (first school experience for many of them).


These are the play dough ingredients. Combine all the ingredients in a medium size saucepan on medium heat. Stir until you have the desired consistency.


I used gel food coloring, but any food coloring will do. Add about 4-6 drops of coloring.


Here are the labels for your Magic Playdough.


Keep learning and have a magical back to school day!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Summer is {almost} over :(

Hello there PKP friends,

This summer break went by super fast. Because my school site went through a modernization process last summer, we had a modified schedule, therefore our summer break was only 4 weeks. And this is how my break went: first week: unwind and relax; second week: water parks, movies, and shopping; third week: Las Vegas!; and my fourth week - starting tomorrow: trainings, B2S shopping, hair appointments, and more shopping. That was it! Over!

Well, it's not quantity, it's quality! Well, I would have liked a bit more of quantity ;) I am super excited to start this new school year though. Like I have shared before, I will be co-teaching with a wonderful teacher....can't wait!

As I realized I only have 4 more vacation days, I decided to organize my MacBook....no before pictures....it was a mess! I archived all the documents, flyers, and lessons I did for last school year. I also organized my clipart.....can you believe I own over 400 files....yikes! Thank you TpT!!! So, I created this wonderful and sparkly background organizer.


  
Here's an organizer for you! Click HERE!

Download it, and place it on a ppt page. Edit the heading to fit your needs; I have my lesson plans, clipart (of course!), conferences, etc. Save it as PNG, and install it on your computer!

Keep learning!



Friday, July 3, 2015

Currently: July 2015

Hello there!

I am in the middle of summer break and I lost track of time. With all of the summer activities going on is very hard to keep track of time when you're having fun.

I have linked up with Farley for her monthly currently linky, and this is what's going on!


How is your summer going?

Keep learning!