Friday, September 13, 2013

Five for Friday on Friday the 13th

1. Hooray for Friday!!! You have no idea how happy I was when I woke up this morning. I don't think this smile ever left my face today! I finally had a pretty uneventful week of instruction. I know that may sound strange, but I really needed it in order to get my students into a routine. We've had half-days, a sick day, assemblies, Back to School Night...Not the way to establish routines. 

2. After spending just a few weeks of school together, I began to notice how my students were speaking to each and the lack of manners. “Move (because I need to get to my mailbox)!” Shoving in line (because someone is in the wrong order). I was surprised at the behavior because my students are pretty sweet kids. So, I figured this is just one more thing I need to teach them. I know it makes a world of difference, so I will definitely take the time to teach and practice kindness, patience, and respect.

We have been focusing on what a good citizen looks like both at school and in the community. I finally got around to printing copies of Polite Peter this week! He's so adorable and my students have been referring to him all week. "Polite Peter would say 'Excuse me'." I love it because I don’t have to sound like a broken record (which students eventually tune out). Leave a comment or shoot me an email if you'd like a copy of the Polite Peter pages.

3. Have Fun Teaching

Have Fun Teaching has some fun skip-counting videos! We've been doing them for Brain Breaks and I my kids go crazy for them! We've tried the "Count By Twos" and "Count By Fives" videos. They've got some great beats and I can definitely tell which kiddos have got MOVES.
Click HERE to find HaveFunTeaching videos.

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4.I have 400 IG friends! EEK! I never thought it'd become such an obsession. I follow teachers as well, if their accounts are public. I just love how easy it is to exchange ideas and see what other people are doing in their classrooms.Plus, you can find some great TpT packs and hear about sales and giveaways! Good stuff!

Check it out at TpT

5. I bought this pack from 24/7 Teacher and have been busy making copies! I was really interested in trying an Interactive Reading Notebook with my students this year, so I was thrilled when I saw what Amy had created. There are photos within the PDF so you know exactly what to do with the pages. I plan on putting them together for my students this weekend. I can't wait to share more about them as we use them.

I'm glad I was able to share a little of what I've been up to. I hope we all have restful weekends! I'm off for now. Ready to enjoy a date with my husband and the DVR!


  1. Polite Peter sounds beyond cute. I teach 2nd grade as well and will have to try that out. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Tidbits from Ms. Pitts

  2. I would LOVE a copy of your Polite Peter activities - my firsties are having a difficult time using kind words and their hands "for helping and not hurting". Thanks for sharing!! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  3. I get a great deal of amusement out of seeing my kiddos run, dance, and play - and they LOVE when we do brain breaks! Win win! I'll have to check out that skip-counting video!

    Miss White's Classroom

    1. Yes, they have a blast AND get the wiggles out!

  4. Polite Peter activities are just what my little kiddos need!!!
    I would love a copy.

  5. Love love lover your Polite Peter idea. I teach in a multi-age classroom and sometimes my older kiddos forget about the little ones. I would so appreciate a copy.