Tell me something good!

I'm linking up with Jennifer over at Rowdy in 1st grade today to tell you all something good. 

We are all in full on school-mode by now...some a little more routined than others...and today being the official mark of one week in school I am feeling mostly excited, which is a welcome change from how I felt this time last year.

It is hard for me to believe that I am in my 6th year of teaching already, uhhhhhh, when did I get so old?! My 10 year High School Reunion is this year, yikes!

Anyway, I am trying out so many new things in my classroom, on top of learning and integrating the CCSS, that I am so very thankful to have an eager and kind group of 2nd graders (and parents I might 
add!). So although I am busy, and my desk space has never been so messy, I am still excited for this year. Truly excited!

Something good happening in my classroom:
My students are LOVING all the GLAD stuff I have used in my classroom so far. By far the TPR (Total Physical Responses) are the favorite...with the Team Points in a close second. Today we were reprocessing our Here, There chant and as I was standing there doing all the (sort of silly) TPRs, ALLLLL of my students were engaged, excited and totally into it! Even the student who does almost nothing all day except peel and pick at his pencil. Yeesh, I need to figure something special out for that one!

Something good happening at home:
I am 3 THREE THREE followers away from having 100 followers! YYYYEEEEEEEEEEE!!  I can't believe it! I will definitely be doing a give away, so get ready my blogging friends!

Link up! Share something good!


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  2. I'm follower 98...you're almost there!! I actually started planning my 100 follower giveaway about 3 weeks ago when I got into the teens countdown:) Maybe I jumped the gun?? Because I've just been hanging out in the teens since then, HA! However, you stopping by today made me 12 away! Wish it were 2 like you!!

  3. I'm fixin to follow you too so you'll be at 99! I want to know more about your TPR stuff! Thanks for linking up!
    Rowdy in First Grade

    1. I'm working on a poem with lots of TPRs in it right now with my students. Maybe we will be ready to be recorded this week and I can post it. Basically I come up with a hand motion that matches a word. For example, we were working on Safety the first two weeks of school, so our TPR was holding our arms out in front of our bodies in a big X saying, "Protect from danger!" So as we transition from activity to activity, I say something like, "When I give the signal word, put your book boxes away and walk to the carpet...SAFETY" My students stand up, make a big X with their arms and all say in unison "Protect from danger!!" They really get into it and I see them practicing and whispering to themselves all day :)

  4. I want to know about TPR. My high school German teacher used it, how do you use it?

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

    1. Hi Alyce! I love the spelling of your name! See my response to Jennifer (above) for a little more info about TPRs, but I am planning to do a post later in the week that showcases our poem we have been working on :)

  5. Congrats for 100!!! Your blog is just soooo stinkin' cute!!!! You must make me some of those cute printables you are doing!!!!!! Way to go!!!
    Third Grade Love

  6. Yay for 100 followers! You do have a very cute blog, and I'm glad to be follower 101!

    Don't Let The Teacher Stay Up Late

  7. OH - I am a new follower!! 102! I found your blog in the linky! I teach 2nd grade as well so I love finding 2nd grade blogs!

    BTW - You might already have one, but I am hosting a giveaway on my site. You could win a free, personal laminator! They are amazing! Come check it out if you get the chance!

    Sensational Seconds

  8. Congrats on getting over 100! We are now following and and would love to have you stop by sometime!

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  10. Let me try this again . . . I boogered up the last one!! Congrats on making it my friend! It's about time the West Coast makes a bloggy name for itself :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  11. WOO HOO for hitting 100 followers! I just found your blog on the Tell Me Something Good linky party and I am your newest follower.

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