December 28, 2017

The perfect teacher bag

I wanted to share one of my most valuable discoveries of all time! I follow a wonder teacher on Instagram by the name of @helloteacherlady. She gave me this idea in which today I share with you. I have a new obsession with my teacher bag, none like any other. In fact it was not built for teachers at all, it was intended to be used as a diaper bag!!!!! Don't you just LOVE... when you discover a new use for something it was not intended for. This Diaper Bag Backpack by Kute 'n' Koo covers all the needs of a teacher to transport all their teachery items from work with 18 handy pockets. When I was researching to buy this bag I felt that more images would have been more helpful for me to make a quicker decision. So in return I wanted to make sure to add tons of images to help you visualize it better. Now let the pictures do the talking!

Here are a few pictures of the front. I just added a monogram with my favorite color for a special touch. I love that I have the option of wearing my bag as a backpack or just simply hold it by the handles. I also feel that the bag does not dress down my professional attire when I carry it as a backpack. It can very easily be used with professional dress or casual attire. Another bonus the fabric is water resistant and wipeable to keep it looking sharp.




Here is a look at the first small zipper in the front. This is where I place all the items I use frequently such as my keys, school ID, chapstick, wireless door bell control and pens. 


This is the front middle zipper where more flat times fit perfectly such as disinfectant hand wipes, wallet and note pads. 


Next we have the large main compartment that holds most items. This area is big enough to hold what most common teachers put in their tote bags. Here at the moment I have a laptop, textbook, planner, papers and pens.


On the sides their are two foam insulated pockets to hold drinks! Water is a must!


There is also one large back compartment that is great for a small laptop or iPad for quick and easy access. 


Last but not least I wanted to show how the bag actually looks when your carrying it as a backpack. I could hardly find any pictures of this so I thought it was important to add it here. It's about the average size of a regular backpack 12.5"LX 6"W x 15.5H


I purchased this AMAZING "teacher" bag at AMAZON for $36.85 and it's worth every single penny! I also found out that the company Kute "n" Koo stands behind the quality of their products. If the products tears or has a defect they will gladly replace the item. I hope this information was of value to you and maybe even inspire you to get this amazing teacher bag! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to shoot me an email or visit my Instagram and communicate with me their.

December 26, 2017

Christmas in my classroom

This year Christmas was a hit in my classroom! The best part of this year in my classroom was our parent gifts. I did not have to spend much money like I usually do every year. Especially with the fact that I switch classes between the day so I truly have around 33-40 kids a year (expensive). So this year students created a calendar full of their illustrations for the 2018 year. I just provided the drawing for each month to guide my 2nd graders and the took off. After they finished they drew a Santa on the envelope and we glued his nose. Here are some examples below. 




 


















https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mi-Calendario-de-ilustraciones-My-illustration-calendar-3519038

Click on the image to purchase




We also did some fun writing about a multi-step process. Students created a snowman by mixing shaving cream with Elmer's glue. After that students wrote all they steps they did to create their cute snowman.



 I also tried a new incentive in my classroom this year! My students had all the month of December to earn 10 tickets to purchase some wrapping paper. They would earn the tickets randomly with various good behavior and participation in class. I would then wrap their desk with the wrapping paper of choice. By our Christmas party our desk were all wrapped and it looked so festive & fun for our party! 


It was an absolute blast! 
 

November 3, 2017

classroom stage

I wanted to share with you a recent update I did in my classroom by adding a classroom stage. The stage brings learning to whole new level. The students get so excited to participate and simply step up on it. My husband took a little time to build it for me. I then painted, taped and added led lights to the stage. We have used the stage for teacher read aloud, step up to answer on the board, show & tell, student lead activities, read to self area, author's stage (read their writing), and even to take class pictures. It has really become a center piece of our learning. So amazing what a little wood can do to a classroom! Here is the transformation of my stage below.

 
 

 
 
 
 








I hope this inspires you to get a classroom stage I can assure you it will make learning fun and everything becomes a bigger deal with a little extra wood in you class! Ha!

 

October 24, 2017

Wonder (R. J. Palacio Novel) classroom decoration

The message all of our students need to hear from us now more then ever is the message the book "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio offers. #choosekind #beafriend. The unforgettable bestseller Wonder, has inspired a nationwide movement to choose kind. Now we can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book. It come in both Spanish and English which I am really happy about.  It has inspired me to do a lesson in my class integrating this book and writing about "choosing kind." I got so inspired I even took it to my classroom door as you will see in pictures below. We need to plant this seed into our students and help it grow by building a community of kindness starting in our classrooms and spreading it throughout our campus, one act of kindness at a time. If we touch and inspire at least one little heart in our classroom we can say we have done a job well done! Now lets spread the kindness teachers! 

Don't forget Wonder will be in theaters November 17!! Go watch this heartwarming film. :)

To see this book in Amazon





October 17, 2017

Postcard exchange for the classroom

https://mrprintables.com/printable-map-of-the-united-states.html

I'm happy to announce that I will be creating a postcard exchange group this year and I would love for your class to join our group. Participants agree to have their students write and mail postcards to the other 49 participants. To participate you will need 49 post cards and stamps. Hint: I always ask for two postcards and two stamps from each parent. On the postcard, you can tell the other classes about your state and school. This is a great way to connect with classes around the country and give your students the opportunity to see how life is different in various regions of the United States. The exchange will be open to first come first serve basis. If interested (and your state is available), please sign up below. The deadline for signing up is Nov. 3rd. Your address will not be visible to other participants through Sign Up Genius. Therefore, as people start registering, I will create a Doc with addresses and share it with you. All participants should mail out their postcards by Feb. 28th, 2018. Postcards can include information about life in your city/state or what your school is like. 




*As a Bonus if you would like to share your class picture send it to my Instagram account @breezybilingual. This can be a platform to see each others classes and share it with our students! 

Great place to print your map at (for personal use only) Mr. Printables 

Thank you!

October 11, 2017

The 3 forms of Energy/ Las 3 formas de energia

We are currently learning about the 3 forms of energy in my 2nd grade Dual Language class. We start our lesson each day with our "energy song" that I made up using a traditional Mexican song called "La Raspa". We sing it in Spanish of course. 

Click below to hear our song! 



The kids absolutely love this and it even works as a little brain break with all the physical movement required. It wakes them up and gets them ready to learn. 

Here is the actual assignment they complete with this unit. 
First they began to work with their bilingual partners and talk and sort the cards into the 3 forms of energy and explain why. There are a total of 18 cards to sort.
After that, students will have observe the busy picture and label where they 3 forms of energy can be observed. They will then explain what form of energy they found on the bottom. After that they will sort images by the form of energy and glue the descriptive strips into the correct energy.

 

  

You can find this unit in my TPT store. Just click on the image below. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Explorar-la-Energia-luminica-Sonora-termica-electrica-Spanish-English-875694
 

Classroom tips & tricks

I wanted to share with you today some random tips and trick for you to consider. I have added some pretty exciting items into my classroom this week. I find myself this year adding privileges at a slower pace. This years class is one of my most challenging classes ever, academically & behaviorally as they are testing my 7 years of managing a classroom. Boy oh boy! I still love my little stinkers though.

TIP#1 Use a microphone in class :)
 Here is my pride & joy my small speaker & microphone!! This bad boy works like a charm. I made a big deal of how fun/privilege it is to speak in the microphone. I used it particularly today to ask academic questions and have them say their answer on the mic. The kids engagement and participation blew out of the roof. As a bonus it saved that petite voice of mine. I'm not natural loud so this carries my voice to every corner of my room.

Tip#2 Light it up!

I made my reading area a little more exciting. I just added some LED strip lights and boom! Here are some on Amazon that are even better then mine, these actually change color. "Click Here" How exciting is this for 7 year old students!  I'm going to make them earn a "Flash Light Friday" and sit near the LED lights.



 I used these lights last year under my whiteboard and would turn it on anytime we would do Go-Noodle. They also loved that a bunch.


 Tip#3 leave random messages to students

Leave a special message at the end of the day when your students leave to those that you feel did something important or special that day. Even better just simply spread some kindness and joy to give them a little boost. :) It's always the little things that mean the most and are always the ones they carry in their memories for a lifetime. 

Well, that is all I have for today. I hope you found some inspirations and ideas. Have a blessed day!