Thank you to Jennifer at Kinderpond for a very sweet Saturday Shout Out! She made my day yesterday. Today I stumbled on a shout out of Jennifer's shout out at Kinders on the Block...another happy surprise. I have also discovered today that I am at 250 followers...a humble thank you to everyone who reads Just Love Teaching. I'm posting a freebie below as a thank you as well as removing shipping charges from my apron sales on Etsy (just type "SHIP4FREE" in the coupon codes at check-out to redeem)!
I have been using my own apron daily at school and loving it, though I do get a lot of the "what are in all those pockets?" It has been so nice to have my highlighter (for scaffolding name writing), dry erase markers, bandaids, reading timer, incentive stickers, and post-it notes right on hand when I need them. No more "Now where did I put that???" or crossing the room and wasting valuable time to get things. I feel a wee bit like a waitress, but consider it my "kinder-goddess" uniform.
On the school front things are calming down some. The kids are getting the hang of my expectations, practicing being bucket fillers, and expanding their reading stamina daily. RTI starts tomorrow and assessments are nearly complete...so groups/rotations will be able to start pretty soon. That is when everything will finally feel like clockwork again. My plan this week is to set the timer as I would for D5 rotations and push their stamina as far as I can. Their behaviors are surprisingly good so far. Everybody seems pretty motivated to be able to start making learning choices...one more week (two max) of stamina building and I think we will be golden.
The best news I have had in a while came late Friday...I'm finally getting a projector and document camera! I have taught for the last three years with zero technology in my room aside from my desktop computer. While the projector on its way to my room is an outdated relic...it will hopefully still open up numerous possibilities for us! I'm beyond excited!
Alright friends, here is the freebie I promised. Be sure to visit my Etsy link to see the aprons I am busily completing to add to my shop (coming soon...peace signs, zebra, more "pick me", and more "abc123"...and I have some other fun new fabrics to get to sewing as well)!
Enjoy this freebie...I hope you all can use it! Have a fabulous week!