Friday, August 23, 2013

Five For Friday: Back to School

I thought this Friday image would be fitting! :O)
I'm sooo exhausted! It was our first week back to school with students and I'm worn out! I have a nice bunch, but you know how mentally and physically draining that first week is!
Time to recap my week with Doodle Bugs Teaching!
Here's a peek at my classroom:
My reading corner! Yes...those are high heels chairs! Shut up, right? Love them! (The kids do too!)
This picture is taken from the back of my classroom.
My colors are black and white with splashes of bright colors.
I got this package all the way from Canada from my sweet friend AMC at Looking From Third to Fourth! I just loved her post about Terry Fox, it was so inspirational and moving and I can't wait to use this biography with my class-check it out here-it's a must read! She also included the book Only One You, perfect for the beginning of the year, and beautiful decorative tape!!! I so lucky to have her as a blogging friend!!!
I always have my class make their own class rules so I get buy in from them-they're usually better than anything I would come up with and it gives them ownership. In cooperative groups, they make a list of all the rules we should have for our class. (They need to be written in a positive manner and should be different from procedures). After each group makes their list, they have to star their top 2-3 rules, which is how we compile our class list of rules.
***Every year since I've been teaching, there's always at least one group that will say something about "Respect"...respect each other, respect the teacher, respect each other's property, etc.
This is where I break out in song and dance to Aretha Franklin's R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
I always get a little nervous to get too crazy that first day because I'm trying to be structured, but I can't hold back! My students in high school still ask me..."Mrs. Miller, do you still dance on the desks the first day of school?" hehe
At least they'll remember the "Respect" rule if nothing else!
We did the Save Fred activity/introduction to science process and they LOVED it! They were screaming, cheering, and high-fiving! (It was loud, but it was awesome!)
Thanks to Gary from Scrappy Guys who was so nice to share
 his activity sheet with me!
Before my students left today, I had them write on a post-it their favorite thing about this week for an exit slip. I love to know what they think was the "BEST" part of the week!
They loved the Save Fred experiment! My favorites of course were being with Mrs. Miller, seeing u Mrs. Miller, and dancing on the desk! LOL!

Don't forget to link up with me tomorrow for Spark Student Motivation! Share ideas, tips, incentives, strategies, a lesson that got kids excited....anything! Hope to see you at my party!



  1. LOVE the high heel chairs!! So cute!! I'm exhausted, too! I have so much to do this weekend to get ready for next week. I plan on doing Save Fred. I just found it and it looks so fun! Have a great weekend!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  2. Did all your kids save Fred?? I'm sooooo glad you had such a great first week!! xoxo

  3. OMG! It made me so happy to see that you referenced me! Now where is that video of you dancing on the desk?

  4. Your classroom looks fantastic! Love those high heel chairs. The Save Fred activity looks like a lot of fun! Rest up over the weekend!

    Eclectic Educating

  5. I love the shoe chairs!!!
    I've never heard of the "save Fred" activity idea, but I love it! I'm going to add it to my first week plans too - great activity for encouraging creativity and cooperation. How fun!

    Thanks for sharing, friend!
    Joy in the Journey

  6. Your shoe chairs are awesome! I love the kids notes about their favorite part of the sweet.

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  7. Your room looks terrific! I love your kiddos' comments about their favorite part of the week...surely your dancing on the desk is something they'll never forget!
    One Happy Teacher

  8. True story: I saw those chairs at a shop in Vegas and thought, "I wonder if my "high heel blog friend" has these!" (the people I was with don't know who who "Joanne" is. LOL)

    I LOVE THEM !!!!

    Hodges Herald

  9. That picture was totally me today at 3:45 as the last group of kids walked out the door...whew. Happy Friday :)
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  10. Love your room and especially the high heel chairs! Fred was so fun! I'm glad you & your kids enjoyed it too. I let the kids stand on the table and dance on their birthdays. They love breaking the rules on their birthday!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  11. O my word! Your high heel chairs are just too much fun! I love the colors in your room as well!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  12. I love those high heel chairs! Your classroom looks so inviting and organized. And how adorable is that exit ticket that says, "seeing Mrs. Miller"? They love you already!!

  13. Your room looks amazing and so much fun!

    Thanks for sharing the Save Fred activity! I think I might give that a try!

    Flamingos and Butterflies

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