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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Meet Someone NEw Sunday

Hiya Peeps

Hiya Peeps

Ms. Patterson here

Today I have a new friend that I want you to meet


Meet Katie from Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

I just love the title of her blog




1. What is the name of your blog?

My Photo

2. How long have you been blogging?
  About 2 weeks! Haha

(a little longer now)


3. Who/What inspired you the most to start blogging? The wonderful ladies on the TpT forum encouraged me to start blogging. I've always loved searching blogs, but never even thought about starting my own. After I started selling on TpT, I decided it was time!



4. What is the funniest thing a kid has told you? When my students were writing their important books about me, one little boy wrote "The most important thing about Ms. Jones is she loves to be silly. It is true that she sometimes gives the evil eye and can lose things a lot, but the most important thing about Ms. Jones is she can be silly." It's not that funny, but it made me giggle  I'm sure there are tons more, but I'm having a brain block :/



5. What state do you live in and how many years have you been a teacher? What grade I live in Florida and am finishing up my first year of teaching! I teach 2nd grade, but have been told I'm looping with my students to 3rd grade.



6. What are you totally obsessed with? In terms of school things, it has to be Teachers Pay Teachers. I recently started selling products on TpT and I'm hooked! I'm having so much fun and it has definitely become an obsession. Outside of school, I'm obsessed with ice cream, coffee, and buying my son shoes (hahaha.) He is only 18 months and has about 10 pairs of shoes in his size, plus about 5 pairs that he has to grow into. Oppps!



7. If you can have one thing, regardless of price or reasonability  what would it be? This is easy: a good life for my son. I want to be able to easily afford everything he might need while growing up, including his college education.



8. complete these sentences


I could not live without coffee with Coffee Mate creamer (preferably sugar free-fat free vanilla) with 1/2 pack of truvia! haha


I wish parents would try harder to be involved with their kids' education :/ I work at a high poverty school and unfortunately not many parents are involved. I had 5 out of 18 parents show up to open house and about 8 come to scheduled parent conferences.


When I stop and stare my kiddos now I mean business


I am secretly a(n) this is tough…. I'm a very open book!



10. 3 things that best describe you
 Passionate. Dedicated. Creative



11. What are your top 3 fav blogs
Step Into Second Grade


 [I actually just found this blog when I started mine. It quickly became a favorite though.]



12. What was your ah ha moment when you knew you wanted to be a teacher? I've always wanted to be a teacher. I'm the oldest in my family and I liked being the leader and telling my brothers what to do (haha.) My "ah ha" moment when I realized I made the right choice was when my lowest reader took his mid year assessments and he scored an entire grade level higher than at the beginning. I felt so accomplished and proud!


13. Do you have a store/blog design company that you would like to share? Share your pinterest too
  My pinterest is http://pinterest.com/katierj/


14. Best teacher tip Relax!!!! Sometimes lessons don't go as planned, and that is OKAY.


15. One thing that your followers would be surprised to know Hmm… well they know the surprising stuff: single mommy, grad student, and teacher. I think it's surprising that when I was in 1st-2nd grade, I could NOT read. I struggled tremendously and had to go to numerous tutoring sessions (both at school and through private companies.) I was failing… a lot  By 6th grade, I was in advanced classes and ended up graduating in the top 10% of my class (of over 650 students.) I tell my students this story a lot to help inspire my low readers to not give up.


16. Make us laugh!
What is the best joke that you know So, here's the thing. I'm awful at jokes! I've never been one to tell jokes. I might make silly humorous comments in a conversation, but I don't think I've ever told a joke. Sorry friends!


17. In a past life what would you have been? Barbie? Haha I have no clue!! I only say this because on all my preschool "when I grow up" papers it says "Barbie doll"


18. What is the first thing that comes to mind
Snakes yuck!
Dogs My Chihuahua, Holly.
Money I need it.
Friday YAY!
Monday Tomorrow, eh.
Pinterest addiction.
Shoes Gianni Binni cute sandals I bought today 
Food Strawberry ice cream
Diets coke (I'm addicted….)
School Teaching
Target Tanner [I live close to Target, so my son and I go there often and browse when I'm bored. This is not a good idea, FYI]
Cooking spaghetti!
Yard Work non existent - I live in an apartment.


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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Poodles,Grease, Me So Lucky, and the Pin that just Keeps Going

Do you have that one item of yours that just keeps getting pinned over and over? Seriously are you tired of seeing the same old pin? No, well I sure am

Don't get me wrong this pin has bought alot of traffic to my blog BUT I just want to scream, " Hey I have other cool stuff, PIN ME, PIN Me!"


Do you know which pin that I am talking about?


Well if you don't let me introduce you to the imfamous item


This little one page doc has been pinned over 5,000 times viewed over  10547


In fact just as I am writing this post someone else has just discovered these little gems and have pinned them. These things have been repinned over 50 times in the last 2 minutes!

If for some reason you have not seen these you can click on each picture to download them!










Thursday was our Kindergarten Grad Program and I was so so so happy that we finished those darn

costumes! Don't get me wrong there was oodles of cuteness to be had but it was so much work!

Here is how the costumes turned out

Patterns that had to be cut out! 45 to be exact



Skirts minus the poodle! Those had to be glued on by yours truly!

Looks like a simple job but it took way too long


One stack done.................................

Two done.......................................

STill a ways to go! This is going to be a long night

and

it was


Boys vest that are getting cut out


Dragged the sissy along to help out

She is cutting out the boys' collar




Boy's Vest

PRe-K teacher hiding her face

Psst................ I talked her into starting a blog and a store! Look for a post about her


The Little cuties with the skirts and scarfs!



To cool

Check them out with the vest, shirts, hats, rolled up jeans, white socks and black shoes!



Back of the vest



Whew!

I am so lucky that Friday was my last day

3 work days left and then it summer break

Can't wait to go to the conference and see Jennifer and Kim!

Look at me on a first name basis


Peace OUt Peeps

Enjoy you summer



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Friday, May 25, 2012

What I Have Been Up To, Dollar Days Plus Free{bies}

Hiya Peeps

Ms. Patterson Here

Long time no post

I have been completely overwhelmed in the last couple of weeks! This is my last week of school and my kiddos graduated on Thursday. (which was yesterday but I wrote this post and never finished it two weeks ago) As you know I have been working on these darn poodle skirts for the better half of a month. I don't think I will ever do this again. IF I can remember I will try to snap a pic of them, although the turned out cute they were ENTIRELY too much work.

I have also been sick.
 I hate
hate
hate
 summer
 colds.


 My entire body aches and I have been exhausted!


I have also been working on this essay type thingy! I don't think that I mentioned this but I have been

nominated for Outstanding Educator!


 Most people will feel very excited by this but not me, I am a mess. Ya'll I am seriously having panic attacks! I am honored that I was picked but I am so not ready, at least I don't think I am. I can't for the life of me figure out what to write! I don't even know where to begin


Anyhoo moving on

I have been working away on my store and I have neglected my poor blog! I must find a way to balance it all

Here is what I have been working on


















You can check out all of these items and more at my TpT store

IF you do not already follow me over there please do so



Now enough with the shameless plugging

We worked on

Paper!

 First I passed out a bag around to each student. They had to feel the bag and fill out the sheet below!

They talked about what could be in the bag and what could not.




Look what was inside the bag!
We talked about the properties that make up each thing.
I then told the students that we are going to experiment
I held up the cloth and clothespin and asked the students what they think these items have in common

Paper!







Paper can be torn into really big pieces



and really small pieces












Whew, that was loads of fun!

Moving right along 
Have you heard about the sale going on right now over at Scholastic?
They had a ton of teacher resource books for $1
Some books have well over 100 pages with quite a few over 200
That is an awesome deal
The sell ends on May 31
Just-Right Glyphs for Young Learners
50+ Super-Fun Math Activities: Grade 4
June Monthly Idea Book
Quick-and-Easy Learning Games: Phonics
 Happy Friday
Peace OUt Peeps!

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