Sunday, October 30, 2011

Leader in...

Yes, the background on my leader board is polkadotted! This year I changed my classroom jobs board to be a leader board. I rephrased my jobs to say "leader in..."I bought the crayons and pockets at Lakeshore. I typed the kids names on labels and stuck them to the crayons. I got many of the ideas for my leadership jobs from attending a Leadership Day at Beaumont Elementary school in Waterford.

Beaumont Elementary School is recognized as a Stephen Covey Leader in Me School. As a Leader in Me School, students discover and practice a set of leadership and life skills from Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. One of the teacher's classrooms that I visited at Beaumont used a leader in board for her classroom jobs. I wrote down her leader in jobs and then adapted them to fit my clasroom. Click here to download the leader in job labels I used for my leader board.
These can be printed on Avery 2 x 4 labels.

I transformed this $5 estate sale chair into a birthday chair for my students to sit in on their birthdays. Thank you to my husband for the fun title "My Rockin B-Day!"

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Polkadot Crate Seats

After seeing a TON of these crate seats on Pinterest, I knew I had to have  some for my classroom! My amazing mom got busy buying up crates, getting the wood, and all of the other materials for this classroom project!  I knew the fabric HAD to be polkadots! My first graders LOVE reading around the room on these crate seats. I love to store pillows inside the crates for "free choice" readers during our workshop. What can I say.... I love Pinterest and my mom!

Pink crate seats!

Green crate seats!

Crate seat corner. I actually ended up selling the 2 green ones to some of my teacher friends, so those are not in my classroom anymore.

Blue polkadot crate made for my friend! :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My first polkadot post

I wanted my first post to explain a little bit about my blog title, projects and polkadots. Yes, I do love polkadots! Here's the newest addition to my classroom this year! I've always wanted a couch in my classroom for my first graders to curl up on with their books. I was so fortunate last year to participate in a lab classroom experience through Oakland Schools. I gained so much from opening up my classroom; new teacher friends, new ideas, and a deeper understanding of myself as a teacher.  My classroom was opened up four times to teachers from near-by districts. I earned some extra money through this experience and this red and white polkadotted couch is what I went out and bought! My first graders absolutely love reading here! It's from IKEA, comes in different colors/patterns, and was affordable. Check out the link here to view the Klippan loveseat from IKEA in Dottevik Red!