Sunday, February 7, 2016

SUPER Classroom Idea

There is a SUPER game that involves my Denver Broncos, so I was blessed enough to be a part of this SUPER giveaway with some incredible teachers! One thing we discussed was sharing a SUPER classroom idea. I love reading different blogs from teachers with great ideas that I can take and incorporate in my classroom!

Here is my idea:

A few years ago I switched from desks to tables. Best decision I have ever made. Organization has been so much easier for my second graders! However, the tables were that lovely brown color and some of the browns didn't match, which drove me CRAZY! This what I am talking about:

I really thought about chalkboarding the tables but to be honest, I cannot stand the feeling of chalk. Then I saw on Pinterest (surprise, surprise) a gal that used dry erase paint on a wall. I thought, well if it works on a wall why wouldn't it work on a table? I bought all the necessary equipment (dry erase paint, primer, tray, foam rollers which are a must, and some duct tape all from Lowes). I also recruited my four year old and hubby to help me. :)

 My goal was to be able to have my students write on the tables and be able to see everything they write. They could still write on the brown but at times, it was hard to see. The white color also made things look nice and clean. I love that! I also wanted to take small groups and save on some paper by having them write on the table. We work and clean-up is simple! No more papers galore!

Finished project:

 I love the way these turned out and even though I did this at the beginning of the year, they are still holding up great!! This was a five day process. We primed and painted, then had to wait three days to be able to write on them. Well worth the wait. It has saved me on many paper copies and it's a quick and easy informal assessment tool. I love just having my students write down answers and take a quick assessment of who is getting it and who is not. It has really made my life a bit easier and the kids love writing on the tables!

In our SUPER giveaway you can win my February Writing Craft Pack:

This pack has a ton of writing in it: compare/contrast, opinion, and creative. It also comes with a cute groundhog craft and a Valentine's Day zebra craft. Hope you love it as much as I do! :)

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to join our SUPER giveaway with three winners! One will win a grand prize pack:

 Two runners up will win this pack:

 How awesome is this?! Shout out to our wonderful donors for this giveaway! They are all amazing so take a minute and check them all out! GoNoodle swag, Tieks $25 gift card, a Knowledge Bound (Amazing Teacher Store) $10 gift card, Some awesome pencil grips from Pencil Grip Inc., Sharpener of your choice from Classroom Friendly Supplies, $25 Sitspots gift card, and a GORGEOUS bling whistle from Champagne Polka Dots!

Now it's time to go checkout some more SUPER classroom ideas! Follow this link to head on over to the next teacher! 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

We Love the Broncos Hop

Happy Football Season! What a great time for an awesome blog hop! In honor of my favorite season, I have joined up with some wonderful ladies who happen to love football as much as I do!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a DIE HARD DENVER BRONCOS FAN! So much that we named our son Champ...yup, we are THOSE people. My husband is also a high school football coach. So we eat, breathe, and sleep football. Well, my Broncos play the Patriots and we are so close to the Super Bowl and we are also that much closer to football season being over. 


Because I love football so much, I am always trying to incorporate football in my lessons somehow. Whether it is using it as an example for math or using it as a topic for writing. I have also found that starting a little class rivalry (I have two Cowboys fans and three Raiders fans, Lord help me) has been a fun way to keep them engaged. Using football has been a great way to get buy-in from even the most reluctant student. When my kiddos have buy-in the rest is easy! 

While football season is still going, why not head over to my TPT shop and snag up this fun FREEBIE Football Activity Pack? It has a word search, word scramble, word boxes, and bookmarks. This pack is sure to add some football fun to your class! 

Now it's time for you to hop! Hop on over to my friend Live, Laugh, Love Second and see her great football ideas! 

Please click on the Rafflecopter Link below the picture to join this AMAZING Giveaway! 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Go Broncos!