Friday, August 7, 2015

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching again with my Five for Friday post.

On Sunday, I made the drive back home from my brother's house in Tennessee. If you have to drive for four hours, it's nice to have a view like this.

I'm lucky enough to work for a district that values professional development and invests in its teachers.  Monday through Wednesday, I attended six literacy workshops that really helped me to get my mind back in school mode.  I've got so many ideas that I can't wait to put into use in my classroom!  Not only that, I got some wonderful new resources that will help me put those ideas into action. Don't worry, I'll be sharing some of those tips throughout the year.

Pretty nice teacher swag, don't you think?

Anchor charts!!! One of the best parts of the workshops was getting to see all the great anchor charts the presenters displayed. I'll be sharing many of them with you in a post next week. Here's a preview:

Nothing says summer like indulging in a big bowl of ice cream.

This week, I braved the Ikea because I wanted some stools for my reading table. I say I braved the Ikea because it's such an ordeal for me to go there. Honestly, I don't know why so many people love that store.  Both times I've gone there, I found it confusing and hard to find things. I also had to wait in line for about 30 minutes to check out. Sigh. Anyway, back to the stools. They have these really cute ones for only $4.99.  I chose this picture because the red shows up better, but I got white ones. I think they will work better with my color scheme and I'm really trying not to make my room too busy. I also picked up a table for my listening center and some magazine files to use as student book boxes. Now to put everything together.  I'll share some pictures once I have everything set up in my classroom.

That's all for this week.  I can't believe I've only got 9 days left before my first workday!

Until next time,


  1. I know what you mean about IKEA, I do like those stools, though!

  2. I also went to IKEA this week! I have the black stools in my classroom for my teacher table for guided reading. Hope you enjoy them! Nice bunch of books you got there too; that's nice!

  3. I love the reading pledge! I think that would work great with Daily 5.
    I also have mixed feelings about IKEA. I loved it before I was a mom, but the one time I brought my son there was the absolute nadir of my life as consumer. I use the FLYT boxes for book boxes too. Those are the cardboard ones. A lot of teachers in my building use them and reinforce them with duct tape because they are by far the cheapest magazine holders on earth! That's pretty much the main criteria when you have to buy 30 of them. ;) Good luck on your first day!