Week of Giving THANKS - H is for HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Hi friends . . . it's Kelley Dolling from Teacher Idea Factory.  I'm here to bring you the second installment of the Blog Hoppin' Thanksgiving Week Linky. I have the honor of hosting the letter H today!  Although this letter can be whatever you want to make of it, after much thought I settled on a H-themed target. I am going with my favorite things about my HOME AWAY FROM HOME (school).  

Let's be honest with ourselves today.  The countless hours, endless report card comments, cruddy curriculum changes, technology problems, lack of parent support, and other troublesome issues that swarm school campuses can really get you down from time to time.  Most of us knew this going into the profession, but such issues can begin to wear on you.  I caught myself here just a few weeks ago.  In my opinion, these are the times in our profession that we need to hold on to what we LOVE about school and teaching.  It always seems to put a smile back on my face and it helps me change my attitude.    

Let me back up and front-load this one for you a bit.  I was alwas a HUGE fan of Pollyanna growing up.  After the first time sitting through this flick, I began playing the Glad Game on a daily basis.  I know it's dippy, but finding the "good" when things seem to not be going so well always makes me feel better.   

With this said, I played the Glad Game just last week and it helped.  Here are my 3 favorite things about my home away from home . . . those things that keep me coming back for more when the going gets tough.

ONE - Those "Oh, I Get It" Moments
One of my all time favorite things about teaching is watching those "wheels turn."  There is nothing like the moment when it "clicks" for a babe.  The pride in their eyes and the smile on their face is worth every tough moment in the trenches.  

This was the moment I heard tons of those exclamations about subtraction.
"Oh, this is EASY!"  #musictomyears

TWO - My Bestie
Everyone has someone that they lean on while they are on campus.  I am lucky enough to get to share a classroom with the person who helps hold me up on a regular basis. Not only is she an amazing teacher, but she puts up with my insanity and is one of my dearest friends in this world.  When things get messy, she always puts a smile back on my face.  Court . . . you are one in a million and I am so THANKFUL to have you in my life.  

Doin' what she does best . . . teaching our babes!

Three - The Giggles
My final favorite thing is rather simple, but it undoes me every single time.  A child's giggle keeps me coming back for more.  If I can teach a concept in a way that not only makes the standard stick, but also produces a grin from ear to ear, I have earned my pay for the day.  It's those contagious giggles that always warm my heart and eventually melt any and all worries away.  

We are always causing trouble in Room 13.
Kiddo giggles are the BEST thing ever!
Alright, that's it from little old me today.  It's your turn now.  You can jump in on the Home Away From Home angle or you can roll with another H theme.  NO matter which route you choose, we would love to have you jump in on the action and link up below.  Thanks so much for stopping in to visit us -- we are thankful for YOU.  I'll see you next month. 

Snag a blank copy to add your own H Topic to . . . HERE :)

Week of Giving THANKS~ T is for Technology

Happy, Monday!

If you are off from school all week, I hope you are relaxing!
If you are working a few days this week, I hope it goes by quickly!
Sadly, I'm in the "working" group.

Today, starts off Blog Hoppin's week of THANKS!
You can read more about it here.
Today is all about the T.....
I am thankful for Technology!
I really wonder what teaching would be like without
 the use of technology on a daily basis.
No emails
No computer games
No Teacherpayteachers
No Blogs
No Pinterest
No Facebook
No friendships through blogging
No online shopping:)
and the list continues!
Technology is something to be THANKFUL For!

Now, it is your turn to link up! 
The Bubbly Blonde

Thanksgiving Fun and a freebie

Happy Thanksgiving from Stacy at Mrs. Johnson’s First Grade!  Just wanted to share a few things we have done already and a few things we want to do next week.

If you are not already familiar with Time for Kids, it’s a great tool to introduce students to nonfiction topics such as Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day, and other areas in Social Studies.  This week my First Graders learned about the first Thanksgiving and the voyage on the Mayflower. 

The students talked about how their Thanksgivings are celebrated and we made these fun Table Toppers they can place at the table where they are sitting.  CLICK HERE and you can download this activity if you’d like for your students! 

We will also be learning about Turkeys.  My students disguised turkeys again this year.  They turned out really great!

To learn more about turkeys, I’m using a Turkey Unit from Stephanie Stewart.  

I love the work that was put into this unit!  She has Reading Passages with close reading worksheets, vocabulary, writing activities, and more.  My students are really excited to learn more!  You can download this unit yourself by clicking the picture link below.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


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