Horace Mann Quote

~Horace Mann Quote
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wow! Can you believe that school is now in full swing already?  I've had a marvelous summer with very little structure, but now it's time to come back to earth and get it together.  Actually it is past time.  As a new teacher, I had no idea how time consuming preparing a classroom could be.  This is our school's first year of having each teacher teach two grades.  Well, it would have been my first time teaching any grades ( be it 1,2, or 3).  I was interim for six months last year, but having the reigns all by myself at the beginning of a school year is a completely different concept.  Thank God for Pinterest!  I have found so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest.  Here are a few pictures taken around my classroom.  Some ideas were my own, some were others.  There is yet work to be done around the room, but I'm getting there.

Our theme this year is The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.  My class has the Mad Hatter as our character and the theme of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.  It was exciting to find creative ways to reflect that theme and character.  Here are some more pictures taken around the room.

Okay.  So enough about my room.  Let's take a tour around the school and see how others have decorated either outside of their rooms or throughout our school.  Ms. Len, Ms. Linda, and Coach Grant did such an awesome job decorating for our curriculum night!  Each teacher has a character and/or a theme.  Here are a few of the many creative ideas!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Check out this Animation!

This is a wonderful tool for students to use to enhance reading and writing skills. Find this tool at http://www.xtranormal.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Wordle

Wordles can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom.  Spelling and vocabulary words can be placed in a wordle.  Parts of speech can be placed in a wordle.  Wordles can be printed as a coloring page and students can be instructed to color only the nouns, or verbs, etc.  Wordles make great Mother's Day gifts.  Students can use the word "Mom" then use as many words as they can to describe or show their appreciation for their mom.  Essays or speeches can be typed into wordle, and wordle will make the most frequent words larger.  This will help students understand the main point of the text.  The same thing can be done with prose and poetry.  The possibilities are endless!!  Try it today at http://www.wordle.net/   Happy Wordling!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Click here for interactive Vocabulary Flash Cards for Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

Vocabulary Words

boarding school

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Our Class Took a Trip to See Walt Disney's Chimpanzee

Our Class is making Silhouettes

I think this is a great beginning of the school year "getting to know you" project.  It is so much fun and the students have a "keepsake" they can cherish for years to come. Not only that, it looks great displayed at your first Open House event!!!

Now we have PLENTY of butterflies!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

We Now Have a Butterfly

We saw our first butterfly yesterday.  Today, we have LOTS of butterflies.  We also have one caterpillar that has not formed his chysalis.  We're not sure if he's lonely or just lazy, but we will be writing stories about him.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

T-Rac "Jammin at East Side"

Tennessee Titans visit East Side Elementary

                                                       Tennessee Titans #89 Jared Cook

Cook shared a positive message to the students of East Side by telling them to study hard, stay away from the "wrong" crowd, eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest.  He also shared that he has plenty of homework to do.  More than the students at East Side.  Studying and hard work does pay off.

Mrs. Humphreys was presented with an autographed football to display at East Side.  East Side is a great place to learn!!!

Playhouse on the Square presents The Frog Prince

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


We must change in order to become what we were destined to be!!