Thursday, July 28, 2011

amazing. . .

Remember how I went to see "The Sisters" in April?  I loved it, and since I only saw the Daily 5 portion, I plan to see the CAFE and classroom design parts this year!  While I was at their presentation, we had a chance to share a funny classroom story that was related to Daily 5 or CAFE.  I wrote down my little story, and thought. . .wouldn't it be great if they chose mine?!?

Well, last week I got an e-mail saying that they were going to use my story and that I won a year long subscription to TheDailyCafe-I've been glued to my computer screen watching all kinds of tips and how-to's!

I'm working on a Daily 5/CAFE literacy notebook with lots of printables for my students to use this year.  You'll get a sneak peek soon....I'm working on a student version where students can record their reading goals, track their fluency, and record information about their reading growth.  I'm also working on a teacher version that has space for anecdotal notes, student reading strengths/goals, and reading strategies/activities for guided reading or independent reading conferences.

Also next week I'll post lots of pics of my classroom. . .not too happy with the way it looks right now!

You're probably thinking...why would she leave her classroom looking like that?!?  I was kicked out while working by a few slightly disgruntled custodians!  It drives me crazy to know that right now that stuff is all over the place!  I have my work cut out for me next week.  The good news is that the reason it looks like this is because I cleaned out every drawer, cabinet, nook, and cranny!

I organized all of my books (the ones that I use in addition to the classroom library) and all of my professional books!

I also organized all of my puzzles, games, miscellaneous supplies, and my science stuff.  It will all be worth it. . .I hope!


  1. I feel your pain. Last time I was at the school ALL my stuff was still in the hall and they hadn't started waxing the floors. I hope I can get in there soon. I like getting everything set up early and then I know it's done.

  2. I'm also feeling your pain. My carpet was still damp so I just came home!!! Everything is piled everywhere. Maybe today. . .

    I am anxiously awaiting your literacy notebooks. I ALWAYS love the stuff you do.

  3. I always think it is pretty painful how our rooms look before we can get into them. But it is pretty amazing how good they can look when we are finished. Your room will look awesome real soon!! Can't wait to see your literacy notebooks!

  4. I still need to wait four days before I can get in and when I do I need to organize and clean out all the lockers because the other kindergarten teacher and I decided to paint the lockers.......we say it has to get messy to get better. Good Luck
    Sue :)

  5. I love your blog design...didn't you change it? I can't wait to see the resources!!

  6. Congratulations on your story being selected! Way to go! The Daily CAFE is an awesome resource. I am definitely looking forward to your notebooks, you have me intrigued!
    Angela Just Love Teaching!

  7. I have to giggle at your room -- I got kicked out and LOST (im sure its there SoMEWhErE) files that I needed to turn in at the end of the year!! It was NOT good! All of our "stuff" is in one corner!! Even the stuff you cant shove around its put in one corner!! Its like a made race to find a dolly off hours!! crazy!! I cant wait to see what it will look like!! :D

    Congrats on getting selected!! What an Honor!

    Sarah Hetrick

  8. Congrats on getting your story chosen! Your room looks like it's in the beginning stages of organization - don't worry, you'll get there :)

  9. I can't get into my room until next week, so I know how you feel. I just want to get things set up and ready.

  10. I am moving to a new district and I can't get in until August 25! (We don't start until the middle of the first week of September.) I am so jealous of everyone's cute classroom pictures, but I guess it forces us to relax instead of spending all summer in the rooms.
    Miss B, Busy Bee

  11. Looking forward to your Daily 5 printables... I will be trying it out in my classroom this year!

  12. Yay for organization!

    I'm a new follower and I went to UT, too! Hook 'Em Horns! :)

    Teachers Ask, Teachers Tell

  13. It would be neat to see you post your before and after picture of your classroom. It's always amazing to see a classroom go from a disaster to a welcoming and educational environment just before the students show up.

    I can't wait to see it,

    William Smith

  14. I feel your pain! Our campus is undergoing a renovation so at the end of the year, we had to pack up our entire classroom:( So my whole room is packed away in boxes:( We have to report back on the 12th and I am not sure if it will be ready! Our Meet the Teacher is scheduled for the 16th! Yikes!


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