Hey there!
Absolutely LOVED this Tell All Tuesday link up provided by the ladies at My Day in K and Teach, Talk, Inspire.  
Teaching is such an amazing learning experience. I learn something new about children, teaching, and about myself almost every time i'm in the classroom. 

10. Punishment and Negative reinforcement does not work! 
I've learned that the best way to motivate students is by encouraging them and letting them know how capable they are of achieving success. Handling misbehavior? Punishment isn't going to work! Students are motivated by seeing OTHER students rewarded for their positive behaviors. Johnny is talking to Sussie in the middle of my lesson. Instead of focusing on that, i'll focus on Jennifer's amazing listening skills! Dojo point for Jennifer! 

9. It's best to have several classroom management methods and rewards
I discovered Classroom Dojo last year and fell in love with it! My students are sucked in by those little monsters and the accumulation of points. They get paid at the end of every week and use that money to purchase different coupons. Even though the method is great, I always try to provide students with alternate opportunities for rewards. I also implement the table point method which holds students accountable for their entire table. If they're talking or being disruptive, their entire table suffers. No one wants to let their buddies down. What works for one student, might not work for another. This year, i'm also implementing a V.I.P supply box reward method. Change it up! Students are motivated by NEW rewards.

8. Screaming doesn't work!
No, really. It doesn't. When i'm overwhelmed, I take a 5 minute bathroom break. Actually... when you whisper, they're better listeners!

7. Things don't always go according to plan and that's okay!
You can picture and plan the ideal lesson. Once you're in the classroom, everything changes. Sometimes a student's question can completely change the direction of the lesson and that's okay! I learned that teaching should be all about authentic learning experiences.  

6. All students are different!
What works for one student, doesn't work for the other. My class this year will be completely different from the one last year. Some students have situations at home and are more easily hurt than others. Getting to know each student as an indivudual will make him/her feel welcomed, accepted, and loved.

5. Invest in a planner!
This year I worked in a Charter school that was FILLED with weekly activities and meetings. My Erin Condren planner saved my life.

4. Students want to feel appreciated!
I'm not the most affectionate person. But one thing I have learned is that many students come to school is search of affection. Greeting students every morning with a big smile and giving out hugs is part of my job. They remember that time I left them a note on their desk and the time I shared my snack with them. That whole "mean-teacher" approach is false. You can be nice to students, make them laugh, and still have great classroom management. It's all about balance!

3. Get on the parents' good side.
Parents can be a PAIN sometimes. You have to stick with them for 9 months...your best bet is to try to stay on their good side! #fakeittillyoumakeit

2. Complaining won't make it better!
"Our salary stinks! What's up with the district?! Johnny's mom is such a pain!" Complaining isn't going to fix anything or make it any better. Teaching is one of those professions you go into because you're passionate about it. I've learned to work with what I have, make the best of it, and make sure that I am doing everything possible to help my students learn. That's the goal. Also, don't hang around teacher's that are constantly complaining (ESPECIALLY about their students). Those negative vibes start to rub off. (I learned that my first year of teaching)

1. It's a rewarding experience 
I can't see myself doing anything else but stepping into the classroom every morning. Working with children and watching them blossom is one of the most rewarding experiences EVER.

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Hello there!
I'm getting started on some projects for the upcoming school year. I've linked up with Fourth Grade Frolics for:

I was inspired by all of the patriotic treats on Pinterest this Fourth of July, so I decided to give it a try! Why does everything look so easy on Pinterest?! 25 bowls, 9 dirty spoons, and a roll of paper towel later... these were created. I also went into a diabetic coma after eating one. (Still delicious though...)

After seeing all of these wonderful posts about V.I.P Supply Boxes, I decided to create my own for the upcoming school year! I'll be filling this cutie up with Scentos, tape, stamps, cute pencils, colorful pens, and fancy erasers.These will be given to students that have tried their absolute best on a particular day.  They will get to use this cool supply box throughout the entire day! I think this will be a great motivator. :) 
You can download this free "V.I.P Supply Box" template HERE. Enjoy!

These figurative language posters were one of my first products on TPT. I decided they needed a little makeover! I created two different color schemes. Find them in my TPT store. :) 

Have an FABULOUS week!

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Hello there friends! 
Today i'm linking up with the fabulous ladies from of Lucky Little Learners and Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd for their monthly linky party!
This month's topic is classroom improvements. Uhhh.... that's all i've been thinking about all summer! How can I make next year even better? What improvements can be made to not only my classroom, but my teaching as well! This will be my third year teaching and I can honestly say i've learned so much from this amazing TPT community! Your blog post, pins, and pictures are extremely inspiring. I steal so many ideas from all of you. >_< As part of this reflecting process, I created a list of goals for the upcoming school year. Every year I learn something new! One thing i've learned is that EVERY. GROUP. IS. DIFFERENT! What works one year might not work next year. And guess what? That's okay!
I'm a bit embarrassed to say this but i've never done math centers.. 
My internship was in a 5th grade reading class and I was never able to experience what math centers looked like. I only taught reading during my first year. This past year was my first year teaching math and I absoulutely LOVED it. I'm not going to lie, I was scared of creating a different center routine that would create chaos in my classroom. My goal for this year is to create rotations and procedures from the beginning of the year. It's difficult squeezing in that small-group time when the pacing guide asks you to teach a different skill almost every day! 

I work at a charter school in Miami and I have a pretty tiny classroom. There's not much space for designated writing areas or meeting areas. I do however have a giant desk! Which I never sit at.... or use.... 

Definitely getting rid of that big ol' desk and purchasing a kidney table from Ikea. Meeting with my small-group usually means making one of my groups move to another group so I can use their tables. Not so practical. 
How perfect is this table from Ikea? It's small, which is perfect for my tiny room!

Teacher goal: REVIEW!! Especially with content area material. We studied Native Americans for two weeks and rarely saw them again. haha This needs to change! I will be incorporating review games and books throughout the year.

Rumor has it i'll be moving to a new grade and a different classroom. (Not so excited about it. I was loving second grade)
The only benefit of moving is that I will be in a BRAND NEW building with a bigger classroom!! 

Chalkboard, chevron, & polka dots EVERYWHERE!!!

Thanks for reading friends! Make sure you link up and reflect on what improvements can be made in your classroom and/or teaching! =)

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