Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Friday! We have a WINNER!

I love passing on good news on Friday afternoons!  I have chosen a winner for my Talented Giveaway!  Hollie...#20 is my winner.  Please contact me as soon as possible so that I can pass on your information to Betsy at Down Home Stitchin!


Monday, September 26, 2011

A Talented Give AWAY!

Friends...I need to stay off of ETSY!  I just can't help myself though:)  There are so many incredible artists there.  I have always felt like a pretty crafty person but when I browse the shops I am floored by the talent.  Now you all know that I am a sucker for old school things so when I came across Down Home Stitchin I was in LOVE again.  There you will find these adorable burlap frames with school houses stitched into them. 
So I contacted Betsy and had one done for my school.  I am totally thinking they will make wonder gifts for my children's teachers.  Maybe even a house warming gift...can't you just picture a little house with the new address of the home owners stitched in.  Check out mine below:)
Betsy even stitched in a little bee over the door:)  That's our school mascot.  I can't wait to take this baby to school and hang it outside my classroom.  It is just so cozy and welcoming.  Perfect for a classroom of 2nd graders and for their teacher. 
Good news for you all!
Betsy has agreed to do a give away of one of her framed images.  The rules are simple for this give away.  It begins today Monday, Sept. 26-Sept. 30th.  
1. You must be a follower of The Schroeder Page:)
2. You must head over to Down Home Stitchin and become a follower of Betsy's Shop. 
3. Head over to The Schroeder Page on Facebook and become a follower.  
That's it!
Leave a comment for each step to enter more than once. 
Now I have to get off ETSY...and get some work done!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Common Core...GALORE!

As a classroom teacher I feel like every year I am being asked to redo and try tons of new ideas passed down from the leaders above.  While I know they have good intentions, I always feel like we don't give things a chance before we change them.  We often start new things while keeping old things in place.  I often feel like I am juggling tons of "balls" in the air and more just keep getting added.

Yesterday, I sat with my team and I started listing all of the district programs that we have going on.  All of the things that we are responsible for keeping going through out the school year and I was floored.  Some of the new gals on the team were saying, "what is that?"  Meaning the program had been going on before they got there and they were never introduced to it.  It is almost impossible to remember all that we are required to remember and also teach. 

At least with The Common Core I feel like this new wave is leading us in the right direction in education.  Looking at skills as year long learning makes great sense to me.    
Now a few years ago we were required to post our goals and learning objectives in our classrooms and I spent tons of time, paper, ink, and laminating creating my goals so that I could place them on my front board for all to see.  I made it a job in my classroom too.  I read the objective and my Learning Objective person reads the child friendly version listed below it.  
Well, now that we have moved to the common core I have had to throw away all of my objectives and redo them.  Lots of typing, printing, paper, cutting, and laminating in my future.  

The light at the end of my tunnel was when I came across Lilly's House on Etsy.  If you read my previous post you already know that I love chalkboards.  So when I saw these cute chalkboard labels I knew just how I was going to set up my Common Core Standard Board!

 They are the cutest things!  I used colored chalk to match each standard's colored back ground.  If I have to post them~ I am most certainly going to make them cute!  Head over to Lilly's House and grab a set for yourself.
   Maybe a nice background with a border is next:)

How do you post your objectives?


Friday, September 23, 2011

AND the Winner is!

The winner of my Old School giveaway is...

CONGRATULATIONS!  Please contact me so that I can get you the information from
The Dusty Stepper:)