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Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Day in the Life...PART 1


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I get emails daily about how I run things in my classroom.  I always love sharing the goings on from our happy little place and about a week ago I had a thought.  What if I did a blog post series of the start to finish of a day in Mrs. Shipley's Fabulous First Grade room?

So here we are!  Since so much goes on in my classroom, I will be doing this in a three part series (hopeful I can get it into just three parts).  I really want to give the due credit to so many fabulous teacher authors that I rely on daily in my classroom.  I thought it better to do this in parts so that the post wasn't a mile long.

HERE WE GO!

7:30-7:50 a.m.


Everyone knows that our classroom is a WBT classroom.  From rules to behavior management we are all about the Whole Brain Teaching.  Our day starts the moment I walk through the door.  I am not always there when my students arrive because our classroom doors open at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast.  Breakfast is served by a teacher assistant.  This year I don't have a TA so my neighbor teacher's TA serves breakfast for both rooms.

No TA you are saying?  Well, some may shoot me but I requested NO TA this year!  Although there are benefits to having one, for me, it was better not to have one.  In the past I have struggled with TA's not following the WBT procedures I have in place in my classroom.  For the sake of my sanity, and everyone else's, I chose to be ALONE this year!  It truly has become the best decision of my teaching career!

7:50-8:00

I arrive by 7:50 and help students clean up from breakfast and get set for the day.  This involves a lot of "MRS. SHIPLEY...." being called out as I walk in the door.  I have 12 girls and 3 boys this year (down from 14 girls and 3 boys at the beginning) and let me tell you, those girls ALWAYS have something to tell me every morning.  After we get all our breakfast cleaned up and tables wiped down, the students get their morning work from the trays under the board at the front of the room.  They sit down and get right to work.  During this time my "Pencil Sharpener" job holders are busy sharpening all the pencils for the day.  I love my Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener that the kids use.  It is FIRSTIE FRIENDLY and gives a great sharp point every time!  

8:00-8:30

My students are busy at work on their Morning Work.  I use three different teacher author's packs from TpT as my morning work!  



These packs are amazing.  I print them front/back and they spiral throughout the year!  You can pick up her entire year of Good Morning Work in there store.


These fluency passages are monthly packs available in Jodi's store.  They are amazing and are just a right fit for my firsties to review fluency skills first thing in the morning.  There are two pages per story and I print the front and back.


This is the second pack that this wonderful teacher author has created!  I love it!  They are short little stories with multiple choice and complete sentence answer questions.  

I am a huge fan of all these ladies!  Their ongoing units that are monthly and spiral are perfect morning warm up for my firsties. You may be saying "5 pages of morning work in only 30 min?"  Well, yes, and no!  There is actually a bit more!


This little gem was created by me (the pack not the concept...for more on WBT Writing visit www.wholebrainteaching.com) and is a free download on my Facebook page for all my fans!  In it is a GENIUS LADDER that every student has a laminated copy of in their writing folder.  My students work on their morning work and for those that do get completely finished, they get this out and use Kelly's sentence from the Reading Morning Work page as a BLAH sentence and walk it all the way up the ladder.  Out of 15 I usually have at least 7-8 that get all the way through this in the 30 min.

During this morning work time, I am checking in lunches (since our students must bring a lunch from home), collecting any money for book orders, Snack Shack orders, or other fundraisers we have going on school wide.  It also gives me just a few minutes to get everything set for Morning Meeting.

8:30-9:00

  We start with our pledges (Pledge of Allegiance, Texas Pledge, and our School Pledge which is 5 paragraphs long and must be memorized...and yes they all memorize it with no problems).  After our pledges we move right into our Calendar/Weather time.  This can be seen in a video on YouTube!  I have a new IMPROVED video that will be out soon with even more oral writing!  It is being put together at the moment but hopefully will be ready soon.  The video that is up doesn't show our entire MM for the sake of time (and YouTube rules).  But you will get the gist! 

After Calendar/Weather we move right into reviewing our Morning Work.  We go through all the pages and make corrections where needed and this ensures that even those that didn't get all the way done have an opportunity to review the skills.  After we are done...we move right into Guided Reading!

9:00-10:20

Guided Reading is new in my classroom this year!  Previously, our curriculum was a whole group reading program pulling some groups (no more than three) for some type of small group instruction.  Quite frankly what was in place stunk!  So I dove in head first with Guided Reading! Boy was I in for it!  I was so lost when I started that I about gave up!  However, my dear friend Deanna Jump was so kind and patient with me and sent me her Guided Reading pack!  This was a LIFESAVER!!!

I read over Deanna's pack and all of a sudden GR made sense.  We are a 1:1 classroom with iPads so I downloaded Raz-Kids to their iPads, got a subscription to Reading A-Z, and together with Deanna's Pack we are rocking and rolling!  While I am meeting with a group of students (I meet with every group every day for 30 min), the other groups are rotating through Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Writing.  I am a big fan of Sarah Paul's Monthly Literacy Center Menus.  The activities she includes are PERFECT for our literacy rotations.  My students have learned that Sentence Work goes with their writing rotation and Reading goes with their word work rotation.  It all works perfectly.  I don't have a picture of the new bookmarks but here are the old ones I used.  I used to do a 2 day rotation through all the stations but I decided to simplify my life and just go with four rotations everyday and follow a similar format to Daily 5.  It works so much better!  These are just an example of what the bookmarks look like!

Well, that's it for tonight!  Next week I will go step by step through my Guided Reading!  Before I do, be sure to check out that pack from Deanna!  Here is the cover shot! AMAZING!!!!


Now for my weekly plans!  Here they are for this week! OOPS just realized I forgot to change the date for Nov 4 to the 8th!  But rest assured these are the plans for this next week!  Click on the images to download!  Links to the produce are in the pdf file!



Be sure to link up with DeeDee Wills over at Mrs. Wills Kindergartener if you want to share your visual lesson plans! 


And if you made it this far!  Well then you deserve a prize!  Check out the great Firstie Freebie Hop going on over on Facebook!  Just visit my FB Fan Page and look for the tab at the top of the page.  Follow the directions and you could come away with some amazing freebies!  Mine is a small activity from my new Gobble Gobble Gobble--ELA and MATH centers pack!  


You can get the entire pack of centers by clicking on the image below!


Also new in my store...


Now if you are still reading...you should get a chance to win these great new packs from my store!  Well now is your chance!  You could win not only the two packs above but also....


Just enter below!  Winners will be chosen and announced next week when I bring you Part 2 or A Day in the Life!













22 comments:

  1. I just love WBT. I found your Kindergarten morning video on you tube this summer and I was hooked. It was the best use of my time reading and researching and learning everything I could before school started. It has been heaven with my kiddos and they love it to. I had to have a sub a few weeks back, I had to attend a funeral, she said the kiddos were great and she loved the WBT and wanted to know how come they don't teach that to new teachers! Another educator sold on the best system out there! Thanks for all your great ideas and videos! A big 10 finger wooo to you!

    ~Laura

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    1. Laura you are toooooo sweet! Thank you! I am so happy to hear about another WBT classroom converted! :) I believe it should be taught to new teachers as well!

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  2. I have started to use aspects of WBT in my class in New Zealand. We've explored class yes, teach ok, mirror and a couple of the tools like genius ladder. I love it!! It's been too hard to use it all the time this year though, because I team teach, and my buddy teacher isn't using it ... Yet!
    Erin
    The E-Z Class Follow on Bloglovin

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    1. You know Erin, I have been there! Three years in a row I was "training" a new teacher and that teacher didn't like WBT. But to each his own. Two of them are no longer teaching in our school and the third is struggling...and slowly starting to jump on board. The teacher I trained last year is FULL ON WBT! She is my neighbor teacher in first and our building is rocking all day. Let them see the amazing results you get and eventually they will get on board :) Good Luck!

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  3. Wow! I wish I had the flexibility you had in your day. Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to see what I can do to adapt what you are doing to my schedule.

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    1. The flexibility I have is a blessing. We are basically given a list of skills that they need to know by years end and told to GO TEACH! I could definitely make more money if I went to a different school but that freedom keeps me at my school. I think it is so worth it!

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  4. We have not started using WBT but I sure we do so soon!

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    1. Cherie...please let me know if I can help in any way!

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  5. I can't wait to read more!!! Your classroom sounds amazing. I am going to check out the morning working packs now.
    Stacey
    Teaching Ever After

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    1. Thank you Stacey! Those MW packs are amazing!

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  6. I'm thinking that you're going to be my new mentor! Thanks for share your wealth of knowledge. :)

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    1. Awe...too sweet! Y'all make me blush! Anyway I can help just let me know!

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  7. First of all you are awesome!! Second, I am totally jealous of your 15 kiddos!! I have 23!!! AHHHHH

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    1. I consider this my year of rest LOL! If there is such a thing! I had 30 last year!!! OH MAN WAS I TIRED!

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  8. I am brand new to WBT and first learned it/tried it in my 1st grade classroom completely by copying what you do on your YouTube videos! I love it and can't wait to learn more through you and the WBT website - watched my first Webinar last Monday and learned SO MUCH about how to take what I had seen you do on your initial videos to the next level (which I've since seen in action on your blog here)! I am so excited to learn more about Oral Writing and some more of the content aspects of WBT since I have just been focusing on the classroom mgmt. aspects of it! Thanks for sharing your schedule/lesson plan - wondering when/if your class goes to "specials" like Gym, Art, Music, etc.?

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    1. Ms. Holmes! The first step to WBT is to jump it! :) Sounds like you are on your way! We don't have specials for our students which is a blessing in some ways and not so much in others. We do have an after school music program and girls basketball program as well as a mentor program of the boys. So from 7:30 to 3:30 each day it is just me and my firsties ALL DAY...alone! We have a blast. I incorporate art and music into what we do during the day!

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  9. I am getting the hang of WBT...I love it!

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  10. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE whole brain teaching! I wish my teachers would have used it when I was a student. I was first inspired by a YouYube video I saw on Whole Brain teaching and ever since then I have been hooked! I love going to the Whole Brain Teaching website and was thrilled to find you the other day! Finally a blog that follows the Whole Brain Teaching approach. I talk about Whole Brain Teaching all the time to other teachers struggling in the classroom. It really helped me my second year of teaching. My students love it too!
    Joyfully,
    Sam C.
    rigbys2014@gmail.com

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    1. Welcome Sam! I love hearing these stories! WBT changed my life 6 years ago! I never intended to become a teacher...it was a second career...but when God put me in a classroom 10 years ago he new what he was doing! 6 years ago I was ready to quit! Just quit! I found WBT and I wouldn't leave now for all the money in the world! I love it too much! :) Welcome and I hope you find a plethora of info here! :)
      Keep Calm and WBT on!

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  11. Farrah, I wish I could watch you in action! I need to study up more on WBT. Thank you so much for your sweet shout-out! I'm so happy you like my centers. :) Thanks for posting your plans. I need to pin now and remember for later! Have a great week my friend. :)

    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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    1. OMG I am jumping up and down like a school girl! Sarah you ROCK! :) I have even started making a "MENU" for my own centers I use in my classroom! It just helps the students know what they need to work on and makes them so much more independent. I stopped using the rotation chart and just hand them the menu! :) Love it! Thanks for visiting :)

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