Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Currently

I'm joining Farley for her monthly Currently!  Won't you join in the fun?

Listening - Wednesday Nights are tv nights at my house.  First, there is Survivor.  A little known fact:  I began watching in season 3 when I was pregnant with my 3rd child (almost 14). I contemplated naming him after Colby from that season.  Can you blame me?   Next, Criminal Minds for the detective in me!  Lastly, @10:00 (past my bedtime) is Nasheville!
I've been told he looks like my husband. 
Loving:  I wish every week could be Dr. Seuss week.  Each day this week first grade is highlighting a few of Dr. Seuss's books with fun activities.  Today, we read Wacky Wednesday.  Of course, we had to dress wacky!   We also highlighted One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.  Colored Goldfish were the snack of the day.
Thinking:  The weather is crazy these days!  I am so hoping the weathermen get it wrong tomorrow.  We have had 8 snow days since mid January and have only made up 1 of those.  
Wanting:  With the hint of Spring today, I seriously need some new slip-ons.  I saw the cutest pair on Pinterest the other day.  I'm not picky, though.  I'd take a knock off pair.
Needing:  Really, can a teacher have too many pens or markers?  NO!  I lost a black marker.  Can't live without it.  Need a new box!
Spring Break Plans:  It has been since last year (after Christmas) since the 5 of us have been under the same roof.  I don't like having 2 in college.  I want them little again - under 1 roof!  NOW!
I would gladly go back to this age in a heartbeat!  (Currently, they are 21, 19, and days away from 14.)

Hope you have a wonderful March!
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Pick 3 Linky

I am joining two fabulous blogs for a linky sharing 3 favorite Pinterest Picks.
I love, love, absolutely love, this "poster!"
  I will be recreating this for my main entrance into the classroom. 

In my search for a better balance, I want to craft more than just in the summer.  To boost moral at school our PBIS team just started secret pals.  I think I will be making a version of this for my special pal the next chance I get!
I have been dieting since Jan. 25 and have lost 12 pounds on Weight Watchers.  I have cooked more & made better choices, but today I almost gave in and went for the fast food fix.  I was tired, my back ached, I worked late & spent over an hour at the laundry mat washing a huge comforter.
I didn't cave!   
But, if I had, this would have been the perfect pin for me to make a healthy choice in the drive thru line!
Come join the fun!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Seriously??

Seriously,  I cannot believe how long I have been missing in action!  I guess when I do something I go all out!  Two summers ago, I decided I needed to slow down and learn to take it easy & do nothing sometimes.  I was ALWAYS (unless sleeping) working on something school related.  I was blogging, pinning or creating.  I was Teacher of the Year, on county committees, Grade Level Chair, Mentoring a new teacher and a student intern.  I was BUSY.  I was missing the most important things.  My priorities were all wrong.

Since blogging & creating less, I have focused more on my relationships with God and family.  My children were growing up so fast and I was realizing how much little time I had left with them at home.  I already had one in college and a Senior in High School with another in middle school.  I needed to be a wife and mother.  This year alone, I have left on time more than ever, even using duty time sometimes to leave a bit early to go to my son's basketball and football games.  I even walked out some days without a bookbag (gasp).   And I don't think I have been to school on the weekends all year (and it's February already.)

The funny thing is... my practices IN the classroom did not suffer.  I am just as prepared and my lessons are just as creative.  I am having fun.  I am relaxed.  I love teaching again!

Just a few photos of my family since I have been missing!
Birthdays
Christmas Morning
Fun at Church
Family time in the Mountains
Graduations

hiking

My best friend



I have learned to BREATHE and do nothing at times.  My family is priority above school. ( I am fortunate to have a principal who believes the same.)  I am volunteering in Kids House at church.  I am going to slowing work my way back into the blogging world.  My class is so wonderful I should have done it sooner!

Tomorrow TPT is having a storewide Sale.  I created a new product just for the occasion and because it is what we are currently studying in math!   Take a peek!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Tamera-Wilson

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet the Teacher {Linky}


I am joining Stephanie from Falling Into First for her Meet the Teacher Blogger Linky.  What a fun way to learn a little more about the teachers you follow.

So a little about me before we jump into the Q&A.
I am a 44 year old first grade teacher, wife, mother of 3, and Christian.  I have also taught 2nd grade, kindergarten, and Title One.  My favorite by far is first grade!  It is magic!
My hubby and I.  We will be celebrating 23 years of marriage in October.
Fun Fact:  We met when I was 14 at the skating rink on a DARE.
I have 3 wonderful children.  
Kaitlyn, almost 21, attends UNCC and currently works as a Financial Analyst while in school. 
Zach, 18, will move in to Appalachian State Thursday where I got my Masters in Reading.
Tanner, 13, will have us all to himself next year.  He is my sports fanatic!  
Fun Fact:  I had the pleasure of teaching at the same elementary school they attended.  My husband and I graduated from the same high school that 2 of our children graduated from & the last will.  
 Go Black Knights!
 
We are a DOG family!
Currently, we have 2 dogs.
Cooper - boxer mix most likely with Lab because he chewed EVERYTHING he could up until he was age 2.  He loves to play outside with the boys.
Rascal McGraw - Schnauzer - my lap dog!  Sweetest thing ever.  
This is my first grade team minus one.  Love them! Can't imagine teaching without them!  However, Mrs. P decided to retire!  :(  
My husband and I love to ride the Harley.
It is our time alone & time to clear our heads.


 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
Mr. Sketch Markers, Diet Mountain Dew, Victoria Secrets Vanilla Lotion, Scrapbook supplies, Brownies, and Dallas Cowboys!

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
2nd grade I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader!
After that I wanted to be a Vet, work at Sea World, and be a Child Psychologist.
But if I weren't a teacher today, I could see myself working in a Nursing Home or working in an Orphanage. 

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
 Driven   Kind/Fun   Dependable
 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

I would love to schedule your conference for 5:30 on Friday.

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Dead:   Lucille Ball!   Laughter is the best medicine.

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

Life with My Best Friend 
 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
Invisibility - There are just times you wish you could get the real scoop.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
   "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." 
-- Forest Witcraft

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
I Can Love You Better - by the Dixie Chicks
(I would be more likely a contestant on the GONG SHOW) 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Night Owl!  I despise getting up early!
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
I love my Vocabulary Lessons using popular Children's Literature like Thundercake, Chrysanthemum, Wild Christmas Reindeer, Bad Case of the Stripes, Stellaluna and more.
 They are quick, easy, and fun for your students. I usually complete them over a 3 day period, spending 10-15 minutes per session.
There is really no prep for these lessons. 
Geared K-3.

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!
I was born on my mother's birthday.  We celebrate together every year!
I am a huge Dallas Cowboy Fan & have been since I was 6 years old!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Seeing Objects With a Poet's Eyes

   Today, we formally began Poetry writing.  This lesson was all about seeing objects with a Poet's Eyes - Looking at objects in fresh new ways.    I read two example poems about the pencil sharpener and the ceiling in the classroom.  Then, I took two regular objects and we began brainstorming.  The first was a hole punch.  It was a little difficult for the students to think outside the box.  BUT, once I brought out the wooden ice cream spoon the ideas started poppin'.  (You know the 3 inch hourglass shaped ice cream sticks you get in school!)  One reluctant writer thought it could be a mask for a puppy.  Another said a mustache.  Another said a diving board for a caterpillar.  The ideas kept coming.

     I placed a bag of objects at each of their tables.

Then, students put their Poet's Eyes on to think outside the box.

I was blown away at some of their creativity.    
A push pin is a candle lighter for a bug.
A push pin is a stinger for a bee.

A binder (clip) is a pocketbook for a Barbie Doll.
A binder clip is a zipline carrier for a worm!
A pom-pom is a cheerleading pom pom for an ant.
A pom-pom is the sun for the Earth.
A Q-tip is a barbell for a caterpillar.
A Q-tip is a baton for a baton twirler.
A tack is antennae for an ant.
A pencil gripper is a cannon for a pirate.
An ice cream stick is a diving board for a caterpillar.
(We currently have caterpillars in the classroom.)
A seashell is a baseball glove for a butterfly.
Glasses are a stage for chipmunks. 
A popsicle stick is a bookmark for the library.
Enjoy your Easter!  
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