Monday, August 17, 2015

Donor's Choose

One of my biggest goals this year in 5th grade, as an ELA and Social Studies teacher, is to help ignite a passion for reading in my kiddos. 

I want to give them the world and open the doors to the future with them one book at a time. I have always loved reading and even now, I walk around my house with a book in my face all day, every day. I can't stop.Won't stop. Do my fellow #bookies feel me?

I love it. I live for books. I dream about stories. 

I want my kiddos to love reading, but I know that you can't FORCE a kiddo to love reading. You could have a library stuffed full of books, but if they aren't the right books- I mean the kind of books that your students really want to read- then the library is dead. 

I don't want a dead library. 

I wan't a library full of life. 

My dream is to create and grow a library that is centered around books that my students are interested in will help light a reading fire in their souls. In just 8 days, I have already seen the sparks start. I know that my mission to adding to our library is an on going project, and I want to give my students the world. There is no limit on how many books we can get, and I want to help all of my students find their reading "niche". 

I recently turned to Donor's Choose to help my students in their book journey. I feel like this project is unique because the books that are listed for the project where all hand picked. Students wrote what books they hoped to see added to the library so they are just as excited..probably more exited.. that I am about the getting our project funded.  Just click on the image to check ours out! 

Donor's Choose is a charity that helps public teachers and students who have classroom needs. Teachers can create projects that range from school supplies to books to technology. Their helpful organization has made classroom dreams come true all of the United States. 

Are your students needing a special item for the classroom? Have you participated in Donor's Choose? I highly encourage you to check it out! 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August- #2getherwearebetter All Things Bulletin Boards

Oh my's August! I seriously just cannot believe that it is already here. I get to meet my new class of kiddos tomorrow and I am soooooo excited. 

The August #2getherwearebetter topic is All Things Bulletin Boards so I am jumping in to share some of my favorite bulletin boards ideas for the new school year. These are Pinterest inspired, but I have already saved some wall space in my room for these great ideas. 

I am not a very crafty person and I always prefer that my bulletin boards to be student-centered so I look for ways to bring meaningful bulletin board ideas into the classroom.

Here are some of my favorites that I have found that I want to share with you! :) 

I just love this Instagram post! I think it is a great way to highlight moments of the year. Want to make it student-centered? Let your kiddos be the ones that snap the photos and choose which ones to get printed and posted!

Photo from Marci Combs 

This one just melts my heart. I really want to incorporate this one with the staff at our school. The short story behind this board is this- A blogger challenged a high school to do a "happy" project and share acts of kindness. This was one of their random acts. They created this wall to help out and support their fellow classmates. WOW...just WOW!!!

Photo from Kindness Girl

Sometimes, we place stereotypes on each other without meaning them in a negative way. He is such an athlete. She is funny. He's just different. This teacher created a language arts lesson to help students identify and connect with the stereotypes they feel that they had been given by others and bring insight to the what happens when these stereotypes are placed on each other. 

Let students define themselves at the beginning of the year! What are we going to be this year? This bulletin board is a great way to help students "break the ice" with their classmates and set the foundation for a great year of learning and growing. 

 Photo from Teaching is Forever

And, this last one is my favorite and will be what we will put in the hallway outside of our room at the start of the year. I am going to use their first day of school pictures. I will have a little over 50 kiddos so I should have plenty to make this one work. I may even combine this idea with one of the other boards from above. We will just have to wait and see! 

Did you find a favorite? Did this spark your creative juices?! Create away!!

Also, don't forget to check out all of the other great posts about Bulletin Boards! There are some great tips and tricks from lots of teachers in this link up. Thanks Angie and Ashley for hosting!