Monday, August 22, 2011

Meet the Teacher Monday

Josh, Parker, and Me!

 
Hey Y'all! I'm so excited that it's Meet the Teacher Monday!!! I've been enjoying getting to know so many of you.... 
My name is Anna Brantley. I live in Watkinsville, Georgia, which is right outside of Athens (GO DAWGS!). I'm blessed to have an amazing hubby, Josh! We only dated for 7 weeks before he proposed to me!! Talk about love at first sight...never believed in it until I met him! God had been so good to us! We've been married for 3 amazing years...
About 7 weeks after this wedding picture was taken, we found out that we were expecting the most precious little boy, our son, Parker!

One of my favorite newborn pics with Parker!

First Birthday!!

and now he is such a big boy!!! Time flies!!

He is EVERYTHING to us!! His sweet, two year old energy keeps us very busy, but we enjoy every minute of it!

How long have you been teaching?
I just started my fifth year! I began teaching in 2007! I taught 2nd grade for two years, then I switched to 1st! 

You might not know....
I love making jewelry!!

I knew at a very early age that I wanted to be a teacher!

I lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers after I had Parker!!

I'll finish my Master's degree program on October 15th.....counting down the days!!

I am addicted to Starbucks Lattes!

You might know.....
I'm obsessed with cute graphics....I have a problem y'all! HELP!


What are you looking most forward to this school year?
-watching my students grow
-graduating from grad school=pay increase

What do you need to improve?
--Using my time wisely!
--Classroom Organization....getting much better at this now that I have a system I like!
--Going on more dates with my hubby!

What teaching supplies can you *not* live without?
1. SMARTboard
2. Document Camera
3. Chart Paper/Easel
4. Magnetic Clips
5. Post It Notes
6. Baskets/ Bins
7. Labels
8. Pointers
9. Pocket Charts
10. Books
Don't forget to head on over to Blog Hoppin' to link up your Meet the Teacher post! We can't wait to get to know you better!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Blog Hoppin' ~ Teacher Week 2011

I'm SO excited to share Blog Hoppin' with all of you!! Get your hop on and go check out Teacher Week 2011 here!! I hope y'all will join in on the FUN!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jungle Boogie!

Hey y'all!! I started back on Wednesday and have loved every single precious minute with my new first graders!! Seriously, they are the sweetest bunch!! 

I had planned to post pics of my room last weekend, but instead spent every bit of my free time making labels and working in my classroom! It was a lot of work...AND a lot of fun!!

Here are a few pictures of my new jungle themed room. Let me warn you though...It isn't as elaborate as many jungle themed rooms out there. My district encourages us to only have educational decorations. Let's just say my room is a very simplified version of a jungle themed classroom...

 View from door (before Meet the Teacher)
back of the room...with center rotation board and shelf

Click {HERE} to download the small center cards.
Click {HERE} to download the medium and large center cards.

close up of my "Spelling Fun" center choices (please excuse the supply baskets)

Click {HERE} to download the "Spelling Fun" labels.

front of the room

The reading strategy posters above my board were created by Donna Glynn (Kinder Glynn) (love her). You can get them HERE!

 My differentiated reading response station area....work in progress, but I think it's going to turn out cute!

Listening Station!


 Computers and Listening Stations

 Content Essential Question Ribbons inspired by Deanna Jump!! Does anyone use essential questions?

Click {HERE} to download the subject area labels.


Here's a close up of what was on my students' desks before "Meet the Teacher". I used Cara Carroll's student info sheet (LOVED IT) and was inspired by her to create a jungle themed to-do list for my parents! You can check out Cara's back to school post with a bunch of awesome freebies HERE! 

As you can see in the picture above, I gave each of my sweeties a cute animal print stationary set from Oriental Trading as a lil' welcome gift. They were a BIG hit!!


After our wonderful first day in first grade, I also treated my students to these ADORABLE jungle suckers (also from Oriental Trading)!!! They were an even BIGGER hit!! 

Click {HERE} to download the "Welcome to 1st Grade" & "Thank you for being so SWEET today" cards! 

Well, I better get into bed & rest up for the first Friday of the school year!! Hope y'all have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

TpT Sale Extended and Update!!!

I'm extending my TpT sale for 2 more days!! Check it out {here}! All of my products are 20% off = center packets are only $5.60 (with 10% off coupon code B1T1S)!
On another note...
Today was my first official day back at school! We have preplanning through Tuesday and the kiddies come on Wednesday. I'm working so hard in my room (and going to many meetings) that I keep forgetting to take pics of my new & improved jungle theme! BOO! I've got my camera ready to go tomorrow...can't wait to share it with y'all this weekend..along with a bunch of free printables-jungle themed labels, my center cards, and some other goodies I've made:)

Whew! I'm tired...and I have tons to accomplish tonight to be prepared for tomorrow...I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...


Monday, August 1, 2011

TpT Back to School Sale Starts Today!!


The BIG TpT Back to School sale starts today! YAY!!!! Everything in my store is 20% off & you can get an additional 10% off using the TpT coupon code  B1T1S! 

If you're purchasing products on your wish list, make sure the sale price shows up instead of the price the product was when you put it on your wish list!!

Happy, Happy Back to School Shopping!!


  


  
 
       





Also, check out these my awesome stores!! Their products are amazing!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Math Journals

Math journaling is a wonderful way to understand your students’ mathematical thoughts, problem-solving strategies, misconceptions, opinions, etc. An open-ended style math journal also acts as a differentiated assessment tool, as well as documentation of your students' growth! Can't get much better than that, huh?!!?

My kiddos use their math journals for 10-15 minutes at the beginning of each math period. It's a special time for us to stretch our thinking and celebrate multiple solutions & strategies to work out a problem! 

If you're interested, I posted a packet of 30 back to school math journal prompts in my lil' TpT shop. Skills covered are: number representation, comparing numbers, place value, number ordering, addition, and subtraction. Several of the prompts encourage higher level thinking. Click on the picture to check them out!



I give my students a prompt each day to glue into their math journals (spiral notebooks=super cheap right now). They do this first thing in the morning, so we are ready to go when it's math time!

I would love to hear how y'all use math journals in your classroom!! First person to comment gets my back to school prompts for FREE (make sure to give me your e-mail address)!!

Happy Math Journaling, Sweet Teachers!

Back to School TpT Sale & Promo Code!!!

Get ready for an awesome back to school sale on TpT!  Many bloggers, including myself, are offering 20% off in our stores on top of the TpT discount of 10% (use promo code B1T1S)!  The sale will run from August 1st to August 4th. Click below to check out our stores! I know I can't wait to get 30% off several awesome TpT products!!! Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Back to School Bonanza Giveaway!!!


Are you ready to go Back to School?  Erica Bohrer is hosting a Back to School Bonanza Giveaway that should help you get in the mood!  Twelve fabulous bloggers have teamed up with her to give one lucky winner a huge back to school prize pack!  Scroll, down to see the twelve tantalizing prizes you could win.The contest will run until midnight eastern time, on Thursday, July 28th. You have 4 chances to enter HERE!!

All the links and prizes are listed below!  Best of luck to you.  We wish you a great start to the new school year!

Blogs (click on each button to go directly to each blog): 





























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Teachers pay Teachers Stores:
6. One Extra Degree's Store
11.Ms. M's A Teacher's Plan  (this store is not on TpT)

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Here is what you could win!



 

5. Amanda of One Extra Degree's Sub Tub

6. Miss Kindergarten's Calendar Pack

7. A Teacher's Plan Pre-Made Lesson Template from Ms. M.

8.  Yvonne of Sassy in Second's Football Number Bonds Tiered Math Tub

9. Melissa Freshwater's Monster Mash Math and Literacy Fun


11. Cheryl of Primary Graffiti's Celebrating Yummy Birthdays

12. Michelle of Fabulous in First's Back to School Beginning Sound Sort and Back to School Word Work



Good Luck Everyone!!!