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Jumpstart January With Bookmarks

Are you looking for an easy and functional way of getting your students to make new year resolutions and keep them? Well, this is just for you! Your students get to write simple yet attainable goals then  use these bookmarks as visual reminders. For one of them I chose the rooster graphic as a wake up callto motivate them along the way also. It's like keeping them in check with their efforts. Isn't that cute? I also made sets that include a bunny, a wild safari and  a bear. They can have as many bookmarks that they wish. The key is to reach their target. You can add motivational stars to the bookmarks also as a way to reward them for their efforts too! These  bookmarks work well with the Chinese New Year theme even though I already have a set for that. Check out both my New Year Resolution Bookmarks and the Chinese New Year Bookmarks below.

New Years resolution Bookmarks on TES Resources New Years Resolution Bookmarks on TPT

Chinese New Years resolution Bookmarks on TES Resourc…

This is My Spankin' New Teacher Store

I have so exciting news for you!My new storeis open! Please check out my newly launched online store at TES Resources, and let me know what you think! I'm so excited about it especially after I have spent the past week fixing it up. 

My goal for this upcoming new year 2017 is to market my resources to a wider teaching audience. I just finished my master's degree this year so I wanted to try to get my work out on a much larger scale. TES Resources has been such a wonderful experience and I am all for teacherpreneurs like me to hone in on this opportunity.

So are you ready? Just click on the image above to go directly to my TES Resources.

Become a TES author - Take the Plunge!

Are you passionate about education? Do you like helping others? Are you interested in earning extra cash or learning how to build a business? Join me and many other teacherpreneurs at TES Resources! 

TES Resources has the following benefits:

Discounting and shopfunctionality
A resource bundler tool
Up to 80% royal…

There is No Stress Like Teacher Stress: The Ultimate Guide To Teacher Happiness

Chances are that one day you would be made to feel that you're either not working hard enough with your students OR you are simply not good at teaching. Well, that is a problem that we all face and in most cases the opinions of others are not necessarily true. So you find yourself reflecting and going over your own practice with a fine-tooth comb. This is inevitable! I wish I could say that it cannot or would not happen, but it always does. This post is not about avoiding being criticized or chastised for your efforts. It's about offering ways of lessening that feeling of worthlessness; it's about coping with the bad and finding boosters for your morale. Here's my ultimate guide to teacher happiness!

Stay Positive I know that you're probably tired of hearing this, but it is the best piece of advice anyone can offer. Stay positive! Find something that you look forward to doing that helps you take your mind off of bad situations. I love creating resources for teach…

How To Add More Fun into Learning Science!

Adding fun into the learning of Science is a great way to get students to remember really hard concepts for a longer period of time. I'm always looking for wonderful ideas which would get these young detectives on the right track. What about ensuring that every unit has just the right amount of pizzazz to captivate your kiddos and keep them engaged? Well that is easy with these great ideas that I came across recently. It has to do with a scientific journey on a magic school bus!
I'm writing today to tell you about this AMAZING , HANDS-ON, YEAR-LONG SCIENCE JOURNEY!
For All the Kids Who Love to Ask “Why?"

The Magic School Bus Science Club is a 12- month science kit subscription based on the award-winning series, The Magic School Bus. If you haven't heard about the series before, each of the stories center on the antics of a frizzy-red haired fictional elementary school teacher, Ms. Frizzle, and her class, who board a “magic school bus” to take them on field trips to i…

All About Adverbs

This resource pack covers the definition of adverbs, the main types of adverbs, how to identify them and how to distinguish between adverbs and adjectives. This pack is ideally for first grade but can also be used as a starter or quick re-cap for any class. The Adverbs Poster makes for a large, colorful and pointed class display and copies of it can be laminated and given to students to refer to during their writing.

Here is a free sample page from this resource.

This resource includes:-
Word Wall Posters 
Adverb Header Cards
Adverb Word Cards
Printable Worksheets
Adverb Cheat Sheets for notebooks. (Two per print)

Adverb concepts covered:
Adverbs of Time -- When?
Adverbs of Place -- Where?
Adverbs of Manner -- How?
Adverbs of Frequency -- How often?
Adverbs of Degree - To what degree?

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Phonics Sounds Posters

Phonics Sounds Posters I created these posters to supplement my current class phonics units. These are the 42 primary phonemes in English represented by a letter or sequence of letters and organized into the following 7 groups, to make it easier to teach and learn the letter sounds.

SOUND SETS #1 = s, a, t, i, p, n
SOUND SETS #2 = c, k, e, h, r, m, d
SOUND SETS #3 = g, o, u, l, f, b
SOUND SETS #4 = ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
SOUND SETS #5 = z, w, ng, v, oo (short) , oo (long)
SOUND SETS #6 = y, x, ch, sh, th (voiced), th unvoiced)
SOUND SETS #7 = qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

The sets begin with the easiest single letter-sound grapheme/phoneme) correspondences and end with the more difficult letter combinations. I also included a black and white version for coloring activities or for printing on colored sheets for inserting in student work folders.

This resource comes in both color and black and white.

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Pronouns for Beginners

Pronouns for Beginners Posters are brightly colored and beautifully illustrated pronouns for classroom display in your literacy centers or bulletin board areas. The charts support visual learning and are a great way to brighten up any classroom. You can use these for whole class instruction, reference for writing, review of the concept or for test prep. The categories are:

--Subject Pronouns
--Object Pronouns
--Possessive Pronouns (these replace nouns. These are not to be confused with Possessive Adjectives which describe nouns)
--Possessive Adjectives (BONUS CHART)
--Reflexive Pronouns
--Indefinite Pronouns

The picture cards are great for little hands. They are great for target expressive skills and for encouraging focused writing.

Here's a link to this resource at my TpT Store
Here's a free general class poster for you! Click the picture below to be taken to the free resource.

Labor Day Headbands

“Work is love made visible. And if you can't work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy”
------ Khalil Gibran

As the above quote so rightly puts it, work is a physical manifestation of love. If you don't love what you do then you are doing an injustice to many.

My passion for teaching drives me to work harder every year. I'm not saying that I don't get frustrated at times, but, the difference is that when you love what you do then you bounce back rather quickly..

Nothing is more fulfilling than to sit back and enjoy the fruits of hard labor.

Yes! Hard Work! As a teacher every year I feel a sense of satisfaction when I see how my students progress. Not all of them are at the same level, but, I feel good to know that they are leaving my hands and going into another class stronger and wiser than they were at the beginning of the school year. How do you feel…

How to Start RIGHT on the First Day of School

Phew! All the preparation and planning for the first day of school is finally over!
Now it's time to do the do, make all the planning a reality, after all, it is the day that you have been waiting for .... right?


Let's do this!

Yikes! Wait a minute now! Tweet: You need to start things RIGHT because you only get one"first day of school." So how do you get it right the first time?

Here are 10 tips that will make you rock on YOUR BIG DAY! You will begin the year setting things in place so that your teaching does not become tedious or monotonous. Read 'til the end because I have something for you!

Tip #1

So how early is early? Well early here means before your students, at least a half hour before the first bell rings. I think that this sets the right example and it makes you emotionally ready after a long vacation.

Tip #2

Smile and greet your students as they come in at the door. A smiling teacher can move mountains of anxiety and fear from a child! It is impor…

Happy Emancipation Day!

Today, in Trinidad and Tobago, celebrations are taking place to commemorate the abolition of slavery on August 1st 1838. Emancipation Day is a national holiday that celebrates the African presence and highlights their traditions, customs and contributions toward the melting pot that we call Trinidad and Tobago. Join me in wishing all a wonderful and safe Emancipation Day celebration!


Beginner's Guide: Focus Walls in The Classroom!


"Yes!" "You can do it!"
"Great going, Micah!" 
" Stay focused!"

Nothing is more inspiring for students than to hear words of encouragement and support from their teachers. As an educator, I would say that our students need a learning environment that motivates them by communicating clear goals and a vision of success. An easy tool for accomplishing this is to designate an area in the classroom as a 'Focus Wall'.

What is a Focus Wall? A focus wall is simply an area in the classroom that you choose to display curriculum to direct students in terms of key learning targets for the upcoming week.  Tweet: It is like a vision board that keeps your students continually logged in towards their learning goals! Specific themes, topics, skills and strategies are posted on the walls and are great for launching and reviewing units.

Where Can I Place it?You make any central point in the classroom a focal point, however, …

Close Reading is Not New!

When it comes to the teaching of reading, history does repeat itself.  A close look at the teaching of reading today shows yet another paradigm shift in which the text is once again the authority in the classroom.  The text is a work of art full of meaning, waiting to be read and understood by its readers. Essentially, the reader must be able to dig deep to find meaning and to be able to truly appreciate the text.

I believe that close reading is as the term suggests, a very thorough, purposeful scrutiny of the work of art so that the reader understands the author's intention without directly asking him. In other words, the text carries its own value. It involves the rereading of the text, first to get a sense of what it says, to focus on how it actually works, then to determine its relation to other texts or to the reader's own experiences.

Close reading, as a strategy, is not new! It has been around for decades but under a different label (New Criticism).  When we perform a …