One thing that I truly miss in China is the Super Bowl. We always got together with friends back in the states and had tons of food. My favorite part of the Super Bowl has to be the commercials. This year Teachers Pay Teachers is adding to the excitment by hosting a Super Sunday Sale. Stop by my store before the game and stock up on stuff for spring semester!
Okay so here are the Top Ten Reasons I cannot wait for Christmas Break here in China!
10. Spending time with my China Family!
9. Experiencing Christmas with some of my friends for the first time (Despite what our Christmas Around the World Units say China does not celebrate Christmas – Chinese New Year comes later :))
8. Sleeping in – When my neighbors who wake up at 4am will let me – The joy of a land with over a billion people :)
7. Traveling to Hong Kong and going to Disney Land!
6. Traveling to Xian to see the Terracotta Army!
5. American, Mexican, and every other food that is not Chinese!
4. Receiving packages in the mail.
2. Comfy and cute casual clothing – totally not professional, but still cute!
1. Knowing that a month from the time we go back to school on January 8th we will get another two week vacation for Chun Jia!
What are you looking forward to? Add a comment below or click the top-ten icon at the top and find out what other teachers are looking forward to this Winter Break!!
I am participating in the Soaring Through Secondary Blog Hop!
Special thanks to Jennifer Lamb for setting up this blog hop and to Jennifer Smith-Sloane for creating this awesome logo for our hop! Each person on our blog hop today will be featuring either a freebie through their TPT store, or a giveaway on their blog – so be sure to visit them all!
http://lifeonthefourth.wordpress.com (THAT’S ME :))
How do you get to school? I am sure for many that is an easy question to answer. Until recently it was easy for me as well. In my previous Chinese city I rode the employee bus and got around via taxi or public bus (of course I also did my fair share of walking).
Now I am in a new city and there is no employee bus, the public bus and taxi’s are unreliable. So what’s a girl to do? Find another form of transportation. If you have ever been to China or maybe any foreign country, you know that sometimes driving and driving laws are very different from the U.S. Once upon a time I said that I would never drive in China, because it was too crazy. I have learned once again to never say never. I bought a tric or three wheeler.
I know that three-wheeler’s are dangerous so I chose one that had a pick-up behind it to make it a bit more steady. So far I have only driven around the parking deck, but I will soon hit the road. School starts next week so if you think of me on the road send up a prayer. We live in a smaller city now so it is slightly safer and I intend to stay on the back roads as much as possible (don’t worry MAMA)!
One of my professors used to say “make everything into a game.” She absolutely loved using games in order to jazz up lessons, especially in Language Arts. I just created two new language arts games. Just in time for BACK-TO-SCHOOL and the sales in my TpT and Teachers Notebook Stores.
Game One: The Five Second Rule
Students have five seconds to name three items in a given category. I use this with my ELL’s, because it helps them to think quickly and recall vocabulary that we have covered in class.
Game Two: Versus
I got the idea for this game after reading the book Shark vs. Train by: Chris Barton.This game is made up of flash cards with different characters, animals and people. You can use these cards in a variety of ways as a whole class or in groups.
For example, if you pull one card that says samurai and one card that says chicken you would then say, “samurai versus chicken.” You will then be able to complete one of the following activities with the students using the cards as the focus.
1. A quick discussion with the class.
2. A writing prompt— tell who would win and why
3. A class debate— students choose sides and debate which would win in a fight.
There are endless possibilities. My students really enjoy these cards and they have lead to many heated discussions in my class.
You can click on the images above to find my versions of both games mentioned. Don’t forget about the incredible sales going on on both TpT and Teachers Notebook this weekend!
Lots of things are happening at this time of year. Teachers and students are busy preparing for back-to-school (perhaps teachers more than students). I wanted to take this time to share with you several things happening online this month.
A few months ago I was asked to give feedback on a devotional for Christian Educators. The devotional book has recently been released. It is truly amazing and really changed the way act and think in not only the classroom, but daily life. I highly recommend this book for both experienced and first year teachers! (Click the image below to find out more)
I have a new post on Global Teacher Connect entitled Authentic Assessment in China. This post shares some simple steps for how to create an authentic assessment. GTC is also hosting a new series called Classrooms Around the World. Teachers from around the globe will be contributing pictures of thier classrooms. This is a great opportunity for students to see how alike and different schools are in different parts of the world (click the icon below for more info about this wonderful project)!
Last but not least TpT will be having their BACK TO SCHOOL Sale on August 12-13th! You can save an extra 10% on all your purchases by using the code in the icon below. My store will be having a 20% off sale which gives you spectacular saving for those last minute Back to School items!
Wow – so much is going on! I am also in the midst of moving and starting a new school. I hopefully will have updates as that progresses! Happy Tuesday!!
So I just found this amazing website that is by another teacher overseas. Her name is Lita. She teaches in Spain. Lita has wonderful English-Spanish resources and clip-art in her shop. If you are interested in learning more about her experiences please visit her blog by clicking the image below.
She is even hosting her very first giveaway – A $25 Certificate to TpT!!!
Before I start packing and transitioning into the new year I wanted to share my classroom. I am going to post some pictures of my classroom decorations and arrangement. Please keep in mind this is my first year and first attempt at classroom organization. I am so thankful that you live and learn, because I have tons of new ideas for next year :)
You will notice I have a boggle board, but you may not know that I have centers. I decided to try centers with my middle-school students. I was pleased with the results. I had four centers set-up around the room – Greek and Latin Roots, Non-fiction, Writing, Vocabulary and Game. I called them stations because it sounded more middle-schooly :D
Most of my walls are empty. I like to fill them with student work. Sometimes it can get a bit chaotic. Next year I really want to find an easier and more efficient way to display student work. I made a sandwich bag quilt, but it only works for flat and letter sized papers.
What are you going to change about your classroom next year?
In my Earth Science class we are studying Space. I know Earth Science should be about Earth… Anywho, I have really been enjoying this unit (mostly because it is my favorite). :) So far we have made a classroom 3-D constellation map with tissue paper and construction paper and we have examined the phases of the moon with Oreo cookies.
If you are interested in these activities here are some helpful links:
We only have 17 days of school left here in China. It seems like we just started and now here it is at the end. Some of my kids will be back to have me again next year, but for others this is their last year at our school. It definitely brings me some bittersweet feelings…
As promised in an earlier post here are the pictures of the Body Biographies:
Do you have to pack up your classroom at the end of the year? I never realized this was something that teachers had to do. I have been looking online for tips about packing. I gleaned a lot from The Cornerstone for Teachers - Angela Watson has some really great insights on everything to do with classroom management. I also took some tips from Michelle Duggar in her book 20 Kids and Counting.
Mrs. Duggar had an awesome home/packing organization system. She mentioned labeling boxes by color and number. She coordinated everything using index cards. I borrowed her idea and made a simple packing list. I will number my boxes and then list the items in each box – that way I can find things easily on the first day of school. I am also going to have one box labeled “open first” which will contain my essentials (scissors, tape, staples, etc).
If you think my packing list would be helpful click on the photo below to download it for free! Good luck with packing and please post any hints you might have in the comments section.
Visit 2nd Grade Pad and see some other teachers who have great tips for packing up at the end of the year.
Just click the picture below :)