The first quarter is in the books and WE HAVE A TEACHER WORK DAY TODAY! 

Too bad our report cards and PEPs were already due earlier this week and we have meetings planned for most of the day. 

I should have a little time to work in my classroom, although my favorite part about work days is LUNCH OUT! I'm always in awe of the fact that normal people get to leave for their lunch every day. 

To all of you that have to teach children on Halloween:

When I got to school on Wednesday, the trash was long gone... not that I would have dug through the trash for a cardboard box anyways...

How CUTE is this "class pumpkin" that my room moms had my kids do for me yesterday during our fall party?? I'm a little sad that it's a real pumpkin... I wish it would last forever!

My kids are LOVING the fluency phones that I made for them earlier in the week. I would love for them to get to use them more often... but I think a whisper phone schedule would be a little over the top. Thoughts?

Here is a Halloween TREAT for you!

If you haven't already grabbed my fall freebie, do so!!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!! 

About a year ago, I created a monster: the Tattle Monster. 

I saw the idea on Pinterest. If someone is hurt, the kids are supposed to come tell me. If no one is hurt, a student can write his or her tattle on a slip of paper and feed it to the Tattle Monster for me to read later. 


It worked GREAT last year.

This year, not so much. 

Today, after recess, I had four kids crowded around the Tattle Monster. I shooed them away and saw that I had 15 tattles in the box... from this morning only. FIFTEEN. 

So I said, "This is the end of the Tattle Monster" and all of these things about how maybe we should all just be nice to each other so that no one has tattles to write.

I may have gotten a little caught up in my not-so-kind speech about kindness that I may have made a big show of throwing the Tattle Monster in the trash can. 

We're lining up to switch classes in 30 seconds, I told myself, I'll just get it out of the trash can when they leave. 

Well, 30 seconds turned into 4 hours. I didn't remember to take the Tattle Monster out of the trash can until I got home and the trash was long-gone to the school dumpster. 

Have you had any success with a tattle box? 
What are your favorite activities to do to encourage kindness?
Any other suggestions?

P.S. I love you, Seth Cohen. 

"Can I help you?" asked the Home Depot man.

"Yes please. Want to guess what I'm making?"

"Ummm is it legal?"

Either he didn't see my shirt that says iTEACH in giant letters or he doesn't think very highly of teachers. 

I informed Home Depot man that it is very common for teachers to make fluency phones with PVC pipes and that whisper phones are in fact legal and that I couldn't get the parts to fit together like I needed them to.

He said, "That's because you need a PIPE, honey."

It was a little more complicated than I expected it to be. 

The pipe that Home Depot man picked out for me was a 2 ft long, 3/4 in (diameter?) pipe. He cut it for me at the store... after I laughed when he asked me if I had a saw at home. 

No husband = no saw, obviously.

He cut the pipe into seven 4-inch pieces.  

Because I had 7 pipes, I grabbed 14 of the 3/4 inch, 90 degree "elbows," as Home Depot man called them. 

I spent a total of $8.76. 

Seven fluency phones for less than $10 sounds like a great deal to me. 

When I got home, I wiped all of the elbows down with my favorite cleaning device, baby wipes. 

They were dirty. Why do PVC pipes have dirt in them when you buy them?

Then I stuck them together and wrapped them in some cute duct tape.

The duct tape got all crinkly because of the change in widths where the pipe meets the elbows, but I'll deal with it. They're definitely not perfect, but they'll do.

If you're planning on making your own, good luck!

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Yep, I'm way too exhausted to come up with a clever title right now, so "Clever Title" is the best you are getting from me today. 

I'm never too sleepy to link up with my favorite, Kacey, for my favorite linky party!

 I had 25 parent-teacher conferences in 8 days, all held before or after school hours. I had my last meeting yesterday. I am DONE with conferences for the year! 

We finished our second reading unit, Tackling Trouble, this week. It's my favorite and the kids love it too because we talk about football for weeks on end! I'll be blogging about the unit soon. 

Last night my teammates and I went to the movies and we invited all 2nd grade families to join us. It was a great turn out! We went to see Alexander and the Blah Blah I Can't Ever Remember Bad Day because we have been reading the book in class. It was a CUTE movie!

October has been great because I paid $25 (donated to Komen) to wear jeans all month AND we have been doing lots of fun pink stuff! Our school ended up donating over $1000 to one of our students' mom's Komen team, all to wear jeans to work. Isn't that incredible?!

I've been working on report cards like

Have a great weekend. XOXO

Is my Wordless Wednesday really wordless if it is about Words Their Way and word study?

My students are loving the Word Master game I created for them.

Do you use Words Their Way?
What are your favorite word study activities?
What are your kids' favorite word study activities?
What is your best word study advice?

Comment with you answer and make sure you link up with Miss DeCarbo!

Thank you so much to the following teacher bloggers for nominating me for the Liebster Award for beginning bloggers:

Martinique from Ms. Perry's Peaches
Melissa from See Bean Teach

I have already published a Liebster Award post. You can view it here

Thanks again, ladies! 

This week was a marathon. I had 19 parent-teacher conferences, a field trip, and our school's fall festival.


When I crawled into my bed last night after teaching all day then working the cake walk and the crowd for 3 hours, I certainly felt accomplished.

I have never actually run a marathon (or a half, or even a 10k) before, but I am sure that this week was just as difficult as a race and that my sense of accomplishment is even better than crossing a finish line.

I was a slacker in the Blogger / Instagram world this week. 

Don't worry. 

And I may be in pajamas on my couch at 8:00 on a Saturday night, but that's exactly where I want to be. 

I have a new addition to my classroom that I probably should have put up weeks ago. This year's students do not understand that they must be silent while I am testing someone or that they cannot walk up and interrupt me while I am in the middle of testing. 

I bought this push-on, push-off light at the Dollar Tree, wrote "testing" on it, and glued it to the wall above my whiteboard where everyone can see it. Students cannot talk to interrupt me while the light is on. It is working so far!

I finally have my writing process pencil in action. I am LOVING it so far! It makes it so easy for me to see how far along everyone is and who is ready for a conference. 

You can grab this pencil for free from Kelly Dorsey.

Over the summer I found these awesome dry-erase strips in the Target Dollar Spot. They were 4 for a dollar! I am impressed with the quality and am so glad I found them. 

I finally gave the kids their mini boards this week. They LOVE them and we are going to use them as much as possible. 

We went on our first class field trip this week. We went to a local farm. We got to go on a hayride, feed animals, pick pumpkins, walk through a corn maze, and more. It was very well-organized and so much fun. 

All of my second graders were so brave!!! I was proud of them!

At our fall festival last night, my team hosted a cake walk to raise money for a local cancer foundation. We have 6 cancer survivors on our staff. Isn't that incredible?? The cake walk was a HIT and we raised over $400 over the course of 2 hours. 

Thanks for coming by.


P.S. Make sure you pick up my fall freebie if you haven't already!

I'm linking up with the Teaching Trio for the first time!

I spent the weekend on Lake Lanier with my family to celebrate my grandmother's 90th birthday. As soon as I got home, I crashed for a good Sunday nap. Now, my suitcase and I are having a staring contest. Is it just me, or is unpacking after a trip just THE worst?!

Later I will get around to the normal Sunday chores. 

This week is going to be a crazy one! I have 18 parent-teacher conferences, a field trip, and our fall festival this week. Eeek! Here's to hoping I make it through without getting sick. 

Okay, I'll stop whining now.

I need to get back to work on my fall-themed even and odd bundle. Part of it can be grabbed for free here... That should hold you over until I finish. :)

For now, I'm happy to be catching up on some of my favorite blogs and cleaning out my DVR. I'm trying to fight those Sunday night blues!

P.S. I am totally not unpacking tonight.