Friday, August 3, 2012

One week...and Currently

That is how long it took for me to completely lose what was left of my memory. I was determined to take pictures of my classroom today (after our week of inservice this was the first time I walked into my room for the week). Don't you know I forgot my camera at home. So I figured, ok, fine, I will take pictures with my phone and just use those. Well then I got carried away and forgot!

So what have I got for you after a week of no posts? I give you a completely exhausted blogger/teacher/mommy who can't even think straight. But I do have some questions for my 50 (FIFTY!!) followers...

1. What is the average class size where you teach? My class this year is STARTING with 22 kids. I have NEVER started with that many. Ended with that many yes. Even a week into the year had that many yes. But STARTED with that many... no way! I am a little nervous here because my room is insanely small (half of a portable) and I only have 23 desks and minimal room for any more!

2. Does anyone teach in an IB school? If so, do you have any resources, sites, ideas, tips, help, ways to keep my sanity for me?!

Ok and now for my currently (my first one!) I am linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for August Currently...
Ok so my there B2S must haves...
1. My laminator. I have had it for years and I have used it so much this summer that I think it is on the outs. I think I finished everything I need so far thankfully. But I foresee me needing a new one soon.

2. My copier. We have a limited number of copies each month (400 to be exact). And with 22+ kids and a couple tests a week and a newsletter required each week, those 400 copies don't get you very far. So a couple years ago I forked over the $250 and bought my own copy machine for home. The toner is about $80 and I usually use 1-2 a year. It may seem expensive but it is worth it for me to not have to worry about being short a few copies. And I also don't have to get to school extra early to use the machine if I forgot to do something. I can do it from home.

3. My 31 school bag. I love love love it! I got this pattern (sorry this is so small, I don't have a picture of mine so I used the image from the 31 catalog).
and I put an open top file box inside it. I am obsessed with it. And I love that I can just take the box out if I need the bag for something else (I used it when I took a photography class to put all my stuff inside). procrastination must come to an end. My husband will be home from work in about an hour and I would like to be done working for the night by the time he gets home! I promise once this to do list is done I will work on some posts with substance!


  1. I would love to get a 31 bag!! I keep on holding off, but I don't think I wait much longer to get one. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I have been looking at that same pattern for the thirty-one bag. I love the color!!

  3. Hi! I found your blog from a blog hop and nominated you for an award. You can stop by and pick it up beginning tomorrow. Congrats!


  4. To answer your question~ I get somewhere between 22-28 students each year to start and I don't know what an IB school is:)
    The Common Core Classroom

  5. Last year, I had a class of 24, a class of 40, and a class of 28. Luckily, my class of 40 was actually only about 20 students in the class. 20 or so went to resource and I never taught them at all. The other 20 were my inclusion kids and I had another teacher with me for about 40 minutes of that class to help out!

    I was coming over to your blog to tell you that I needed you to come back! I missed reading your blog! :)

    Mommy, Teacher, & So Much More

  6. Welcome back :) As much as I am looking forward to getting back to school, routine, kids, etc... I am NOT looking forward to the tiredness that the first couple of weeks bring. Good for you for hanging in there! I have experienced a lot of different numbers of students over the past nine years. I have had as many as 23 when I taught K, 26 when I taught 1st and 24 in 3rd. This year and last year I was the inclusion teacher so they try to keep those classes smaller at only 18. I hope you are able to figure out your space issue and can reach and teach all the kiddos assigned to your room. Best wishes!!!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  7. Just found your cute blog! I am a third grade teacher too! I have no idea how many kiddos I'll have this year. I am hoping for 20 (I like the even numbers :D )
    Come check me out...

    Timeouts and Tootsie Rolls

  8. I also teach third grade, and I'm a Bills fan too! I can't wait to read more on your blog!

    As for class numbers, I will probably be starting around 24 students. We won't have the official numbers for another week, and even then they will keep changing as students move and new ones enroll


  9. Hi! I'm Nancy from "For Love and Laughter". I teach 6th grade, but look forward to reading your blog more often! I received my class numbers today. I will have two classes of 23 each... so far! :)

  10. I LOVE 31 bags! I am super jealous of your home laminator and copier. I would be working those things all the time.

    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.


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