Thursday, January 22, 2015

Appreciate Your Substitute!

Let me tell you, I've had the opportunity to substitute in other classrooms and it is HARD WORK.  Yes, it's all planned out for you-but...is it planned out that in a blink of an eye things could go horribly wrong? HA! I know it's a little dramatic, but it is possible. I appreciate my substitutes because I know that as much as I train my students to treat him/her like they would treat me, I know they are still trying to push their boundaries.

Anyway, it got me thinking that it would be nice to leave my sub a little something to say thanks.  I posted my idea on our Instagram  (@whattheteacherwants) and many of you said you'd love to have this in your classroom. So...here ya go!








Aside from a pack of gum or maybe even some mint chapstick, I give my substitute another gift...DETAILED lesson plans, schedule, notes, organized substitute binder, etc.  YAY!
And to get you organized... I have this little guy for ya. :)





Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hearts for a Heart Warrior: A Fundraiser for the Family of Little Ryder Cannon

I have something really special to announce! Starting today, What the Teacher Wants is hosting a fundraiser for a very deserving local family here in Utah. Some of the biggest names in the TPT clip art world have all come together to help raise money for a sweet little "Heart Warrior" named Ryder. 



Ryder's mom, Jessie, and I used to teach together at my old school. We worked together for 6 years before she and I both changed schools and began teaching in different places. She is one of my dearest friends and I loved every second of working with her. She is full of life, hilarious, and one of the best teachers you'll ever meet.

Fast forward a little bit, and I have a heartbreaking story to tell you about my friend Jessie. After going through a relatively easy pregnancy with her 4th child, Little Ryder Cannon was born on December 2nd, 2014 and was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect. He spent over 180 days in the ICU while doctors tried everything they could to fix his heart. 


During his life, he underwent three open heart surgeries, one of which was an experimental surgery to replace his heart valve; he was the first baby at Primary Children's Hospital to ever have it done. That surgery was a success and earned him the nickname of "Heart Warrior." However, the doctors were never able to completely fix his broken heart. Ryder spent 30 days on the heart transplant list, but unfortunately the new heart never came. 

Little Ryder passed away in August of 2014 at only 8 and a half month old.

{Photography by: Crystal Spencer Photography}

During his short time in the world, Ryder blessed the lives of many. This little Heart Warrior leaves behind a mom, dad, two sisters and a brother who miss him every single day. The financial burden of it all leaves a huge stress on the family. The medical bills are still coming in and Little Ryder still needs a headstone for his grave.

{To read more of Ryder's story, click here.}


 


For this reason, I have put together a fundraiser on Ryder's behalf. 

All donations collected through this "Hearts for a Heart Warrior" fundraiser will go to help the Cannon family with Ryder's medical bills and will also help purchase a headstone for Ryder's grave. 





For your $25 donation, you will receive "The Ultimate Valentine's Day HEART and LOVE Inspired Graphics Mega Bundle" There are over 300 graphics included in this amazing pack!



(These are both exclusive graphic sets and are not available anywhere else.
These are custom designed for this special fundraiser!)

Melonheadz: Exclusive Heart Warrior Bundle














Natalie Kay: Valentine's Day Pennant Banner





This fundraiser starts right now and will run until Valentine's Day. I know that Ryder's family will be very appreciative for any and all donations they receive! Thank you!!


Also, a giant thank you to all who donated products to this fundraiser. Please check out each of these awesome blogs!

 The Creative Chalkboard Frog Spot Blog
  Teaching in the Tongass

  The Creative Classroom

   

Also, thank you to my sweet teacher friends, Christie & Crystal, for their help!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Shared Reading

I love to use poems as my shared readings during my Daily 5 mini-lessons.  Last week we were memorizing the poem "The Chubby Snowman" and my students had a genius idea! They said we should write some fun things that we could use for the snowman's nose since it was eaten by the bunny.  THEY IS THO THO THMART! :)

So, that's what we did!  It was a little too simple of a writing (aka: fill in the blank) for my students, but they wanted to do it right then... so I whipped up a little something.  I think that maybe next week we'll write a narrative story about how they got their new nose.





















Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Student Teachers are the Best!

Do you have a student teacher or are you getting one?  Or, are YOU a student teacher? I have just the thing for you!
I've created this packet to help your student teacher feel comfortable, organized, and ready to go! :)



Ready, Set, Go! Getting Your Student Teacher Off to a Great Start!

This customizable packet is full of resources to compile and put in a binder for your student teacher {or for yourself, if you are a student teacher}. What a great way to show your student teacher that you care? They will feel loved and organized and a lot less overwhelmed! Each page comes in color and black/white!


Included in this student teacher packet:
*Binder Cover {2 options}
*Welcome Letter
*Schedule Form
*Lesson Plan Template
*Helpful Hints Form
*About our Class Form
*Class Roster
*Behavior Management Idea Forms
*Weekly Planner {To-do list}
*Website Resources
*Bright Ideas 
*Student Teacher About Me Page
*Student Teaching Survival Kit {Gift Idea}




** This packet comes in a zip file with a PowerPoint {customizable} and PDF file!

I've got my Student Teacher Survival Kit that you'll give them on their first day, along with a binder, and their own little desk in our classroom:





This is a gift idea that is in this packet! It's called the Student Teaching Survival Kit:



Click {here} to see more!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Year's and Winter Writing

It's so crazy that we started this blog almost 5 years ago and some of you have been around this whole time.  Cheers to new readers, old readers, and anyone in between. Thank you for supporting us and reading our teaching ideas. Here's to a fabulous 2015!
Here are some fun printables for those frigid, dark, freezing, jittery, and down right cold winter days!  I initially shared these 4 years ago!

Enjoy these free downloads by clicking each picture.  

Fonts and clipart copyright Dianne J. Hook djinkers.com











Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas in the {Computer} Classroom


Today I'm linking up with the wonderful Amy Lemons for her Deck the Classroom Linky Party.




I have to admit…

I love my computer teaching job, but I always get sad around any type of holiday. I miss my 5th graders. I miss having my own group of students. I miss planning parties, getting student gifts ready, and doing fun Christmas crafts. 

Even though I'm not in a regular classroom setting anymore, it doesn't mean I can't have some holiday fun. I have found a few great ways to mix curriculum, technology, and the holidays into my lesson plans!



First of all, I made this Holidays Around the World Webquest for my students to do this year. I made it specifically for my 6th graders because they are studying world history. It's a great Internet research activity but also touches on the social studies curriculum. My students loved learning about the ways that different countries celebrate the holidays. {Read more HERE!}




Another way I'm adding Christmas into my classroom this year, is this fun, *new* Common Core aligned writing project! In our state (Utah!), all 5th graders take a persuasive writing assessment at the end of the year. As the computer teacher, I wanted to help our 5th grade teachers out by creating a fun project for my students to do in the lab with me. This will be *perfect* for my students because it will give them another dose of how to write an essay, help them work on their typing and word processing skills, and it will be a fun activity to do the week before we leave for Christmas break! I know my students will love writing letters to Santa persuading him to add their name to the "nice list" this year! {Read more HERE!}


After we finish our projects, we'll hopefully have time for some fun computer games. ABCYA.com is a great website to find educational games for kids. Here's a peek at some of their holiday games. 




My younger students will also be writing letters to Santa. They will type a friendly letter to Santa and will include their Christmas lists. They'll also have some time to do some Christmas-themed websites. Starfall.com is another great website for younger students. I like these Snowman and Gingerbread Man activities. 


I'm super excited for the fun week ahead. I know students will be a little SUPER crazy, but we are so close to the break, I can almost feel it! YAY!!



Just for fun, here's a picture of my new little baby meeting Santa for the first time!


Is there anything sweeter than a baby's 1st Christmas?! 
I can NOT wait to cuddle him and kiss those chubby cheeks all Christmas break!! 



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Because there's only a week left before the holiday break begins, I have discounted these Christmas items in my store



MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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