Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teacher week: Where

Hey friends. I am bound and determined to do a post everyday this week for Teacher Week! Fingers crossed that I make it happen. ha Today is all about WHERE you teach and of course, I'm linking up with my sweet friends at Blog Hoppin'.
So here is my classroom. You can read about my drastic transformation and painting it {here}. I would NOT recommend doing that yourself. If I would have had the funds, I would have hired it done. Lord.have.mercy! It was a ton of work. I wanted my classroom to be crisp, clean, and warm. Obviously, during the school year....I spend more time at school than I do at home so it is important for me to feel comfortable there as well as my students. Well...what are you waiting for? C'mon in...
When setting up your classroom, I would recommend checking out Spaces and Places by Debbie Diller. She suggests that you should draw out a diagram of your classroom first and use sticky notes as furniture. Move the sticky notes around on paper before actually moving the furniture. Your back and janitor will appreciate. 
This is my view from the back corner. I have one green accent wall and love it!
This is my view from the front of my room. I have 2 closets in the back and my teacher area/desk is to the right. My classroom rug was funded through Donor's Choose and has been a total blessing!!
This is my Writing Center. My students beg to visit this station! The Writer's Eye posters are from the fabulous Cara Carroll.
One of my big projects, when redoing my room, was painting all of my shelves. I wanted everything to be uniformed throughout. So I painted all of my shelves and closet doors black and kept the bulletin board paper/border the same! :) I just think it makes things "flow."
My library center is my favorite! To me - - it's just dying for a student to come sit a while and read a book. It's inviting, cozy, and fun!
I spent all last summer organizing my books and labeling them.  It has made my classroom library so much more functional and helped to keep my books in order! Although it took a ton of time, I am beyond thankful I made it a personal goal. 
Well - - I hope you enjoyed the tour! Be sure to link up and stop back by tomorrow for the WHY. See ya then. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Teacher Week: WHO

Hey everyone! Can you believe it's already here!!? Teacher Week 2014! Whoo hoo. 
Today marks week 3 of my school year. That's right!! Three weeks into the school year already - we went back EARLY! Whatever happened to starting after Labor Day?! ha ha I am already looking forward to Fall Break, praying for snow days, and counting down until Summer of 2015. Anyone with me? All funny stuff aside, I love what I do and have such a sweet group of students this year. Anyways....onward with Teacher Week. 
Today, all of my friends at Blog Hoppin' want to know WHO you are! Don't be shy! ;-) This is your time to tell us all about YOU!
As you know, my name is Erin Eberhart. My last name is pronnounced with a short e. Although, my northern Grandmother would say different. Ha Sadly, it can be a mouthful with Kindergarteners and I've gotten "Neverhart," "Earnhardt," "Airhart," along with many others...ha! It can be quite comical. She would not approve.
JOB
This summer, I landed a job with the State Department as a Common Core Coach and I absolutely loved it! The opportunity, the travel, the collaboration, friends, etc. It was a wonderful experience and I hope to continue doing it each summer. During our training, I was fortunate enough to meet our governor and have a Q/A session with him and the coaches. You can imagine the questions asked from a room full of educators! ha He is a brave soul. Questions like: will we get a raise, what about state mandated PreK, is Common Core here to stay, etc?! It was intense, but interesting. After my training, I spent the month of June traveling and educating teachers on Common Core. I spent many weeks in classrooms conducting sessions on writing and math practices. One of my sessions was in a high school biology room and in the middle of my class, I heard laughing. I immediately paniced. Was there something in my teeth? Did I goof up? Nope, just 2 skeletons behind me, groping one another!! ha ha Can you see it in the photo? Yup! I'm sure some high school boys got a good laugh. Nice...
I was fortunate enough to be selected as my school's 2013 K-4 teacher of the year. I was honored and shocked! I was even more thrilled to receive a call from our assistant superintendent saying I had been selected as Washington County's teacher of the year for 2013-2014. What?!?! I went on to fill out my paperwork for the state and found out I placed 2nd regionally and missed the vote by 3 points. One of the judges said it was so close, they re-counted just to be sure but Congratulated me for being so close. Someone pinch me.
LOVE LIFE...
I have the sweetest boyfriend EVER- Daniel. He is everything I have prayed for in a man...truly. I went through a tough break up last January and had my heart broken. I had never been so hurt before. Looking back, I am beyond thankful for unanswered prayers and know that it was all part of God's perfect plan for me and my life. He has absolutely filled my life with joy and made my heart whole again. I am beyond thankful for Daniel and know (without a doubt) that he is my husband. I'm just waiting on that rock! ha Kidding....kinda. ;-)
HOME LIFE...
In the midst of all that and a busy school year last year, I bought a condo and moved. I know, I know! Why not be completely overwhelmed?! lol I have loved the way my vision for my home came together. It's the perfect mix of eclectic - old with new. And I am thrilled! I have my southern antique look, along with my Pottery Barn couch, and French Country feel! ha It's so warm and cozy and makes me look forward to coming home each day. 
FAMILY & FRIENDS...
As many of my faithful followers know....I have a nephew who I am OBSESSED with. You can read about him {here}. ha I have one sibling, a sister, who is 12 months and 12 days younger than me. People often think Emily and I are twins (which I have NO clue why) but they do?! You be the judge. Here is a shot, from the back of my Mom's camera, at my cousin's wedding last weekend. Thoughts?
She is my best friend and we are very similar in a lot of ways. When her and my brother in law broke the news to me that they were expecting, I boo hooed! Seriously people, like "ugly girl cried!" I was thrilled. Jensen Russell is my world and I joke that he is MY baby because he has so many of my traits. She just carried him for 9 months and birthed him! ;-) She, however, is not a fan of that joke. Not sure why??
I have a classroom pet, Gertie, who is a total DIVA! She is a local celebrity and has had 2 full page spreads in the local newspaper, been on the evening news, AND is working on a book deal. No joke. She is a rockstar and was purchased through a grant called Pets in the Classroom. You can read more about my piggy {here}. Total ham. No pun intended.
I recently turned 30, less than a month ago, and was worried that it would be difficult for me. Ha, nope! It was seriously the BEST birthday ever. My family has pretty much made it their goal in life to embarrass me whenever possible. So....behold the town marquee. Family - 1, Erin - 0. ha ha
Speaking of family, here is the familia. They are the best and I am beyond blessed with support, love, advice, help, and friendship.
And ya'll, I can NOT say this enough. I seriously get by with the help of my friends. I have such a great group of friends....both near and far. I am so thankful for the friendships I've made through blogging and the friendships I have here at home. They're always here for me, no matter what! 
Shew. Enough about me. Gah! I want to hear about YOU! Be sure to join in on the fun and link up at Blog Hoppin'. Here's the schedule for the rest of the week. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Freebies!

Hey ya'll! I've been busy gearing up for Back to School. Yikes....I don't even want to mutter those words in July but reality is here and we go back TOMORROW! That's right people - - tomorrow! Anyways, I've spent a lot of time in my classroom and have been working on getting everything ready for our Open House. I'm so fortunate to have such a great support system. Just look at my parents slaving away. 
ha ha My Dad was cleaning my tables and scraping all of the "goop" off from summer school and my Mom was re-painting all of my shelves. Bless them BOTH! Anyways...I've been getting a lot of questions like "When are you going to update your calendar journal?" or "Have you changed the dates on your Fan Page Freebie?" Well good news - - I have updated EVERYTHING! 
You can grab this great Back to School freebie and get all of my other freebies in one BIG folder. Easy enough! All you have to do is like my Facebook page and click on the Fan Page Freebies tab. When you get there, you'll see a school bus that looks like this:
Click that image and you'll be directed to Google Docs where you can grab all sorts of goodies! I hope you find them helpful. I appreciate your faithfulness and all of my wonderful followers - despite me being a horrible blogger. ha ha ;-) I hope you have a fantastic start to a great school year!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas in July!

Hey friends....I'm back! I swear, I want to do better.....it's just so hard to find time. Ugh. Life gets in the way...and it becomes a choice. Do I get some sleep or blog? ha Typically, I choose the later. Anyways, I am joining in on the fun and hosting a Christmas in July sale, along with others from Blog Hoppin'. If ya'll haven't visited our blog in a while - you must. It's had a face lift and looks amazing! Here's a little sneak peek of what I'll be marking down over the next few days. Every day, a different product will be 20% off. Now is a great time to stock up on those Back to School items! 

It's a gift to bring some Summer CHEER, 
with goodies this perfect this time of year...
Because we love you is the reason why, 
just think of it as Christmas in July! 

Today, my Zebra Bright and Zebra Primary Classroom Decor is marked down. Tomorrow, my Gingerbread Man pack is on sale. You can read more about how I use that unit in my classroom, {here}. And then on Thursday, my Classroom Book Units will be 20% off. Keep checking back for more discounts each day and be sure to check out all the other fabulous sales going on. Happy Shopping!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Oh Snap!! It's here!!!!

Hey friends! You sooo want to head over to Blog Hoppin' today! I am so excited.

My friends and I have something awesome to share and we don't want you to miss out!  

Head on over to find out what we have planned!!!  

The prize package is insane. Did I mention there's a Canon Rebel T3i up for grabs?!?!?! What?!?! Can I enter? ha ha I thought that would get your attention :)

Now, GO....and join in on the fun. You'll be glad you did. 
Happy Saturday!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Made It: A unit on Tennessee Symbols

Whoo hoo! It's not officially summer in my world, until Monday Made It starts! I love linking up and seeing all of the wonderful things people have made. It gets me so inspired to do DIYs and make things I've pinned off pinterest. ha One of the things on my summer "to do" list (that is never ending) was to put together a Tennessee Unit. I searched high and low and found NOTHING that fit the bill for what I was wanting. Especially, since we have adopted new Social Studies standards for the 2014-2015 school year. It also helped that I had a little nudge from a fellow teaching buddy to create something we could use. 
Here is what I came up with! A little state symbol informational booklet. This unit is differentiated and includes 4 different versions for you AND your students. Because, well, to be honest....at times I don't feel like cutting ALL of that stuff out and some of my kiddos have a hard enough time cutting a straight line AS IS. So - never fear - I have included a craft version (as shown), a coloring version where students will just color in blackline clip art, a drawing version for them to illustrate and label their symbols, and a writing version for higher level students who are able to recall facts and write about what they learned. #winning ha ha Makes me excited typing it. 
This unit is ready to go and includes everything you need to educate your students on the great state of Tennessee and it's symbols. It's discounted HALF PRICE through this week only. Hop on over to my TpT store and pick ya up a copy if you live in the volunteer state. For fun - - I'll give away a free copy to the first person to tell me who our governor is. Until then....

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Writer's Workshop: Informational Reports

Each nine weeks, our district requires a piece of writing to be completed as an assessment and placed in our students' permanent record. The first 9 weeks was a self portrait with name and date, the second 9 weeks was a journal entry (small moment), the third 9 weeks was a book review, and this nine weeks we are working on informational reports. I just began teaching this skill within the past week and students have helped me write a report based on a book we read together. 
My kinders expressed an interest in ocean animals and specifically sharks...so this is the book we went with. I talked to students about writing informational reports and the steps to take. We referenced this anchor chart, which can be found in my mini unit on TpT
After we discussed the steps, I began a whole group writing and modeled each step - - from the illustrations and coloring....all the way to stretching out of sounds and recalling facts. Here is what we came up with and what my students wrote when they were turned loose. 
For those of you who don't speak Kindergarten...my example says:
Sharks
Topic Sentence: There are many kinds of sharks.
Fact 1: They have sharp teeth. 
Fact 2: If they stop swimming, they will sink.
Fact 3: Some are flat and some are round.

My little buddy (whose writing I am sharing with you) says:
Sharks
Sharks are not mammals.
Sharks have sharp teeth.
Sharks have gills.
There are many kinds of sharks. <--this was his topic sentence and we discussed putting it at the beginning of his writing during our conference time :) 

I'm very pleased with what I've gotten so far from my students, although we've got more work to do. I have several friends who rush through their work and think they are done, so I cracked out this anchor chart.
When I'm done, I can...add to my picture, label my pictures, write more words, reread my writing, start a new piece. This has helped tremendously in knowing that a writer's job is never done! ;-) If you're interested in doing something like this with your students. All of this, and MORE, can be found in this unit {here}. 
Leave a note about what you're working on in Writer's Workshop and an email and I'll pick two winners to receive this pack for FREE. Happy hump day!