Adjectives and Math Stations!

Hey there, y'all!  It feels good to be back in the swing of things... teaching, creating, showering ;)

This week we are learning about adjectives, penguins, and subtraction with regrouping.  I so wish I would have had the time to post my plans this week, but it just didn't happen.  My little family was out of town for winter retreat with our student ministry.  We had a Super Hero Prom on the last night.  My little girl was Spider Man... it is HILARIOUS to watch her once that costume goes on!  So, I just didn't have time to type my plans up :(
Now onto the teaching gig...  Today, I gave each table a piece of butcher paper with a picture taped in the center.  Each table group had 4 minutes to brainstorm and write as many adjectives as they could to describe their picture.  Then, they rotated tables and did the same thing with a new picture.  We did this until all four table groups had visited each picture.  They could NOT repeat adjectives that had already been written (even though that definitely still happened!)
Here's a little look at our adjective bubble maps.  Are they perfect, spelled correctly, and beautiful... not at all, but they are personal for the kiddos!  There were only a few words written that weren't actually adjectives, so we did get the chance to discuss non-examples also!
We also started our new math stations.  I absolutely LOVE math stations (Thank you Katie King for the encouragement and know-how!)  We are using my Warm Me Up Math Stations unit for the next 4 weeks!
 I'm going to answer a few questions about my math stations...
1.  We have EIGHT stations:  I use my math station activities for FIVE of them.  IPads take up TWO of the stations, and I meet with ONE group each day.  5+2+1=8 :)
2.  We do ONE math station a day (normally not on Fridays) so my math stations last for TWO weeks! 
3.  My students work in partners- and they do the writing together also.  (Cuts my copies in half!)
4.  We spend 20-30 minutes on math stations.
5.  For the iPads I am currently using these apps (found the recommendations on Kleinspiration):
IXL Math- I am LOVING this, it covers ALL the standards and keeps track of student progress!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  I am going to blog about it SOON!

And, before I go I just have to address a *not so sweet* comment that was left on my blog.  I normally wouldn't do this, but when you talk about my daughter I will NOT ignore it.  I am not only a teacher blogger, but also a MAMA BEAR!
 First of all, I know that my daughter does not have to wear a bow to look GORGEOUS.  She is a beautiful little girl inside and out.  I'm appreciative that you visit my blog, but I am asking you kindly to not post ugly comments that involve my little girl.  Have something negative about me or my teaching resources... let me know, but leave my precious angel out of it.  I share about my family, faith, and personal life because this blog is important to me and I enjoy connecting with other teachers on a more personal level.  However, I will not stand for ugliness towards my family.  And, I have turned off the ability to post anonymous comments because I think it's really easy to say ugly things when your identity is hidden.  

And, if you ask me... she's pretty stinkin' cute with big bows on her head :)

75 comments:

Katie King said...

Love you, Joelle, and her gigantic bows! Rude people bring out the Mamma Bear in me too Amy!!!

Michelle Taylor said...

I'd LOVE to be able to figure out how to do math stations with my kinders. My problem is that I have 23 students and figuring out how to manage them all and work with a small group without interruption after interruption is hard. I'd love to organize like you have! (And by the way, I think your daughter is beautiful and her headbands are too!)

Mandy said...

Oh my goodness. First, I would eat someone up if that said something ugly about my little girls. She is beautiful with and without the bows, but the bows show off her sunny and adorable personality. Blah on that nasty poster. Second, I love all your stuff and want to be like you when I grow up ;).

Mandy
Mandy's Tips for Teachers

jr said...

Way to protect your fam!!! Thanks for all you do! !

jr said...

Way to protect your fam!!! Thanks for all you do! !

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

You go, Amy! Narrow minds can not be happy minds.
I love your products! I love your stations! Kath

Peter Meade said...

Some people have way too much time on their hands. I love hearing about your little family and I can't even begin to tell you how many of your activities I have used including tomorrow when we will do the adjective activity!!!! And your daughter is beautiful!!! Jill

shannon said...

Thank you so much for your blog. I find so many amazing things I can use in my classroom.
Also, I am appalled at the comment made about your precious daughter. I sincerely hope that the person that made that cruel, thoughtless comment sees your blog today and sends you an apology. You certainly deserve one.

kmarsh said...

People can be so rude! I love all your teaching ideas you share!! I also enjoy hearing about your amazing journey as a mom. Thank you so much!!

Jennifer White said...

Anonymous comments have been turned off my blog for a long time, too. I agree, it makes it easier for folks to be mean. Just ignore and keep being a great mom to a precious girl =)
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Lisa Mongin said...

Well i am not going to get long or sappy, but I am new to second grade this year and your blog and products have been like a gift sent from God! thanks so much and keep the bows coming!!!

Dawn Collins said...

Aww:(. That breaks my heart that someone can be so rude and insensitive! I love the hair bows! She is absolutely beautiful! I always put hair bows and head bands on my baby girl when she was little. She is now 13. Every time she looks at her younger pictures, she says, "aww, Mommy, I was so cute and accessorized!" She loves those pics!

Tiffany Ellis said...

Don't let an annoying comment like that get you down. You are an amazing person, teacher, mother, wife....
I think the bows are so stinkin' cute and would put them on my daughter too if I had one! (I just have boys!) Your resources and ideas have been such an inspiration to me as a second grade teacher. You just keep up all the fabulous stuff you do!!
Tiffany
crazyaboutsecond.blogspot.com

Heidi Samuelson said...

Not sure why people feel the need to share their ugly opinions on your sweet blog. Your family is fabulously wonderful just they way you are :)
Thanks for sharing about your math stations...a question please...do you do whole group math everyday and then have math stations meeting with a group that has trouble with the concept? Or do you meet with different groups on different days? Or do you not group the kids at all and see who needs extra support and meet with those children each day? Working on some revamps for my rotations and enjoy hearing how others find things work for them :) Thanks for all you do to share and help others!
Mrs. Samuelson's Swamp Frogs

Jessica said...

I love the idea of only doing math stations on Fridays and having partners complete the form together! I always struggle with getting everything 'in'!! And... whoever 'anonymous' is ... that's just sad... enough said. You're such an inspiration to me and thousands of other teachers out there... I know it's hard to not let things like that bother you but remember you're one amazing person!! :)

Jessica
The Teacher Talk

Marcy Bernethy said...

I think Joelle looks ADORABLE with her big bows. I'm so sorry that you had someone say that about her. She precious and has a great style! :)

I love the adjective activity! Your right about how it doesn't have to be perfect all the time. Those lessons are the best.

Thank you for all you do. You have been such an inspiration to me over the past 3 years.

Marcy
Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Courtney B said...

Good for you Amy! That comment was incredibly rude and uncalled for. Your daughter is beautiful with or without bows but I think the bows are adorable.

Jenny Kime said...

I'm so happy that you share about your faith & family along with the school stuff. It's why I read your blog no matter how many others I skip. I love to hear about your sweet girl & her big bows are adorable!!!

Jennifer Reynolds said...

My daughter wore bows, headbands, and hats from the time she was born and often still pops them in her hair still today--and she is 22! Joelle rocks her accessories and has such cute outfits! Keep helping her shine!

And thanks for the run-down on your Math Stations! I am slowly but surely starting to use them too, but sadly our district does not have $ for classroom iPads. We do get to go to computer lab 2x per week though!

~Jennifer
www.storiesandsongsinsecond.blogspot.com

Dori Jost said...

Good for you Amy! Joelle is a gorgeous cutie girl and I love to read about your family as well as buy everything from your blog!

Liz said...

What a mean comment. I personally always see little girls with big flowers or bows and wish I could get away with wearing them! They are so cute!
Liz
Teaching in the Valley

SassySub said...

Really upsetting about that comment. Sorry anyone would ever do that to you and your family.

I appreciate all you do, you have truly inspired me!

smorss99 said...

I LOVE her bows!!! You are owed an apology, how disappointing that someone who be so mean.

Debnise said...

First of all, thank you for sharing your talents and ideas with us. You've helped us all to become better teachers. Second, I love reading about your family and especially your beautiful daughter. As someone who has a family member that was adopted from China, your story touches me in a personal way. I'm sorry the ugliness of some people have touched you. Believe me, if Joelle didn't love those bows, she'd be yanking them off!! That's what my little angel did when she was that age!!!

Lindsay said...

I wish I could wear those bows on MY 26 year old head!!! Thank you for everything! I discovered your site a couple of months ago and it has made my 2nd year teaching so much more fun :)

Jen said...

Oh my dear sweet Amy...I would just love to know who posted that ridiculousness! I don't have my own kiddos yet but this sure brings out the one day Mama Bear! She is a doll!

4321Teach said...

Love that you are so willing to share. Your daughter is a blessing no matter what she wears! People who make comments like that shouldn't remain anonymous. It makes me think of Titus 2:7-8.

Have a great rest of the week!

EmilyK

Richard Giso said...

Are you kidding me? The author of this comment is not worthy of your time or worry. You, your family, your blog and resources are all beautiful in my book!!!

Elizabeth Davis said...

Unbelievable!!! That would make me so made. My 1 year old wears bows that are over the top- like 8 inches- all the time.

Elizabeth Davis said...

Unbelievable!!! That would make me so made. My 1 year old wears bows that are over the top- like 8 inches- all the time.

Samantha McClure said...

Hi there!

Thanks for posting some details about your math stations. My district uses Saxon math, which you might know is scripted and comes with all needed materials, and since I am a new teacher I've been concentrating on teaching reading because it doesn't come as naturally to me. I have sorta used Debbie Diller's math stations after some of our lessons but often run into the problem of not enough time to finish them so students really don't get much out of them. I would love to ditch the parts of the curriculum that are no longer aligned with CC next year and teach more with centers like you do. How much time do you spend on whole group lessons or do you do only centers and small groups? Also, do you use centers as grades or something else?

Thank you so much, and power to the bows!

MrsG said...

More "Mama Bear" power to you! I experienced a similar comment about my son when he was young. He is now 24 years old, we are very close and NEVER, not once, has he complained or questioned how I dressed him. Children don't care how we dress them, they care about how we make them feel. It is obvious that your daughter loves and feels loved!! Keep up the good work MOM!

MrsG said...

More "Mama Bear" power to you! I experienced a similar comment about my son when he was young. He is now 24 years old, we are very close and NEVER, not once, has he complained or questioned how I dressed him. Children don't care how we dress them, they care about how we make them feel. It is obvious that your daughter loves and feels loved!! Keep up the good work MOM!

Cindy Lynn said...

Amy - you are a wonderful inspiration to the teaching community. God has given you an amazing outreach through your creative gifts. Thanks for sharing your faith, family, trials, and blessings. Joelle is a beautiful child and I always look forward to seeing her cutsy outfits and smiling face - bows and all!!

Kristin Kenny said...

I can't believe someone would even think about that let alone write that on your blog. That's ridiculous!!! Joelle is beautiful regardless of what she wears..to me her outfits and headbands just show off her spunky personality!...I love your blog and seeing your family pictures..I even show them to my mom..She loves Joelle too! Thank you for your willingness to share all that you do! You rock!!

Amy Coates@ SweetExpectations8 or TheClassroomPet.blogspot.com said...

Amy- you amaze me. You are a wonderful mother, teacher and role model for FAITH!

I have a quick question about your math centers - you have 8 "stations" but only do 1 a day correct? That one station is for 20 minutes?

I want to understand completely - because I love the idea!

Wendy Wilcoxen said...

I just have to say that as a "celebrity" you are going to run into those crazy people who have nothing better to do than beat other people down. The devil attacks to try and steal your joy! You are an amazing mom, wife, teacher and inspiration to so many. I use your activities all the time and look forward to reading your blog. Joelle is a sweet, precious angel and she knows the love that you put into every bow you make for her. You and your family need to do what makes y'all happy. Keep being an inspiration and know that you and your family are a bright spot in my day!!

Blessings!
Wendy Wilcoxen
peaceloveandlittlepeople.blogspot.com

Shelby - First Time Firstie said...

Haters gonna hate! Your daughter is beautiful and I love those bows!!

Some people just don't understand fashion ;)

Shelby
First Time Firstie

Megan Bonert said...

LOVE your ideas and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE LOVE the bows! I so wish I had a little girl to but great big bows on... and I may secretly wish I could wear them too! Some people don't know how to be nice! Keep up all the good work in both teaching and being a great momma!

Jennifer Falicon said...

Hi Amy,

I just bought your pizza fractions on your tpt. We did them in class today and they turned out suuuuper cute. Thank you so much for your products.

p.s., In the 90's, my first grade teacher wore huge bows in her hair and I always aspired to be just like her.

pammy said...

1. Thank you for sharing the apps for IPADS. Please keep doing this.
2. I got your math centers last week. They look great.
3. Thanks for sharing how you manage your math time. Mine looks different with 30 students and only 3 IPADS, but it's great to see what others are doing and I always get great ideas on your blog.
4. Your daughter always looks beautiful and happy, even when wearing a cast on her arm.
Happy New Year!

Cristal said...

Love your blog! The adjective activity is awesome. If I may can you tell me where you got the pictures for this? Thanks! I read your blog all the time and am amazed with all you do. I appreciate all you share, you are an inspiration

Cristal

Julie said...

Amy,
The bigger the bow the better!!! She is absolutely precious WITH her headbands and without! Besides, kids are supposed to look back at pictures and say stuff like that. It's what makes life funny and memorable! I love to look back at old pics of me as a kid and ask my mom "why?"….haha!

Patty Rutenbar said...

Did you hear the gasp come out of my mouth! Oh no they did not dis your beautiful daughter! That is just awful. I love how cute she looks with the headbands or what ever you do with her. She just can't help being cute. All of us can look back at our pictures when we were little and say "What was my mom thinking!" But that was the style back then. Look at how our eye glasses have changed over the years. When I had great big ones, I thought I was the bomb! But now, oh my golly I think they were ugly!

I also do math stations. We have 10 computers in our rooms. So computers are a group, centers are a group and I see a group. We stay at each station for about 20-30 minutes every day. I have about 9 in each group. I find it works very well for my 2nd graders.

Love your blog!
Patty
Second In Line

Bec Perry said...

Oh Amy! Your daughter is gorgeous and her headbands are super cute! I'm sure she's proud to have you as her Mama. It's really sad sometimes what people think are acceptable comments to others, online or in person.

Katje said...

My father used to say who has the problem? Your daughter is beautiful and as you said it is easy for people to say things anonymously.
Any who - we use EasyCBM and it also addresses the common core and students can move at their pace.

More than Math by Mo said...

From one momma bear to another....well said! I love seeing your daughter's beautiful face and I especially love the bows! Also, I love the adjectives activity! I am so going to borrow this idea, Thanks!
-Monique
More Than Math by Mo

Butterfly said...

I also like reading the snippets of your personal life amongst the teaching tips! I turned off anonymous comments when I started my blog and also have it on moderation, so people who write unrelated negative stuff can get filtered. Ignore the person since they didn't have the balls to claim ownership of a comment that has absolutely no relevance to your teaching blog!

p.s. if she didn't like the bows, she wouldn't wear them!
p.p.s. and it never hurts to have some embarrassing photos to show at her wedding

Butterflying Through Teaching

littlefolkgal said...

Your daughter looks adorable in the bows! And isn't is fun as an adult to go back and look at pictures of yourself and say, "Did I wear that?" Keep putting those cute bows in her hair. Makes her all girly and cute- not that she needs to be any cuter!

Kelly Teaching Fourth said...

I wish my girls were little again and still wearing big bows and cute little outfits! My two definitely wore their fair share of big bows when they were little, and I loved them on them. They grow up oh so fast! Your little girl is beautiful! Keep enjoying every moment.
It makes my heart sad for you to have to deal with rude comments about your sweet little one.
Kelly
Teaching Fourth

Kimberly said...

I'm not going to say what I really want to say about the rude comment coward...but I am proud of you for addressing it the way you did. Classy and one of the reasons we love reading your blogs, love hearing about your mommy adventures and love hearing about your beautiful daughter.
I'm thinkin' the superhero prom would make a good staff party...gonna have to look into that.
Kimberly
Funky First Grade Fun

Rhonda said...

I am so saddened by the mind and words of some people. How sad it is that someone takes the time to criticise what your adorable little girl is wearing.

Let's get on with life and who cares about bows or no bows.

I have always admired how cute Joelle looks.

Stick with the bows!They look GREAT!

Rhonda

Classroom Fun

iintegratetechnology said...

You go girl! Love your post! The headbands are adorable! Thanks for a few more app ideas. My passion is technology and I blog about apps daily :) http://iintegratetechnology.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

I can't believe someone would say something so unkind! I can't wait to have a daughter so I can have her wear headbands like that. Some people have WAY too much time on their hands. Thanks for being so awesome- you are an inspiration :)

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Lauren Alexander said...

Your little girl is so stinking cute and a blessing! I don't have children so when you post cute new pictures of her I show all of my fellow teachers so they know the cute sweet face behind the awesome teacher. Thanks for helping me become a better teacher and creating such fun things for my classroom!

Erin said...

Your anonymous commenter obviously isn't from the South (I live in SC) where the motto with bows is the bigger, the better! What a terrible thing to say! :(

Elyse Rycroft said...

Love your blog Amy and good for you standing up for your family and what's right! Sorry that that happened.
I do want to say that I love your blog posts and ideas so much I always save them in one of my email folders called "great teaching ideas!"
Keep up the good work and being a great mom!
Elyse
Proud to be Primary

Angela Hevron said...

Some people never learned, "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all." I, for one, LOVE Joelle with her big bows! I think she's absolutely precious. She is going to look back on these pictures and love that her mama made them for her, which by the way, I would love to learn how to do.
Love your blog!
~Angela
Gig ‘Em Teacher

Renee Glashow said...

Luv your blog AND Joelle's big bows!

Renee Glashow said...

Luv your helpful blog And Joelle's big bows!!!

PCPHAUP said...

I love your blog! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and units on TPT! I have a two year old little boy so I can't get away with the big bows, but hope one day I have a little girl so I can!!

Hilliary said...

LOVE THE BOWS! Love your daughter! Love your blog! Love your resources! ... And I'm not just saying all this to pat you on the back... I find inspiration in your blog constantly for teaching ideas and with my faith. Thanks for all you do!

mskatiesclass said...

We at Trimble Elementary School in Tennessee LOVE her big headbands and you! Thank you for all of the great stuff on your blog!
Katie, Lynnette, Kelley, Kim

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Rose Gonzales said...

Thank you for sharing EVERYTHING so openly with your bloggers! You and your daughter are beautiful souls. In honor of Joelle, I am going to wear a flower in my hair tomorrow (used for a trip to Hawaii) all day. Sending love and blessings your way!

Mrs.Jacks said...

Thanks SO much for all the information that you share:) I am student teaching in a few weeks (2nd Grade) and am so thankful for all the resources and insight you share:)

Liz Levy said...

Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!!! You're so inspiring. I love reading about your classroom and family. And I must say: your little girl is precious- such a sweetheart!

:) Liz

txmommy said...

Amy,
Just found your site. I'm so thankful for it.
Momma Bear is the best! STand up for your baby girl. She is beautiful.
Can't wait to read on!!!

beth arnott said...

I have shown so many people the cute bows you put in Joelle's hair! They are downright adorable. I have enjoyed reading your family's journey - she is as blessed to have you as you are to have her. Ignore the nasties - some people are just plain rude with voicing their opinion.

Valerie Nikolaus said...

The bows are her signature look! She's a trend setter! Who thinks that way? Your family is beautiful. Thanks for always sharing!
Val Nikolaus

Hollie Griffith said...

You go Mama Bear!! I love the big bows!!! I only wish my girls would wear them!!! :)

layciegrace said...

Loving how you are able to get the kids write their descriptions of the animals in the paper. By seeing what others have written, they came up with their own adjectives instead of just copying. - What a lovely and effective way to teach. - Layce of Mymathdone.com