Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Night Teacher Feature!

Being a teacher can be so difficult.  Aside from just day to day teaching, we have to attend meetings, talk with parents, fill out paper work, find and create materials, grade papers, plan, plan, plan, etc. etc. etc!  Often times it seems that we cannot do enough.

Today, several of my teacher friends are taking some time out to recognize how hard every teacher works.  We have had the amazing opportunity to get to know each other, share ideas, and learn from each other.   Today is our day to "feature" other teachers and recognize their amazing work!

The teacher that I am honored to feature today is Jessica from~

 Jessica and I met through our collaborative blog, Adventures in Literacy Land.  Like me, Jessica is a mother to three boys, has her Masters degree in reading and literacy, and she has found first grade to be irresistible!  Although Jessica has taught grades two and five over her seven year teaching career, she says that first grade is where her heart is!   Jessica states,

"I love to teach kids to read.  I love watching them grow from nonreaders into fluent readers... an experience that you get everyday in first grade."

It is no surprise to learn that Jessica's natural instinct, even as a child, was to teach others.  She always knew she wanted to be a teacher.  Jessica resides in Virginia with her husband and children.  When she is not teaching, blogging, or creating, she enjoys spending time with her boys, going to the movies, shopping, and reading.

 Keep reading to discover Hanging Out in First's
 " Top 3 Greatest Hits!"

Ever have those days when you feel like you are spinning your wheels, spinning plates in the air, and have a cloud of discouragement hanging over your head?  Of course you do!  We are teachers and it comes with the territory.  Jessica's blog post titled "In Need of Some Inspiration" is a must read for those days when you feel like all your efforts are in vain.  Here is the opening paragraph from her blog post:

 I am in need of some inspiration!
The last couple of weeks before winter break were tough and I definitely needed the break, but it was too short!  Don't get me wrong, I was ready to get off of my lazy backside and back into my classroom.  I just wasn't quite ready for the stress of it all!  Some days I just sit and wonder if anything I am doing is right and if I am making any difference at all.  Do you have those days?  Please tell me I am not the only one!

I found Jessica's post to not only be inspirational, but she also shares a book, The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark that is now on my Amazon wish list!

Jessica shares:

I originally read The End of Molasses Classes at the beginning of the school year.  It was the perfect way to kick off a new school year (especially after having a difficult class).  I was so inspired and motivated to be the best teacher possible!  I felt like Ron was personally talking to me (and calling me out on all the things that I slack on!).  Then it faded....there was testing, paperwork, data analysis, child studies, IEPs, behavior problems, environmental situations for my students, school politics, not to mention TEACHING!  So now I am reading it again and it is so worth it!  I recommend it to all of you!  Ron Clark is such an amazing teacher, devoting every ounce of his life to his students.

Click here to read the entire blog post!

Jessica's Chunky Monkey Flip Flaps  series is a fun and interactive way to teach the "chunking" strategy to little readers.  This premiere product that I am highlighting is for short "o" and includes a whopping 124 pages for just $6!!   You can check out the complete listing by clicking the picture below.

Chunky Monkey Flip Flaps - Short O Word Families

Phoneme Segmenting - Nature

Finally, check out this FREEBIE from Jessica's store.  It's a segmenting pack with a nature theme- perfect for spring!  It includes sixteen pages and is actually a sample of one of her  phoneme segmentation series and includes three different kinesthetic activities and a fluency check!  Just click on the picture above to download your freebie!

I hope that you enjoyed getting to know the teacher-author behind Hanging out in First.  Click the button below to visit her blog for more fun teaching ideas.  When you are finished, visit the other blogs in the linky below to meet more bloggers and teacher-creators.

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  1. I learned a few new things about our friend, Jessica today. She and I have shopping, reading, and movie watching in common. :) Thanks for sharing her teacher feature! I love her Chunky Monkey flip flaps cute, and I've added the book she referenced to my reading list.

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    1. Hi Wendy, I have added the book Jessica recommended to my Amazon wish list for the summer. It looks so inspiring! Thanks for stopping by. :-) Lauren

  2. I also loved Ron Clark's The End of Molasses Classes! It is one of my go-to books when I need to be recharged in the middle of the year.

    1. Hi Jana- I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for stopping by! :-) Lauren


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