Thursday, July 14, 2011

The old is new...

This post is all about recycling.

There are two things I want to say about recycling. The first is just a bit of "housekeeping," so bear with me please.

Part I

I have to razz the teachers out there just a little bit. It has been my experience that teachers waste more paper than any other people I know. I do know a few teachers that use recycling bins, but only a few.


Even the podunk town I live in has a recycling center, so there is probably one near you too. It is so easy to have a seperate waste bin for paper that you can take once a week or so to the recycling center. Heck, a lot of those centers have people that will come collect it- ZERO WORK.

Sometimes it seems to me that one person recycling does very little for the environment. But I've found that if you are willing to do that little extra, you will influence others around you, and "voila!" we're saving the planet.

Part II

This part is much more fun! I have been finding fun projects all over the internet that involve "repurposing" items. I know teachers are no strangers to "repurposing," but here are a few ideas anyway.

Do you throw away cans after you've eaten the veggies/soups/etc? NEVER! They can be cleaned up, decorated, and used to hold a myriad of things from pencils to rulers, and so on.

Have an old "Lazy Susan" laying around the house (pun intended)? Turn it into a spinner for center activities (or a number of other things).

Have any old pieces of wood lying around? Turn it into an adorable sign for your reading center.

Old  cookie sheets, plastic easter eggs, legos, CandyLand, and nuts and bolts are turned into word work activities.

Turn that old dish rack into a holder for books and pencils.

There are so so many fun ways to re-use items from around the house. It saves money, too! Try it sometime. :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Getting Started...

For the last two weeks I've been trying to make sure that I'm ready for the upcoming school year- my first as a teacher. But where to start?...

I've found that a good place to start when preparing for your first year of teaching is the World Wide Web.  I advise you to write down the good ideas you find so that you don't have to find them again.  I have found the following list of websites and blogs to be very helpful, so I want to share them with you.

WARNING: There are so many great ideas floating around cyber space that it may add to your overwhelming sense of un-readiness. USE CAUTION.

Teacher Tipster Mr. Smith is a 1st grade teacher and he has wonderfully fun ideas. I used many of his tips while both student teaching and substitute teaching. I highly recommend watching his videos.

The Cornerstone There is so much information on this site, it's like first-year-teacher-Heaven. Heck, a 30-year teaching veteran would probably find this site valuable. But pace yourselves. This site can overwhelm you.

Mrs. Smith's Blog Be sure to visit her Teacher Resources page- she has a ton of good stuff.

Mrs. Meacham's Blog Another blog with lots of resources.

First Grader At Last This is one of my favorite teacher blogs. Be sure to visit!

Seussville Enough cannot be said of Dr. Seuss...

Starfall Filled with fun activities for kids.