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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hall Pass! A linky!

I found a new linky! Hooray! I saw this popping up on blogs I follow and thought I didn't need a new blog linky.  The more I read, the more I liked the idea. So I am linking up.  Thanks Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits for starting this linky! 

As far as I can tell, these are the only rules. I would say it's always a good idea to find another blog to comment on when you link up. I have made more blog friends through reading and commenting on blogs than any other way. So... here I go! 

Product: I don't create, so I will talk about my favorite purchased product. I love everything about Teachers Pay Teachers. The best, most useful product I have purchased so far is: Miss Kindergarten's January Math and Literacy Centers. You can purchase it here.

Not only is this really helpful, well-made and easy to use, but it's all aligned with common core standards. It is awesome. 

Favorite Area? I would have to say.... the carpet. I love the learning we do on the carpet and we spend a lot of time there. We do most of our core instruction on the carpet, plus transitions, plus read aloud, plus.... (see what I mean? We do a LOT on the carpet).

My "go to" signal is "Class-class" from whole brain teaching. I say "class" in some form or other and students have to respond with "yes." They have to match my "class" with their yes. If I say, "class-class" they say "yes-yes." If I say "classity-class-class," they say "yessity-yes-yes." If I say "Oh... Class!" they say "Oh... Yes!" 

A signal I use a lot is: "freeze!" and students have to stop whatever they are doing. I usually make sure I put my hands in a strange position and freeze them there.  Then they freeze their mouth and their movements. They wait for instruction and when I am finished I say, "un-freeze." 

Sanity? What is that? I don't know if I remember what sanity is! I take solace in food: rich, indulgent, comforting, fattening. I also like sweets and the more stressed I am, the more I just shovel in some chocolate or sugar. I have started to find a small niche in my school and I grab a glimpse of sanity by talking to another teacher in the hall or during a break or sneak over to the other building to talk to the other Kindergarten teacher when students are at music or P.E..  

Stupid, mindless television can be a sanity saver. Here is what we've been watching lately: 

Friends. We don't have cable. Or television to speak of, so we rely on dvd's, netflix, and Hulu.  I have also been watching Psych, Cheers, and Frazier on Netflix. 

Hop over to Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits (at the top of this blog) and read, comment and link up! Thanks! 


  1. So excited to find you through this Hall Pass Linky! It's nice to see new bloggers and guess what? I am a new blogger as well. Looking forward to sharing many kindergarten ideas with you!
    Kindergarten Milestones

  2. Great hall pass!
    Thanks for linking up!

  3. I love Friends. Great reminder to watch and laugh. I need to laugh more.

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family