Monday, September 17, 2012

Fire Drills...Loathing. Unadulterated Loathing....

Fire drills are the worst thing ever!  (Even though they are practical and necessary!)  My kids think it is an extra recess.  After assuring that everyone is out of the building, I need a recording that repeats, "Face away from the building"...."Now is not a good time for picking flowers."..."Walking feet"...
No amount of bribery rewarding or practicing works.  But like Pollyanna, I will be GLAD that nothing truly is on fire and it was a beautiful day to practice.

On another note...I LOVE my blog makeover.  It makes me smile (unlike fire drills) and my chickadees finally finished a bunch of projects and got them up on the walls.

Bulletin Board Titled:  Chickadees by the Numbers and the Books
We glued our Important Numbers to one side.  The other side is a picture of us reading.  We colored, just the book.  (We were imitating Mo Willems.)  And added a speech bubble for the prompt, "Reading Makes Me Feel _____________ because _________________."  (Imitating a Todd Parr book.)
"Reading makes me feel awesome because it makes me go places."
"Reading makes me feel excited because it is fun.  You can use your imagination."
"Reading makes me feel somewhere else because it there's a book about Japan, I feel like I am in Japan."
"Reading makes me feel good because it inspires me to read more books."
"Reading makes me feel outstanding and excited because it's good for my brain."
Slowly, adding what we are reading to the board.
We all colored the first initial of our names.

Happy Monday,


  1. The title of your post totally caught my eye! Love me some Wicked. Your blog makeover looks awesome!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. Loving your make over sooo cute! My room is chicks/birdies.

  3. I love your new design! How do the kids decide on the important numbers? I would love to do this with my owlets!
    Owl Things First!

  4. Beautiful make over! I love your personal number posters :)

  5. Fire drills are a challenge! One year, my class had to walk 3/4 of the way around the school. By the time we got to "safety" the drill was over! I swear it's like herding cats! :)
    The blog design looks great.


  6. Your students are always in the midst of authentic thinking. I love it. Have you read "Reading Makes You Feel Good" by Todd Parr? Great story.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  7. I love your new design! Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas! I love your bulletin board idea " by the Chickadees numbers and books". Too cute!

    Have a great week!


  8. I LOVE your new blog design! Awesome. So clean and "you". I also love the what are you reading chart. I must do this! I think I might do it with teachers and the principal at our next staff meeting since I don't have my own class. We could put it in the office. Thanks for the idea!

    First in Maine

  9. Your new design is fanTASTic!! Love your board ideas...all of them!!!

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