Monday, July 30, 2012

First Day Jitters Blog Hop

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in my first ever linky pary "Preparing for School"! You still have time to enter in! It has been so helpful reading every-bodies advice and tips for new teachers! I am getting so nervous and "jittery" about starting my first year of teaching! So....with that I am joining Fierce in Fourth's First Day Jitters Blog Hop!

All you have to do is tell 3 things that you are jittery about for the upcoming school year!

1. I am soooo nervous for the first day of school. Being a first year teacher, I have NO idea what to expect. I don't know any of the kids. The last time I was at this school was in the Fall of 2009 (its been a while). I observed in a 4th grade class and those 4th graders are now 7th graders! OMGoodness!

2. I am worried that I won't have everything prepared that needs to be plan, bulletin boards, routines and procedures! Ah! I'm stressing myself out just thinking about it!

3. Lastly, I am excited and jittery about meeting the rest of the staff (I have already met the middle school staff that I will be working with and love them!) But I haven't met the rest of the staff yet. I just hope that everyone likes me and is friendly and kind to me! Eek! :S

What are you jittery about for the upcoming school year?

Head over to Fierce in Fourth and link up!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Under Construction - LINKY PARTY

Sorry everyone!

My blog is currently under construction. I am trying to be creative and create my own blog header and the middle of doing this I have lost my old background! So bare with me! :)

Don't forget to link up with me in my 1st ever LINKY PARTY! (details in previous post)

Thanks for your understanding!

Mrs. Crouse

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Preparing for School LINKY PARTY!

I am having my first ever linky party and I hope you can join me!

As most of you may know, I am preparing for my first year of teaching! I will be teaching in a 6th grade class (language arts, history, and science). I am so excited, but have no idea where to begin! The reason for this linky party is for you to help me and other new teachers in preparing for our classrooms! Just follow these simple rules and link up!

1. Post about this linky party on your blog
2. Follow my blog ({6th Grade} All-Stars)
3. Answer the following 5 questions (include documents if you have them):

- What grade do you teach?
- What is the greatest advice you received during your 1st year of teaching?
- Do you have a checklist that you follow when preparing your classroom (include the checklist)?
- What are some must haves in your classroom that you cannot live without (ex. items, books, posters, management strategies)?
- What is something that all teachers should have in their classroom?

Don't forget to add your link and put your answers in a comment!! :)

Thank you for participating!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Your Book Lists

Well I just returned home from a much needed vacation to Myrtle Beach. It was beautiful! More about that later! I am home for a day and then I am leaving to go to Florida to be a sponsor for our churches youth trip! Pretty excited!

Any who....I thought I would ask your advice.

I never expected to be teaching 6th grade and I have a ton of early elementary books and only about 10 Jr. High books. So this is where I need your help.

Would you give me your TOP 5 5th-8th grade books?

I am having a hard time knowing what is too young or too old for them!

Thank you in advance for your book lists!!!

p.s. please enter into Life in Middle School's 100 follower giveaway! There are so many AWESOME prizes!

Friday, July 6, 2012

3rd Blog Award

of the WEEK!!

Wow, I am really feeling the love right now! Thank you goes to Amanda at Surviving the First Year for nominating me for the "Versatile Blogger" award! 

Here are the rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you: CHECK
 2. Include a link to their site: CHECK
3. Include the award image in your post: CHECK
 4. Give 7 random facts about yourself: CHECK
 5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award: (this is going to be tough!) CHECK
 5. When nominating include a link to their site: CHECK
 7. Let the other bloggers know they've been nominated: CHECK

1. I am one of the pickiest eaters! Don't like melted cheese, milk, tea, tomatoes, cocktail shrimp, etc. The list goes on and on! 
2. I have 2 much older brothers (one is 11 years older than me and the other 17 years older than me)
3. I have been married for 2 years to a wonderful man
4. I am a Christian
5. I love kids
6. I love the beach and would be the happiest girl in the world if I lived on the beach (ahhh)
7. and last but not least, I have an awesome cat named...FRANK! 

 Frank likes blogging too! :)

My 15 blogger buddies:
5. Fun in Room 4B (has it already)
9. The Teachers Cauldron (has it already)

WHEW! That was hard! I need more blogger friends!! lol

Happy Summer!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Another Blog Award!?

You guys are too kind!!

A BIG thank you goes out to Lisa @ Super Pig and Tyrant King for nominating me for the "One Lovely Blog Award"! I am beyond excited to be getting a 2nd blog award in one week!!

There are only 3 rules to follow once you've received this award :)
1. Follow the person who gave you the award
2. Link back to the person that gave you the award
3. Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers.

Wow!! 15 blogs was hard! But I did it! And I am in love with all of these blogs! Be sure to check them all out. You will fall in love too! :)

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My Classroom

I got to see my classroom today!
I had not been able to see it due to floor waxing. It is still not completely cleaned up yet, but I got to get in there and take some pictures! My room has been vacant for about 2 years. Teachers would occasionally take their classes in there to work on various class projects. But for the most part it has been empty. I definitely have my work cut out for me!

I won't be able to get in there for another TWO weeks! But I can't wait!!

Happy 4th of July! :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

My First Blog Award!

Lauren at Adventures in Sixth has given me the Liebster Blog award!
Thank you SO much Lauren! :)

What is the Liebster award?

Liebster is German for dearest, beloved or favorite.  This award is bestowed on blogs with less than 200 followers but deserve more attention.  What a great way to support fellow bloggers you admire!

There are rules for receiving the Liebster Blog award though!
This award highlights blogs that have under 200 followers. Here are the rules for it:
1. Copy and paste this award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal 5 other bloggers and let them know by commenting on their blog.

 Now for the 5 bloggers that I would like to award for their great and amazing blogs!!

1. Surviving the First Year - Amanda is a first year teacher (just like me!) and is just starting her blog! Check her out!

 2. Life in Middle School - Lauren is a middle school teacher, teaching 7th grade math and science. She has some great ideas!

3. Engaging Lessons and Activities - Tech Girl has some great ideas on technology in the classroom!

4. Mrs. Nation's Educational Hub - She is one of my really great friends and I am proud to award her the Liebster Blog award! She has so many great ideas for the classroom!
 5. Middle School Math Rules! - Sherrie has some great math ideas and activities for middle school students!

Middle School Math Rules

 Thank you again to Lauren at Adventures in Sixth for giving me this award! :) soon!?

Yes, yes...I know.
My last post in June was a currently and my first post in July is a currently....
But hey! At least I am keeping you updated right? Ha!
My currently this month isn't so different from last months. Still thinking the same things except for the fact that I am leaving for Vacation this week!! EEK! :)

1. You favorite go-to read aloud - mine is ANY Dr. Seuss books. Kids are just enthralled by him! I can pick out any book of his and the kids just sit, listening, quietly....its magic!
2. You go-to teacher's manual - mine right now is the First Year Teacher's Survival Guide (buy here) Since I am a first year teacher, I will be turning to this book a lot for tips and advice!

Thank you so much to Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for providing these currentlys! They are so much fun! :)

Happy Summer!