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Time for a Hall Pass Linky!!


I'm linking up with Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits for a HALL PASS!! 

    P = Product
A = Area
 S = Signal
 S = Sanity

Give me a P!!! 
My favorite product has to this one:

We are still in the midst of writing essays and these resources have been extremely helpful!  I am so proud of the writing my students have done over the past few weeks.  This was a really difficult unit, but they have really stepped up to the plate and I feel really good about how much they have learned about writing essays.

Give me an A!!!
My favorite area in my classroom is definitely my book corner.  

But I have also fallen in love with a new spot:  the cupboards over my sink. I know, right?!  I have designated this area as a place for us to record our thinking about our current read-aloud.  The kids add character maps with illustrations, vocabulary words, information about the author and more.  Right now, we are reading The BFG by Roald Dahl, but these cupboards have also hosted Because of Winn Dixie and Shiloh this year!!  I recently added a "Twitter Board" where students can "tweet" their ideas about the book!!  Before I open the book to read, I pull one of the "tweets" from the board and we have a little discussion.  The kids absolutely love this and it encourages great discussion about the book.

Give me an S!

My "go to" transition signal has always been my chimes.  However, they recently got broken and I have resorted to a "magic" word.  I picked this up from Holly over at Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade.  Every few days or so we pick a new magic word....and when it is spoken, everyone is to stop, look & listen for directions.  Our favorites have been "Doodlebug" and "Whizzpopper."  

Give me another S!!

How do I keep my sanity?  I breathe, breathe, breathe.  If you are familiar with Conscious Discipline by Becky Baily, you know about the magic of breathing.  When I start getting the feeling that I'm losin it.....I take a S.T.A.R. breath and tell myself..."I am safe and I can handle this."  It really works wonders for me.
I Am Safe Breathing Cards 
I also have to force myself to get to bed at a decent time at night....otherwise chaos will reign.  I am not the type of person who can function on 3-4 hours of sleep...I need a solid 6-7!!

Now I'm off to take a little catnap...that's right, I'm on mid-winter break!!  Of course, I'm sick!!  I only get sick while on vacation.  Duh!

Love and peace,


  1. Oh no, you can't be sick now! Hope you start feeling better soon so you can enjoy some of your break!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  2. So sorry to hear you are not feeling well! Hope you are feeling better soon. Love your Twitter board! Great idea!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Oh geez, you are sick again? Didn't you just kick something not too long ago?!?

    I completely forgot about the "magic word"'s magic fizzled a while ago, but I think I could probably bring it back! Thanks for the reminder.

    Feel better! I went into school yesterday and it was I recommend staying in your pj's and blog stalking!


    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

    1. Thank Holly. I'm feeling cursed...I've been sick for EVERY vacation this school year! I did visit my classroom yesterday. I have a space heater, so it wasn't so bad. My fish were happy to be fed!!

  4. Terrific post and pictures! Thank you so much for linking up!

  5. I love your library!

    My student teacher just passed comment about how I only seem to get sick before a weekend. I think she is hoping for a subbing opportunity!

    Feel better and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans