Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Lil' of This and A Lil' of That...

Well, I didn't mean to stay away so long.  I'm starting to feel the pressure of busy schedules and my summer is coming to an end! Boo!  I just came back from Capturing Kids Hearts conference in Saledo.  First, I have to say the place was beautiful!  Gorgeous! -The only thing that was missing was my family. :(                                
Me and Michelle

Yes, they even had animals out there.  They also had buffalo, an ostrich, and goats.  

It was truly an amazing conference and I am so thankful that I was picked to be apart of that experience.  The conference was very similar to the Love and Logic philosophy and empowering kids.  

"If you have a child's heart, you have his head." -Flip Flippen

I feel like, for the most part, I implement this philosophy in my classroom, but there are LOTS of things that can be changed and fixed. (always)  The presenter really made this philosophy relevant with our peers. WOW!! - That was a big eye opener!  Our presenter (who was AWESOME) said, "Giving affirmation is a leadership skill".  

"A leader is someone who sets aside a personal agenda and embraces a greater agenda of serving others." -Flip Flippen

I have LOTS and LOTS of goals and things I want to do within my classroom BUT I now have a goal to make my team a priority.  I want to make sure that we are lifting each other up and affirming each other because as you can get a little crazy hectic at school.  I want to decorate a cabinet in our workroom for each one of my team members and have a way to leave each other affirmation notes, ecards (love these things), or treats.  I have framed some quotes to place around the workroom.

Pics of workroom coming soon! (once I can get in the school ;)  I would love to hear what you do with your team members to help build a stronger team. 

Next, on my list of things that I want to share are my author's chairs.  Just some cheap Dollar General chairs and a little paint.  
Now, we have a special seat to share our writing!! 

And finally.......a little bit of school shopping.  No outfit is complete without the perfect bow.

No, seriously it's not a bird it's a bow.  haha (no, we didn't buy it-but we had a good laugh:)

Have a Terrific Tuesday, friends!!

Don't forget to leave me your thoughts and ideas of building up your teammates.  


  1. I'm thinkin' I may need that bow!! I love your author's chairs! This year, I will be implementing a Social Contract with my team. Maybe have it hanging on our door or bulletin board. I want to have a cute little basket with sticky notes and fun pens for affirmation notes. Target has some little buckets that I thought would be cute hanging up to put our affirmation notes in that we give each other. I need about one more month to get all my school stuff made and ready!! Yikes! One more day and it's August :(
    Michelle @ Smitten With First

  2. We've done decorated envelopes so the notes are private. It's always fun when you get an affirmation from someone not on your team! Loved CKH

  3. I like the quote "If you have a child's heart, you have his head." -Flip Flippen and I hope that this year I'll capture my student's hearts and that their minds will follow.

  4. Sounds like it was an awesome conference! Don't forget, you'll be featured this Tuesday on my blog!
    Fun in 1st Grade