One Little Word for 2016

One Little Word for 2016

So I saw a cool blog series called #2getherwearebetter and was inspired by their One Little Word idea. I decided to choose mine for this year and do a little blog post about it. It is Hosted by Schroeder Shenanigans and Lucky Little Learners who are basically my blogging role models, so thank you ladies! Stop by and visit them!

One Little Word for 2016
So my word for this year is GROWTH (as you saw in my first image). Now I don't mean my size (haha) but professional and  personal growth. That term always makes me think of When Harry Met Sally. Remember this-when Marie and Sally ran into a now-divorced Harry in an NYC bookstore? She whispers to Sally, "Someone is staring at you in personal growth". The rest is history!
One Little Word for 2016
I am a true lifelong learner! There is nothing stagnant about me and this year my goals are about growth. 

First of all, professional growth:  I am always taking graduate course or professional development to improve my teaching. This month, a friend and I are taking a digital storytelling class because to be honest, I need to step up my use of technology in class.  I also have a writing in math class course to do with PBS online. I have been putting that off for a while but need to get it done.  This and continue to create and find great teaching ideas from teacher blogger will allow me to help my students grow. There is still a lot of second grade left and a lot of progress to be made!

Secondly, personal growth: I always am trying to improve myself. In December I did great getting back into working out regularly and eating better. I totally did terrible eating over vacation though but did get to the gym a lot (at least). January I will be back in the routine. Does anyone else do better with diet and exercise when they are working (because you actually need the structure, even if you're so much busier)? Also, this fall was challenging. I had a lot of anxiety. I went to acupuncture but I can't keep that up weekly right now because of the cost. My friend suggested an app for meditation, and I downloaded it. Now I will give it a try! Just a few minutes a day and I hope that if things become that stressful again it will help me. Finally, I want to spend time with friends and family and build family relationships more. It is easy during the school year to get so immersed with work and slack off on tending those relationships. I would like to build a stronger family and friend "unit" this year with my loved ones!

What about you? What would your one word for 2016 be? Blog about it and join the linky or comment below!

Winter Teaching Ideas: a Linkup with I Teach 2nd!


Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas
So folks, it is hard to believe but it is 2016! Happy New Year! And here in New England, we finally got our first snow of the season - which is a welcome change from last year when we got foot upon foot (upon foot...) of snow. So much snow that some schools went to school until June 29 and June 30. In any case, I thought it was time to share some fun teaching ideas for when you get back to school. 

There are a lot of terrific ideas out there from other bloggers and of course when I looked, tons on Pinterest. I only will post ideas that we can attribute to someone specific so they get credit. I also have a few ideas of my own, and if you follow to the end, there is a FREEBIE  for you that you can use when you get back to school on Monday. I have joined up with some other teacher bloggers from I Teach Second. Be sure to head down to see who else linked up at the end of this post and when you click over to their blogs, they may have some fun ideas and freebies too! AND you can enter to win a $25 TPT GIFT CARD at the end of this post! Yay!!! 

Jen at  Kitchen Counter Chronicle has a great post with an idea on an activity to go along with learning how snowflakes form. The activity combines science, art, and even math to make learning fun and she has some good book suggestions too.  


Over at  Deep Space Sparkle , there are some great ideas for teaching students to illustrate and draw winter cardinals! The collage includes cardinals done by 2nd and 3rd graders! Wow! 

Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas  Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas

Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas   

Growing a Jeweled Rose has an amazing
 resource of TONS of winter science 
experiments. You know, I always
 believe in not reinventing the wheel,
 so head over there to get tons of ideas
 (after you read the rest of this post 
though, right? And grab your freebie!)! 




























A Year of Many Firsts has this great activity called Catching Snowflakes. She was inspired by a lesson on Artsonia which is a fabulous website too. This one is on my list for the first day back.


 Simply Second Grade always has fun ideas, and this snowman adjectives idea is fun for January!  
Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas
I also found some ideas that are lesson plans or activities you can directly download and print for your kiddos. Kim Miller has a great freebie called Finding the Main Idea  with Non Fiction. I love how she has students color code to show where they looked in the text to find the main idea. My students love to just "guess" without looking back, so you know I printed this out for the beginning of January. 


Rachel K Tutoring Blog has some fun winter writing prompts you can download for your lesson plans this month! Cute ideas!

            Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas
I do have some winter resources of my own for you!  Don't forget to scroll down for your freebie!
Perfect for when you get back after your vacation!  Grab my New Year's Rhyme Match by clicking on the name or the cover sneak peek.
Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas
Also what might be great for January is teaching Katy and the Big Snow and using it to help your students with their writing! 
Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas
 As I said before I love doing writing prompts with my class. I have my Winter Writing Prompt  Collection and I am excited to try them when we get back!
Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas
The Story Problem Packs are always super fun and great practice. I even have an image of the Winter Story Problem Practice in action below!  
Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas

Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas
Also fun for the winter, Winter Synonym Fun Game! Check it out here Winter Synonym Fun or by clicking on the image!
 NOW FOR YOUR FREEBIE! It is not winter themed but I think it would come in really handy! Your students will match up subjects and predicates to make complete sentences. Grab my Subject and Predicate Match Up here or by clicking the image below. Be sure to click through and visit all the awesome second grade teachers involved in the linky and see what they have up the sleeves and grab a few freebies along the way!
Winter Teaching Ideas from Reading and Writing Redhead; tons of ideas, freebies, and links to great ideas