August 18, 2017

Make EVERY Moment A Teaching Moment

Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Studies prove that children develop an image of themselves at an early age.  What does this mean to you as a teacher?  Model good self esteem and make every moment a teaching moment!  Read today so that you can be more insightful and thoughtful in your reactions throughout the school day and all day!

Make Every Moment A Teaching Moment


You Can Make A Difference

It happens every day!  As a teacher, it can happen multiple times daily and catch you off guard.  One of the many stories I have accumulated has to do with my looks.  Let's face it.... I'm no spring chicken but I wasn't expecting the comment that I received one day at recess.  A sweet little first grader came bouncing up to me and exclaimed, "Mrs. Waild, when you smile you have all these lines next to your eyes!" (As seen below!)  I (thankfully) said, "Thank you!"  She looked confused.  I continued my response to her by saying, "Do you know why I have all of those lines?" "It means that I have had a wonderful life!  It means that I have smiled a lot!  You just reminded me how lucky I am!  Thank you so much!"  I think she was still slightly perplexed but she was smiling too.  I gave her something to think about.  Maybe she will see wrinkles in a different way.  Instead of seeing wrinkles as an indicator of years past she may think about how happy a person has been throughout their life.  What I ask of you is to try to make these moments yourself.  Before getting your feelings hurt take a deep breath and flip the script!  Make every moment a teaching moment!

Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Studies prove that children develop an image of themselves at an early age.  What does this mean to you as a teacher?  Model good self esteem and make every moment a teaching moment!  Read today so that you can be more insightful and thoughtful in your reactions throughout the school day and all day!

What Stories Do You Have To Share?

This was one of my many stories but I know that you have a TON out there.  If you have any interaction with children you have tales to tell.  Please share with us the moments that you have changed into positive teaching moments.  I can't wait to hear them!















February 14, 2017

True Love In The Classroom (Ticonderoga + X-Acto)


Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Yes it is the day to proclaim your love!  Does love have to be captured between people?  I say, "Nay!"  Read this post to find out about a true love story that happens in my classroom on a daily basis.  The relationship between the Ticonderoga pencil and the X-ACTO pencil sharpener is a love like no other.  Without this dynamic duo my days as a teacher would be even longer and more difficult.  If your valentine is a teacher..... you may want to consider this purchase.   Happy Valentine's Day!


Yes it is the day to proclaim your love!  Does love have to be captured between people?  I say, "Nay!"  Read this post to find out about a true love story that happens in my classroom on a daily basis.  The relationship between the Ticonderoga pencil and the X-ACTO pencil sharpener is a love like no other.  Without this dynamic duo my days as a teacher would be even longer and more difficult.  If your valentine is a teacher..... you may want to consider this purchase.   Happy Valentine's Day!

True Love In The Classroom!

Ticonderoga + X-ACTO Forever

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Today I wanted to share something that I love in my classroom.  When I set up my classroom I think about how thrilled I am to have purchased these items.  When students are in need of sharp pencils and (gasp) I have forgotten to sharpen them...... a dreaded task is joyful!  

Yes it is the day to proclaim your love!  Does love have to be captured between people?  I say, "Nay!"  Read this post to find out about a true love story that happens in my classroom on a daily basis.  The relationship between the Ticonderoga pencil and the X-ACTO pencil sharpener is a love like no other.  Without this dynamic duo my days as a teacher would be even longer and more difficult.  If your valentine is a teacher..... you may want to consider this purchase.   Happy Valentine's Day!


Ticonderoga!

I remember the light bulb moment happened in my first year of teaching.  I didn't even realize that there was a difference between pencils.  Pencil after pencil kept breaking.  The lead would seemingly fall out!  I was so frustrated.  Then.... all of a sudden..... I would come across a pencil that would sharpen quickly and beautifully!  I realized that every time a pencil was sharpened to perfection it was a Ticonderoga by Dixon.  Now, years later, as students bring in their school supplies I hope, wish, and pray that there are Ticonderoga pencils in those backpacks!

Yes it is the day to proclaim your love!  Does love have to be captured between people?  I say, "Nay!"  Read this post to find out about a true love story that happens in my classroom on a daily basis.  The relationship between the Ticonderoga pencil and the X-ACTO pencil sharpener is a love like no other.  Without this dynamic duo my days as a teacher would be even longer and more difficult.  If your valentine is a teacher..... you may want to consider this purchase.   Happy Valentine's Day!Buy It Because......

  • the lead doesn't break
  • it sharpens easily with any sharpener
  • they write beautifully
  • easy to grip for tiny first grade hands
  • known as "world's best pencil"
  • worth every, single penny 


 

X-ACTO!

I'm sorry to keep bringing up my first year of teaching but it was eye-opening in so many ways.  The teacher that had the room prior to me left a pencil sharpener.  As a new teacher I was excited!  Well.... that pencil sharpener burned out within the first month.  Two others that I purchased quickly followed suit.  That's when I decided to do some research and buy a quality pencil sharpener.  I've had the same X-ACTO ever since.  I love it!  My warning to you:  It is much like owning a pick up truck..... everyone wants to borrow it!  BUT... I don't mind sharing!  That is what teaching is all about.
Yes it is the day to proclaim your love!  Does love have to be captured between people?  I say, "Nay!"  Read this post to find out about a true love story that happens in my classroom on a daily basis.  The relationship between the Ticonderoga pencil and the X-ACTO pencil sharpener is a love like no other.  Without this dynamic duo my days as a teacher would be even longer and more difficult.  If your valentine is a teacher..... you may want to consider this purchase.   Happy Valentine's Day! 

Buy It Because......

  • mine has lasted for 7 years so far
  • every pencil sharpens quickly
  • it will save you time
  • parent volunteers in your room will want to use it
  • includes a ten year warranty (oh no! I only have 3 years left!)
  • I own the X-ACTO Teacher Pro (approximately $37)






Do you have a love blooming in your classroom?

The Ticonderoga pencil and the X-ACTO sharpener make my day to day life so easy.  Do you use/own either of these?  Do you feel the same way?  Share your experiences here with us!  Maybe you have another "love" in your classroom.  Please let us know what has made teaching easier for you.













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Yes it is the day to proclaim your love!  Does love have to be captured between people?  I say, "Nay!"  Read this post to find out about a true love story that happens in my classroom on a daily basis.  The relationship between the Ticonderoga pencil and the X-ACTO pencil sharpener is a love like no other.  Without this dynamic duo my days as a teacher would be even longer and more difficult.  If your valentine is a teacher..... you may want to consider this purchase.   Happy Valentine's Day!

















January 1, 2017

I Resolve To Teach Fluency!

The new year also brings many resolutions.  I try to make a professional resolution every year.  What will your resolution be?  Make one of your most important resolutions be to follow Adventures in Literacy Land . Adventures in Literacy Land is an amazing resource that will make you a better teacher.  Originally posted in Adventures in Literacy Land.


Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  No matter how well we teach reading some students still struggle with fluency!  Wouldn't you like to have fluency goals in your room that engage the students in a fun and exciting way?   I have personally researched many ways of implementing fluency in a primary classroom and this one is awesome!  Enjoy this post and then go out and buy yourself that well-deserved teacher gift for fluency!  Happy holidays you wonderful teachers of reading!

No matter how well we teach reading some students still struggle with fluency!  Wouldn't you like to have fluency goals in your room that engage the students in a fun and exciting way?   I have personally researched many ways of implementing fluency in a primary classroom and this one is awesome!