The VIP Table! A management idea for people without prize boxes!

I posted a picture of my new VIP table system a few weeks ago on IG, and well, got a lot of questions, interest in how to run it, and even concerns.
So here's a rundown of the VIP table incentive in my classroom.
What is the VIP table? a group of 6 desks! I didn't rearrange my room at all, just moved kids' desks around.
The Sitballs are normally at one of my guided reading tables. I got them from a donorsChoose grant a few years ago. You can check them out here. I have the small size.

This is definitely something you want to generate with your students. Of course, we all know you hold the key to what the guidelines really are! My only suggestion is that you keep it simple and only choose actions that can be "proven" so to speak.
This privileged seating isn't anything new, just something my hubs and I came up with on a drive one day as I was complaining about the yapping in my class. and the apathy. and the general lack of motivation. It's a great motivator! Will it work forever, no way! But I do try to change it up to keep it fresh. If I had velvet rope, I'd hang it around the table! Go all out! Make it something they want! Decorate the desks! Whatever makes it seem special will have them drooling!
I started 2 days before Christmas break and had no guidelines. Just moved them willy nilly. It built excitement and anticipation. When we returned, we made the VIP rules together.

so there ya go!
Feel free to leave any questions below and I'll get back to you!
and thank you to Creative Clips for the papers, KG fonts, Miss Tiina fonts, Annie Moffatt for the borders, and Graphics by Sarah Beth for the graphics I used!

it's time...back from break plans

as much as I am not ready mentally, physically, or emotionally I don't have a choice!
I have to go back to work tomorrow!
We had a workday Friday
I didn't work
my own personal rebellion I guess
but it only hurts me I guess!
So the best way to prepare is to spend the entire afternoon making plans then posting them on the blog and linking up with Deedee!

all while listening to wiggle repeatedly seriously- at least 20 times.
this shiz cracks us up!
like right now this is my house
Hubs, "give me a song!"
a kid hollers out something, "big, fat butt!" or "jump" or some other amazing musical choice we've let our kids experience, grow up with, and come to love...judge if you must!

Now that I broke down and bought Keynote for the ol' Mac, I can link in my pdf's again!
So click away to find these goods!
well, first you need to click to get to the pdf! There are THREE freebies for Monday! and because I royally messed up the link to my freebie for New Year's Owl giveaway, I'm linking it here too! Enjoy!

and yes, I notice the morning meeting kinda slacked off's because I'm not 100 percent on what I wanna read yet!
I cannot wait to make this Resolutions board again!
they are so, so fun!
and you really do have to think and infer to write these!

New Year Giveaway and Freebie!

Happy New Year's guys!
I love the new beginnings feeling of this time of year!
And while I will go back to work with the same bunch I left LAST YEAR-I love telling them that!-I always have big plans after a long break! It's what I love about teaching!

But anyway, I said a giveaway and you clicked, so here's the deets!
My girls and I over at Owls are giving away a $100 Amazon gift card!

Amazon-isn't that the best thing ever? Ever since signing up for Prime it's a little too easy to click that yellow 1-click buy it button!
And not only that...but a few of us are hosting ANOTHER giveaway on our blogs!
I'll be giving away a set of 7 Snowy Day read-alouds! I just bought it for my kiddos to use in January and on our Snowed In at School Day! They are so cute!

To win, just enter the rafflecopter below! That's it!
There's also a little freebie in there for you!
It's only available through this giveaway as a thank you for entering!
Happy New Year!

What I'm Teaching ... January

I love reading Kacey's "what I'm teaching" posts, so I thought I'd beg, borrow ...steal the idea and share what I'll be teaching in 2nd grade this month! If you're in need of or curious about New Year's products, I posted on Blog Hoppin' yesterday!

I noted the standards taught if you're curious.
and here's most of the units I use to teach them! We use Math Expressions (2007) for math and supplement a few times per week with partner games, notebooking (I use Blair Turner's interactive notebook and love it!) and extra practice, so these are not the units I use to teach the core of my math. I'll also be benchmarking in 2 weeks! woot! 






Obviously I do not use every activity from every product! I pick and choose what best fits my needs with each class! We know they are all different!! 
Happy Saturday! how many more days til we go back!?!

my favorite things! linky!

I'm linking up with Erica to share some of my favorite things. Yes, I like things...and I love my family, too! It is possible. Things make me happy and I'm ok with that. I work this second job so I can have things. Now, I'm off my soapbox!

monogram bangle (Sweet Tea Jewels)/antler cuff (Klassy Rounds)

I am in love with these bangles! I want like 4 of the antler ones and they are always sold out! and these monograms are so unique and cute! I just discovered Sweet Tea Jewels on IG yesterday and there are so many I want now!
however, after looking through my feed on IG, I can't really say I am in need of any more!
If you click on the pic, I linked them up for you!

the giving key, alex and ani
alex and ani
lenny and eva
lenny and eva, alex and ani 
bourban and boweties, alex and ani (plume wrap, sister)
bourban and boweties, alex and ani (buddha, compass, mermaid, owl)

layered with love on etsy
alex and ani
don't ask, I don't know what these fonts are and I spent the better part of yesterday trying to figure it out! But aren't they gorgeous! I'll be venturing on a new blog adventure soon (as in when Megan can squeeze it in!) and I'm logo shopping!

fringe booties (The Mint Julep)

aren't these adorable! I got a pair on the cheap from jane or groopdealz!

side table (Target)/clipart (3am teacher) /iPhone 6 plus/gold case (Kate Spade)

anything gold. Seriously obsessed! Hubs is replacing my iPhone 5S for Christmas and I definitely want the super big one! #gobigorgohome 
and if you have a 5, I got this case at Kate Spade Outlet (gaffney, sc) and they have tons of tech there! It's a perfect match for my gold phone!

and here's a favorite that makes all my money go bye bye! If you haven't signed up for liketoknowit, go! Like an IG post (that has their tag) and the outfit deets come straight to your inbox! woot!

Kate Spade bow puffer (sold out)/herringbone vest (j. crew factory) /check vest (j. crew factory)

I'm not normally a vest kinda girl, but these are so cute. I own all these, so I know they're cute! I found the Kate Spade puffer on eBay! Sadly it made my day! However, my herringbone vest came from groopdealz! for half the price, too! They still have them every so often, and here's the link to the deal I bought mine from just in case you're wondering!

skier intarsia sweater (j. crew factory)/reindeer sweater (j. crew factory)

I snagged both of these at 50% off on Cyber Monday. I love anything quirky and it's probably just expected that I wear it daily! ha!

and totes, I just cannot carry anything else! I gotta have a big bag to throw all my crap in! and literally, it is a lot of crap. I try to clean it out every other day! Right now I am carrying the Coach Taxi tote (another casualty of Instagram), and I bought a black Marion Slouchy tote from Tory Burch on Black Friday, but I think I like this one more! Mine is slouchy and won't stand up on it's own which kinda bugs me!

Well these are a few things that I love! Go link up so I can check out your lists, too! I may find more I just need to have!
these are our cards from! I'm in love! and will use them next year for sure!

fyi-these little guys make me more happy, more annoyed, more panicky, and more proud than anything in the world! Merry Christmas!

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