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My name is Tomi and I live with my wonderful husband and my two kids (my dogs!) in Ada, Ohio. I am currently doing student teaching and will be graduating in May 2012. I have decided to start a blog which I hope will follow me to my first teaching position. Being that I have little experience teaching, I have MANY questions so I might frequently ask the help of my followers!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Three Branches of Government TpT

I just added a new TpT item! This was created by me last year for a 5th grade class in Ohio. It meets Ohio Academic Content Standards but can be used with children ages 4th-8th grade. Hope you enjoy it!

Three Branches of Government Unit
Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well! Sorry it has been a while since my last post. My husband went in for surgery yesterday so I missed school yesterday and today! NOT liking it at all but I would rather be here in case he needs something. I have a wonderful Co-op that is OK with me missing two days in a row for this (thank goodness!) but I am still unhappy about not being in school today.

Either way, on my day off from school (in between taking care of my husband and myself) I decided to figure out my TpT page. I just uploaded my first item. Being that it is my first, it is free. It is a Jeopardy style game I created in powerpoint last year after covering a unit on the three branches of U.S. Government. Stop on over and check it out!

 U.S. Government Jeopardy Game

Let me know what you think of it!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful end of February! Spring is just around the corner...!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Student Teaching!

Sorry I have been MIA lately! Student teaching began a few weeks ago and I have been busy, busy, busy working and planning! Thursday was my birthday and I couldnt have gotten a better present from my co-op than I did. Without delving too much into anything she gave me some kind words of encouragement and really helped me to see that what I am doing is working really well.

I have taught several lessons now and I am one week away from taking on the entire day. Its crazy to think I will only be teaching a full day for two weeks. I feel like now that I have gotten to the point of almost all of the day, I can handle anything! It really is encouraging to get up there and do well and see such amazing results.

Thursday after school, I stayed with my co-op and planned for the next week. We ended up staying until 6pm. Crazy thing was, I wasnt even upset about being there so late on my birthday. I missed my own surprise party too but it was all worth it. I love being in the classroom and I feel so refreshed when I leave for the day. I really feel like I am making a difference every single day. I just love it!

Anywho, my question for this post was about fractions. I will be teaching fractions for math next week to my third graders. Its the first time they have been introduced to it and I am wondering what worked for you when teaching this topic. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or lessons that worked for you I would love the help!

Thanks to all of you who continually check back with me and please follow me! THANK YOU!!