First Class Ice Breaker

I hate 2 truths and a lie. More often than not, it’s done with a group of people who know each other fairly well, so it’s not that exciting. During the first week of school the schedules are wonky, some things take forever, others only 5 minutes. For the days when I only have 5 min of stuff in a 15 min chunk, I came up with some fun questions. Some are more personal, some are serious, some are silly, some are would you rather. Along with questions for the students, I threw in “Ask the teacher a question” cards to give them the chance to ask ME some good ones.

  1. What animal are you most afraid of? Why?
  2. What is your favorite color. Be specific.
  3. Stripes or Polka dots?
  4. What is your favorite donut flavor?
  5. What motivates you?
  6. The best superpower to have would be…? Why?
  7. Summer or winter?
  8. Have you ever traveled out of the US? If yes, where did you go?
  9. If you could be a dinosaur, what kind would you be?
  10. What is your favorite TV show?
  11. What is your favorite movie series?
  12. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
  13. What is your favorite book series?
  14. Do you have any idea where you want to go to college?
  15. If you had to be a teacher, what would you teach? Why?
  16. What was your favorite book as a child?
  17. Dogs or cats?
  18. If you had $5,000 how would you spend it?
  19. Coffee or tea?
  20. What is your favorite book? Why?
  21. What is your favorite time period? Why?
  22. What is your number 1 goal in the next 6 months?
  23. If you could be any animal for a week what would you be? Why?
  24. Do you have a fear of public speaking?
  25. What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie about your life? Why?
  26. Chocolate or strawberry milk?
  27. If you were on a TV game show, what show would it be?
  28. If you could eat dinner with a dead person, who would it be and why?
  29. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  30. What is your favorite cartoon?
  31. If ability, time, and money weren’t an issue, what would be your dream job?
  32. Who is your favorite Disney character
  33. Who has been your favorite teacher EVER? Why?
  34. What are you most worried about this school year? Why?
  35. What hobby would you like to start/learn? Why?
  36. Who is your favorite author? What genre do they write?
  37. Do you have a favorite quote, mantra, verse, or motto?
  38. If you could be a Disney princess, who would you be? Why?
  39. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  40. What is your favorite book series? Why?
  41. Do you have any siblings? Who’s your favorite?
  42. The best song to dance too is…?
  43. M&Ms or Skittles?
  44. What is your absolute least favorite food? Why?
  45. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Why?
  46. What kind of wake up alarm do you have? Song/music or buzzer/ring?
  47. Do you have any hidden talents?
  48. What is your favorite sport? Why?
  49. Beach or mountains?
  50. Where is your family from?
  51. Where were you born?
  52. When you think of comfort food, what do you think of?
  53. What has been your favorite Shakespeare play? Why?
  54. What is something you really struggle with that you’d like to improve/get better at?
  55. What is your favorite kind of soup?
  56. Would you rather: 30 screaming babies in a room or one very hungry alligator?
  57. Take a bath in ice cubes or tomato soup?
  58. Do you collect anything? What is it?
  59. What do you never leave the house without?
  60. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  61. If you could be a Disney villain, who would you be? Why?
  62. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Why?

Have any other questions you think would be fun!? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

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Look At Me! I’m Organized!

STUDENT TEACHING HAS STARTED! Last week I got into my classroom for the semester. I have my own little desk, book-case and corner that’s ALL MINE! I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am and what it has taken to get here. Everything the last 4 years has led to this! I am in a wonderful school district, with a co-op that I LOVE.

Yesterday was my first day, and I finished moving in. Here is what my little corner looks like thus far.

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The front of my desk is rocking bead buddies and stained glass projects my summer school kids did this summer. If you can’t tell, the stained glasses are Beauty and the Beast themed.

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Recognize that pot? See how I made it HERE! Miss Swenda is written and facing front towards the students. “Called Equipped Prepared” is a reminder just for me! Cinderella’s glass slipper and the Disney princess cup are from a bridal shower I was at a few weeks ago.

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I am really proud of these drawers. Yes, I have an entire drawer of snacks. I have a schedule that gives me the ability to snack every few periods. I regret nothing. My other drawer holds my tea, binder clip collection, stationary, and other rando things.

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I have a nice little bookshelf to keep all of my stuff. Obviously, it’s full of classics and the majority of the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. My brother hooked me up with Dancing Groot and Albus Dumbledore and I certainly couldn’t leave them at home! Bob my Philadelphia Flyers Gnome has a place of love as well. One of the best things I learned from my previous co-op was unit binders. You can see the stack of them to the right of the above picture. For each unit, I have created a binder. Over the years I have and will continue to collect handouts, projects and general things to go with the different units. IMG_7189

The cool part of having a mom that has been working in schools for so long, is that she has some pretty fun decorations and ideas. Ma hooked me up with these cute little fall leaves. Together, we came up with “What Miss Swenda is reading…” The top leaf has the name of the book. The bottom leaf lists the author, genre, number of pages and style. I am currently reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. It falls into sci-fi/fiction/historical, has 414 pages and is written like diary/journal entries, letters and newspaper clippings. For different holidays/months I will have different shapes to show my what I’m reading. As an English teacher, I feel it’s important to show the kids not only that I am reading, but also give them a glimpse of who I am through my reading.

We have some awesome projects planned for the kids this year- I can’t wait to share some of them right here! 🙂

Terra Cotta Pot Pen Holder

There is a battle going on in my brain. I am preparing to enter the world of student teaching. I have a bajillion things going on in my brain and so many questions. What should I bring? Can I bring decorative things? Should I bring my own pens, pencils and markers? Am I going to look crazy walking into school with an entire cardboard box of unit binders? Can I be too organized? What should I wear the first day of school? Do I have enough grading stickers? Are my pens going to be as useful as I think they’re going to be?

Well, now that you’ve seen a glimpse of the crazy in my brain: I bought myself pens, pencils, white board markers and good ole crayolas. I have my Groot,  Dumbledoore, and Flyers Gnome packed. I’m wearing an apple dress, yes it’s a thing. I DO have a box of 3 ring binders full of unit plans. I do have labeled binder clips that go with my matching accordion binder/file folder set. I have over 2,000 A+, Great Job!, 100% and apple stickers. My Ink Joy Pens are FREAKING AWESOME.

Walking around Michaels I wanted to bring something to store all of those pens, pencils, and markers that I had bought myself. I came across the terra cotta pot section. I found one on the small side, but it’s not very squat, it’s a bit on the tall and thin side, AKA, writing utensil sized. I stood staring at it for a moment as I thought about my pile of acrylic paints at home and how I could paint it and put it on my desk for myself. BOOM. With my coupon, I paid under $2 for the pot and the rest I already had sitting at home.

  1. I painted the entire pot a single color. I LOVE pink.   
  2. Using different sized widths of wash tape, I created a geometric spider web.     
  3. I then painted within the shapes randomly.       
  4. After allowing the paint to dry, I went through and painted some sparkle here and there. Life needs a little glitz.
  5. I was going to leave the inside but the terra cotta didn’t match so I went with a purple.   
  6. I went back through and touched up color here and there that had dried uneven etc and allowed it to dry. 
  7. I removed the washi tapes from all around the pot. I was left with a pretty neato pot as it was, but I can’t leave well enough alone. 
  8. Using a Sharpi, on the side that will face the class I am going to write,  “Miss Swenda.” On the side that will face me I will do “Called Equipped Prepared.” It has become my motivation, my mantra, and my constant reminder that if God has Called me, He has Equipped me, and He will  Prepare me. So when the days get tough, when nobody does their homework, when they’re too busy on their phones to listen, when I am swamped with grading and sleep deprived, I will be able to look up and remember that God has put me in this position for a purpose and with His strength I will be successful.

I now have a super cute, totally personalized, motivational and all around awesome piece to hold my junk! This would make a perfect teacher gift, and even with buying a few paints, it can easily cost under $10 to do a few of these guys! I plan on making another one for my binder clip collection!