Sunday, January 24, 2016

Does The Great Pencil Challenge Work?

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my post in December about how I'd be starting The Great Pencil Challenge with my class.

Every student was given a newly sharpened pencil with pink duct tape with their number written towards the top in Sharpie. That's how we can tell the pencil challenge pencils away from the regular "emergency" pencils. I always keep a small bucket of sharpened pencils handy in case their challenge pencil goes dull or the point breaks during the day because I don't ever run the pencil sharpener during the day. My sharpener is great but loud. It also becomes a distraction during the day that we don't need.

Once the pencil gets too small to sharpen I replace it with a new challenge pencil. As long as they don't lose the pencil, they remain in the challenge with a pink taped pencil.

So here's the question... DOES THE CHALLENGE WORK? YES! Friday was our 5th week of the challenge and 14/17 students still had their pencil! It's unreal, y'all. They're SO into it. I have one sweet thirdie who almost had a panic attack because he thought he lost his pencil. Bless his sweet heart.

Does anything happen to them if they lose their pencil? The sticky note with their name comes off the wall and they don't get a Pencil Challenge Dojo point (worth +2)... but that's it. No one is going to kill you if you don't have your pencil!

Why give The Great Pencil Challenge a try in your classroom? I was sick and tired of them leaving pencils on the floor and going through them like crazy! The only reason I have gone into my new pencil drawer since starting the challenge has been to get a new challenge pencil for a friend whose pencil has become too short to write with. I have saved SO MANY pencils already.

Still not convinced? This is a perfect opportunity to teach responsibility for items and see them take pride in something!

If all of this doesn't convince you to give it a try I don't know what will! How long will your kiddos last?

Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see how many survive week 6!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year... Same Love of Organization

Happy New Year, y'all!  I can't believe it's 2016!  2015 was a pretty good year for me.
I spent my birthday with some amazing friends. 

In March, I got engaged.

In June my fiancĂ©, Anthony, and I went to Arkansas for his cousin's wedding.  He was reunited with his uncle who he hadn't seen in years.  Anthony's dad died in 2001 so seeing him with his uncle was so special.  

In July I said "YES" to my dress!
In November I visited one of my best friends in Auburn.
While in Auburn I was reunited with one of my sweet sorority sisters who I hadn't seen in 4 years!
And we closed out 2015 with some wonderful friends at one of our favorite spots.
As I look at these photos I am reminded of how blessed I am with such great friends and family.  I'm so excited for what 2016 will bring!  If we're being honest, I'm looking forward to July the most because I'm getting MARRIED! AHHH!

With the end of the holiday season comes back to school.  I don't know about you, but I'm not ready... AT ALL!  This break, although short, has been wonderfully relaxing and just what I needed.  Today I have spent time cleaning up my desktop and getting organized for the new year.  Adding a calendar to my desktop was my favorite organizational addition a few months ago.

Today I made all new calendars for the rest of the year!  Be prepared, y'all!  You can download my 2016 printable calendars in my TpT store today!  They're FREE until 7:09 to celebrate my wedding on July 9th. :) Click the picture below to take you to product link.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!