Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why Are There Not More Men In Elementary School?

I have heard the question why are there not more men in Elementary School asked a lot.  I have seen several forums on this very topic.  Many feel there are just not men who want to teach younger children.  This is an absolute incorrect statement.

The truth is principals don't want men teachers.  I am not suggesting all principals.  They don't believe that men can comfort younger children like women can.  I have had many interviews through the year and I have been told by principals I have never had a male teacher in Kindergarten, 1st grade, etc.  I have never interviewed a man for this position, but they won't even interview me for a position above 2nd grade due to little experience.  They do interview and hire women with no experience in any grade level. 

Another teacher alerted me of a job a year ago for a Kindergarten position (I have taught Kindergarten 4 years) and I went on a 50 minute trip just to turn in my resume'.  She told me the principal wouldn't interview me because I was a man.  She went on to hire a first year teacher and I was told that teacher had no clue how to manage the class.  The kids were all over the place all year long.

I know it is not just me and that there are more men out there looking for jobs in Elementary School and also denied over and over again.  I have subbed at schools and talked to these men at lunch and at recess.  I hear the same stories that I have mentioned.

For principals who are reading this.  Have you not watched the news lately?  As many parents have pointed out to me, there are more female teachers in the news for criminal acts lately than their are men.  So if this is what you are afraid of, it is absolutely ridiculous.  In fact, it is discrimination.  There are many single families out there.  Boys and girls both need a positive male role model in their lives.  I and other male teachers can provide this to children.

I won't give up my fight to get back to doing what I love to do, teach.  A special thanks to Dr. Ezell my college professor and Mrs. Lee my internship principal who both put me in Kindergarten and believed in me so much they told me I was born to teach Kindergarten.  Also, a special thanks to Mrs. Rinehart if you are reading this who gave me my first teaching job in Kindergarten.  You believed in me from day 1, I wish I had never transferred and I hope you are enjoying being retired.

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Are You Ready To Go Back To School?

Unfortunately, I am not headed back to school yet, I sure wish I was though.  The children started back on Monday.  I am hopeful that each one of my past students are doing amazing.  My first ever Kindergarten class, the kids are Juniors in High School, Senior Internship they are Seniors!  Wow, has time flown by!

TPT is having another great Back To School Sale!  Whohooooo!  Use Code BOOST at check out on August 20th to save 28% in my store and many others.  Click on the picture to head to my store and check out over 230 products, many of which are FREE!  I have many products K-6.  Some of my hottest sellers are for grades 3 and up!  Nearly all Task Cards will be priced at just $1.60 and another 10% off that using code BOOST!

TPT Back To School Boost Sale!

I am also excited that I finally figured out how to make colleges!  Pretty simple using Picasa!  Check out my latest ISN Numbers to 10 (using numbers 0, 5-10) by clicking on the picture!

If you want a bundle of all my current ISNs with more to be added in the future (price goes up as I add new ones), click on the picture below!

I have also started making some Write The Room activities.  Click the picture to check out my school themed one for beginning sounds.
If you miss the sale no worries, I am extending it on Thursday for 20% off!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Get Your Class Quiet!

Do you ever need your students to stay quiet for a predetermined amount of time?  I'm sure we all do at some point.  I found a neat idea on Pinterest (I've seen several versions and I'm not sure who first came up with it) to make "Quiet Critters."  This is a fun DIY to make!

Using felt, a pom pom, and googly eyes is all it takes to make a quiet critter.  Put one on each student's desk or in front of them at their table when you need them to be quiet.  Any student who stays quiet the whole time (unless they raise their hand) gets a treat of some sort or a special privilege from you.

I decided to make mine all one color so there isn't fighting over who gets what color.

Classroom Management, Quiet, Character

I am hoping to get a job so I can give this idea a try in the classroom!  School starts Monday so it looks like it will be after the class size count again.

Do you have any tips and tricks to share on how you get your students quiet for a long period?

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back To School Teacher Pay Teacher Sale!

I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in the Back To School Sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers.  All of my products are 20% off and if you use code BTS14 you will save another 10% off, which makes everything 28% off!  Whohoooooooo!  It will run Monday and Tuesday, August 4th and 5th, 2014!  Click on the link above or on the picture to head to my sale. I have products for all grades through 6th grade!

I do want all of my wonderful fans know that my money that I have earned has bought a mini Ipad that I used in the classroom this past year as well as many books and other teaching materials.  My plan all along was to put the money I make back into the classroom.  I want the kids to benefit!  Right now with no job sadly to start the new year, it will help me pay a couple of my bills.  So I very much appreciate your help with that.  Also, almost a 4th of my store is FREE and I love to give back to each of you!  I hope your students enjoy my ideas and creations!

Many other stores are also participating.  Check out your favorites in the linky party below!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings!  Keep on smiling!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Interactive Student Notebook - Numbers to 5

Wow I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I last posted.  Time flies by when you are having fun.  I had a fun month of heading to the Brevard Zoo, Busch Gardens, and Gatorland.  Maybe I'll share some pictures in another post.

Today, I wanted to share what I have been really busy working on.  My new Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) for Numbers to 5.  It is geared toward pre-k (VPK) and Kindergarten students.  It would also be ideal for struggling 1st grade students.  I do still recommend a lot of manipulatives to practice counting groups to 5, determining 1 more, comparing objects, etc.  The ISNs are just more fun than the boring worksheets after doing the fun hands on things and incorporates coloring, cutting, and pasting.

Check out my previous post on what is an ISN by clicking HERE and if you want to check out my addition ISN click HERE.  Clicking on any of the pictures should take you to my store to buy newest ISN Numbers to 5!


1 to 1 correspondence to 5.


Counting to 5


Counting Objects NOT in a row


Writing numbers to 5


Ordering Numbers to 5


Counting Backwards 5 to 1


Counting On - One More


Comparing Numbers

This product will be on sale 50% off through Tuesday July 22nd for only $2!  Grab it while it is on sale before the price goes up.  Your kids will LOVE ISNs and beg you to let them do them daily!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings!  Keep on smiling!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Educents Deal!

Educents contacted me and offered a deal for new members!  By clicking on the picture below and signing up for Educents in July you will receive a $5 credit!  You can't beat a deal like that!

What is Educents?  Educents is an awesome store with resources for teachers and parents of children who homeschool their children.  They have worksheets, centers, books, magazines, etc.  Everything is always heavily discounted so your $5 off can go a long way!  Currently you can save $10 on Zoobooks, which I absolutely love.  My Kindergarten and 2nd grade students have always loved looking through those magazines.  They currently have some neat author study lapbooks, a brown bear literacy bundle, as well as some free items, among other things!  Check them out by clicking on the picture!

As an added bonus for 4th of July weekend, you can get 10% off and FREE SHIPPING from Educents by using the code JULY1HOPKINS   This deal is good for anyone even if you are not a new member!  Click the picture will take you to Educents.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Addition Unit: Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) - The Right Way!

If you missed my last blog post Interactive Student Notebooks that explained how to do them correctly click HERE to go read all about it!

This addition unit includes the Preview, Interactive, and Process pieces that make Interactive Student Notebooks (ISNs) useful for you and your students.  By using all 3 components you can see what your student's already know, guide them, and find out what they have learned.  As explained in an earlier piece you can take give them a grade on it!  It would work well as a formative.

Click any of the pictures below to check out my ISN Addition Unit in my TPT store.

Adding, ISNAdding, ISN, Fluency to 5

Addition Fluency to 5

Adding, Doubles, ISNAdding, Doubles, ISN

Addition Doubles

Adding, Doubles Plus 1, ISNAdding, Doubles Plus 1, ISN

Addition Doubles Plus One

Fluency to 10, Adding, ISNFluency to 10, Adding, ISN

Addition Fluency to 10

Adding, Make 10, ISN Adding, ISN, Make 10

Find the Number that Makes 10

Adding, Decompose Numbers, ISN
 Adding, Decompose Numbers, ISN

Decomposing Numbers to 10

Which activity is your favorite from my addition ISN?  The cute graphics I got from Mel at Graphics From The Pond.

As always thank you so much for Hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on hoppin'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fun Times In Kindergarten in Hopkins' land!

I was so busy teaching the little ones all year that I just didn't have as much time to blog as I had hoped I would.  Here are a few of the fun things we did this year that I remembered to get pictures of!

Here are our snowmen with rhyming words on them!  I love how no two look exactly alike.

These are the amazing bean plants my student's grew.  They really took off!  I had them take them home at spring break.  If they really planted them in the ground like I told them to do, I bet they have beans!  

Here we made Abe Lincon's cabin for President's Day.  This was a huge hit with the children and many teachers gave me great compliments!  

St. Patrick's Day I was sick so I barely got this fun activity in before we spring break.  On each of the clovers are words that rhyme with luck.   

One of my terrific writers who went on place first place in the Young Author's Conference!  I'm so proud of her!.  She wrote on the hearts that she loves me very very very much.  Such a sweet child, who filled my bucket right up to the top!

Our ocean themed t-shirts sure did turn out cute!!!  We used stamps and acrylic paint.  They were a big hit.  I borrowed the stamps from a teammate and hope I can find some somewhere.  I have checked the craft stores with no such luck finding big ones like these.  If you see any around online, let me know!

We ended the year with a fun memory book from Lesson Plan Diva.  I received some great compliments on these too.

I will miss those kiddos.  I look forward to finding a new job with a brand new class of children.  Each of my years of teaching has brought a completely different group of children and I look forward to learning about my new group in August.  I know I'll find the perfect place to teach!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

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