Blog Swap Guest: A Cupcake for the Teacher!

I would like you to welcome Teri from A Cupcake for the Teacher!  If you would like to see my blog post over at Little Miss Kindergarten, please do!  There is a helpful back to school freebie for you over there! :)

Hi there!  It's Teri from

A Cupcake for the Teacher

In case you don't know who I am, this is me:

{You've probably seen this picture 100 times before!  I just love it lol!}
I'm a 26 year old newlywed from New Jersey.
This coming year will be my 5th year as a teacher!
Last year I taught 2nd grade, and this year I will teach...
Actually, it's a secret until I get the *official* placement letter in August hehe ;)
{Talk about being paranoid!}

Anywho, I'm so excited to be guest posting here on Michelle's blog for the Top Teachers' Blog Hop and Swap!  Michelle is such a sweetie and I love her stuff! :)

A little while ago I posted about my behavior bulletin board:

I title it "Are You Monkeying Around?" and use cuuute little monkeys to decorate.  To make the board I laminated colorful library pockets and attached a mini monkey {with each child's name} to the pocket with a paper clip.  In the pockets are five cards, which stand for:

{Womp.  Sorry for the blurry picture.}
Everyone starts on green.  Yellow cards can change back to green.  Orange and red cards can't change back to green.  Blue cards are for super-duper behavior... but next year I'm scrapping the blue card and looking for "Top Bananas" instead.  {Don't you just love all the cute monkey phrases?!}

Of course, we need to communicate both good and bad behavior to parents.  I do this by having my students color in a behavior calendar {which is in their take-home folders} at the end of each day:

If a kiddo is on yellow, orange, or red, I will write in a behavior code and then he/she will color the appropriate box.  The codes make it quick and easy for both teachers and parents to note behavior!  At the end of the month, I have parents sign the sheets and I keep them in my student folders.  I've been using this method for a few years now, and it seems to work really well!  

If you'd like your own copy of my 2012-2013 behavior calendars, head to my TpT shop to DL them for free! :)  Of course, let me know what you think!!  And be sure to head to my blog to see who's guest posting there for the Blog Hop and Swap!  Have a wonderful weekend!!

If you would like to see some more blogs linked up for the blog hop, check them out below!


  1. Great stuff here! So glad you guest posted for me today. I hope you come back again very soon!

  2. I have been trying to find the perfect behavior management plan to use for my class next year and I really like this one! What a great guest post! Glad I'm following both of your blogs now.

  3. Cute behavior chart. I like your pretty wedding shoes!

  4. I hope you come to 1st Teri! =)

    I am so glad to see you and Michelle both are awesome. =)

    Heather's Heart

  5. Your behavior chart is super cute! I'm with Heather, 1st grade is awesome- I hope you come to 1st too. Can't wait to find out!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  6. Thanks for sharing the calendars. They are awesome!

    Grade School Giggles

  7. I'm beginning to think you're my long lost sister...from cupcakes, to the Trend Monkeys! :)
    Thanks for sharing! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous