Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Strawberry Mansion High School

Someone on my Facebook shared this video today and although I was overwhelmed with sadness for these poor babies I was also so grateful for the powerful leadership of Linda Cliatt-Wayman. It takes a fearless leader to do what she has done for Strawberry Mansion High School.





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Friday, March 13, 2015

Dissertation and A New Book

     It has been a LONG time since I have posted probably due to the fact that my life is now consumed with writing a dissertation. For those of you who may not know, I am in the process of getting my Ed.D in Educational Leadership. I am really enjoying the program, but now it is crunch time. This semester I have four…yes you heard me correctly, FOUR classes. In addition to these classes, I just finished taking my comprehensive exams and now I am working on the dissertation process. I just turned in my dissertation proposal this week and I could not believe that the proposal alone had to be 50 pages. I know that it will only help me with the final dissertation, but 50 pages while taking four classes and writing books is a lot! For those of you who may be preparing for this process, I commend you. 

     On another note, my third book Spacing Out! was just released and I am thrilled with how it turned out. Can I just tell you, I adore this process! I decided to write Spacing Out! to help my sweet little babies who struggle with staying focused. Before writing this book, I felt like I was snapping and redirecting kids all day long. Writing this book, was seriously like an action-based research project. I wanted to know what strategies I could use to help my kiddos focus and complete their assignments. Then, I had to think of a cute way to help them understand these complex ideas. I am very pleased with how this book turned out and can't wait to start a new school year with it.



 Look how cute the Activity Guide is! 




     I am so impressed with these illustrations. I think the best part about this whole process is seeing someone create illustrations for my story. I could literally look at these pictures all day. I can't wait until summer so that I can focus on writing full-time. This has truly been such a blessing and I am enjoying every step of it. I am currently in the process of editing my fourth book which is the sequel to Priscilla and the Perfect Storm. I love this series because I feel that it speaks to my gifted students. My AIG students love these books and always mention the characters and their issues in class. This new book will help teach children how to not worry about things they do not have control over and how to problem solve through the worries they do have control over. I know that this will be a great resource for my kiddos next year. If you are interested in purchasing any of these books you can order them from my website, www.stephiemccumbee.com or from www.boystownpress.org.

I love this Featured Author section on the Boys Town Press website!













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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School 2014



Hey friends, I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' to show you a little bit of my classroom. I was hoping to have more of it finished by now but unfortunately I am still waiting on a few orders from Really Good Stuff. I will update this post as the items arrive.



This is my reading center. I love how organized it looks. I ordered the alphabet from Kristen at Lady Bug Teacher Files and I love it. In fact, it inspired my whole classroom theme.






 















I love this carpet I bought it from Garden Ridge this summer. It was only $79! What a deal. I also made and painted the bench in front of my Smart Board. I think the baskets look great under it. If you look on the classroom desks you can see the name tags that I made for each of my students to match the classroom theme.










This is my desk area. I bought the mirrors from Walmart for $5 and ordered the schedule from Kristen as well.









This is the view from my front door






My math workshop bins. I ordered new ones to match my library area so hopefully I will get them soon.





The supplies area









My math bulletin board. I will change this for each skill covered. I have my students take notes in their math journal and I record important notes with chalk on this board.






Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your tour.






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Monday, August 18, 2014

Smart Cookie


How cute is my new Back To School bulletin board? 




I am so happy with how it turned out. I made the large Oreo packet using my school's poster maker. On the first day of school I will give my students packets of Oreo's with the saying "You're a Smart Cookie" on it. I would love to see some of your bulletin boards.



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Friday, August 15, 2014

A Peek Into My Classroom


Well friends I have spent the last week and a half decorating my classroom and I STILL have so much work left to do! The worse part is I am still waiting on a shipment from Really Good Stuff which is why there is no border around my alphabet set in the picture. I also ordered tons of new neon bins and so I have a lot more left to label.  I am hopeful my shipment will be in next week and then I will post an actual classroom tour with links to the products I have purchased incase you are interested in buying them yourself.





So far I am really loving the way my classroom has turned out. I am still sticking with the black, white and neon color scheme and have found tons of cute things on TPT to support my nasty decoarting habits. However, one thing I could not find was editable book bin lables in my color sceme so I decided to make some. Then my OCD kicked in and I decided to label my math workshop centers, supplies and basically every other item in my classroom. I figured some of you may have been looking for similar labels so I have provided a link to the Power Point I used to make my labels. All you have to do is open the file using Power Point, select the font you want ( I used Annoying Kettle) and begin typing away. I  decided to leave the labels that I used on the Power Point, however if you do not want those, you can just delete the slide. Also, if you want to change the black to a different color feel free to do so using this file. Hope this helps!



Click on the picture below to access my file







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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet The Teacher





Hey Friends! My name is Stephie McCumbee and I am a fourth grade, AIG teacher and elementary literacy coach. This is my seventh year in education and I love teaching! I am also a children's book writer. Recently, I have published several children's books that are geared toward teaching young children social skills. If you want to know more about my books, head over to my website.

    


I am also currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the area of leadership and administration. One day, I hope to be the director of elementary education.


I am married to my wonderful husband Chad and we have one fur baby named Renton (an English Bulldog). My husband owns/races cars and so I spend most of my free time at a track.





THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

I love my Mia 2 Clarisonic, I also love Flair pens, Lilly Pulitzer, Lattes, the color pink, glitter, monogramed anything, Kate Spade and Peonies









 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
If I wasn't a teacher, I would write full time. It is hard to find enough time in the day to write, but I enjoy it so much! If I wasn't a writer or teacher, I would have been a pediatrician or vet


THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Driven, Hyper, Faithful 

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I have plenty of time to read and respond to your emails"
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

(LD) Scott Disick, He seems like a great time


Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

 The Racing Wife


 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
 To make every student I teach feel that they are smart enough to be anything they want to be

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?


 

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

I don't like American Idol- Shock, I know


 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

I'm a night owl and since I am such a hyper person, it is hard to calm down before bed.
 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

 I really love my Decimal Match game. It is so fun and I love Halloween so it is a total score!










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