|The smarty-pants checked my pinterest board to see what kind of a ring I wanted.|
Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
It is officially Christmas break. I say that it's official today because normally I'd be at work, and today, I'm sitting. I wet to make cookies at my moms, and I ate about 10% of the cookies myself. And then I came home and sat.
As I've sat here, I thought a little bit about what my plans are for this break. I decided to share these plans with you. In the form of a song.
Twelve Days of Christmas Break
On the twelfth day of Christmas break, I will have ...
drank 12 cups of coffee (with whipped cream all over)
eaten 11 (different types of) cookies
watched 10 episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
listened to Charlie Brown Christmas 9 times
worn 8 different pairs of pajama bottoms... as pants
consumed 7 alcoholic beverages (that number 7 is arbitrary and does not actually represent my alcoholic consumption.
visited 6 family households
finished wrapping the last 5 presents
mailed 4 boxes (of gifts that won't arrive until after Christmas, so I'm a horrible friend)
taken 3 walks (because I feel guilty about the eleven types of cookies)
read 2 books (that I chose to read for myself!)
and gone to see the Hobbit ONCE!
I hope your plans are just as lazy as mine :)
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Today I was putting together a silly little post, but then I saw this great linky party from Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge and decided it would be a better use of my time :)
Lots of BESTS happened this year. Here are a few:
My BEST (most visited post) from the last year was
Dun, Dun, Dunn! Fractions! It had a bazillion hits. Apparently, people have issues with fractions and liked the foldable that I shared there!
My BEST product from the last year was my Community & Citizenship Pack. I was kind of surprised by this. I think my favorite part of the pack is the brochure for different types of communities. I just really get a kick out of that stuff!
My BEST news that I shared on my blog was also kind of the saddest news.
I was offered a position as a Literacy Lead on a different campus and decided to leave my beloved school (and kids, and colleagues) to work somewhere else. It was a good decision, and I believe I'm doing what God has asked me to do, but I do still miss my babies and buddies. I get kind of depressed, not having kids of my own. So occasionally, I have to go borrow someone else's and model some lessons. In a way, it's nice. But I miss having babies of my own.
My BEST freebie, the one that was downloaded the most with over 5600 downloads was
It kind of makes me wonder. How many of scour the internet, looking for ways to involve food in our jobs? Do we search and search for hours, using keyword phrases like "cinnamon rolls + poetry" or "Oreo cookies + phases of the moon". I think we're on to something here. Definitely.
My BEST blog buddies were
Natalie from Teachery Tidbits
Misty from Think, Wonder, Teach
There are lots of other GREAT bloggers who I've appreciated this year, but those two popped up in my brain right away!
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Thursday was an interesting day. I was stationed out in hallway to monitor and make sure students were never by themselves and all doors remained locked. There were several monitors in other places, too, to make sure that visitors didn’t go past the office.
It was going to be a long day. I was prepared with my fully charged walkie-talkie, laptop, bag o’ teacher stuff, cup of coffee, and cookies from our lovely custodian.
I sat on the corner at my table and worked in-between walking students to the restroom and running errands when teachers needed something.
Mid-day, there was a little presentation in the gym. The kids, excited to perform, sashayed down the hallway wearing antlers, red noses, and big goofy grins. They passed my table and waved crazily.
“Are you going to sing?” I asked.
“Yes! We sing Must Be Santa Claus!”
“Yeah. You’re pretty.”
I was surprised by this sudden compliment.
“Thank you!” I said.
“Yeah,” another kid said. “I like your voice.”
“Wow!” I said. “What a great day for compliments!”
“Yeah. Can I have a cookie?”
Mm-humph! Cookie wranglers. Should’ve known.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Check out the other bloggers who have a sale at Second Grade Math Maniac!
Isn't that lovely and weird?
And "You used up ALL the glue ON PURPOSE!"
This is exactly what my outlets look like.
He's been holding out for a management position.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Join us tomorrow for a day of silence in the blogging community to honor and remember the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
At the end, we planned for them to distribute shorts texts to the kids and have them sort them by organizational pattern, and complete the graphic organizer for each one.
Wish us luck!
To help your kids understand how to analyze text structure, you can check out this Reading Strategy MiniPack on TPT: Analyzing Text Structure! It uses the gradual release model to support kids in understanding how to analyze text structure in expository text.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
(I require students to use the nonfiction features to gather information and record them on this organizer.
Monday, December 3, 2012
They made the gingerbread from a mix and rolled it out.
Then they oh-so-carefully decorated with m&ms.
And then, they baked in toaster ovens!
Tasty. I'd recommend it.