Sunday, August 25, 2013

This is a quick look at my schedule, it has changed a few times and is apt to change again, but for now this is what I'm going with.

post signature

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Week #1

Week #1 
Done and boy am I whipped!
This is an activity that I found on Eberopolis' blog--the kids loved working on it and I think it took a lot of perseverance for the beginning of the year when brains are still a little mushy.
I had to front-load the students with 4! (4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 24) and we had to discuss the square root of 4, but after that they were off and running.  It was a good opportunity for me to walk around and see who was contributing to the conversation and who was struggling with basic equations.

Using some arithmetic combination of four 4's, can you write an equation for each of the numbers from 1-100? Here are the rules:
  • You may use any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division
  • You may combine numbers, e.g., use 2 of the fours to make the number 44
  • You may insert decimal points
  • You may use a four as an exponent
  • You may use square roots
  • You may use factorials, e.g., 4! is equivalent to 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 24
  • You may use overbars to make a decimal repeat
  • You may NOT use any digit other than a four
  • You MUST use all four 4's in each solution 

post signature

Sunday, August 18, 2013


A quick look at the beginnings of a classroom. 

My school rents our space during the summer to different summer camps and I just happen to be one of the lucky gals that "gets" to pack up EVERYTHING.  The summer camp really is a good thing and I know that they appreciate the space, but let me tell ya----it's a lot of work to pack everything up and then unpack and organize during pre-week school. (Along with all of the meetings)

But I'm almost done~insert happy face~

post signature

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tired Teacher

That alarm clock went off very early this morning and while I am not usually a "hit snooze" kind of person, this morning I hit it twice!

We have this week to set things up in the classroom and attend meetings, then on Friday we have Meet-and-Greet. 

Monday is when our little learners walk in the door full of energy and stories to tell. I am super excited to be back and see how all the new Common Core will work in the classroom, BUT.... I really need somebody to wind me up after a summer of sleeping in and reading blogs in my P.J's until noon every day.

post signature

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Weekly Reflections for Students

Free Download

Last year I had the student write goals and a small reflection of what had happened during the week in a Composition Book, as the year came to a close I heard some of the students say that they were going to save that book and it dawned on me......

Weekly reflection--save throughout the year--create an end-of-the-year-book, so this is what I have created thus far.  Some of the questions deal with school, some with specific subjects, some with what the kids are liking at the present time and some just for fun questions.  My plan is to have the students fill out a Weekly Reflection every Friday and hold on to them throughout the year.  I will then bind them and give them back during the last week of school--wow, a GREAT memory book.  I mapped out my year and I have 38 weeks, so I will be making more as the year progresses.  Below is a sample of what they look like.  Click any picture to get a copy for yourself.

post signature

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Go Rays

No school stuff today....
It's all about the Rays

Off to the game.

post signature

Thursday, August 1, 2013

This is my very first CURRENTLY---Let's Parrrty
I have been a spectator--yep, sitting on the side lines and NOW that is changing, I'm linking up with Farley the
of Currently
~~~~~~~~~~~~~And here it is~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1.  Listening to music--wow that does a spirit and soul some good
2.  Love the chair covers that I made and posted about--hoping that I can be a blessing to my friend with her set.
3.  Thinking about how jealous I am of teachers that can get into their rooms and work before the mandated return date.  My room is used by a summer camp, so I literally pack up EVERYTHING every year and move 100% out of my classroom, this includes, desks, bookcases, library, manuals, games, file cabinets---EVERYTHING!  When teachers return the week before school, I am busy putting everything back together.  Now.....the good part = I can't become a hoarder and everything is  organized again as I put it away.  Always look for the positive.

 4.  I am wanting to get an IPad (oops I see that I wrote IPOD above) or a tablet.  I'm looking at the Surface RT, any comments you have or recommendations would be great.  I would like to run Doceri, which only works with Apple right now, but it says on their website that they will soon have a windows version.

5.  I need to write lesson plans, but still feel confused with all of the new CCSS stuff.

6.  Must have Skittles.  These little itty bitty pieces of candy work like magic for behavior and as an incentive to get things done.  I give one--yes 1--Skittle at a time and the students love it.  I am a huge coffee drinker, so I need my coffee supply full and of course, every teacher needs flair Pens.

Lovin blogin, but wow it takes time

post signature