Friday, November 29, 2013

Math Perseverance!

Perseverance is an interesting concept isn't it?  The ability to take on a challenge...to work hard even when things are challenging...to be able persist even when things don't go your way.  Talk about REAL LIFE, right?  As I sit here blogging from my son's hospital room, I am doing a little self-talk about taking on this challenge!  It is NOT easy!

I have always been of the belief that some students need to be explicitly taught life "strategies" such as perseverance.  If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you will know that I often put my students in difficult situations and work to navigate them through them.  Sometimes I worry that we as teachers and parents want to make things easier for kids--to protect them from stress and overly challenging tasks.  Sometimes I think we worry about "self-esteem" and how kids will handle tasks that are really really frustrating.  I know that I strive to help teach kids how to pick "just right" books ... and I want their word work to be "just right"...

But in math, I sometimes push the envelope a little bit.  Why?  I really feel that I can put kids in tougher situations if I can support them, give them strategies to get started, and to help them learn to work cooperatively.  I see that many students can rise to the occasion and solve problems I never thought they could--and wouldn't have ever shown me if I didn't give them the chance.

For months I have been trying to figure out how to explain some of the things I do that I have found to be really really successful, so today I thought I'd share with you a poster I use with my students to make sure they always have some "tools" in their toolbox to get started.  In fact, by this point in the year my students know to not say "I don't get it" unless they have tried everything on the poster!


When they ask for help and I don't see any evidence of these, I smile and point to it and send them back to work.  Now, as you can tell, this isn't for computation practice or routine work--this is when I ask student to tackle problems.  Hard problems.  Good problems.  You may have noticed that I have a TON of word problems in my store because I firmly believe that intermediate students need to be able to apply their math understanding in many ways, and my students are constantly solving problems.  Sometimes we warm up as a class with a problem.  Sometimes small groups work on problems.  Sometimes problems are differentiated and are used as math stations.  

Word problems aren't THAT hard to come by (although I have to admit that I prefer writing my own to using others I have seen in textbooks and other places!), but sometimes I crave problems that really force students to think outside the box.  

--problems where they may struggle to know what is being asked
--or where there may be multiple answers
--or where there is extra information
--or where the question is a little different than one might predict

I will be blogging more about some of the ways I use problems like this in my classroom, but I am excited to say that I have put all (well...as many as I think anyone really wants to read!) of my thoughts together in a resource about teaching perseverance that includes all sorts of stuff ranging from learning poster/anchor chart ideas to classroom photos to a student checklist to lesson ideas--and then 24 REALLY GOOD problems to use.  Like my other word problem sets,  I have worked to put the problems in several different formats so you have a bunch of flexibility.  Again, I will be blogging more over time about some of the ideas in the resource, but if you are interested in really digging in, the resource is now published after weeks of work.  Believe me when I tell you that making your math class rigorous and perseverance-filled will do wonders for their self-esteem and their opinions about math.  After 90 minutes of math, my students often groan when I tell them it's time for recess!  SERIOUSLY!  So...stay tuned for more ideas over the next few weeks.  If you are interested, here is the resource if you want to check it out.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

It has been a trying week, so I cannot lie.  I'm stretching hard to find things to be thankful for today.  Isn't that awful?

My son's baseball coach sent out an email tonight reminding all of us to have a happy Thanksgiving...but also that we need to always have an "attitude of gratitude" 24/7--not just one Thursday each year.  He is so right.

So as I frantically get ready for another few crazy days of traveling, hospitals, doctors, and the like, I thought I'd make a list of things I am grateful for RIGHT at this minute.  I know I could keep going...but it's a start.



1.  My friends and family.  When times get tough...what would we do without the people in our lives who keep us grounded and sane.  If  you would have told me a year ago that some of my best friends would live around the world and I only would "know" in a "cyber" way--I would have laughed at you.  Now, I am so grateful for my "real world" and "bloggy" friends and family--they are my rocks.

2.  My career.  Whether it's my impact on my students (looking past the red tape, obligations, new initiatives, etc) or my impact on teachers through my blog--I am so grateful for the fact that my job(s) allow me to make a difference in people's lives.

3.  My financial stability.  I am so blessed that I never have to worry about where my next meal is coming from or whether or not I can put gas in my car or provide for my family.  I know there are so many people that do not have this blessing and today I reflect on how lucky I am in this regard.  It's easy to look at how much others have or think about how great a new laptop or car would be...but I am truly fortunate in this regard.


I could keep going...but I think the biggest thing I need to keep reminding myself of is that I need to keep an "attitude of gratitude".  It is so easy to slip into a deficit model where we stress about what ISN'T right or what we don't have...I am going to work on this.  I am so lucky--and I hope all of you know how thankful I am for you and your support.  May your Thanksgiving be safe and full of gratitude!

Want to read some more Thanksgiving posts?  Some of my ATUE friends are joining in the fun!  Click here to see!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sorry for "Going Missing"

Hey everyone...so sorry the blog has been quiet this week.  It has been a very trying week as I have been spending 24/7 with my younger son in the hospital where doctor after doctor is struggling to find a way to help him.  I don't talk much about this here, but my son is severely autistic and managing his care over the years has gotten progressively more difficult.  He has developed some new symptoms that are causing him huge amounts of pain and no one can figure out why.  Seeing our kids suffer is the worst, isn't it?  Sigh.

Anyway...when I have a few minutes here and there, I have been working on something for WEEKS that I am SO excited about and hope to have ready to share with you by tomorrow.  You know how I feel about pushing kids to persevere and to tackle math challenges--and I think this resource is going to help others see how fun and meaningful it can be to push kids out of their comfort zone!  A huge part of math is attitude and math "behaviors", and if we can get kids to savor challenging math experiences, we will have a much easier time teaching them rigorous content!  So stay tuned...I have been using these problems with my students and they L-O-V-E them!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Parent Teacher Conferences--Love them!

I love them.  I know many of you dread them, but I really love them.  I love the personal connection that is impossible on a report card.  I love being able to SHOW the parents examples of their child's work and point things out that I want them to notice.  I want them to hear in my voice how much I care and how much of a commitment I have to their child.  A piece of paper or an email simply doesn't cut it.

We have 20 minute conferences which is a decent length for most students...I start by asking if there are any questions about the report card and we address those.  After that, we pull out the folder I have put together that has key work samples, their reading/writing notebook, process writing pieces, and and assessments I wish to reference.  We don't look at every single piece--just if I need some "evidence" to explain my thinking or to show their where their child is performing or to answer questions they may have.  It makes it so much more real to be able to talk about actual work samples than just throwing around random numbers like lexiles or nebulous comments like "I would like to see her improve her writing conventions."  Show, not tell--right?



The fall leaf paper is a notebook sheet I place on the top of each folder.  When the conference finishes, I ask the parent to write their child a quick note about how proud they are that I then slip inside their desk the next day.  The students love it--and it is a reminder to parents about how important it is to tell their kids that they love them and are proud of them. I use this time to really try to get at the heart of whether or not they have any concerns about their child socially or in any other context--so they know that I understand that school is about way more than grades and academics.



I also have handy a reading rubric I use so I can show them what it means to be a "4" as well as the writing checklists we use and an anchor paper that shows what a "4" piece of writing is.  It is pretty powerful to be able to show parents the end-of-grade expectation and then put their child's work next to it.  Lots of light bulbs went off.  I also like to have a small stack of books at different levels so I can show the parents the types of books their child is reading, where I am hoping they will be next, and what the end of year expectation is.  Sometimes parents have no clue what reading a "fourth grade book" is--and it can really help them understand either how well their child is doing or how much they need to grow. It can also really help them when picking "just right books" for them at the library and to check their home reading.


So--Day 1 is under my belt and I have 14 more today.  Wish me luck! :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's My Day on ATUE: Introduction to Information Texts

I am still reeling over the last week of giveaways, and I'm excited to be getting back into the "real world" of blogging!  My first day back in the trenches has me posting over at All Things Upper Elementary with a little reflection on one of my early lessons to kick off my informational text unit.  Stop by and check it out!  

I hope everyone has a great week--I have lots on my list to blog about so stay tuned!  It's parent/teacher conference week for me so I'll have to try to squeeze all that in.  It sure is a relief to have those report cards finished!

Here's the link to today's post! CLICK HERE!

 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Winners Are...

THANKS so much to all of you who participated in my giveaway this week!  I have had SO much fun--and I hope you have as well.  I have really enjoyed reading your comments and have taken some notes as to what products people want next!


I suppose all you care about is the winners, though--right?

Well...there were SO MANY entries--I feel so bad only picking one per day!  To try to make everyone feel a little better, I decided to put my entire store on sale for today only to make up for it!  (OK...I know--it's not NEARLY as good as winning $120, but it's really all I can do!)

But for the REAL winners . . .

drum roll please...

The Monday winner of the 2/3 giveaway is Kathleen Marie!

The Tuesday winner of the 3/4 giveaway is Sabrina Hinze Holdsworth!

The Wednesday winner of the 4/5 giveaway is Morgan Christiansen!

The Thursday winner of the 5/6 giveaway is Lisa Barton!

The Friday winner of the clipart and "more" giveaway is Melissa Moore Breig!

...and the winner of the $50 shopping spree in my store is Teresa Wilson!

So many of you took the time to list your favorite products and suggestions--and I really appreciate it.  I feel bad because a few people thought that by listing their favorite they would automatically win it--so I apologize for that!  To make up for it, I have FIVE MORE WINNERS who can each pick one item from my store!

They are  Crystal Knueven, Amy Mehallic, Cynthia Jensen, Lisen Wonderlich, and Tiffany Molin!

And . . . for the rest of you . . .stop by my store and take advantage of the 10% off sale today only.  Any for those of you who left me product suggestions, don't be surprised if you see one or two of them in the next few months!  Thanks again, everyone.  I feel so very blessed.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Words Their Way and Giveaways!

Happy Saturday, everyone!  WHEW!  It has been a CRAZY week for me...report cards, assessing, and keeping track of my huge giveaway.  It has been a week of highs and lows for sure!  Report cards are finished, and I am now sitting back and crossing my fingers that I don't get an inbox full of unhappy parents.  Is there ANYONE who has a report card that they feel truly communicates clearly to parents?  Sigh.  It feels like forever since I blogged about anything in the classroom, so here goes!

I promised over the summer that I would keep everyone updated on my Words Their Way journey, and I'm not going to lie--it hasn't always been easy. Our district has asked us to do three groups this first year as we try to navigate things, and after assessing my students they fell in 11 different categories.  ELEVEN!  I did the best I could putting them into three groups--knowing full well I would need to differentiate a little on both ends of the spectrum.

Another thing I thought long and hard about is the fact that ALL my students are entitled to the universal instruction in the CCSS, so I looked through the books and picked out 10 sorts that I felt ALL my students needed exposure to and that I would teach whole class.  I won't assess these--but I will at least instruct so that all my students are exposed to the concepts covered, even if they aren't at that point.  I picked the sorts that addressed things like compound words, contractions, homophones, dropping the "e" to add "ing", and the"ed" ending.  I knew even my most struggling students might be able to apply these skills at their level, so each quarter I plan to teach 2-3 of these whole class lessons.  This week I did one of them--the "ed" ending and how it can make the "t" sound, the "d" sound, or the "-ed" sound.  I still did the sort in small groups and my strong spellers did it quickly so I sent them off to find more challenging words in their books.  I then made word sort posters to hang and asked ALL students to be mindful of the "ed" words they see for the next few days and jot them down on the posters.  My kids love "noticing" things like this so a few even came in the next day with a few cool words they found that fit the pattern.




But...let's talk about the giveaway!  Today is the LAST day to enter the clip art "plus" category and I have decided to extend yesterday's 50% off product to today as well.  It is a great bargain if you are looking for math task cards!  Seriously--it's nearly a $40 value for $10 until midnight tonight!


Tomorrow is the big day!  Stop back and see who all the winners are--and there may even be one more surprise...I am super appreciative of all of you who have left the kind comments and suggestions for new products to add to my store.  My to do list is getting bigger and bigger!  Have a great day and see you tomorrow for the big announcement!

Friday, November 15, 2013

"It's All New!" Giveaway--Day 5!

It's here!  It's here!


It's THE FINAL of my "All New" Giveaway! As you may have seen, my blog has an "All New" look to celebrate my one year "blog-iversary"! The giveaway has been running ALL five days this week--and today is the big ending!  Today is DAY FIVE and focuses on twelve AMAZING grade sellers--mostly clip art and a few others as well. This is really a GREAT way to show support for the blogs and stores that you already follow AND to find some new bloggers to follow along the way!  REMEMBER--You only have TWO days to enter each day's giveaway so don't wait!



Check out the 12 featured "creators" who have graciously donated $10 worth of products (or a $10 TpT gift certificate) to their store.  That means you have the chance to win $120 worth of products--that YOU get to choose!  It's a great prize if you ask me--to be able to look through the stores of all these creative people and PICK ten dollar's worth of your favorite things.  MANY of these great sellers have "new" products they would like you to see--so stop by as many blogs as you can to see what everyone as to offer.

Remember the schedule for week!

Monday--Twelve Grade 2/3 Sellers!
Tuesday--Twelve Grade 3/4 Sellers!
Wednesday--Twelve Grade 4/5 Sellers!
Thursday--Twelve Grade 5/6 Sellers!
Friday--Twelve Clip Artists--and "More"!

Are you ready to enter and win?  Remember, you can enter as many days you want--and right now check out the TWO rafflecopters below--one to win the $120 "shopping spree" from the 12 great stores above AND a second one "just for fun"--leave me a blog comment and get a chance to win a $50 shopping spree in MY store!  Thanks for stopping by today--and hope to see you tomorrow too!

All winners will be announced on Sunday!

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Well . . . it's the final day of the giveaway!  I cannot believe how fast this week went!  I have been offering one product each day at 50% off, and it has been so much fun!  I decided to end my week with a bang.  Recently I bundled a whole bunch of my math task card sets together and offered them at a huge discount...like 40% off.  I've decided for today only to put that bundle at 50% off--so instead of $20 (which was already a huge discount), today only you can get all 10 task card sets for $10!  Full price of the individual sets is $35!  Thanks to all of you for participating this week--I hope you found some great deals and met some great new bloggers!

Stay tuned Sunday for the results!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"It's All New!" Giveaway--Day 4!

It's here!  It's here!


It's DAY FOUR of my "All New" Giveaway! As you may have seen, my blog has an "All New" look to celebrate my one year "blog-iversary"! The giveaway is running ALL five days this week--and you are welcome to enter any days that are interesting to you.  Today is DAY FOUR and focuses on twelve AMAZING grade 5 and 6 sellers. This is really a GREAT way to show support for the blogs and stores that you already follow AND to find some new bloggers to follow along the way!  REMEMBER--You only have TWO days to enter each day's giveaway so don't wait!



Check out the 12 featured grade 5/6 bloggers/Teachers Pay Teachers "creators" who have graciously donated $10 worth of products to their store.  That means EACH DAY you have the chance to win $120 worth of products--that YOU get to choose!  It's a great prize if you ask me--to be able to look through the stores of all these creative people and PICK ten dollar's worth of your favorite things.  MANY of these great sellers have "new" products they would like you to see--so stop by as many blogs as you can to see what everyone as to offer.

Remember the schedule for week!

Monday--Twelve Grade 2/3 Sellers!
Tuesday--Twelve Grade 3/4 Sellers!
Wednesday--Twelve Grade 4/5 Sellers!
Thursday--Twelve Grade 5/6 Sellers!
Friday--Twelve Clip Artists--and "More"!

Are you ready to enter and win?  Remember, you can enter as many days you want--and right now check out the TWO rafflecopters below--one to win the $120 "shopping spree" from the 12 great stores above AND a second one "just for fun"--leave me a blog comment and get a chance to win a $50 shopping spree in MY store!  Thanks for stopping by today--and hope to see you tomorrow too!

All winners will be announced on Sunday!


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It's the fourth day of the giveaway and things are going beautifully!  If you've been playing along, you know that an added bonus of the giveaway is one of my products available each day for an amazing 50% off!  Today's deal is my Double Scoop resource on arrays, factors, and prime numbers.  Regular price is $3.50--today only grab it for $1.75!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"It's All New!" Giveaway--DAY 3!

It's here!  It's here!


It's DAY THREE of my "All New" Giveaway! As you may have seen, my blog has an "All New" look to celebrate my one year "blog-iversary"! The giveaway is running ALL five days this week--and you are welcome to enter any days that are interesting to you.  Today is DAY THREE and focuses on twelve AMAZING grade 4 and 5 sellers. This is really a GREAT way to show support for the blogs and stores that you already follow AND to find some new bloggers to follow along the way!  REMEMBER--You only have TWO days to enter each day's giveaway so don't wait!



Check out the 12 featured grade 4/5 bloggers/Teachers Pay Teachers "creators" who have graciously donated $10 worth of products to their store.  That means EACH DAY you have the chance to win $120 worth of products--that YOU get to choose!  It's a great prize if you ask me--to be able to look through the stores of all these creative people and PICK ten dollar's worth of your favorite things.  MANY of these great sellers have "new" products they would like you to see--so stop by as many blogs as you can to see what everyone as to offer.

Remember the schedule for week!

Monday--Twelve Grade 2/3 Sellers!
Tuesday--Twelve Grade 3/4 Sellers!
Wednesday--Twelve Grade 4/5 Sellers!
Thursday--Twelve Grade 5/6 Sellers!
Friday--Twelve Clip Artists--and "More"!

Are you ready to enter and win?  Remember, you can enter as many days you want--and right now check out the TWO rafflecopters below--one to win the $120 "shopping spree" from the 12 great stores above AND a second one "just for fun"--leave me a blog comment and get a chance to win a $50 shopping spree in MY store!  Thanks for stopping by today--and hope to see you tomorrow too!

All winners will be announced on Sunday!


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What else--you may ask?  Well check THIS out!

Have you been checking the blog each day?  As a final "thank you", I am offering one of my newer products each day for 50% off!  The deal only lasts for the day--so grab it while you can!  Today's bargain is my brand new Thanksgiving word problem resource.  Just like all my other sets, each of the problems is available in three formats which gives you tons of flexibility!  Check it out!  Regularly $3.75 and available today only for $1.85!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"It's All New!" Giveaway Day TWO!

It's here!  It's here!


It's DAY TWO of my "All New" Giveaway! As you may have seen, my blog has an "All New" look to celebrate my one year "blog-iversary"! The giveaway is running ALL five days this week--and you are welcome to enter any days that are interesting to you.  Today is DAY TWO and focuses on twelve AMAZING grade 3 and 4 sellers. This is really a GREAT way to show support for the blogs and stores that you already follow AND to find some new bloggers to follow along the way!  REMEMBER--You only have TWO days to enter each day's giveaway so don't wait!



Check out the 12 featured grade 3/4 bloggers/Teachers Pay Teachers "creators" who have graciously donated $10 worth of products to their store.  That means EACH DAY you have the chance to win $120 worth of products--that YOU get to choose!  It's a great prize if you ask me--to be able to look through the stores of all these creative people and PICK ten dollar's worth of your favorite things.  MANY of these great sellers have "new" products they would like you to see--so stop by as many blogs as you can to see what everyone as to offer.

Remember the schedule for week!

Monday--Twelve Grade 2/3 Sellers!
Tuesday--Twelve Grade 3/4 Sellers!
Wednesday--Twelve Grade 4/5 Sellers!
Thursday--Twelve Grade 5/6 Sellers!
Friday--Twelve Clip Artists--and "More"!

Are you ready to enter and win?  Remember, you can enter as many days you want--and right now check out the TWO rafflecopters below--one to win the $120 "shopping spree" from the 12 great stores above AND a second one "just for fun"--leave me a blog comment and get a chance to win a $50 shopping spree in MY store!  Thanks for stopping by today--and hope to see you tomorrow too!

All winners will be announced on Sunday!
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BUT WAIT!  There's MORE!

You might have tuned in yesterday for my extra deal...I am going to offer one of my newer products each day at 50% off!  Grab something new each day at an unbelievable price!  Today's special deal?  My "Triple Scoop" Mapping the Continents and Oceans resource.  Regularly $3.50--but available today only for $1.75!  Check it out--lots of photos to show how I used it--includes extension activities as well!


Monday, November 11, 2013

"It's All New!" Giveaway Day ONE!

It's here!  It's here!


I am SO excited to share this amazing giveaway with all of you! As you may have read yesterday, my blog has an "All New" look to celebrate my one year "blog-iversary"! It will run ALL five days this week--and you are welcome to enter any days that are interesting to you.  Today is DAY ONE and focuses on twelve AMAZING grade 2 and 3 sellers. This is really a GREAT way to show support for the blogs and stores that you already follow AND to find some new bloggers to follow along the way!  REMEMBER--You only have TWO days to enter each day's giveaway so don't wait!


Check out the 12 featured grade 2/3 bloggers/Teachers Pay Teachers "creators" who have graciously donated $10 worth of products to their store.  That means EACH DAY you have the chance to win $120 worth of products--that YOU get to choose!  It's a great prize if you ask me--to be able to look through the stores of all these creative people and PICK ten dollar's worth of your favorite things.  MANY of these great sellers have "new" products they would like you to see--so stop by as many blogs as you can to see what everyone as to offer.

Remember the schedule for week!

Monday--Twelve Grade 2/3 Sellers!
Tuesday--Twelve Grade 3/4 Sellers!
Wednesday--Twelve Grade 4/5 Sellers!
Thursday--Twelve Grade 5/6 Sellers!
Friday--Twelve Clip Artists--and "More"!

Are you ready to enter and win?  Remember, you can enter as many days you want--and right now check out the TWO rafflecopters below--one to win the $120 "shopping spree" from the 12 great stores above AND a second one "just for fun"--leave me a blog comment and get a chance to win a $50 shopping spree in MY store!  Thanks for stopping by today--and hope to see you tomorrow too!

All winners will be announced on Sunday!

To make it even MORE fun, I am going to offer one of my newer products each day at 50% off!  Grab something new each day at an unbelievable price!  Today's special deal?  My brand new "Ready Freddy" reading response resource--to be used with ANY Ready Freddy book.  I love that these books are so readily available  I'm super proud of this one and know it is going to be super helpful for teachers . . . because everything you need is right there to build a quality reading experience for your readers.  Regularly $7.00--but available today only for $3.50!  The Rafflecopters are below--make sure to check out BOTH of them! 

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

"It's All New" Giveaway--All This Week!

As you may have discovered over the weekend, my blog has an "All New" look to celebrate my one year "blog-iversary"! I have been so blessed to have "met" so many wonderful people over the last year and have learned so much.  I want to celebrate with all of you with a GIGANTIC five day giveaway!  I know I have followers from grade 2 on up to middle school, so I have created a giveaway with a little something for everyone.  It will run ALL five days this week--and you are welcome to enter any days that are interesting to you.  It is a GREAT way to show support for the blogs and stores that you already follow AND to find some new bloggers to follow along the way!

Here's the deal!


Each day there are 12 featured bloggers/Teachers Pay Teachers "creators" who have graciously donated $10 worth of products to their store!  That means EACH DAY you have the chance to win $120 worth of products--that YOU get to choose!  It's a great prize if you ask me--to be able to look through the stores of all these creative people and PICK ten dollar's worth of your favorite things!  MANY of these great sellers have "new" products they would like you to see--so stop by as many blogs as you can to see what everyone as to offer!

So what's the plan?
Monday--Twelve Grade 2/3 Sellers!
Tuesday--Twelve Grade 3/4 Sellers!
Wednesday--Twelve Grade 4/5 Sellers!
Thursday--Twelve Grade 5/6 Sellers!
Friday--Twelve Clip Artists--and "More"!

Are you ready to enter and win?  Remember, you can enter as many days you want--and make sure you stop by and read the posts--just in case there is a little somethin' extra you might be interested in!  Thanks again for all your support for the last 12 months . . .  hopefully you like my new design (Thanks to Christi Fulz!) and are excited for the giveaway!  12 months of blogging . . . 12 bloggers a day . . . and looking forward to many more "new" things over the next months!

See you tomorrow for the first one!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

It's Finished!

Check it out!  What do you think?  Thanks a MILLION TIMES to Christi over at Designs by Christi for her awesome help getting my new blog design up and running!  I cannot wait for everyone to see it!  She listened to me every step of the way and I cannot say enough about how easy she made the design process!

As for the blog--MAKE SURE to come back tomorrow and check out the big announcement!  I have been working on this for the last few months, and I think you are going to want to hear it...

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five For Friday!

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I'm joining up with Doodle Bugs this week to share out FIVE things from this week!  I chose to not take pictures of some of the "less pleasant" parts of the week--and there definitely were some!

Like this.  Report cards.  Grading.  Sigh . . . I will be doing this all weekend.
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This is my wallet.  I took a picture of it as it has now been returned to me from the Dallas/Forth Worth Airport where it spend the last week and a half somewhere between customs and the lost and found.
Welcome home, friend.

Please refer to photos one and two when understanding why I ate copious amounts of these this week.


Had a GREAT math lesson the other day--students were SO engaged and we really addressed multiple "Standards for Mathematical Practice".  Check it out if you want--I linked it below.  
I finally kicked of my "Genius Hour"!  I can't wait to dig in deeper next week and to start blogging about it!  The kids are SO excited.


So . . . here are FIVE little snippets of my week.  I had no photos of our standardized testing, the students with the meltdowns, the ridiculous number on my scale, my "stress complexion", or any other assorted "undesirables". 

I am, however, SUPER excited that something is brewin' on the blog!  If you stop by this weekend, you might notice some changes . . . and make SURE to come back Sunday for a big announcement!

Interested in my post from above?