Sunday, June 1, 2014

Currently June and where have I been?

I'm linking up with Farley from Oh'Boy4th Grade

Where have I been??? Let's just say I had a very busy last semester of school and I thought a social media break was a good thing!
  • Listening: I bought my husband Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U for his birthday and since I stink at video games, I'd rather watch than play! 
  • Loving: This summer break is truly a summer break for me! The last two summer breaks I partnered up with the local university and did summer trainings so this is a nice change for me.
  • Thinking: If you read below, you will find out I'm in for some big changes next school year.
  • Wanting: I had my first foot massage recently and it was pure heaven! I could have stayed there all day!
  • Needing: Yes, I do live in the southwest desert but it's WAY TOO HOT! I will become nocturnal the next few months. 
  • My summer bucket list: 
    1. I really want to eat cleaner (less process foods which probably means I need to cook more)
    2. I will be going to Carlsbad for a week and I want to walk on the beach at sunset each day we are there. 
    3. My Dad's health isn't all that great and my sister will be visiting for a month with her kids so I just really want to enjoy the time with my family all together this summer.
After 8 years at the same school, I decided it was time to leave. It was a difficult decision because I have worked with some really great people and the students are fantastic but I was driving 38 miles a day and after 8 years the drive was really starting to get to me. Also, my daughter is in a different school district and this past year our breaks were different which made things challenging. I have also been out of classroom the last two years and I realized towards the end of this year that the work I've been doing lately just wasn't why I went into teaching to begin with. 

I'm happy to say, that I will be back in the classroom next school year. I will be teaching fourth grade. I will be working at the same school district as my daughter and I'm much closer to home. The school I will be working at is very close to the high school that my daughter will be attending so it really was a logical choice. 

Saying "Good-bye" to my co-workers on my last day was really tough! They really are the people I spent most of my time with 9 months out of the year but I know I made the right decision. Although there were many times I second guessed myself. 

Here are some pictures of my new classroom. I will probably paint at least one wall (Yippee!)

The school I'm at is considered a "Green School". It's very industrial looking. Did you notice I don't have ANY counters?? 

I am excited to share my journey back into the classroom. I really feel like I'm starting over since I got rid of most of my things. I will be recreating and creating a lot this summer.

Thanks, if you are still reading. This ended up being much longer than I anticipated. 


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Alphabetical order freebie

I've been working with a small group of third graders in preparation for the big state test in April. I thought I'd start with some basic skills. One thing I noticed when I taught third grade was how many students would miss alphabetical order on the benchmark tests. It's an easy skill but students always seem to miss it. I like to use this up with this strategy: read it, stack it, and put it in order

Students read the words first, then they stack the words how it is already written and last they put it in order. For me, stacking the words makes it visually easier to see if the words are in order or not.

My brand new pens (Uni-ball Signo Gel Ink Pens .38mm)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Currently and My Manifesto for 2014

Happy New Year! Last year I made a manifesto for 2013, I thought I'd do another one for 2014.

I think my manifesto for 2014 is self explanatory. My OLW this year is Focus. I seem to get distracted easily lately since there is so much going on. I need to slow down and focus more. 

Now onto my January currently. I'm linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade

This winter break was much needed. I've been busy, busy, busy with work and home. 2013 was a tough year emotionally with my family. There was a sudden death in the family at the beginning of 2013, I've watched my mother in law forget the people that love her the most because of dementia, my mom had an unexpected triple bypass, and my dad is currently going through some medical procedures. I believe all these things have brought my family closer but it's been a very stressful year.

My winter break memory (the good). This winter break I ate some great food with some great company. Homemade food as well as local restaurants. With my husbands family "it's all about the food". It was slightly out of control for a while but I'm back to my normal eating habits. 

My winter break memory (the bad) - I got severe car sickness! By the way, I've never had car sickness before EVER! We went to visit family 2 hours up north and on the way back the one and only freeway to get home was shut down due to an accident (we took a detour through a small town). It turned into a 3.5 hour drive home and I was sick the entire way. The longest 3.5 hours of my life!! It took me a day to sleep it off. I usually sit in the back seat with my daughter on long drives but not anymore!

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2014!