Saturday, September 5, 2015

3 Weeks & 2 Days & Back to School Night Down! I Love My Job!

Whew! Life has been busy & I finally feel like I can sit down & share...Boy~Oh~Boy, do I have a LOT to share!!  I'm guessing this post will be linked up with at least 6 linkies!!!
I think this is a great way for me to start this blog post~my goals for this school year!  I made this over a month ago~August 1st & I have been constantly reminding myself of these goals.
I look back over the time since I last blogged & I realize I have so very much to be thankful for!
I was able to get into my classroom July 28~yes, July back at it! {school began with students on August 13}!!! This is what my classroom looked like then...
There was SO MUCH work to be done!!  But so thankful for a new start!
In keeping with those goals, as I worked getting the krud off of file folder buckets I use & organizing all of the print shop orders that came in {our district has a print shop & we can send stuff in to be run in the spring for the next year} I watched/listened to inspiring periscopes & podcasts!  Ron Clark, Angela Watson, Coach B {Chris Biffle creator of Whole Brain Teaching} are all helping me with my goals of keeping positive & learning!!
July ended with walking in the mornings~trying to do that every morning...beautiful desert sunrises...& visiting with granddaughter & I were drawing on our placemats...what did I draw? apples & apple baskets of course! granddaughter drew rainbows, apples, & apple bags!
The first week of August we started in with PD~Our school has just become a Leader in Me School & we had 2 days for our WHOLE staff of Leader in Me Training {we had 2 days on The 7 Habits in June, after school got out} I am so excited about this & learning right along with my students now...
Okay, now to start linking up!!
Yes, I know it is Saturday, not Monday...Late to the party...'It's Cool' {my class would respond, "It's Cool"...Whole Brain Teaching thing!}....too busy this week to post, so here are ALL 5 days today!!!
Fun Fact #1
My 12 year old daughter was just told this week she will be going on point!!...for those who are not familiar with ballet, it means she will now be learning how to dance on the shoes that you go up on your toes in!! So, Monday we will be going about an hour away to buy the shoes {not cheap!} & start a new class at the dance Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday she will have dance from 5-7!


Fun Facts #2 & #3
These 2 are related so I figured I would put them both here...I am in my 28th year teaching 3rd grade, yep all 28 at 3rd grade!...& I am now the staff member who has been at my site the longest!!  For YEARS I was referred to as 'The Baby'...well, time flies & now I have been there longer than any other staff member! NEVER gets old or boring, every year & every group of kids is unique! No two years have been the same!
Fun Fact #4 
I can juggle~okay, random, but I was trying to think of something that not everyone can do and that I have not shared on the blog before...I taught myself right out of high school using one of the Klutz books.

Fun Fact #5
I learned to drive stick on large on dump trucks & other trucks you see used by your city to maintain the city property...after my freshman year of college, I went home & had a job pulling weeds, trimming trees, sweeping sidewalks, crew ganged up on me and started teaching me to drive stick on these large trucks!!...I'm sure it was quite a sight to see this big city truck bunny hopping across the intersection!!!!
HaHa!!! My go to meals for the week are made ahead by....Lil Ceasers, Del Taco, {my town is where Del began & is like no other Del Taco anywhere...awesome food that our whole community loves!} Subway, and well, you get the idea...okay, some of them don't make it AHEAD...but if you saw my daughter's dance schedule above, plus other family commitments throughout the week, we are rarely home {we live about 20 miles outside of town} for dinner!!

These pictures were taken yesterday...

This is along one side of my room...nonfiction books are in the red baskets...the corner is my leveled library...lots of goodies!
I wish there wasn't so much glare on my alphabet {available in my store} & the items on the front board...the large laptop cart is a blessing & a curse...blessed when we are able to use the technology in our room, but no matter where it is, it is in the way!
          The back part of my room {with my daughter :-D }...on the stereo are my desk trash baskets...Leader in Me characters on the upper back wall...
My tip is to use Dropbox, Sqworl, Symbaloo to organize your digital world! {I am working right now to become a Symbaloo Certified Educator!}
I love both reading & math, but I think I will go with math because I love to incorporate learning games!!!  I love using dice & so do the students!
You can click on each of the day pictures above to go to each day's linky!

I think I will save Currently for tomorrow!!!


  1. Glad I'm not the only one during more than one day in one post. I was not as ambitious as you though! We had 7 habits training once but never did anything else...the student portion seems really great. And wow, 28 years of 3rd grade! That's awesome!

    Literacy Spark

  2. You have been super busy this past month!! There is definitely no tired like that first month of back to school! Wishing you a great year!


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