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Monday, December 26, 2011

Half Day before Vaca

Highlights/ Low-lights:
  • The kids were so cute singing during the Poetry Slam-- so what if they sang the songs out of order and were shaking-scared?...
  • Photo shoot with the majority of the class after snack time
  • Some of the kids didn't understand why we had vacation or why we wouldn't be coming back to school for 10 days...so sweet
  • My principal says that I am not allowed to go in during vacation :)
  • Passed another MTEL! :) *secret*

Biggest Concerns:
  • how to enjoy every minute of my vacation before going back to the grind =)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

'Twas the Night before Christmas Vaca

Highlights/ Low-lights:
  • Today was my little L's last day. :( A day earlier than expected!!! Freaked out; made my para run out to pick up my prints from Walgreens b/c I wanted to give her 10 pictures before she moves away...So sad...obvi almost cried and got so emotional.
  • PJ party with the DLC...very cute, and my kids loved having snacks and hanging out with other kids, just relaxing...AND they loved wearing pajamas. (Wore my sweatpants too!)
  • Gave out our gift bags today ...crayon rings, memo pads, glitter pencils, class picture, and monogrammed gloves :)
  • Gave out gifts to other teachers--- stressful shopping, but it's always worth it. :)
  • videotaped the kids while they were rehearsing this morning-- teaching about "reflection" ;-)

Biggest Concerns:
  • Our Poetry Slam performance and costumes tomorrow
  • new schedule in January

"F" is for frog!

Monogrammed gloves sewn by me :]

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1.5 more days!


Highlights/ Low-lights today:
  • The kids L-O-V-E-D gingerbread houses today!  Thank goodness my para is more organized than me and it was controlled chaos in our room this afternoon.
  • Our Poetry Slam rehearsal went well, and the kids are actually learning the songs. :)
  • Gingerbread voting was cute today
  • Finally finished shopping for everyone at school!
  • AP lost a write-up for one of my students...now we have to write it again (waste of 40 minutes the first time...)

Biggest Concerns:
  • fitting in everything in before holiday vacation!
  • assessing my first graders
  • running records
  • surviving the next 11 hours of school before vacation


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Today is Tuesday, all day long, all day long

Highlights/ Low-lights:
  • My kids absolutely LOVED the gingerbread men that I baked last night!  The eyes and buttons were made of frosting.  Tomorrow, we will be making gingerbread houses out of milk cartons.
  • My gingerbread door theme is a success!  Lots of compliments. :)
  • ESL went well today, and the kids are really picking of their high frequency words and/or letters!
  • Finally have access to the K Level A Reach program online!
  • Ate so many baked goods today...what a glutton...
  • Actually started planning ESL and Math for the week after vacation-- hmmm...
  • I will have to include photos of our symmetrical snowflakes, frogs, elephant puppets, and my gingerbread doorway for this blog...

Biggest Concerns:
  • PJ party on Thursday
  • Poetry Slam costumes/ songs for Friday
  • My grade for my grad course-- so nervous because the course kicked my butt this semester, and it was so hard juggling a job and class at the same time...
  • Latkes for Thursday with gelt
  • Gingerbread graphs for tomorrow
  • Retention after vacation


Gingerbread Doorway

    Monday, December 19, 2011

    Monday?! I thought it was Friday...

    Holy smokes!  Vacation fever has hit the teachers, and now I don't know if there's hope for anyone!

    Highlights/ Low-lights today:
    • Average scores for Unit 2.1 Key word exam today for First Grade-- they are getting better!
    • pacing in math worries me...but I like whole-class lessons followed by the independent work
    • My kids love the "If you're reading and you know it" song... :)
    • staff meeting was short, yay!  but no snacks...got the shaaakes

    Biggest concerns:
    • schedule this week w/ parties and special events
    • gingerbreadmen tomorrow, latkes/gelt on Wednesday, gingerbread houses on Thursday (and pj party?), and poetry slam on Friday-- b-u-s-y

    Photo :
    Still under construction...but veryyy cute!  My inspiration: http://www.flickr.com/photos/squigglybee/3105418306/

    Saturday, December 17, 2011


    Yesterday was Friday--  *celebration dance.*  So exhausted from these long weeks, just absolutely insane.

    Highlights/ Low-lights:
    • ESL groups went well again with K and Grade 1 divided
    • love having L substituting in the building so that we can chat throughout the day!
    • made foam gingerbread men today...the kids don't know that we will be having real ones on Monday =)
    • sent in my next course for credit approval
    • sent in my version of the new schedule for January
    • tested Grade 1 on their spelling words and also pretested them-- good thing I remembered

    Biggest Concerns:
    • preparing my kids for the math quarterly assessments
    • finishing my final grad paper for Tuesday when this weekend is already feeling crazy-busy
    • packing in the gingerbreadman stuff for next week!
    • putting the student gifts together in time for Friday
    • pj party on Thursday
    • planning for next week...I feel like the whole week is going to be discombobulated

    foam gingerbread men with glue concoction, whole-punched buttons/smiles, beads for accessorizing, googly eyes, glitter, and blue or red yarn for hair

    My updated Word Wall

    Thursday, December 15, 2011


    Tomorrow is Friday, and I am just so so so excited!  This week just feels so long, and I think it's because the consistent 5-day weeks are wearing me down.  I.can't.wait.for.vacation.  5.5 more school days!

    • My twinsies birthdays today...6 years old and they were wearing matching outfits today!  I love it when my kids can wear crowns around the school-- they get so excited.
    • 2 math CPTs again because I really needed to see how the quarterly 2 assessments will look like, and whether or not my kids will be successful!
    • asked my para to pep up her energy today...I hate being put in a position like that...
    • Kindergarten "cupcakes" for the letter C came out cute :)
    • Grade 1 choral reading/singing was nice
    • my first Staff holiday party tonight-- It was more fun than I thought, but it's exhausting to work all day and be social with the same people at night!
    • #s 1-10 in shaving gel today with suspects 1 and 2...#1 loved it, and it seemed to be working (for the time), and suspect 2 was just being foolish.

    Biggest Concerns:
    • Suspects 1, 2, 3, and now 4!
    • quarterly assessments are on the back of my mind
    • Will my students forget everything they've learned after the break?
    • schedule changes
    • pacing my kids and meeting their different needs
    • pj party next week?

    Shaving gel and Elmer's glue cupcakes for the letter "Cc" (with pink sprinkles)

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011


    So I woke up thinking that today was Friday...rough.  Then I found out that my dad ate my leftover pizza last night; so I was forced to make myself a lunch.  Lastly, I spilled half of my coffee the moment I stepped into my classroom this morning.  FML!  It was also all over my white gloves.  my life.

    Highlights/ Low-lights:
    • Math sorting went well today, and so did the dice roll game-- woohoo!
    • New schedules for all grades to try to accommodate more CPT time and flexible scheduling-- I hope it works out.
    • Second book into the Gingerbread series.  We read the Gingerbread Man yesterday, and we read the  Gingerbread Girl today.  Hopefully, we'll be able to read Gingerbread Baby tomorrow.
    • My aide was 2 hours late to work today, and I don't know why.  It stinks when your kids show up in your classroom before you do, and they don't understand why they can't be in the room without an adult...ughh!
    • ESL groups went well today, and my low group did really well with "Write the Room."  I was so proud!

    Biggest Concerns:
    • preparation for next week
    • busy day tomorrow with my new hire meeting and staff party-- nervous about parking there, too!
    • Gingerbread cookie decorating, gingerbread house decorating, snowflake making, and poetry slam preparation...and pj party possibly on Thursday?
    • comp pay for covering Music today

    "What did the sixth snowman say?"
    "My nose is cold."

    "I like my snowman friends."
    another alphabet poster in the room...

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011


    Highlights/ Low-lights:
    • Working all day at school and trying to complete my work for grad school at the same time-- CraZY!!
    • Suspect #1 in my class can't count to 10...I am going to seriously drill him every day until vacation...might make his life miserable.
    • Suspect #2/3 poopsied in his pants AGAIN...#4!!! I was so mad!!! Missed 25 out of the 30 minutes I get for lunch today...ughhhhhhhhhhh
    • ESL groups were kind of rushed today-- hate that!  But my group #2 is really trying hard to practice phonemic awareness and blending...so proud :)
    • Glue and shaving gelled snowmen are hanging up, and I will try to include a picture when all of them are complete!
    • Grade 1 QQ4 in math were actually pretty good!  Only one straggler who is already on my radar...tisk tisk!
    • Last grad class of the semester tonight with only 1 project due next week...such a great weight off my shoulders.

    Biggest Concerns:
    • Speaking to parents about expectations in the classroom-- below grade-level kids and kids who are behaving like babies...I am not their mother!
    • packing in my gingerbread activities for this week and next before break
    • staff party on Thursday right after my new-hire meeting...busy day!

    new HANDS-OFF policy @ school

      Monday, December 12, 2011

      Monday Monday

      Highlights/ Low-lights:
      • THIS GIRL was at Dunks this morning at 6:10 to pick up her Box of Joe for her workshop beginning at 7:30am!  I also halved apple turnovers and croissants as breakfast treats for my super nice participants.  I ended up having 8 professionals at my workshop, and I was so nervous.  I was only expecting 4-5 people.  My principal and the other teachers LOVED the Pictures Books for Reading and Writing Workshop packet, and my principal wants to use it for a future PD...how exciting!
      • Math was dragging in K today, but it was interactive, and gave the kids something new to do...unifex cubes with whiteboards and equations...hard stuff for 5-year olds!
      • ELA went okay today...it's nice when each group of students has a teacher with them so that they don't make extra noise or run around seeking attention.

      Biggest Concerns:
      • How can you tell if a student isn't understanding a concept because of a lower IQ or because he is developmentally "not there" yet?  I wish there was a checklist for these things...
      • Last grad class tomorrow night!  But still needing to finish up my projects...
      • How do I write language objectives for my students? ughh...

      Sunday, December 11, 2011

      Last Friday

      To be honest, I don't remember much from last Friday because my whole day was so busy, and then my weekend just flleeewww by! but I'll try my best...

      • The office para called and told me that there was something for me in the office. FLOWERS DELIVERED FOR ME! I was so unbelievably excited. :) Made my day. :)
      • Expanded and redesigned my word wall
      • "beaded bracelets" for the letter Bb today and also for the day's random act of kindness

      Biggest Concerns:
      • obviously worried about this entire week and being observed by anyone
      • my PD workshop tomorrow morning
      • finishing my projects for my last grad class of the semester on Tuesday


      "Encouragement" flowers from my mentor :)

      Thursday, December 8, 2011


      Today was a Thursday that felt like a Friday...I hate it when that happens!  Gosh, I am so tired-- it's crazy!

      Highlights/ Low-lights:
      • My K lesson with the new phonics song book and my own activities worked really well.  They loved the song AND the puppet "Froggy."  However, it was so distracting to my 1st graders who were taking a test at the time! oops...
      • The positive energy and excitement from my kids in the morning is so special. :)
      • They enjoyed reading The Mitten again...which was nice because I was worried about hem being "bored."
      • The new HF song works really well (to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it").  They loved it!  And it's not difficult to carry the tune. :)
      • Cried again when telling my story about yesterday's PD to my mentor-- she felt so badly about my situation, but I think I'm just just oversensitive about everything and anything...

      Biggest Concerns:
      • Observations next week. 
      • Math quarterly follow-up
      • organizing my chaos in the classroom!
      • my PD for Monday-- is there enough time to plan and photocopy!?!?!

      Stolen from the blog First Grade Parade...a story map template for The Mitten

      Wednesday, December 7, 2011


      Today was a bad day.  Not with my kids, but with everything else.

      Highlights/ Low-lights:
      • Half day today for professional development= fun snowman activity with the kids.  They loved using the glue and shaving gel mixture to make their "sixth snowman" for our "Five Little Snowmen" poem.
      • Cried during my PD meeting today-- embarrassing. :x  Just so stressed, tired, and overwhelmed of everyone's expectations for me.
      • I have a little bit better idea of what is expected of my first graders and kindergarteners.
      • I think I am going to start locking my door after school so that no one comes in...is that being anti-social? probs...

      Biggest Concerns: 
      • my entire life.
      • re-designing my classroom to best suit my students' needs
      • the solutions to my problems = more hours in the day and more space in my classroom
      • wishing I could celebrate Christmas with my kiddos :(
      Photos from today, etc:
      New ones/tens/hundreds chart holders for Calendar
      Snowmen made from equal parts glue and shaving cream

      Tuesday, December 6, 2011

      Crazy Tuesday

      Today was another action-packed day, and I am exhausted...I can't even muster up the energy to correct homework and work on my PD workshop for grad school!  At least we have a half-day tomorrow. :) (minus the PD in the afternoon...)

      • The Hat is not my most favorite book. :/  It was also difficult for the students to follow...
      • Admin stuff made me leave lunch to go to the office and then it turned out to be a pointless drive and appointment! curses...
      • Impromptu indoor classroom recess= kids showing up 15 minutes earlier than expected in my classroom.  I was not a happy camper.
      • Day 4 of Kindness= Share a Hug! headbands

      Biggest Concerns:
      • PD workshop scheduling-- argh!
      • a snowball of things to do is getting quite large and I'm overwhelmed.

      Random Acts of Kindness project

      Winter Word Splash
      Color, cut pieces, & dress your own snowman

        Monday, December 5, 2011


        What an action-packed day!  This week is going to be a doozy...

        Highlights/ Low-lights:
        • Found out that my little kindergartner is leaving next week...so devastated.  I hope her new school takes care of her. :(
        • Kindergartner strikes again with poo-oopsies in his pants...so gross...fml.  We took a trip to the nurse together this time...
        • Meeting after school from 3:50 until 5:15pm...thank goodness my aide was there or else I probably would have lost my mind!
        • Observation with my mentor scheduled for Wednesday...
        • Math was quick today, but it went well!  The kindergarteners are beginning to understand addition concepts...
        • First grade practice sheets were definitely a good idea...thank you Math director for the bonus and supplementary workbook. :)
        • Read The Mitten today-- the kids loved it!
        • Day 3 of Kindness= helping me clean the room and wash the tables!  Our first time doing it together; usually I do it by myself, but the kids loved helping out.  I'll have to make it a weekly routine...

        Biggest Concerns:
        • Changing my literacy instruction to meet the expectations of my director and L
        • Report cards due tomorrow and still need to be completed-- they are sitting right in front of me-- ughh!
        • Flexible grouping in my classroom
        • My PD workshop at the end of this week?
        • My work for grad school is beginning to overlap and take over my work-life-- I hope I can survive the next 2 weeks...

        New crayon holders from my para! How exciting :)
        Math Word Wall *under construction"

          Saturday, December 3, 2011


          • I had a good write-up for my observation in Science today...woohoo!  She said that my students were very attentive, my pacing was good, and my classroom is conducive to visual learning where the expectations and routines are clearly stated-- hoorah. :) 
          • Taking pictures with our little one today who might be moving! so sad!!
          • Random Acts of Kindness Day 2--> "Draw a picture for a friend."  Then, I labeled the pictures with "For _______, From ______" before gave them to friends and took them home.  It was interesting to see who the recipients were!
          • Finished my 3 observations of my para today for my grad class...woohoo! Now just have to complete the post-conferences with her.
          • Sent out a message about doing a workshop on multicultural literacy in my school at the end of the week-- I hope I get lots of responses/ I hope it doesn't turn out to be a bust!
          • Disappointed that I didn't finish one of the group's unit 3 assessments yesterday-- I'll have to remember for Monday!

          Biggest Concerns:
          • Finishing Gr. 1 report cards to be sent home on Tuesday
          • my 3 projects due on Tuesday for my grad course
          • meetings on Monday and Thursday after school
          • holiday celebrations in the classroom-- what is/isn't allowed
          • my PD workshop!

          Science Vocabulary

          Science easel

              Thursday, December 1, 2011


              First FULL day without my aide today -- what is a girl to do?! JK, we were fine, and we had such a nice day!  There was a sub, but she was very pleasant and "obedient."  Get what you get...

              • Sub today: "I really enjoyed being in your room today.  I like what you do with the children, and I like how you walk around with them.  I liked being here today."  SO NICE TO HEAR!  I have been feeling really scrutinized and criticized lately by other professionals, and this lady was so nice. :)  Not the sharpest tool, but very nice and genuine.
              • One little girl might be moving today or tomorrow-- I'm terrified! :( so sad.
              • First random act of kindness= get well cards for my aide...impromptu since I forgot to email myself the documents from home-- oops!
              • New hire meeting this morning 7:30-8:15; then ELL departmental team meeting after school 3:30-5:15...wacko.
              • I went to 2 CPT team meetings today (one for K and one for 1st grade).  I loved being included in both, but I hated missing my prep time.  However, I like that I feel comfortable with going to both, and I NEED that information and feedback about my quarterly results compared to the mainstream classes!  so importante.
              • December is getting packed with events/meetings-- as well as projects.  I kept referring to and adding to my planner today!

              Biggest Concerns:
              • Grade 1 Report Card due tomorrow for Tuesday--aksdjf;lawjelf;kjsaldfjldsjfljf.
              • math data used for instruction
              • holiday celebrations and instruction

              Wednesday, November 30, 2011


              December is tomorrow and I am both excited and anxious about December festivities, responsibilities, and restrictions!  However, I know that whatever we end up doing will be fun and thrilling for my kids. :)

              • 9am phone call: "What is today?" Today is Wednesday, today is Wednesday-- all day long, all day long.  "Today is Wednesday.  I thought you would be here at 8:30...as usual." -.-
              • CPT for my 3 kids only... whoops!
              • meeting @ 7:30 in the morning tomorrow as well as another one at 3:30 until 5 after school...hoo-ray. =/
              • Math stations have been pretty calm and effective lately (I think).  The repetitive stations are comforting for students, and I think it gives them a small success at something they can do quickly and (sometimes) correctly.
              • Literacy stations have been NoiSy lately...but is it a "good" buzz or just distracting? hmmm...
              • Science director came in today to announce--> informal observation on Friday @ 12:35-- eeeek!
              • Finally sent in my course approvals for next year's (maybe) lane change...
              • November calendar journals stapled and in mailboxes for tomorrow!  Dec/winter themes start tomorrow.
              • 1 out of 3 observations done with my aide...:) She's so helpful!

              Biggest Concerns:
              • What am I going to do for each "Random Act of Kindness"?  I swear I force myself into these stressful situations...
              • completing my report cards...
              • effective planning time and assessments...teacher-made assessments...how to collect data that leads to future steps to move FORWARD for kids
              • mentor observation next week
              • workshop for grad school next week

              Tuesday, November 29, 2011


              • It was nice to join the K ELA CPT again today, but it was bad having to rearrange my groups due to someone calling in sick today! boo.
              • My student busting out and singing Nicki Minaj right before the beginning of math..HA!
              • I fixed the copy machine this morning-- hooray for me!
              • Almost forgot to bring the library card information sheets to the public library today-- that would have been horrible!
              • I am reinventing how I do science, and I'm kind of excited about it!  Trying to be flexible and make it fun and accessible for my kids.
              • "Rest time" is not very quiet in Room 24...
              • I think someone poo-oopsied in his pants today during math-- kindergarteners are such babies.  Stinky Pete.
              • The nurse told me that she always sees me smiling. :)
              • I forgot to mention that a student drew a picture of me and my mother yesterday during Art class-- how charming. :P

              Biggest Concerns:
              • Gr. 1 report cards
              • integrating literacy and science curriculums
              • appropriate assessments for K and 1
              • making time for my grad school coaching project and PD workshop within the next 2 weeks
              • 2 observations are looming nearby-- I can feel them!

              Photos: Projects "in the Works"

              Science Vocabulary throughout the units

              December/ Kindness Theme

              Monday, November 28, 2011

              Back to Reality

              The day after Thanksgiving break killed me today!  Morning meetings injected stress into my day, and you know how those just throw me off for the entire school day...

              • My kids were as energetic as ever today-- good thing/bad thing?
              • meetings, critiques, judgments, THE PRESSURE.
              • It's crazy how you can plan for a million activities when the kids can only complete one...very...very...very slowly-- bahh
              • My principal is so supportive :)
              • Asked about Christmas lights up in the classroom today-- TBD tomorrow...
              • 18 school days until Christmas vacation!
              • gave my first graders the wrong quick quiz today-- no wonder they all scored 100% ;-)

               Biggest Concerns:
              • Report cards are due by the end of the week to be checked by the principal-- also my letter to parents needs to be translated in 5 different languages...fantastic.
              • As always, I think I've bitten off more than I can chew...it's bad when you get to school at 6:30 and leave at 7:30...and still feel like you're not prepared-- fml.
              • Everything is my concern right now. :(

              Sunday, November 27, 2011

              Day before Thanksgiving

              I feel a little guilty saying that I haven't lifted a finger since 3pm on Wednesday to work on school stuff...but at the same time, it was such a nice Thanksgiving break!  I relaxed and really enjoyed my family and friends, and now I'm more excited than ever for Christmas vaca. 19.5 school days left ;-)

              Highlights/Low-lights of last Wednesday:
              • Shaking heavy cream to make butter with the mainstream first graders was really fun today!  I loved the coloring activity for the kids while they took turns shaking their butter.  I made cornbread and pumpkin bread for them, and they were hits!
              • One of my kids was knocked in the face with his chair while taking it down, and he got a bloody nose-- rough day for him. :(
              • My aide worked with my kids to give a me a Thanksgiving present of a bracelet and ID case-- cute thought. :)
              • We made turkey cards for the school principal, secretary, lunch aide, custodian, and nurse-- trying to teach my kids to think about others!
              • Coloring page that I made on Tuesday saved the day because the kids had an activity to do while signing the cards. 

              Biggest concerns:
              • IEP on Wednesday
              • meetings tomorrow and Tuesday morning
              • bulletin board ideas for winter?
              • Who celebrates Christmas in my class? not everyone...

              Banana, Cranberry, Corn, and Pumpkin Bread with homemade butter! :)

              Finished my #1-9 posters...woohoo!

              Thinking of doing "25 Random Acts of Kindness" with my kids for December :)

              Tuesday, November 22, 2011

              Thanksgiving Fever

              Thanksgiving fever is buzzing around school, and my kids are in a great mood!

              • ELL Thanksgiving celebration went well, and 3 of my parents showed up...yay!  The kids were well-behaved (for the most part) and they seemed to l-o-v-e the food served.
              • The feather headbands came out great!  AND the pin/elastic combo really helped keep them on the kids' heads! Hollaaa...
              • Family poem-letters are colored, feathered, and in mailboxes to take home tomorrow :)
              • Fall poetry books are almost ready to go home tomorrow!
              • A large turkey surprise for my aide today :)

              Biggest Concerns:
              • Grade 1 report cards
              • Grad school PD workshop and coaching project!
              • teaching some of my K their #s 1-10 still! oy vey

              Photos from today:

              Orange/Red #s 1-10 Patterned headbands
              K Letter to Family Member
              Grade 1 Letter to Family Member

              Turkey Surprise!

              Monday, November 21, 2011

              Busy Monday!

              Today was and still is quite busy!  I am currently baking cornbread and boiling potatoes for my mashed potatoes to bring to school tomorrow.  Our ELL program is having a special Thanksgiving celebration for our students and their families.  I am very excited to celebrate (and eat); but right now, I'm stressed about finishing my food and homework in time for the Pats' game!

              • Created (with the K team) and completed the K Unit 3 pre-assessments...it's nice to get things done (even if my students flunked the pre!).
              • Working 2 literacy group blocks and then ending with a whole-class housecleaning craft was nice today...poor kids haven't been able to to finish many Thanksgiving projects! (We always start them, and then I move them onto the next activity!)
              • No CPTs tomorrow and Wed-- woop woop =)
              • Tried to stay late at school today planning so that I can work up to not planning on Wed!

              Biggest Concerns:
              • The food I'm cooking for people who have never tasted my food!
              • Finishing my grad school work for tomorrow (observation and article)
              • Grade 1 report cards
              • IEP meeting next week

              Photos from today:
              "The Native Americans helped the Pilgrims hunt and grow food."

              HF words, Patterns, and American History...oh my!

              HF words ("the") for K, and content words for Grade 1 :)

                Sunday, November 20, 2011

                On Friday...

                What a crazy week last week!  I was so happy to make it to Friday, and I am so pumped that it's the weekend now!

                • My p/t conference went well today...The mom and I talked for a half hour about her two boys, and she told me how one of them absolutely loves school...yayy! =)
                • No playtime at 2:30; but the kids were able to play for 15 minutes before dismissal.  I was just relieved that the Kindergarteners finished their unit 2 tests! woohoo!  And my little girl who spoke no English at the beginning of the year and knew no numbers, shapes, or math vocab got a 19/20 on her test...I AM SO PROUD OF HER! =)
                • My friend came in during math and said that everyone was so quiet...I have never heard that before..wow!
                •  Yay! My internet was working again on Friday afternoon so the kids were able to watch their Alphabet and Counting videos-- oh, happy day...I am going to try to have my brother burn the YouTube videos for me so that I have them in case of emergencies!

                Biggest Concerns:
                • Finishing my Thanksgiving projects with the kids before the Christmas season kicks in!
                • Baking cornbread and making mashed potatoes tomorrow for Tuesday's Thanksgiving feast
                • Baking cornbread and pumpkin bread for Wednesday's churning butter activity with another first grade classroom =)

                Photos from Friday:
                We read Turkey Trouble today, and the kids LOVED it.  They asked me to read it again on Monday! :)

                Thursday, November 17, 2011


                Today was crazy, busy, hectic, and all.over.the. place.  I'm so glad that I will be going to bed soon and starting a new day tomorrow.  I have a parent conference in the morning, but other than that, hopefully no informal observations throw my day off! :/

                Highlights/Low-lights today:
                • My early morning meeting today was not fun, and I feel judged and very under the microscope.  blehhhhh
                • I raised my voice so much today at my kids, and I feel so badly about it!  If no one comes to observe me before 2:30 tomorrow, they are getting extra playtime because they deserve it!  I think they are some of the hardest working kids in school...
                • I am disappointed in my 1st graders' quarterly math assessments, and it kills me that they didn't do better...:(
                • My internet was not working at school today, and it totally threw off my day because I couldn't PRINT anything from my computer; I couldn't CHECK MY EMAIL; I couldn't use my GOOGLE SEARCH ENGINE for clipart; and I couldn't PLAY ANY ALPHABET OR COUNTING VIDEOS for my kids.  UGHHHHH-- I hope it works tomorrow.  I just sent my 5th complaint to IT of the year...they probably hate me!
                • I forgot my cell today at home-- FML.
                • I had a new hire meeting after school today, and it was actually very informative and not a bother to go to. 

                Biggest concerns:
                • I hope I remember my parent conference tomorrow morning!
                • Liaison and technicalities for my room and for my students
                • Thanksgiving projects for my kids
                • Why did my 1st graders do so poorly?

                Photos from today:
                Embellished this turkey to include the First Grade sight words of the week!
                Noun Sorting with magazine clips