Saturday, April 5, 2014


I am using Windows Live Writer after reading the post from Smedley’s Smorgasbord.  I figured I would try it out because I want to use my own font for posting.  Fingers Crossed and thanks Greg!

It is that time again!  I can hardly believe how quickly the time is slipping through my fingers.  I am away this weekend at a training for my big PD this summer (more on that in an upcoming post), so I figured I have time on my hands to get my currently up.  Here goes:
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Listening:  I am on Season 2 and I am still not sure if I like what I am watching, but I am committed to finish. 

Loving:  I am in Tallahassee for training and I cannot wait to see my hubby and my little miss.  Yesterday was my 27th anniversary and I spent it with some of my little miss’ friends who are here at FSU.  They are like my own kids, so we had fun!  They even gave me an anniversary card and Cadbury Eggs (yum!!!). 

Thinking:  Training ended at 3, it is now 5:30 and I am still in my work clothes on the bed in the hotel.  I should get out and see the sights, but I really don’t feel like it.

Wanting:  I am hungry (I ate the 2 Cadbury Eggs), so I am going to have to go to the hotel lobby and get some food.  No room service…
Needing:  I have been scared of sleeping here the past 2 nights and tonight will not be any different.  I had to take Tylenol PM to get to sleep.  I just need to get through tonight.

Hours and Last Day:  I get up at 5:45 to get ready for work.  I would love to say I workout, but I really just dilly dally and then need to book it so I am not late.  I get to work by 7:30 so I can be prepared for the day.  June 6th cannot come fast enough….44 days people!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Send a Teacher Some Love with a SLANT Box

As I was perusing through some recent blog posts, I came across this one:  

SLANT Box Exchange

Lessons with Coffee posted about this great idea where you can create a box of goodies to be sent to a teacher friend and in turn, you receive your own box of goodies.  This month the theme is a book, so you include the book of your choice and then items centered around the book!  How fun is that!!  I am super excited because I love sharing with new peeps and I love getting mail, so it is a perfect fit.

If you want to join in on the fun, then click the pic above and you can fill out the form with your information.  Let's get in on the SLANT!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Math Notebooking with Go Math!

Many moons ago I posted about my experience using the Go Math! curriculum in my classroom.  That post, by far, has been the one that has brought me fame and fortune lots of great emails from my followers or those who search Go Math! on the internet.  In that post I included my PowerPoint that gives some insight on the ins and outs of why we shouldn't be afraid of the curriculum and some pointers on how to change your thinking so you can be successful when you make the switch to the series.  I was given permission from Juli Dixon, one of the authors, to use her workshop notes in that PowerPoint.  It is free in my TpT store and you can find it here.

Over the past few weeks I started using our textbook to create a math notebook with my students.  With 9 weeks to go in the school year, we have finished the textbook and will spend the rest of the year having fun reviewing and getting ready for second grade.  I didn't want to see the textbook go to waste and I wanted my kiddos to have a concrete way to review for now and then again over the summer.  So I came up with this:

The top page is the vocabulary page and the bottom page shows the space where students will write their problem.

The textbook is set up with a Model and Draw section, which we use after the material is introduced.  This is the part of the lesson where the strategy is shown and then students get to practice with the strategy in the Share and Show and the On Your Own sections.  I thought it would be great to have students cut out the Model and Draw section, glue it to a page in a clean notebook and then create a problem to show their understanding of the strategy.  At the top of the page is the lesson number and the essential question for that lesson.  I also had them cut out the vocabulary page as the first page for each chapter and we also added the picture glossary to the end of the notebook for reference.

This is going to take us through the end of the year while we add some fun activities to move us forward as we get ready for second grade.  Next year, I will have my students do this as we complete each lesson and I will use it as a formative assessment to gauge their understanding on what they recall from the lessons.

My kiddos are loving the idea of having their own reference book and I am loving the idea of rechecking their knowledge.  I am sure you can use this with any curriculum, as long as your textbooks are consumable.

As I continue on my journey with Go Math! I will make sure to include you in as many of my ideas as I can.  I am off to celebrate my last day of spring break and then the countdown to summer begins on Monday, only 48 days left!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Common Core Assessment Workbooks

For the past two years I have been using the resources from the First Grade Common Core Workbook to supplement my teaching.  I love using the pages during Daily 5 in each of my centers.  The wonderful people behind this workbook have now come up with Common Core Assessment Workbooks for grades K-5 to accompany the original workbooks.
I know how hard it can be to find resources that are to the point and really get in to the meat and potatoes of the CCSS, especially when it comes to assessing the standards.  After downloading the free sample of the first grade assessment workbook, I am convinced that this is the go to resource for assessing what my students have learned when we target specific standards.  The pages are marked with the standard that is being assessed and are easy for students to use.  Teachers will be happy to use the answer key to make it easier to score the assessments. You will absolutely love the progress reports that are provided, which can be used as a teaching tool and checklist for what has been assessed and what students may need additional instruction in so they can master the standards. 
Click on the above link or on the picture below to find out more about the Common Assessment Workbook for your grade level.
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Faithfully yours,

Sunday, February 2, 2014

What Happened to January and What I'm Currently Up To....

It's a new month and that means we are sharing what we are currently doing, wanting, needing, etc.  Like most of you, I feel that January whisked by and I didn't even get a chance to savor the newness of 2014.  If this is any indication of what is to come, then we will be shouting Happy New Year before we know it.
Here is my contribution to Farley's once a month gathering.

Listening-  I ended up not seeing the end because hubby came in and took a nap.  I felt bad and turned off the TV, so I will have to watch it all over again!
Loving-  Little Miss, my 19 year old, woke me up on Thursday morning at 3 am crying because she had been vomiting for most of the night.  Off to the ER we went and of course because she couldn't stop and none of the meds they gave her helped her, they admitted her.  I watched her sleep all of Thursday and Friday and prayed that this would pass.  We are watching her carefully and at least the meds she is taking now have kept her from vomiting.  The stomach pain and nausea are still there and the doctors ruled everything out so it is a mystery.  It's off to the GI this week to check her tummy and hopefully this will be over soon.
Thinking- I was doing great, I really was.  I am part of a friend's FB group to keep us accountable and I posted everyday until 2 weeks ago. I already lost the umphh to keep going and I have no desire to exercise (again) and I am pretty much eating whatever.  I lost 10 pounds and I think I messed that up, so I am starting anew tomorrow....
Wanting- In line with my thinking, I am wanting some motivation to just keep going in the million things I have on my plate.  Who was the crazy person that talked me into a Ph.D in Science?  Oh, it was me.  Did you know that I hate strongly dislike science?  I can do this, I can, but the motivational gods need to get on their game here! Work is also killing me.  We are under district support this year and it seems that they visit us everyday.  I know that I have nothing to worry about but if one person gets something wrong, we all pay for it.  I am tired of making changes to my teaching because the lack of dedication from other teachers.
Needing-  It will be a year this March since grandma started her new life in heaven.  My mother has aged tremendously in this past year and instead of acting like a vibrant 70 year old she acts like an old 90 year old.  She is driving my sister and I crazy and has given up on everything.  We have had to rotate doing her groceries, cleaning her house, and just about doing everything for her.  We even have to help her get in and out of the shower sometimes or else she won't bathe.  Add this to our normal lives and we are drained, our patience is dwindling.  My sister has two young children, one with Autism, so it really takes a toll on her.  I will use my OLW, PRAY, to get us through this.
2 Truths and a Fib-
1. It is true, I am obsessed with TV.  I DVR about 25 programs and spend all day on Saturday getting through them while I clean the house.
2.  Lie- I haven't written and published a book but I am in the process of writing a romance novel and have been for 10 years.  Life has gotten in the way so many times, but it will be completed and published before I move on from this life!
3.  Truth-  I hate to say it, but it may be the time to move on from teaching.  It is tiring and the rewards are no longer outweighing anything else.  The political agendas have taken over and I feel teachers will never have a say in what goes on in our classrooms again.
Well, that is it for this month.  I hope you join in on the fun and click the link below to tell us what is currently going on in your life!

Oh' boy fourth grade

Faithfully Yours,