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September 13, 2017

Fall is Around the Corner

I did not start the school year. I have been busy, but not teaching.

I have been dealing with a severe foot sprain. I have always been a bit of a klutz and I slid on my wooden steps almost falling. I have been in a walking boot and it has not been fun. My DH made me throw out my flip flops. Oh how I love my flip flops, but I has slide on them twice prior, so I had to say good-bye.

I have an appointment tomorrow and I am hoping I can say good bye to the walking boot!

I have had a few interviews for positions that popped up after school started. It's been a stressful few weeks with everything, but I keep telling myself... things could be worse. I have cousins in Houston and Florida!!! We all have our hill to climb!

Here's hoping for an upturn!

Happy reading!

August 4, 2017

Happy August!

Wait... What happened to July? The summer school program was great and the kids seemed to enjoy the 4 week program.

Here are a some photos from the class:


The student researched marine life animals. We read a literature story to close the daily lessons. One of the books we read was Big Al.

 Below are the books the students used to research a marine animal. 
The kids went to the computer lab choose a picture for their book covers. 



 The students took notes on a variety of topics. 
We typed up their facts. 



Another class came and we had a book sharing. 


The students made an author page in the back of the book.



Last day reflections from the kiddos


I have one month left of summer. I plan to swim, read, nap, and relax. Oh.. yeah... I am also still looking for a position for the fall. Please send me positive vibes. 

Happy Reading! 

July 17, 2017

Loving the summer

Summer is one of my favorite things. I can enjoy my patio, sit outside, swim, and follow any schedule I want! I have been enjoying a variety of books. I switch between a young adult novel to one of my favorite summer beach read authors. Lately, I have been on a Sarah Dessen kick. I then pass the book onto my Mom for her opinion,

 

I also started teaching summer school last week. I have kiddos going into grade 3 and we are following a unit by the program the district uses. Here are a few pics of some charts I made:

 Day One Letter

Day Two Letter

 
 Reminders for the classroom norms of reading independently 

Getting ready for marine life research 

Hoping to take a few pictures next week of the projects the ids will be beginning! I know my posters aren't fancy - but I am OK with that! : ) 

Happy Summer Reading! 

July 4, 2017

Hello Summer!

The year ended and it was bittersweet. I loved my job this year teaching grades 5-7. Middle school really suited my personality. I can only hope I return next year. Every June I clean out a classroom and play the summer waiting game to see where I will be in September. I have been doing this for a long time and it never gets any easier!
Right after the school year ended the DH and I went on vacation. It was the most relaxing vacation. It helped us both recharge. I have one more week until I work in the summer reading program. It will be a nice 4 week program teaching reading three days a week which is just enough teaching time to still feel like I am on summer break.
As always, here are a few pictures:




 

 

Here are two of my last school pictures: 

 
Happy Birthday America!
I spent my July 4th morning reading on my patio.
This is how I plan to spend as many mornings as possible! 


I am hoping to take pictures during the summer program. 
Happy Summer Reading! 

June 11, 2017

Happy June

I am still teaching! We are plugging along in New York. Three more teaching days, then 4 days with finals! It will be a crazy week.

On a personal note I have had an uneventful week. When school ends I will have a much needed two weeks to relax before I work the summer school program for reading.

I have been reading the debates from Scholastic's Storyworks Magazine. The kids love talking about both opinions. It's a great way to end teaching reading with the 5th graders! We also have done some vocabulary work with the most common words that kids screw up in their writing.

Here are a few pics:
 
I start out with an easy practice.
Then make it harder.

 Kiddos write their sentences first, then I called kids to write one sentence from their list 
to check for their understanding. 






Plus here is a pic of my current book pile. 
(There is quite the variety): 

 

I found this on my whiteboard: 
This is why I love teaching!

I am not sure if I will take photos during the last three months. Hoping to blog about some books over the summer. I love book recommendations if anyone wants to share a favorite book in my comments!

Happy Reading!