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April 9, 2017

Happy Spring Break & Weekly Photos

YAY! I am on spring break for the next week. I am going to enjoy my stay-cation! I plan to read, nap, and read some more. I will throw some spring cleaning in there too!

It was been a busy few weeks. I was sick for the second time which was a bummer. NY had the state test in ELA. Glad that is DONE!

Here are some photos from my lessons:

I asked the library media specialist to help with a book tasting for one of the 5th grade classes I push into. It was a hit. The best part was students saying the found a book they would have never considered reading!





One of my kiddos.
We need to work on descriptive writing!

I began a poetry unit with my 7th graders. I always begin with song lyrics. It hooks the kids. 

 
Analyzing "Kill a Word" 

Then the kids made these using powerpoint: 

 
The 5th graders choose a book to read and then made a wanted poster.
The classroom teacher and I talked about the antagonist/ villain in a text. 
 


Here is another "I Can" statement I had my 7th graders work on for a two weeks: 

 
The students wrote summaries using the academic vocabulary words from different articles. 
Here is my examples: 

The day before vacation the PBIS committee (which I serve on) planned an afternoon "FEST"
The students made choices about three different activites they wanted to do.
I offered to have a reading room. 
Here are some kiddos reading in the hallway:




 
If only I could get my study hall kids to read like this! 


I love my job, but as we all know teachers LOVE their spring breaks. We need to be energized just as much as the kids! Here are my plans for my break: 
 What else would a reading teacher do, but read books on her spring break! LOL.  

Happy Spring Vacation Everyone! 


Happy Reading! 

March 13, 2017

Birthday

I am WAITING for my school to announce a snow day. Every district around me has announced a closing for tomorrow.

I had a nice birthday today. One of the best parts of my day was getting this birthday card:

 

As a reading specialist of students in grades 5-7 I see those students who often feel defeated by reading and school. I have to make the first few weeks of y reading groups fun! We take baby steps in reading. When I get a card like this I remember why I work so hard to promote a love of books and reading. 

It has been a wonderful day. Thanks to my husband, family, and friends for a perfect birthday!

Happy Reading! 

March 12, 2017

Birthday Brunch

Every year the sweet husband takes me for a birthday brunch. We go to the place where we got married. It is SO YUMMY! I laughed when I saw what I wore last year:



Because I wore this this year:
 

Can you tell I like green? I'm just a little blonder this year!

Tomorrow is the official day! There is suppose to be an evening blizzard. I better my birthday dessert before the snow comes! 

Happy Reading! 

March 11, 2017

Ready for Spring!

It is snowing outside and there are weather warnings of a winter blast. I always tell my family to not expect spring until after March 13th. That's my birthday and ONLY ONCE was it above 60.
It snowed like this when I turned 21, so I guess a birthday blizzard is due! It is also VERY COLD! Single digits!

I was sick for two weeks and still have a lingering cough! I went to the doctor for a work note because I was so under the weather! I cannot believe it has been a few weeks since I posted classroom pictures.

This was a reading I used to teach a new strategy to my students with key vocabulary words:

I saw this on a blog I read. I thought this would be great for my students who continue to struggle with writing a detailed summary sentence.

 

 Here is the learning target I had up for the last two weeks: 

In grade 6 the classroom teacher asked me to teach a lesson on using context clues to figure out unknown words. I used this chart below to begin the lesson.
 

 
I adapted the "chunk it up" strategy (which is NOT my original idea)
We began reading about Dr. Seuss and we are finding vocabulary words related to the text.
The students will begin with a one sentence summary and them move onto a longer summary. 

  
Another learning target example


I know this is not the best picture BUT I went to see Maroon 5 this past week!
I was SO HAPPY that I felt good! 
Adam Levine is BEAUTIFUL! 
Great show! 


The 7th graders finished The Cay. I am now going to have them read about different careers and then use a neat web page to make a "FAKEBOOK" page about a career of their choosing after they do some research.

I hope everyone has a great week. Monday is my birthday!! We have district wide wellness week - yoga pants all week! Even with the snow, It will be a great week!

Happy Reading!

February 19, 2017

Sunday Funday

I MADE IT! I am on my early spring break. It was a nice week, but a long week!

I had to substitute teach on Tuesday - ELA ( the classes I push into, so that was fun!) and two sections of social studies. It always feels good to teach in a classroom. I miss having my own class. I loved my job when I was a classroom teacher. My hometown is flooded with elementary teachers, so I do not think I will ever have a job like that again. It makes me feel sad.

Wednesday started out like a normal day, but in the afternoon I went into one of my classes and there was a substitute. This is a tough group. They like to have choices, but they also LOVE TO TALK. There are a few kiddos in the room who like control. Everyone has had these kids. They need choice, they need flexibility, but mostly they NEED to feel power and control. These are the kids we as teachers treat with delicate gloves! Well, there was an incident and for the first time in all my years of teaching I had to sprint after a student. He won. I swim, I go to cycling classes, but I DO NOT RUN. LOL. It was an experience and I am leaving it at that!

Because of my busy week I only took a few pictures. Here they are:

 
Students choose a story to read.
They used "FAST"
On the back they wrote about a character trait with text evidence.


 
This kiddo cracks me up! 
I said leave your board blank if you don't know the answer.


 

Just a funny thing I found on Twitter. 


My Mom and I at a local concert. 
This is how I began my vacation!
I LOVE my shirt! 

I am so happy to have a week to myself. I hope all my NY teacher friends enjoy their week off or if you have a three day weekend enjoy that, too!