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December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016 !

You were a very good year for me! I have been teaching reading for a year. I started 2016 in an elementary school and I am ending it at a middle school. Both jobs have been wonderful, but I am LOVING the middle school setting! I went on a nice vacation. I added to my certification and now have a certificate in Childhood Special Education.

I feel like the past few years have flown by and I want life to slow down.
Here's hoping 2017 is a wonderful one!


Happy Reading! 

December 28, 2016

Photos from School

I had a busy week at school. We had a spirit week. We ended the week with "minute to win it" games which a lot of fun. I did a lot of readings about different holidays in countries around the world. I found some great no prep packets on TPT. 



One day was "Kindness on a Post-it Note Day. I was sneaky and wrote notes on various lockers. Later in the day I found this stuffed in my teacher bin that I carry from class to class. I know it is from a kiddo because of the grammar mistake:

Here is another product I found on one of the teacher newsletters I get weekly. I had the students take turns writing the words on the white board during my small group class.
 I took my Mom to tea: 

 Seriously, I saw this in Target the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS! WHY? 

I have not thought about work while on break. The week goes so fast, that I am trying to read some holiday books and just relax. It has been a nice break! I wish it was longer!

Happy Reading!

December 18, 2016


I am still working. Here in New York, the teachers work until Friday. There are a lot of fun events at my middle school this week. We have spirit week and a fun assembly on Friday. I hope to take some fun pictures to share next weekend!

Here is my finished door:


This is about as creative as I can manage. 
As I tell my husband - I am creative just not artistic. LOL !

I noticed a lot of my blogger friends are already on their holiday break! I am a little envious! 
Enjoy the well deserved time off! 

Happy Reading! 

December 15, 2016

A Quick Post

December is always crazy. The days are speeding by this year! I have a few pictures to share!

We are having a door decorating contest. 
Here is the start of mine. 

The students partner read the text.
They followed the directions.
It is great to listen to them read to each other and hep each other read new words. 

 The reading book has a disaster unit.  This is the finished web by a student. 


Mike the Elf was fooling around at m Mom's house. 

That is it for now. Just a few quick pictures. I have ess pics to take because I push into a lot of classrooms. 

December 3, 2016

Busy Days

Thanksgiving came and went. I enjoyed my time with family and shopped the weekend away with my Mom. It is one of my favorite weekends of the whole year. Now it is the mad rush of December!

My schedule seems to be running smoothly. I am enjoying teaching at the middle school level. I have nice classes. Here are  pictures of some of my lessons:

I use the Read 180 program and I began the unit on disasters. I gave the students the word cut up as the first part of the lesson.

 We started a web as we read the unit. I asked: 
 "What words come to your mind when you think of disasters?" 
The kiddos will add to the web after reading each text. 

Grade Five: 
In my other class, I began a writing unit. 
Some students struggle with responding to comprehension questions.
First we talked about different types of writing. 
Responses first on post it notes, then additional answers after a group discussion.  

I bought a few items from TPT on Cyber Monday. 
I found a great unit and this mini-poster.

Here is the link: 

I modeled an example.
Then the kiddos highlight 
each part of RACE. 

Grade 7: 
We are reading Edgar Allen Poe
Here are the I can statements from the last Monday:  
Here is an example of an exit ticket I made from my observation: 

I decided to treat myself to my first gingerbread latte this week and I love all the designs I have seen all over the internet. Here was the cup I was given: 

I hope everyone is enjoying teaching during December. It is always a crazy and exciting time! 
Happy Reading !