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September 24, 2017

Show and Tell - Is it Fall?

I discovered a new blog while surfing my bloglovin feed. I saw a fun linky party that involves photos. Even though I am later to the party, it looked fun so here it goes!

 
Here's the blog link: 


I started a new job this week! WOO HOO! 
Prior to this year I was a reading teacher in for a maternity leave. 
I did not start the school year and I was feeling pretty low.
The good news is that I had some interviews and YAY..I was hired! 
I am working in a fifth grade classroom as the co-teacher. 


I am a klutz and I slipped on my wooden steps wearing flip flops.
Yep.... In a walking boot! 
That was fun explaining while I was going on interviews! 


When it is 80 in Buffalo, New York on September 23, 
there is ONLY one thing to do:
GO get sponge candy ice cream!!

It's been an exciting week. It will be fun to do this again next month! Hopefully I will have some more pictures.

Happy Reading everyone!

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! 




May 28, 2017

What... May...

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 

I have been so busy at school and with life! It has been so long since I wrote a post. We had state testing for two weeks which zaps my creative teaching juices - not to mention the students wanting to read once they tests are over for the day! 

I am enjoying y three day weekend. Today I spent some time planting some flowers to make my patio pretty for summer.  
Here are two pictures: 

 

I had to substitute teach in the 5th grade classroom I push into for reading. It was fun. Every time I teach the class, I miss having my own room and kids. I did a fun lesson where the kids had to answer a question on a post it note: 

 

The students choose a book (that was not a movie. LOL) and I talked about the antagonist. The made Most Wanted Villain posters: 


Three of the best ones! 

I actually made a power point of six of the best posters for the other 5th grade class I work with when I push in for reading. They are bringing their posters in this coming week. I hope to take a few photos.

I have 18 days of teaching left. I have mixed feelings about it. This happens every year because I do not have my forever school job. I have been a year long temporary teacher for the last 3 years. I love being in middle school. I hope I get to go back next year! 

I hope everyone enjoys their three day weekend! 
Happy Reading! 


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!