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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! 

February 15, 2017

Missing "Currently"

For a long time another blogger would post a monthly Currently. She then decided she did not want to do it anymore. I was looking through my old blog posts and smiled every time I read my month Currently. It was a great way to discover other blogs and see how teachers were enjoying the month. I sure miss those monthly posts

Maybe I am suffering from the winter blues. I want it t be warmer and I want to have some relaxation. I am SO glad I have next week off. I think because I was feeling sentimental I decided just for the heck of it to post a new Currently for February. Here's to Farley who created this fun monthly tradition. Feel free to comment or post your own Currently. Let me know if you make your home. I included the templet below, too.

Here is it:

I love my Wednesday night comedy shows. I am REALLY tired of winter! I want a vacation to someone warm, but it is not happening yet! I need so serious sleep! I could probably sleep 9 hours a night, if I did not have such a tech addiction. As always, I am swooning of my hubby! 

Here is the Templet if you are in the mood to make your own Currently. 

Leave me a comment if you make your own with your website URL.
Have FUN!

Happy Reading!!

P.S. If you want to visit Farley's blog here is the link:

February 11, 2017

Weekly Photos

I have been enjoying school, but this week was rough. I am not sure if it was the full moon, the winter grumps, or the need for a vacation, but boy oh boy were the kids tough this week!

I am plugging along at school. We have one week and then we have a week off. It will be nice just to take a week to read for pleasure and watch The Today Show.

Here are some photos from my lessons:

 If you have not tried Story Works by Scholastic - you are missing out on some great literature and nonfiction lessons.
The students have been working oin finding the most important detail from a text. I write it and put it in a secret envelope and the kids have to guess. They love it when they match mine.

 I found this on TPT and used it with my word study group. 

The sort 

I began a unit on working on determining character traits in stories and poetry. I used the acronym FAST. I have used this strategy in the past -  See this post: Character Traits Lesson

 The boys are minimalists. LOL. 
 Applying it to a poem:
 The poem was from Super Teacher Worksheets. Another great website, I recommend. 

We then began writing the response to the prompt about the character traits from the story: 
We need to work on the rest of the essay next week. 

Earlier this week I went to a workshop about student engagement and  then the next morning this popped up on my twitter feed: 

Student engagement is hard to find for struggling readers. Everyday I try something new. 
I often wonder how to motivate those students who have no interest, no motivations, no commitment. 

I am ready to try something new with my one 7th grade group. I am just not sure what type of unit. 
Here's to a great week!

Happy Reading!