Saturday, August 29, 2015

Beginning of the year reading goals

Kristin from teaching in a nutshell gave my little blog a fresh look and I am loving it! As proud as I was to have done what I did to it initially, I am SO happy with the outcome. Super sweet, go check her out! Her Instagram in Tesching in a Nutshell. If you don't follow her already, you should!

 I have been in school with students for 13 days. I teach gifted and talented and work to give 1st graders extra support and I love it. The difference in what I do each day makes it interesting. All the kids I work with are so sweet.   We have been doing our version of #bookaday2015-16        With Stacy from literacy for big kids. Teaching multi-grades and seeing them once a week makes a little hard to do a chapter read aloud, so reading smler books is perfect for us. We started off by watching The Fantantistic Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore. We watched it on YouTube.

It gave me chills and my fifth graders clapped at the end of it! Wow, what a great way to kick off finding books that we love and setting reading goals. I modeled for the students what I was reading currently reading  (Rump) and how I wanted t read 40 books this year-that's the goal anyway. It was great seeing how the students varied in how they made their goals. One very young student wanted to read her 180 page book this year. One very young boy wanted to read 6 nonfiction books this year. We made little name plates with our goals written in white crayon. 

I can't wait to make a chart to help us keep up with all of the great books we're reading and maybe a recommendation tree? In my room. I feel some craftiness coming on. I hope you all are enjoying your first few weeks of school!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Teachers on vacation! A REFLECTION πŸ‘

This post is not "school related", but I wanted to get back into the work of blogging and the best way to do that is to just start. 

CORRECTION-it is <somewhat> school related 😱 πŸŽ‰ 
A REFLECTION here at the end of summer. It's NOT too late 😜

Ok so there's this place I've wanted to go forever called....Disney World! I've never been and neither had the husband or kids. We had wanted to go few times before but it just wasn't the right time. So glad we finally had the chance to go. It was amazing!

Here are my 5 reflections from my the trip that I connected to school.

1. How at home I felt at Disney.
2. The Cast Members were so helpful and friendly. They bent over backward to accommodate.
3. The attention to detail was amazing!
4. Every attraction, ride, or show was completely engaging.
5. It amazes me how Walt Disney carried out his huge dream. It is amazing and has lasted and grown over the years because of his vision and the people he surrounded himself with. 

I could be over-thinking this, but I apply this to the upcoming school year, and it motivates me as I start a new school year. What are my big dreams? What people am I going to surround myself with? How can I make my classroom make others feel at home in my classroom? How can I give others the best experience with my teaching and classroom? How can I give more attention to detail with my lessons, communication, etc. What can I do to engage my students?

Reflection is so powerful and honestly I just gloss over it a lot. It takes time and I don't give myself time, but I'm going to keep on reminding myself that's it worth it...and this is just the start of it. 

I would love to hear what others have been reflecting on. Let me know!! How are you planning to make this year a year of some dream building?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Currently

It's been too long since I've posted! Same song, different verse you know? I'm excited to be doing the currently thang with @farleyfarleyfarley.  So glad she is so talented and creative! I've been blog stalking as well to get some renewed energy and creativity flowing... 
I can't believe it's March!!! Make it great and make it count!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

5 for Friday!!

I'm linking up with Doodlebugs teaching for her weekly link up! Some school and some about me! Enjoy!


My poor baby! He was playing jack and Jill at playtime at school and rolled into an ant bed. A trip to the ER happened that night, but all was ok!


My kiddos doing STEM. Thanks to smartchick, we really enjoyed making reed boats and testing then with weights to see how much it can hold.

My kids making paper mΓ’chΓ© ! We are making globes while practicing our continents. So much fun and so many things to learn while doing this.


Keeping it real! Faith! I've got to meditate on these promises. Some days can be so stressful!


Great listening music! Check it out. Catchy, upbeat tunes that leave me feeling good! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

RHS STEM trip to Atlanta, GA

Out of my comfort zone!!!!!

About 2 weeks ago I had the privilege of chaperoning 100+ high schoolers to Atlanta, GA. What started out as a favor to my husband turned into a blessing for me. See, I taught some of this kids when they were in elementary school and I still work with many of their families at my school. Knowing about opportunities that are available now for students was really eye opening for me.

 I was very apprehensive about taking so many high schoolers out over night in downtown ATL (gasp!) but they were very sweet and respectful. The purpose of our trip was to visit the Dream Cars exhibit at the high museum and tour the campus of GA Tech with their graduate student mentors. Here are some pictures of the high lights.

Note:check out the link at the bottom

Eating at The Varsity
Photo creds@mikea

Entrance to the High Museum

Photo creds@mikea

At 3D printer at Georgia Tech

Students using their 5 senses to create their dream car. I loved this and really want my Kaleidoscope students to do this!!!

The view from the Ga Tech hotel conference and convention center.  My rookie was the high school drafting teacher. She's awesome!

Another view from the High Museum.  The entrance to the Dream Cars exhibit.

My meal at the varsity. I've lived in GA almost 13 years, and this is the first time I've been to the varsity!

My favorite car from the exhibit. I loved how the museum set up the tour. Everyone had iPod touches and headphones. You could click on pictures, videos, adjust the sound, etc at each exhibit. I could hear and take my time!

Another cool exhibit. I'm not a "car girl" but this was a really interesting exhibit.

This was a fabulous weekend. As a teacher I was sharpened by the experience. Seeing all these things made me really want to open up the world to my kiddos even more. This was such a good experience for students and I may add one that doesn't come around very often. In my opinion, it is huge that high schoolers are working with GA Tech grad students on a weekly/biweekly based via Skype on their STEM project. It was amazing hearing what some high school students want to create. These students are our future!wow!

One of my favorites-The fountain at GA Tech

Here is a link to an article that one of the mentors from GA Tech wrote about our high schoolers visiting campus.

Importance of mentorship programs for rural youth | Technique

Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently September!!!!

I am so thankful that Farley has these fabulous link-ups!  True confession, I had forgotten how to log into my blog!!  I know, really?  I'm back though and am going to have to make the commitment to blog more because I love it!  I love it's outlet!  So I have been in school for 2 and 1/2 weeks and am loving it.  It's a different kind of year for me, but I am being challenged and growing in different ways, so I look at that as a positive.  Now, it's time for sleep, but I plan to be on here again this week!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

End of summer! (Almost)

Here I am at the almost last day of summer. As I look back on the last TEN weeks of down time, I am so thankful. I've had a busy summer, a happy summer, a I didn't get to do all I wanted to summer, but none the less summer is almost over. My big 3 for teacher talk Tuesday~
1. I was greatful to attend a workshop on a new teacher evaluation system.  So glad I had the opportunity to go. (Getting to go with one of my besties didn't hurt either!) I had a great time with her and was informed and inspired to be the best teacher I can!
2. Working in my room non-stop! Wow! So much to do! I am moving from 5th grade to gifted and talented. Whoop! Whoop! Lots of re-group on in my room and purge!! Here is a picture of my room before and my helpers being sweet while I work. (Hopefully I will post the reveal soon).

3. I have spent some time tonight leaving some love (feedback) on TPT and making some new purchases ~love! Gotta plan on making this year great! Here is a picture below:

I will have to keep you updated on how I use these in the future!

Have you all started back to school? What cool things do you have planned? How are you spending your last summer days?