Saturday, September 21, 2013

Five for Friday...or Saturday...

This was a tough post.  I have a SUPER challenging class this year and I am exhausted.  I have not had the time to take pictures much less blog about anything that is going classroom is a mess and I am not anywhere near as planned as I would like to be....but here it is!!!


My hubby (a strong supporter of the teaching profession), got a great coupon for a free case of paper.  I am not sure if your schools have the paper issues that we have but every once in a while I go to the copier at the end of the day only to find that there is not any of the day's ration of paper it won't matter!


These fabulous towers have been popping up all over my classroom.  Geoblocks are a big hit.  I have been using them as one of our workstations as I train them how to move through the stations.


Went with my kiddos out for dinner and my girlie tried sushi for the first time.  She said that it was "not her favorite" and did not finish this bite but tried it! Proud of her.


Below is one of the specialties of the Rochester NY area.  It is a garbage plate.  Hash browns, mac salad, a hot dog, cheseburger patty, a little mustard and hot meat sauce.  I got this one at about 1:30 am after a friend's 40th birthday party.  That is the only time of day and situation when a normal person can actually eat one of these.  If you ar ever in Rochester, ask for a garbage plate!


This last set of pics comes with a great first grade story.  I have a little boy in my class that informed me and my students that we were going to have a dance battle on the hill during recess.  It was the girls against the boys (except me, I could be on the boy's team).  The pics below are some from the so funny.  We had no music so I had to sing...that was fun.  And it was a tie....everyone was a winner!

Bee Happy!  Dance on a grassy hill, with music of your own, with as many friends as you can gather!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Five for Friday has been quite a week.  That first week of school is SO, SO tiring...

This week I have a couple of home and my first few school pics of the year!


I sent off my own "littles" to 6th and 9th grade this year.  I am struggling a bit with the boy starting high school.  I am worried that the next 4 years are going to go by too quickly....I need to savor each moment....


First things first, right???  Set up our morning routine and by day 3 we were almost ALL folloing procedure. Sorry about the glare in the pic but the sun was shining so brightly!


The one thing that I know about this new group already is that they need a few movement breaks throughout the day.  We have really been enjoying Koo Koo Kangaroo! "No Crust" is our favorite so far...check them out on Youtube.  Click the picture to go to the video.


I love my class already and it is going to be a challenging year for me (to say the least) so I may need a little more of this.....yum............


I may also need a little of this.....yum...

Monday, September 2, 2013

Woo Hoo!

Ok....I know that MANY of you have already done this and probably think that it is easy BUT I am kinda proud of myself tonight.

I took a staff development class this summer where we talked about the "flipped classroom" model.  I loved the concept behind a flipped classroom but was struggling with ways to incorporate it into my class right away.  I really wanted a way to get parents TO my district website and to my blog.


I decided that I would find a way to get the parents and students interacting with the website right away by having them go there to link out to a story read by me. Great idea....the implementation....another story.  I eventually decided on iMovie.  I photographed each page of the book and added my voice to the audio track.  The result is below.  It is cool because it is my voice but I would like my next project to be a little more polished.

If any of you Wonder Teachers have done this and have any suggestions (other than record in a sound-proof booth so you don't hear my children in the background) please let me know!!!!!