It's bittersweet: the end of vacation and the desire to see my students. I do know that the school year will start to speed up at this point. I have so much more to teach. Time flies when you're having fun!
Our wonderful parent support group created a milk jug igloo. It was built in our library and is too big to go through any door way so it will stay in the library. It is huge and fits my whole class.
I am so honored to have been nominated for the Sunshine Award by Leah Mermelstein. Thanks, Leah!
The Sunshine Award is a lovely way that bloggers recognize each other. Basically, it spreads Sunshine from one blog to another!
I am not sure where the The Sunshine Award was started but here are the rules. 1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
4. List 11 bloggers. They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer.
6. Let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)
Fun Facts about me.
1. I have a cat named Ziti. She's my lap heater.
2. I have 11 siblings that live all over the country. I'm proud of every single one of them.
3. I enjoy crafting and working with my hands.
4. Technology makes me giddy. I love my iPad mini the best.
5. Reality tv keeps my DVR hopping. My favorites are Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Project Runway. My son thinks I'm crazy. Ha
6. I wear my regular running sneakers to my zumba classes instead of zumba shoes. Running sneakers have more support for my old dancing feet.
7. I told myself that I would never buy a jeep. And I just bought a Jeep Cherokee Laredo this week…..I'm in love with it. 8. I'm a chocoholic! Dark chocolate with almonds makes my day. 9. My favorite thing to teach is writing to first graders. 10. I love the ocean in Maine. Kennebunkport is where my family summered. Wells Beach is where I took my kids to summer. I long for those warm summer days in the sun and sand. 11. I am a totally different teacher now than when I begin teaching. I am happier now more than ever. I love teaching first graders. Questions from Leah:
inspires you to blog? Things that I do in my classroom inspire
me the most….how kids react to their learning….new discoveries.
What is the hardest/most frustrating thing about blogging? Finding
time to blog….I don’t blog nearly as much as I should.Some people blog several times a
week….My goal is to blog at least once a week all year.It just doesn’t happen.Life gets in the way.
you share a defining moment you’re had in the field of education? A defining moment came when I taught my
own daughter in my classroom.I
saw her much differently than the other students.I had to remove myself as a mother to her but became a
mother to everyone else.
do you hope for in the coming year?My hope for the coming year is to use my 3 iPads to the fullest.I want the technology to have strong
presence in my classroom
does blogging help your teaching? My blogging helps to define what is important.The sharing of ideas is huge for me.
does teaching help your blogging? Trying new things
What advice would you give to someone about writing? Writing
is a skill that needs to be practiced daily.Practice writing many different kinds of writing to
help become a very diverse writer.
What advice would you give to someone about teaching?Teaching
is the connection to learning.It
is the hardest most rewarding jobs you will ever have.
What is is your favorite thing to do to relax? my favorite thing to do to relax is to create.I love to create things with my hands
and things on the computer.
Are there any responses to your blog that have really stood out? What
were they and why did they stand out?The responses that stood out are the ones where
people have found new ideas in the things I say.
I love this table runner as a door decoration for winter.
My kiddos love to pose for pictures. I printed out 8x10 photos of the kids and cut them out. I love their take charge poses.
Loved the Minion/twinkies as a Valentines! I have my kids tape their Valentines into a booklet to keep all of their cards neat. I'm always surprised at all of the candy on this day. Most of it gets sent home. Yay!
We made these great carolers at Christmas time. We used toilet paper rolls and colorful baby socks. Each child created 3. They looked great on our counters.
Every Friday our school takes time in our day for D.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read! My kids love this time. We are up to 20 minutes! Our literacy team made a schedule so the whole school does it together. We love it when other teachers come and read in our classroom with us.
I came across this idea on managing behaviors. It sounds easy to do and effective. I plan on trying it and thought others might as well. I am always looking for new ways to help keep a peaceful classroom environment.
Yes, it's been a long time. Thanks for not giving up on me. Today's post will be a quick one! I came across this great article on read alouds with the kindergartener and first grader. It caught my eye because it didn't have a list of all the books kids should be able to read but had a discussion on the types of books kids need to be reading. There is a step system of Core vocabulary that puts things in perspective for the primary teacher. Check it out.