Friday, May 16, 2014

Five for Friday

I'm never on the ball to link up with these weekly linky parties, but this week look at me!  I did it!


Calming the Chaos: End of Year Blog Hop and a great Giveaway! 
I've been repeating this to myself a lot over the last few weeks.  We have 12 days left.  I have to admit, this year has been ROUGH!  So many changes - we switched to Common Core Standards, we got a new report card, we switched to a standards based grading system, we got new reading and writing curriculum, we departmentalized for the first time, we lost a teacher, and we just found out our principal is leaving as well.   Even though it's been such a tough year and I've been counting the days since spring break, there's still a touch of sadness at the end of every year.  Maybe it's just because (even though some of them drive me cuh-ra-zy) I've really gotten to know them and it's hard to see them go, or maybe it's the fact that I sit and think (for some of them), "If only I had a little more time, they might be able to catch up".  I get really reflective this time of year and try to figure out what I could have done differently to make an impact with those struggling learners.  Anybody with me on this one?

 We were enjoying the weather today at recess time, and I snapped some photos to use in their memory books.

 Tonight was our annual Night Under the Lights track meet for our elementary school kiddos.  It's not a competitive event (everybody gets a ribbon if they run), but the kids think it's a big deal because they get to run on the high school track!  My son has been talking about it since January, lol!


We've been doing math journals all year.  Last week, I was starting to get discouraged.  I guess it was just one of those weeks when the kids seemed to have all of their brains ooze out of their ears. Then, this week, I did the problem you see in the pictures above.  What I love about these journal entries is that each person solved the problem in his/her own way and they are all different, but they are all correct.  It's these moments when you see that they are getting it that make it all worthwhile!

This is completely not teaching related (unless you count it as a mental health break which every teacher needs this time of year).
I'm in charge of our ladies ministry at church and tomorrow we are taking some donations to our local Fisher House
For those of you who don't know about Fisher House, here's a blurb from their website:

"For members of our Armed Forces, retirees, veterans, and their families, the Fisher House program offers shelter and support during a medical crisis. Fisher Houses offer a comforting "home away from home" while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment. This special support is even more important to a family during the most stressful time – the hospitalization of a wounded or injured service member involved in military operations like Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom."  It's like a Ronald McDonald house for families of wounded warriors. 

After that, we are headed out to lunch and then to the movies to see Mom's Night Out.
Watch the Trailer 

This movie looks so funny I can't wait!  Have any of you seen it yet?


  1. I love your math journals! I have not seen a notebook with the lines set up in that way, but I will look for something like that in the fall. My classroom is a STEM lab and I am really finding it hard to decide what type of folder or journal I want the students to keep! Have not seen that movie, but we tend to wait until we can watch it on TV! Have a great weekend!

    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. Carol - they are called primary composition books. I love them. We use them for math journals as well as reading response notebooks.