Saturday, July 26, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday

 Starting Wednesday July 16, 2014 I will be hosting " What I'm Reading Wednesday!" Stop by my blog and Check out what I'm currently reading, share in the discussion, or share what you are reading. As educators it's important for us to keep learning and collaborate with others to ensure we are implementing best practices in our classroom.  I can't wait until Wednesday. See you soon!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Days!

It's mid-summer. Are you still enjoying the fun in the sun or are you already planning for the next school year? I'm trying to multitask of course. I'm working summer camp teaching math, planning for next year, and trying to hang out with my kids at the same time. I'm tired! lol, I'm not sure which is easier the school year or summer.

Well enjoy your summer vacation, you deserve it!

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Now that my son has taught me how to use Adobe Photoshop I can finally join the Currently linky party. I have learned so much this summer at home with my kids, the 5 trainings I've attended this summer, and from the couple of books I've read on  reading comprehension and using non-fiction text in the classroom. It's a little saddening to know I return to work on August 12th.  However, I'm excited to meet my new students and put my new knowledge to work.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

In Search of a New Blog Name

Last year, I moved from 2nd grade to 3rd grade and I don't want to have a grade in the title of my blog anymore. So, I have been trying to come up with a new name. If you have any ideas please share? I'm looking for something with elementary in it that will cover all grades and I won't have to be concerned about switching grades anymore.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Homework Help!

Something many of us teachers don’t want to talk about or have to do is consequence our students. I do not have an issue with receiving homework each day, but I do have a problem with the effort put into homework. I have analyzed the situation to see what I can change.

1.    I was sending home multiple-choice reading passages. Yes, I realized I was giving him or her the opportunity to bubble in and go with no effort or thought. So, now answers will need to be written.

2.    I did not let them know there were consequences to homework issues.

Now, I have started to make calls to parents and now each homework assignment is placed in the grade book.

3.    I had rewards for behavior and test, but not for homework. Now I’m going to

Give rewards for homework too!

If you have any ideas that will help solve my homework problem please share I’m open for suggestions.

 How do I get them to change?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fun Tally Table Activity and a little Rest

      Oh my, how does everyone fine the time to teach, blog, and be a parent. Seriously, I have been working so hard to understand benchmarks, gather material, and teach it explicitly that I'm exhausted. I really figured that out today. We had a day off from school and I did not wake up until 11am. Good thing my mini me's (my twin daughters) were able to staple my papers together.

Starting off. Those are our Math Notebooks and Reader Response
 Journals in the blue bucket
Anyway, I wanted to share a fun activity my class did as we worked on MA.3.S.7.1. The students were placed in groups of 4 or 5 and each student was given a random amount of fruit loops. I told them they could only touch their own fruit loops. The students were told they needed to create  a tally table regarding the amount of each color fruit loop their group had. I seen and heard many mathematical practices being used during this time. The thinking process was evident also. Some groups immediately started to discuss how they needed to go about finding out how many each person had then add them all together. Some groups only focused on the individual count and lacked communication with the group. This slowed them up, but they eventually got on track. The students then had to transfer the data to a frequency table, create 2 questions about their data for the other groups, and explain how they created the tables.
Adding their totals together.

Making the tally table.
The students transfererd the information from the tally table to a frequency table.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Meet Jordan Our Class Pet

       It's the 4th week of school and finally I feel like I can breath again. I was scared out of my mind moving to 3rd grade. Yes, the FCAT scares me. Even though I taught 5th grade before. It's different in 3rd grade it's no learning gains, it's just you are a 3 or your not. 

        Well enough of my drama. I guess I'm going to change the name of my blog, but I will not use a grade in the title anymore. This has been a season of change our school has a new Assistant Principal, I'm teaching a new grade, and we have a new class pet.  
                                                  Meet Jordan our Leopard Gecko

In 3 short weeks he has peaked the interest of my students. They want to know more and more about him and his natural habitat and they have begun to transfer that interest to other animals. Today during small group we read about the Weddell seal in Antarctica the book explained what the seal ate but my students wanted to know what was a predator of the seal. I took the opportunity to discuss reliable information when doing research and we searched the internet and found out that the Polar Bears and Orca's were two predators of the seal among others. I'm glad they are excited to learn. I have a long journey ahead of me, however, I accept the challenge and look forward to success!

 Also, I attended a Reptile Show this weekend and I was amazed to see a baby Kangaroo.



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