Friday, November 24, 2017

So...I'm back?

I guess I should start with "hey, remember me?"  Haha.  Or maybe not.  Who knows.

Either way, I'm back.  I didn't realize how long it had been until I went to write this post.  And even then I had to re-read my last post to realize how long it had truly been.  Literally over a year.  I guess I got too busy, or this wasn't a priority, or something.  I do know that part of it is because I'm crazy and like to write these out when I'm alone.  Like, right now, I am sitting on the floor of my wife's old bedroom at her parents' house.  Everyone is asleep but me.  Got too much sleep last night I guess.  I'll pay for it in the morning...


I guess I should do a quick "year in the life" recap maybe?  
So here we go...
2016-2017 school year at a glance
new principal
new ESE counterpart (only 2 grade levels 3rd/5th)
same office
new kids
new curriculum
new testing...lots of testing
new coworkers
And then the end of the year...when 2 of my favorite people in the world and 2 of the best teachers I know felt called to teach at other schools.  What do you do when your TBFFs (who are your real-life BFFs) decide to go to another school?

This year I have some new changes as well.  I have a new Assistant Principal.

And I'm back in the classroom.
5th Grade
I ended last year thinking I would stay in ESE.  I asked to move out, but we were making some changes to ESE, and one-third of our trio was leaving.  My principal asked me to stay ESE for one more year.
To help with the changes
To make sure everything went ok
I said yes.  Anything to help my school.  And she promised me that the next year, a classroom was mine.
But then she texted me over the summer and asked if I would consider going into the classroom now.  But that would mean I would have to help the new ESE team as well as continue teaching.  Of course I said yes.  
Well, first I yelled at my wife from across the store (we were on vacation in St. Augustine, visiting her brother and niece).  Then I texted my squad to get their opinions.  Then I said yes.

So, I'm going to leave this post on that note.  Well, and also with this...I am not changing my blog name, I feel like I am a very Disney-fied teacher.  But my classroom is not Disney themed this year.  I'll give you a hint...


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Another year over...

It seems like the school years are passing by quicker than they used to.  There's a saying I heard when I was younger..."when you're young everything takes forever.  When you're old everything passes in the blink of an eye."  This is so true.  I blinked, and it was Christmas.  I blinked again and it was state testing.  I half-blinked and it was the last week of school.  
It's been a busy year though.  
A good year.

I moved down the hall to an "office".  I still switch back and forth from calling it my classroom and my office.  It's big enough to pull kids into, so I am still pulling my groups there.  It's also sandwiched between the guidance counselor's office and our academic coaches' office/science lab (complete with doors from my room into each of those rooms).  Which is great, but also means my room is sometimes used as a cut-through.

We lost some teachers in the middle of the year, which always throws everything off.  But we made it.  Our kiddos made it.
It really has been a great year.

But the end of every year makes you introspective.  And if it doesn't, maybe you shouldn't be a teacher.  I know that sounds harsh, but if you're not constantly evaluating and reworking, why are you teaching?  It is our job to always reflect and revise and revisit all of our lessons.

On that note, I am taking the summer to rework my entire math pacing.  I don't have a curriculum for math.  So I work off of the standards.  But trying to memorize standards for 3 grade levels is hard..doable, but hard.  And I haven't tried hard enough to memorize them.  So that's my goal for this year...memorize and rework.

What about you?  Any summer goals?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Currently August 2015

New month...new post.  Hahaha.

Time to link up again with Farley at 


for her Currently link-up.


Listening: Marriage Boot Camp is my guilty pleasure.  That's all I'm gonna say about that.

Loving: I LOVE teaching summer camp.  I really do.  But I am SO glad tomorrow starts my last camp.  I mean, it means my summer is over, cause we go back for pre-planning the following week.  But that's ok.

Thinking: I need to figure out what I'm doing for lunch tomorrow.  :-/

Wanting: My wanting never changes.  I want a million dollars...however I can earn it.

Needing: I brought boxes of stuff home to organize.  And I've only organized one.  Oh geez.  I need to get working on it.

B2S RAK: My school did the Capturing Kids' Hearts training over the summer.  And one of the things they talked about was writing notes of appreciation to those around you.  I am making it my goal to write a note for every member of my school family by the end of the year.

So, what about you?  Have you linked up?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tell All Tuesday...on a Wednesday

So, I'm linking up with Diana from My Day in K and Jayme from Teach. Talk. Inspire for their Tell All Tuesday linky party.
 
And this week it's all about your dream classroom....


So...dream classroom...go!
Oh, and if I've done it right *crossing fingers* - if you click on the picture, it should go to the original page where I found the picture.  :-)

First, I want LOTS of space!  So I would take my previous classroom (I haven't written it yet, but I had to move classrooms. *sad face*) and double it.

I would only have a few desks, and they would be as tall as they could go.  I would have a few tables of various shapes around the room.  I would have a variety of different seats (chairs, yoga balls, wobbly stools, etc.).  
Something like this maybe:
http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2014/11/new-classroom-set-up-encouraging-self.html

or this:
http://newadventuresinfirstgrade.blogspot.ch/2011/09/where-it-happens-wednesday.html


There would be a wall of cabinets.  
Maybe something similar to this:
http://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/room-setup.html
 Or cabinets with doors...or a combination of both.
 
And one corner would be turned into a class library, complete with oodles of books, and different types of cushions and chairs to sit on.
Similar to this:
http://ayearofmanyfirsts.blogspot.com/2013/08/what-week-with-little-classroom-tour.html


I would also have a bathroom in my classroom (yay for no classwide restroom breaks!).  

I'd also love to be able to paint the walls.  I'd probably do a chalkboard wall or something.  Who knows.

Anyway, what does your dream classroom look like?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Back to School Linky...already?

So I'm linking up with The Teaching Thief for her Back to School Essentials Linky.  Essentially, what do you buy every summer to replenish what you used every year?

So, I really don't buy that much...but here is what I replenish

1. Pencils...always pencils.

2. Scratch paper...
My mom works in a real estate office.  She collects their used paper for me so I can use it as scratch paper.  So my kiddos are used to doing math work on the back of house listings...haha.

3. Pens...
These pens to be exact...
I will say that the ONLY thing my supervising teacher (from when I student taught) did for me was teach me not to use a red pen when grading things.  But I also don't like black, so I use other colors.


That's it...that's all I buy.  Sad, I know.

Link up...what do you buy every summer?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Top Ten Linky Party

So Hailey over at The Third Grade Nest has decided to start a monthly linky party.  I'm a little late, but I wanted to join for the first one anyway.  So, without further ado, here are my Top Ten TV Shows:


So, it was actually kind of hard to figure out my Top Ten shows...and they are definitely in no particular order.

I even own all of them on DVD...except for HTGAWM and SYTYCD.  The first because it's too new, and the second because as much as I like it, I don't know that I would rewatch it (if you can even get it on DVD).

Anyway, think about linking up, cause I would love to know your favorite TV shows as well!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Currently - July 2015

It's that time again...time for another Currently post with



So, here we go...


Listening: Center Stage is probably one of my favorite movies.  I was thinking about it earlier and decided to turn it on while I caught up on my blogs.

Loving: Officially, not counting weekends (or today), I have 12 days left of summer.  While that normally bums me out, I'm trying to remain positive.  12 is more than 10!

Thinking: We were going to reorganize the office, turn our middle room into a home gym, and paint our bedroom this summer.  And I was going to work on my tan and organize everything I brought home with me.  None of that has happened.  Oops!

Wanting: I would love to just sit at home and do nothing all summer and get paid.  Does anyone know of a way to do that?!

Needing: I still have 2 camps left this summer.  One I've taught before, so I just need to go through my stuff and get in the right mindset for it.  The other is brand new, and I literally picked it up last week.  The original instructor backed out, so I'm filling in.  I have no idea about this one!  Ahh!

All Star: I am a Master Procrastinator.  That's all that matters.  :-P
Also, if you ask anyone but my wife, I am really good at organizing things.  I like things to look a certain way, and be color-coded and just...sigh.  It's the way my brain works.

Can't wait to see what y'all are currently doing!