Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Few Updates

Whew!!! We've only been in school 3 weeks and I am soooooo worn out! But, I'm loving it!
I feel like a bad blogger since I haven't been posting as much, but I'm sure everyone understands that the beginning of the school year is just plain hectic. I'm starting to get into a routine now, so hopefully my posts will start on a regular basis!

A few updates:

I'm still at 26 students...and they just keep coming! Our little neighborhood school has the highest numbers ever this year since it opened 51 years ago (970 students currently)! Rumor has it that our regular ed kindergarten team is getting another teacher, which would bring us up to 5 reg ed teachers. However, our bilingual team is already at 5 teachers and they have 26+ students as well. :-(

My class is still going strong with routines and procedures. I don't want to get too in depth with my classroom activities, lessons, and etc until I know for SURE that we're getting another teacher. I would hate to do ALL of that work (making and preparing RR journals, writers workshop journals, science journals....the list goes on) and get my babies settled into a strict routine and then have 5-6 switch classes. (well, I wouldn't hate it, I would just be bummed). So for right now, it's still just basic management techniques to keep me sane.

I have started "Daily 5"! Yay!! The kids are up to 8 minutes of Read to Self and a full 10 minutes of Read to Someone/Buddy Reading!!!!!! It takes so long to get Daily 5 procedures into place, I didn't have a choice on waiting to begin them. We started the 2nd day of school.

I think that's all of the updates I have. I do plan on opening a TPT store and possibly a Teachers Notebook store as well. I just need a good "nothing to do" weekend where I can sit down and get everything up and running.  So, start looking for that within the next couple of weeks!

Happy Blogging!

Monday, September 3, 2012


It's that time again! I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for this month's currently!
Here's my currently:

I started watching Switched at Birth when it first premiered. I slacked off quite a bit, but now I'm catching up!
I am absolutely LOVING this 3 day weekend!! We've only been in school a week, but this break was much needed. It's bittersweet because I won't have another day off (besides weekends) until Thanksgiving break........yeah. That sends me to Debbie Downer mode, so I try not to think about it.
Lesson Plans...they need to be done...but I don't wanna. So I'm not. Until later.
(The first two weeks of school my team does their own plans, but starting next week, we will collaborate and share plans and they have to be in on Friday's before we leave so we can enjoy our weekend. I think I'm gonna have a love/hate relationship with this idea. EEEKK!)
Still looking for that professional series camera. Haven't found it yet, but Deal of the Day has great flash sales, so I'll keep looking there until I find the one I want/need.
My very good friend and coworker let me borrow her personal laminator ALL summer. (She became our librarian, so she really didn't need it). Well........another coworker and I went laminating crazy and we broke it. It now jams in the most unusual way. So. I have to go in half and replace that laminator, plus...I need one of my own. When payday hits, I'm off to Wal*Mart or Target to get 2 laminators. Yay me...
Finally, I am loving my iPad! It's not new. It's actually almost a year old, but it's keeping me sane in sooooooooo many ways. I can't wait to introduce it to my 26 students. Which....I hope it's still 26! My school was still registering a minimum of 25 students per day last week.....and we ALL know that parents will sometimes wait until Labor Day to withdraw and register their students at a new school.
Anywho....that's what I'm doing "Currently". How about you?
~Happy Blogging