Friday, June 15, 2012

30 second recap

It's been nuts.  Seeing this is my first fulltime job, where I stay at the same school for the following year, there has been so very much to do.  I also started pulling the entire room apart to make it better for next year, so I have been teaching in utter chaos.  My kiddos have been overall really good about it.  We have 4 days with kids next week and then Friday is a 1/2 day for teachers.  I cannot believe it is already the end of JUNE.  I feel like I was just hired!!!  

Anyway, here is a recap of everything I didn't end up getting to blog about (I will try better next year, maybe even have some freebies if I can figure that out) that I found on my iPhone...

My grant for the BEYOND QUESTION remote system came in!
These are awesome...every kid gets one and they enter answers to questions
I project on the Mimio board.  I need to perfect this system for progress
monitoring in the future (aka September)!

Testing snacks...note the clear water bottles without labels...
didn't want to get in trouble for "cheating."  Speaking of NYS
tests...I want to see my kiddos scores!!!

I was awarded this lovely hot pink duct tape bracelet
inscribed with "World's Best Teacher"

We took a trip all the way from here to Lynhurst, NJ for Medieval Times!

Donor's Choose books came in for next year's partner reading projects
that I'd love to launch!  My kids made this set-up for posting online
to thank our generous donors!

Unrelated note---my brother is going to be starting college at Marist College
in Poughkeepsie next year!!!

Going through my kiddos journals to write their note (see below for info)...
and I come across this one when we brainstormed facts and opinions...
The second "Opinion" made me smile.  "Some where awesome (Including Ms. D)."
She meant "were" but anyways...adorable.

I write my kids personalized notes each year.  I did it student teaching, and this
year I did it for my ELA class.  I wrote them in their journals.  Anyway, this kid
"hates" school and tells us all every day.  Anyway, I was touched because after
I passed out the letters (you can kind of see it peeking through the back of this page), he
scribbled this down and came up to me before the bell and said, "I wrote back!" AWWWW

In other news:
1.) I did the balloon countdown thing I saw on Pinterest (gosh, I love Pinterest)...where you hide a surprise written on paper inside balloons and pop them accordingly.  Anyway, my kids LOVED IT!

2.) I will be the 7th grade class advisor for next year so I get to see my kiddos after they are all grown up from the summer.  I'm so glad and thankful that I don't have to say goodbye.

Sending love and happy end-of-the-year wishes to you all in BlogLand.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I'm Baaaackkk (in more ways than one!)

So, I haven't posted in forever?  Why you ask?  Well, we had massive state testing.  And I was told I didn't have my job next year so I was applying like a madwoman.  Oh, and we had several serious issues with students.  My boyfriend graduated.  And he got a new job.  6 million things went wrong in my apartment.  Life happened.

But I just HAD HAD HAD to share exciting news---which is that I WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR!  With the passed budget and a retirement, my job is now safe.  I will be in the same room, on the same team, teaching grade 6 science and ELA again.  I.  Am.   So.   So.   Happy.

:) So you all get another year (which hopefully I am better at recording) of my blog posts about life in the superlative six. :)  Much, much love!