Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Pinterest Projects

Like many of you I have been pinning like crazy this summer.  Then, I got a rude awakening in the mail the other day - my back to school letter!  REALLY? Only two weeks left?  I decided I needed to start putting into action all the stuff I have been pinning! (that is the point, right?).

So I pinned this:

Then made this:

I also pinned this:

And made this:

Now only at least a thousand more pins to go!

Have you finished any Pinterest projects lately?


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Class?!" "Yes?!"

Oh Sweet Mama I had fun! (Oh Sweet Mama, I had fun!)

I attended the first day of a Whole Brain Teaching conference in Union, MO today and it was awesome!!!  I used bits and pieces of WBT in my classroom last year, but this conference has me stoked to do more!  I can't wait to go back tomorrow and learn even more.  If you are not familiar with WBT, pleeeaase go to their web site Whole Brain Teaching and check them out, then go to YouTube and watch as many videos as you can.  You will love it!

This is me with Chris Biffle.  The wacky picture was his idea!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

What Do You Post About When You Have Been MIA?

I have been so neglectful of this little ol' blog! May was sooo busy and then summer just started to happen... and I just decided to take a break from all things school related.  I haven't checked out any of the blogs I usually obsess over.  I am sure I am completely out of the loop.  Anyhoo,  I went to a meeting put on by my district the other day and it sort of got my brain revved up and me a little excited about school.  Then, I went to Target and , Oh My Stars!  I found the cutest, smallest, magnetic erasers for my kiddos white boards!  No more dirty looking socks or pieces of felt for me!  These look like mini chalkboard erasers!  I was so excited that I did a little dance right there in the Target dollar spot.  Next it was on to Wally world.  I found individual glue sticks for 10 cents or a package of two for 50. Hmmm, now which do you think I bought?  I did refrain from going overboard on school supplies.  I will wait until closer to school starting to buy those - hoping that maybe, just maybe, the prices will go down. (they didn't last year, btw.)  I dropped these glue sticks off at my classroom so they wouldn't melt in my truck and that made me take a look at my room.  Big mistake.  They are currently ripping out my vintage 1943 bathroom (which I am thankful for because it smells like a bathroom from 1943!) but that means the floors etc... won't be done until the week before school starts.  Big bummer.  But... it did get my brain working on how I want to rearrange my room.  I will make it work for me this year!  I think I Can! I think I can!  I think I can work around the weird, all-wall consuming fireplace with built in shelves too small for anything!  I will work around the two radiators too hot to push things against! I will work with another wall full of drawers - great storage, but no creating no wall space. 

On to other things....  I have perusing Daily Five and am seriously thinking of incorporating this into my room.  I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around doing it throughout the day, after mini-lessons, instead of the more traditional literacy station/center type of structure I am used to.  I will keep you up to date on this progress as I dig more in to it. (gotta finish the last few chapters!)

Also, I am going to a Whole Brain Teaching conference this Tues. in Union, MO.  I am so excited!  I implemented different aspects of WBT this past year and it was awesome!! I always thought I had fairly good classroom management, but this made it even better!  I can't wait to learn more and add it into my classroom this coming year. 

Ok.  That is about it.  I know you were just dying to know all of that now weren't you?  Enjoy the rest of your summer break!