Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Hi Friends,

I'm linking up with Christina over at Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesday.  Here is a frustration I have had for 14 years!  How do I "select all" and "copy" my students' names so that I can get as many possible on a page.  When I have tried in the past, I always end up copying every name on one label.  Clearly, I don't know how to do this!  I print on one end and then turn it around and print on the other end!  Help

Thank you!


Friday, May 2, 2014

May Currently

Hi Friends,
I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for my first "Currently". I am super excited and a little nervous that I do it correctly, so wish me luck!

-listening to the air conditioner:  I am so lucky to live where I do, on the coast in San Diego county.  Most of my relatives are in Indiana, and they had a brutal winter.  We usually have perfect weather here.  This week has been hot!  84 degrees is no biggie with the air conditioning on at school, but when I am home it is a different story!  We have one of those old, portable air conditioning units we lug out of storage each year and display in the living room.  It ain’t pretty, but it works!

-loving that we are getting a raise!:  I opened my e-mail yesterday morning and our union bargaining team has met a tentative agreement for teachers to receive 3% raise, retroactively paid out since July 2013!  Yippee!!!

-thinking I should have done a wee bit more research on how to do all this linking, and buttons, and html code, and Rafflecopter stuff.  I can totally figure it out; I just wish I could talk/text/email with someone for an hour and get some tips.  Any takers? 

-wanting absolutely nothing!  I have had such a productive, positive, supporting, exciting week.  I am blessed beyond measure.  I would like a tasty fountain drink though.  I will settle for sparkling water.

-needing to exercise.  I am participating in a Virtual Boot Camp on Facebook with about 10 other ladies who I have never met.  We have a coach, and we check in with the group on FB each night to report what we ate, share recipes, and talk about what we did for exercise.  Most of us are doing the DVD Program called, “The 21 Day Fix”.  I am not a fan of exercise AT ALL, but I am loving this program and I don’t want to let my new exercise friends down.  Social media dieting is the way to go!  Last month, I lost 9 pounds and won $52 by betting on

-Surprise!  Again, many thanks to Beth who invited me to participate in and cohost her book study for 100 Minutes by Lisa Donohue.  Beth is my first blog friend and tutor.  Many thanks!
Thinking of Teaching
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

100 Minutes Book Study

Thinking of Teaching
Hi Friends,

I am teaming up with some fellow bloggers to participate in a new book study. Beth from Thinking of Teaching selected 100 Minutes: Making Every Minute Count in the Literacy Block by Lisa Donohue.

I was really excited to get my hands on this book because it offers many ways to structure the literacy block that aren't Daily 5 based. I think Daily 5 is fabulous and jumped on board with it when I switched from fourth to first grade this year. I struggled with the management and upkeep. I put it on the back burner until I could reread the book and relaunch the program. That was in September! Do you think I have relaunched? Um, no.

I will be hosting one chapter and I will also be offering a mini give away of my own. My TpT shop is still "under development," so I am still figuring out what I will put up for grabs! Head on over  to Thinking of Teaching to learn all about this exciting book study and enter to win some cool stuff!

Happy Reading!