Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Four on the 4th

Since it is raining here too, I am staying inside this 4th of July, but I did get out this afternoon and enjoyed the fresh humid air at my favorite burger hangout!
So what's a girl to do on such a dreary night? Join a Linky Party of course....

Four ideas I am going to implement(or maintain) this year...

1.Each month I usually do a "BookIt!" project. I tie it into the the Pizza Hut reading program. My kids read at least 10 books focusing on the story element, skill, genre or whatever we are working on, then at the end of the month they do some kid of fun project. My first one is about Characters.They choose a main character and dress up and present in character. (October of course)

But this year I want to switch it up...I want to keep the ideas and differentiate the products more plus I want to change the name and start earlier. Instead of "BookIt!" projects I am changing the name to the B.U.M.B.L.E. B.E.E  projects.
{Bright Unique Maturing Blooming Learners Excel  By Extra Effort} well maybe, that's a mouthful...

2. I am going to be a coach for Girls On The Run (GOTR). Myself and another teacher are job sharing the head coach responsibility. I am super excited because I will be working with 3rd-5th grader girls for 24 sessions! In this fun after-school program the girls will be learning how to believe in themselves and become confident young women before they head off to Middle School. It has a running component to it too. As they are building up their self-esteem, we will also be training to participate in a 5K in December as our culminating activity! I can't wait!!!! 

3. Hard to believe, I have been teaching since 1990-something and I have NEVER implemented a student of the week. I guess since we have in place Terrific Kid, I never gave it any thought. At my first schools they did T.K once a week, but at my new school they do it once a month. So this year I will choose a "Bee of the Week". Each day they will have a special time to shine and get some "Buzz Time". I like how Beth Newingham does it, so I might tweak her ideas!

4. This one will be the hardest! STAY ORGANIZED AND CLUTTER-FREE!!!

Sounds easy right? I am pretty organized, but sometimes my ADD brain puts things down and I can't find them again! I recently purged...I mean SERIOUSLY purged. I went through EVERY single cabinet, every plastic bin, every shelf in the closet...and I decided if I didn't use it last year, it was OUT! I got rid of over 100+ items to my wonderful co-workers!
To achieve this goal I am going to really try and use ideas from this awesome blog!!!

I hope that I can stay this pumped up as the school year approaches...I am pretty sure I can do this, oh did I mention I have an intern in the fall!
 I  L O V E  interns....ahhhh


  1. Wow you have so many great things to do. I do Book It! too. I have to think of how I use it with my kids. Incant say it's been very effective lately.

    Girls on he run, they do it at my school, but I can't say I do much with it. Good luck it sounds and looks great for the irks that do it.

    Thanks for linking up.
    Ms. M

    1. I so know what you mean about BookIt!...I am going to make my monthly book projects into a packet and put it out there this should volunteer for your GOTR...they love you get to see your old babies :)

  2. Saw you on Ms. M's linky party and stopped by to check out your blog. I'm following you now :) I would love to hear more about your Book-It monthly projects. I'm also with you on the organization - I purged a lot last year and I still feel cluttered. I guess as I set up this year I will be continuing to toss the junk and organize the goods.
    Stories by Storie

    1. Thank you Storie! I have a funny feeling I too will continue to toss the junk until nothing is left! LOL...I'm going to check out your site next!

  3. Congrats on the intern!!


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥

  4. I applied for a GOTR team for next year and I really hope we get accepted!! I would coach some of my girlies from last year who could really use the lessons they include in the program.

    Marvelous Multiagers!

    1. Where are you? I am down here in Florida, and our Orlando Chapter just got permission for our county to participate...I am super excited!

  5. I am the GOTR head coach at my school! What a GREAT program!!!! Last year was the first year we implemented the it at our school and I LOVED it. It's amazing how some of the girls really start to enjoy running and feel better about themselves! You will LOVE the program :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

    1. Good to know, so if I get in the weeds I can ask you for help ;)

  6. Hi!! I am your newest follower! I have the same easel in my classroom.


  7. Bee of the week sounds so cute. The students are going to like that idea. I'm a new follower.


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