Sunday, December 30, 2012

The BEST of 2012

I am linking up with Bunting, Books and Bainbridge for the ......

The BEST thing that happened to me this year in the blogging world, was the big push my colleagues gave me to start this blog in June!
The BEST post:
I was so excited and really blogged a lot BEFORE school started...then school took off and my most viewed post happened...
Finally Photos....I was still excited and had lots of ideas I wanted to get out!


The BRIGHTEST blog moment:
I got the most comments on my November to Remember post...I have to THANK Farley over at Oh Boy! Fourth Grade

The BEST post for me:
.......the post that really got my brain engaged was my post about STEM! I have continued my Science and Math Journals and they have really been a big hit with administration!
STEM activity
STEM activity
I have made a few bloggy friends and they have become my sounding boards, plus they comment and give encouragement, yeah for blogging buddies!
I must give kudos to Elizabeth over at Fun in Room 4B for getting me out of my writers block and posting after a brief drought, after reading one of her posts I posted another one of my favorites!
Another BRIGHT spot for me was when I opened up my TpT store! (nothing sold yet, but I really haven't put out a ton of stuff, it's coming...remember I am a procrastinator!)
The BEST events in my life in 2012...hummmm, let's look:

I hope to make BETTER BEST and BRIGHTEST moments for 2013!!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

98 Days left? OH MY!!!

Good Morning

I've been doing some reflecting this morning.  You know the kind of reflecting you do at the end of the year, but I'm talking about my school year, not my personal year.(that is another story)

I know we have 98 days left of school and school is far from over, but as I turned out the lights yesterday, I felt like it was the last day of school. I have this sense of urgency to start over in January. So I think I will!
I have been thinking about really shaking it up! I want my kids to come back excited about what we are going to do. I want to start all those cool ideas that I had in August that I couldn't get to ! I want to be able to teach on my schedule, not the timeline I have to teach on .(At our school we are told when to teach each subject matter) I want to start 'theme-ing' my lessons more. I want to start focusing on the CCSS in my room this year (even though it starts next year). I want to make better small group lessons.  I want to make a perfect lesson plan template that allows for all small groups, materials,a to do list and of course standards, objectives, activities and and easy to follow format.I want to introduce new procedures, because frankly some of my procedures aren't the best with a few of the kids this year...I have a few tough nuts!
I also want to schedule my blogging...this summer I was so into it ! I blogged, I posted Monday Made its, and Friday Finds, and Currently..OMG Farley I forgot to do December's CURRENTLY...where have I been???
My intern graduated and got a job right away...yeah Christina!!!
I am feeling like I am way behind since she left...hmmm ...this makes me wish I could have a personal assistant or a permanent intern to co-teach with!

OK back to life is good. My son and I are happy people with great friends and family that surround and support us. My school community is just as wonderful! I feel safe here, having that said, my heart goes out to those wonderful loving, kind and much appreciated teachers at Sandy Hooks. It could have been any of us. Hug your kids and your class, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year y'all!

Sunday, December 16, 2012