Sunday, September 20, 2015

Peek at My Week

Let me just start off by saying that my life has been crazy for the past two weeks. My husband and I went on a quick weekend trip to Gatlinburg last weekend and I haven't caught up since! I figured that I could quickly give you a Peek at My Week and do my first ever link up with Mrs. Will's from Mrs. Will's Kindergarten. 

I have been out of my room at least once a week for the past two week and this week makes week three! Its so hard getting back into the grove with my kiddos when I know I'm going to have to leave again. 

This week is repetitive since we are working on two Project Based Learning experiences. If you haven't tried this in your room, you need to, like now. We began the year with a plant based PBL where the kids are now working on their student deliverable which is presenting to the 1st grade class what plants would be best for their garden this year. Through helping the 1st graders at our school my kids learned a lot about how plans grow and exactly what plants NEED to grow (air and water). 

We are also beginning this week to work on a PBL in social studies that is based on Native Americans and how we as 5th graders can help them overcome the obstacles they have in life due to their past. Since PBL is so student driven, its hard to make weekly plans because I'm not sure where the students are going to lead me each day. Yes, I know what I want to teach them so I try to lead them where I want them to go but some days they get so caught up in their own learning that we have to move away from the plan. Which is why my S.S. plans look to be the same every day. 

What do you have going on this week? 

Monday, September 7, 2015


I hope everyone is having an amazing Labor Day Weekend, I know I am! To end this long weekend with a bang I have joined Heather from Recipe for Teaching  for a giveaway. She is celebrating a huge milestone on her blog and I was more than willing to help out.

She is giving away a $25 gift card to TPT, along with a gift card to Educlips and a primary product pack as well as a intermediate product pack. 

Be sure to head over to Heather's blog to enter this amazing giveaway. It opens today and runs through this week! 

Don't forget to enjoy the last day of this long weekend. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Currently

Hello September! I'm linking  up today with Farley from Oh Boy Fourth Grade for September Currently. I am so excited for September, some of my close friends are getting married, I'm going to Gatlinburg, TN for a mini-vacation and on the 27th I will be married one year!! It's a very busy month for me! 

I am currently listening to my Americas Got Talent on the T.V. in the living room. It's not my favorite show but my husband likes it so I watch it with him from time to time. There is a pretty cool mindreader on there right now! 

I am LOVING Donors Choose. How many of you have used this before? Let me say, when I first heard about it I was quite the skeptic, but I went for it and got my first project for a iPad Mini funded before school was out last year. They have this summer break rule where they won't send anything if you have less than 20 days in the school year, which was my case last year. So about a week after school started this year we got our iPad, which we LOVE. Immediately I had to go back for more and I've gotten two Chromebooks funded since school started on August 5th. If you haven't tried this, you MUST give it a go. 

Even though we've been in school almost a full month, I am still teacher tired. Getting back into the routine of things has really kicked my butt! Hopefully this three day weekend coming up and my mini-vaction will help me get rested! 

I. Love. Fall. I love EVERYTHING about fall, hoodies, cooler weather, chili, football and pumpkin everything. Even though it still 90 degrees here in Kentucky I am ready for everything fall and pumpkin. Bring on the pumpkin cookies, scones, lattes, cakes and whatever else can be pumpkin. 

I need it to be Saturday. Not only because this is a three day weekend for me because of Labor Day, but because I am getting a haircut and I cannot remember the last time I got this mop cut. Its in need of some serious trimming! 

Finally, three goals. My final grad class started Monday and it seems to be a busy one so I want to stay on top of this class. The hardest part for me is keeping track of my clinical hours and making sure that I am recording those, so my goal is to stay on top of getting those on paper! Sometimes it is so hard to stay positive while teaching, going to school and dealing with the daily crazy of every day so this year I want to stay positive! Finally, with everything I've got going on, just like everyone else, I want to slow down and appreciate the better things in life. 

What have you been up to? I can't wait to hear.