Friday, August 15, 2014

Five for Friday

I know that many of you may have started school already, but for those of you that have not...  IT'S COMING SO FAST!!!  Are you with me on this?  Earlier this week, I was definitely feeling a little panicky.  I left my classroom on Wednesday feeling much better, as most of it was finished - FINALLY.  However, the panic-sensation has returned!  UGH!

Today, I'm linking up again with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching again for Five for Friday!  Here goes...

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On Monday, I presented 2 - YES, TWO - workshops with some fabulous co-presenters.  The first workshop was on W.R.A.P. assessments (a reading assessment that we use district-wide).  Korie, a literacy coach in our district, and I cleared up some misconceptions about this assessment.  I love seeing lightbulbs "click on" with teachers.  Very similar to children, adult learners need to hear the same messages repeatedly in order to fully understand.

The second workshop was over classroom environment - more specifically, creating a literacy-rich environment.  Krysti, a new literacy coach, and I shared many pictures that we found on the internet.  In addition, it was great including pics of Krysti's classroom.  This makes it more meaningful because she lived it!  One of the big topics we covered, though, was organization!  This has been a big topic online, and I thought it was important to share with teachers as a good first step.  Interestingly enough, the majority of the teachers were veteran teachers!

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Tuesday proved to be a challenge!  I left home to get my hair done...  I went to Hobby Lobby first to pick up some scrapbook paper for a wall in my classroom.  I then proceeded to the hair appointment, and had a grand time.  Left there to go to Mardel to laminate the paper.  Ran in, laminated, and ran out - my car wouldn't start!  AHHHH!!!  Everything turned on, but the engine would not turn on!  I sat there for a moment, and tried again.  I thought, "why is this happening to me?"  I didn't have time for this today, nor time to take it into the shop.  Definitely an extreme panic-moment.  I called for help, and went back into the store.  They have a table and chairs, so I sat down, texted my best friend, and then prayed.  When I looked up, I was immediately drawn to a picture of Jesus looking up, as if saying, "why are you doing this to me?"  You know that moment when he pleaded with God not to go through with what needed to happen.  All of a sudden, I had a sense of calming.  I decided to go out to the car and wait, but that I would start it one more time.  Do you know what?  It started!  What a blessing!!!  God was telling me to "slow down" I think.  I had so much to do that day, but that moment I realized that it would all be okay!  Definitely an amazing moment for me!

or just move from our eyes to forever in our hearts!                          I'LL  LOVE U ALWAYS

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I spent most of the day on Wednesday in my classroom!  I told myself that I was not going home until it was finished!  Now, I'm still missing desks - haven't received them yet.  I also need to make all of the student name labels, but I do not have the official class list yet.  Hopefully, I will get that on Monday.  I cleaned up some disorganized spaces that have just piled up in the set-up.  I added the book box labels to my library.  I have a few more things to purchase to finish some areas.  But, I could start school tomorrow if I had to!

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Yesterday, I spent all day at MD Anderson with my mom and dad for his follow-up appointments, and to determine his plan for treatment.  It was exhausting, but we made it through.  I was very proud of him for lasting all day, not getting a nap, and we even stopped for dinner!  That is the first time in a month that we have really sat down to have dinner together!  It was great!  Today, however, he isn't feeling as good and is going back to MDA for another appointment.  

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Today, I get to visit the dermatologist and then head to our New Teacher Welcome for the district.  As if I don't have enough in my job as teacher, I'm also a "master mentor."  I help train and work with the mentors of new teachers.  We help every year at the new teacher welcome, but this is my first year to get to participate.  Usually, I have duties at school that prevent me from helping.  I'm excited to get to meet all of the new teachers, and share in their excitement of getting a classroom of their own!

Next week, I have plans to participate in Blog Hoppin' Back to School Teacher Week!  I hope you will check back each day!!!


  1. You sound like you've had a whirlwind of a week! But isn't it funny how things always work out? Your room came together, your car started, you got it all done. Hope you have a great school year!

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