Sunday, August 31, 2014
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Monday, August 25, 2014
Starting from the hallway and then going clockwise in the classroom
That's my recycle bin you see at the bottom (yes its a laundry basket!)
I decided to just put up all the words to start the year since we don't really emphasize the monthly words.
I LOVE this space! That black organizer is from Thirty-One. It is being retired (*sad face*) and I had a spare that I used in my display. I wasn't sure what to do with it. But it makes a great math manipulative station!
This is where my desk was last year. But since I do sometimes like kiddos to use the ELMO, this seemed like a good solution.
Mr. Principal found this rug no one else was using and said I could use it :D
I think I might actually be in love with this view.
Posted by Raye at 8:29 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The girls and I decided to spend mid to end of our week at our cabin. With The Husband out of town for work and The Oldest actually having two days off in a row from her job, it seemed like a good idea. I have not nearly been up here as much this summer as I would have liked but life has been busy!
I have been incredibly lazy all day today. I can't tell you the last time I had the luxury. I did bring my Reading Street stuff with the plan to start creating my Choice Menus...but lazy won.
Tomorrow I will take the girls home, The Oldest will go to work and then I'll unpack and repack to head down to see The Husband for the weekend. Monday really starts the crazy-busy.
I feel kind of bad for being so lazy today because I haven't been able to all summer but I know once I board the crazy back-to-school train next week I'll be glad I let myself have this one day.
Posted by Raye at 6:04 PM
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The 4th and 5th graders tend to take the MAP test starting the first week of school. This is both good and bad: it's good because you get data right away showing where the students are coming in at but it can be bad in that it often takes a ton of time to administer. I am going to cross my fingers and make initial groups based upon where they were in the spring (because that data shows me they WERE at that level and have the potential to get back there quickly) and then will adjust once I get my new data. I doubt the groupings will change that much this first time though.
Posted by Raye at 11:58 AM
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Posted by Raye at 1:20 PM
Saturday, August 16, 2014
I spent my Saturday at a vendor event hawkin my Thirty-One wares :) I didn't sell a ton but I did sell a cash and carry item and get a pre-sale for the September special. I also booked a party for a young lady who is getting married and wants matching bags for her bridesmaids. I told her what the total would be and her mom said, "You should just do a party, this nice lady will help you get free stuff. " It was cute (and I definitely will help her get free stuff!).
After I got home it was time to hunker down and finish my huge 150 point paper. It's a compilation of 5 essays we did and some other learning. I'm sure it's fine but man....every time I turn in one of these assignments, I feel like I'm going to throw up. I'm so worried I messed up or forgot something. I always do fine but the nerves are bad!
I hate that I doubt myself. It's not like I don't do my best. I guess it is because, at this point, it's totally for real. This is what will help me accomplish my goals and I worry because I don't want to mess it up.
But I could do without feeling like I'm going to be sick every Saturday when I submit the paper for that week! :)
I have to do my practice abstract for my mini writing course and a final reflection and then these classes are over. Crazy! If I finish them both tomorrow (which is the plan), I will have a whole week off and then my next classes begin. And I go back to work. And my hubby will be out of town for two weeks. At back to school time! Serenity now! haha
Posted by Raye at 10:22 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2014
As such, I did go into school today. We were allowed in starting this past Monday but I am in DENIAL so I didn't go (plus I was up north to celebrate my birthday). I only went in today because my kids were at my mom's house and I was avoiding graduate work haha
Here's what I walked into:
I didn't get as much done as I would have liked to, partly because I didn't really know where to begin and partly because one of my colleagues showed up and of course, we haven't seen each other all summer so we chit-chatted longer than we should have! I got my desks arranged and hung my fabric. Messed with my technology set-up and I think that will be good to go once we're officially back and I have a little more time to play with it.
A couple of pictures of what I did accomplish:
I am finishing up my first doctoral class this weekend (woo hoo!) and next week will spend quite a bit of time prepping for the school year since I haven't really done anything all summer. I don't plan to go back to school until the 25th because I plan to do a lot at home to help myself prepare for the upcoming year.
Posted by Raye at 7:50 PM
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
* InkJoy pens *
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Thursday, August 7, 2014
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