Friday, October 24, 2014
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Sunday, October 19, 2014
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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Also on his vocabulary work for this week, when they have to write the 7-up sentences, this little friend wrote "I will preserve Scaredy Squirrel for Mrs. Wood." ♥
Posted by Raye at 11:20 AM
Friday, October 10, 2014
Whew. In the interest of being positive, I'm just gonna say that there is still a lot of adjusting going on with my new class configuration and it wipes me out daily. Add to that being a full time mama, doctoral student and occasional Thirty-One lady...I am W-I-P-E-D.
Plumb worn out.
Let me paint you a picture (not really because I can't even draw stick people)....
I was at school for twelve and a half hours yesterday. Twelve. And a half! I had a very late meeting (it didn't start until 6:15) and tried to get caught up on grading and some planning before the meeting. At some point between 4 and 6:10 when I went downstairs for the meeting....apparently I did my graduate homework and submitted it.
I did not recall doing this. Last night when I finally got home and had eaten dinner, I panicked that I needed to get that stuff turned in. (I am adamant that I not turn in a single assignment late.)
It was a rough day yesterday to put it mildly. After I had eaten dinner, I gave myself 30 minutes to read for pleasure just to unwind from the tough day and prepare before I shifted gears to grad school. Around 9:10, so tired I could have dropped on the spot, I logged into my BlackBoard course....and saw that I had already done the work for the day.
And I didn't even remember doing it.
This course is ending. Within the next 30 hours I will submit all of the last assignments and it'll be over. My brain must seriously be on auto-pilot if I can complete and submit homework without even registering that I did it.
Tomorrow will be all about finishing up the final touches on my project. Then some downtime with a fun Thirty-One birthday party and then pushing "submit" for the last time for this class....then I spend Sunday sleeping. And relishing in no grad work.
It's a bit surreal to be (almost) done with my 2nd class but I am so ready for a week of only focusing on being a mom and a teacher.
Posted by Raye at 7:27 PM
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Posted by Raye at 9:40 PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
It all started this summer -- as usual I was blog stalking (read: avoiding graduate work!) and stumbled across a blog that made me practically drool with envy. The design was so gorgeous! It prompted me to get in touch with Kassie myself and order a design of my own.
Needless to say, she is incredibly popular and I put in an order at the beginning of July and I just made it to the top of the list at the beginning of October! It was well worth the wait. Once I paid my deposit on Friday (as in last Friday), knowing that Kassie doesn't do weekends (lucky! :), I didn't expect to hear from her again before the end of this week.
Nope....by Monday afternoon (as in yesterday people!) she had a sample for me to look at! Just a couple of short and sweet adjustments and the design was ready to go!
Kassie is very talented and is very professional. She truly grasped what I was thinking (I mean, honestly, the can is PURPLE! She totally read my mind!) and made it into a super cute and fun design that I totally love. I hope you love it too.
If you're in need of a blog design, definitely check out Kassie. Her work is worth whatever wait you might have!
Posted by Raye at 9:20 PM
Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
On September 22, I celebrated my first 31iversary! My launch party past year was Oct 3!
As such I am having a sale and you are welcome to take advantage of it!
Shop between now and Saturday at 8 pm EST and get 31% off your order (you will be responsible for tax/shipping on the full price of the order)!
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Posted by Raye at 8:23 PM
It is amazing how 1-2 certain kids can change the dynamic in a classroom. My friends have decided that they are done learning at 2 pm every day. School ends at 3:38. I teach until 3:30. Today I had so many friends totally zoned out that if they didn't know the answer to my question, they had to move their clip.
Before you think I'm a jerk, the answers were in their face had they bothered to pay attention. It kills me that they think because they learned in the AM they can stop learning after lunch. Um, no.
My new friends are mostly good. But 2 took full advantage of their being no expectations or consequences in their class for a month. Sorry for you but guess what? I DO have expectations and you WILL follow them. They are starting to figure it out. One of the kiddos I've had all year just doesn't get it. He can't stay in line, stop talking, quit irritating his classmates. I have taken to making him walk with me and I have to hold his hand because he just can't get it together. It's really sad because I would have been mortified to have to hold my teachers hand in 4th grade!
I have been heavy on my praise though and wow does it work. I use a clip chart and have since I moved to my current school (5th year using it). I made these cards to celebrate if they got to pink (the top). One friend has earned TWO cards this week which has never happened ever and one friend clipped up so many times we put his clip on my shirt. The other kids just thought that was the bee's knees.
I also have 4 friends who had 100% homework all of September. So tomorrow we are going all out. Streamers, balloons, etc. It's huge when only 25% of the kids do all of their homework. So we will have a huge obnoxiously boisterous party for them.
I have the biggest headache in history and I want to go home and just crawl in my bed and stay there.
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