My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 29, 2017

Create your own adventure #SOLC17

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Two Writing Teachers
I'm not totally hating my staycation.  I've turned it into more of a "create your own adventure" week.

Sure, there's been boring stuff like phone calls, appointments, cleaning, laundry and cooking.

But there's also been some fun!

Reading books, sleeping late, visiting friends, watching movies, no schedule.

Today I went to the library and pulled a couple random, grown-up fiction books in addition to some about gardening and eating well.

I went to Home Depot and bought my garden seeds and a seed starter pack.  (Let's grow!)

I'm heading to my friend's house for "puppy therapy"  (hang out and pet her dogs) and game night.

Am I jealous of my friends on the beach, in the canyons and at the House of Mouse?  
Yes, but I'm also having some fun of my own.  

March 28, 2017

Sunshine intervention #SOLC17

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Write to make your own sunshine.
Two Writing Teachers
We had sunshine on Friday.  Clouds on Saturday, Sunday, Monday.  This week calls for nothing but 



I left my "happy light" at school.

Double hmpf.

Since I can't force the sun to come out, I am trying to create my own "sunshine" and setting myself up for a "sunny" day.  My steps:
  • Streaming music (loudly!) from Pandora - trying some new genres
  • Dancing around to the music (it's not pretty)
  • Typing my slice to set my intentions for the day
  • Planning a trip to the library, lunch out with Allison and errands
  • Turning on every light in the kitchen
  • Drinking another cup of coffee
  • Adding books recommended by my Twitter peeps to GoodReads
  • Celebrating that today is a gift, no matter what the weather.
Wishing you a SUNNY day!

March 27, 2017

Crazy productive...kind of #SOLC17

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Be a "planner" or a "pantser"
Two Writing Teachers
So it's Monday of my spring break staycation.  I have a big list of what I need to do.  A LOT of it is phone calls and paperwork related, so that's a bummer.  I get it.  We own a house, we have two college kids. There is going to be paperwork.  I'm an adult.  (SIGH)

I started the day in my pajamas (then put on some sweats).  I made breakfast for myself and then Allison when she got out of bed (MIRACLE).

Then I jumped between a few million different activities (I even fixed my bike and made a mini compost bin!) 

I'm beginning to realize that my younger daughter's lack of focus came directly from me.

I started making a list of all the different things I accomplished before lunch.  I'm not very good at crossing anything off lists, but this list was different.  I FINISHED THESE THINGS!

Finally, this afternoon, I slid some fuzzy socks on and went down to the office.  I made the financial planner phone call (not that bad).  I helped oldest with her tax return online.  I did some of the paperwork.

Maybe the next time you want to feel crazy productive, you could try my silly idea.  Simply write everything down that you do one day.  Fuzzy socks don't hurt either.

March 26, 2017

Soggy Spring #SOLC17

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It's the final week!
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The rain has made the ground squishy and soggy.

The birds are excited to pull juicy worms from the dirt.

The green sprigs of daffodils and snowdrops peek up, some flowering.

The trees are covered with moss, their leaves beginning to bud.

The water in the stream gushes, splashes and flows over rocks.

The air is sticky and fragrant and gentle.

The rain brings new life to the earth.

March 25, 2017

Staycation plans #SOLC17

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Rainy days can bring ideas.
Two Writing Teachers

My lunch time is the last one on the lunch schedule at 12:15 p.m.  I share my lunchtime with the math  & reading resource teachers and music specialists.  Friday's conversation with my fellow "right-brained" teacher was fun, as usual.

Everyone was describing their spring break plans.  The orchestra teacher is headed to New York with his wife and tickets to four Broadway shows.  The math teacher is bound for Florida with her parents and sister.  My fellow reading teacher is spending time with her teens and going on a college visit.  I'm faced with a week at home, with my youngest daughter at classes and my husband in another town. 

The teachers at the table decided to help me make a list of possible activities for my spring vacation.  They encouraged me to accomplish the items on my must do list (passport renewal, doctors appointments) as well as some more exciting items.  Our brainstorming included:
  • pay it forward at Starbucks, paying for the order from the car behind me
  • create a "car pool karaoke" video
  • sleep through breakfast and enjoy brunch each day (at home or out)
  • collect postcards of my town (if they exist!) and send them to friends
  • mix up some DIY skin treatments and have a spa day
I have a hard time finishing things I must do, so I'll be using these ideas to inspire me to get my to do list finished.  I'm also planning on binge reading a TON of books!

Looking foward to a week of sleeping without setting an alarm!

March 24, 2017

"Freedom!" #SOLC17

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Usually my oldest students (this year, 5th graders) are my most interesting students. 

This year is no different. 

Today, J walked into the room, raised his two fists and announced, "FREEDOM!"

"What are you free from?" I asked.

"Reading a book with my teacher.  She had so many questions."

"She makes our brains work too hard," K chimed in.

Can you guess that today was the final day of classes before spring break? 

Wishing a relaxing break to all who have finally arrived!  For everyone else, happy weekend!

March 23, 2017

Left hand, blue! #SOLC17

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Write what POPS into your brain!
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Left foot, blue!

I'm sitting on the floor of the gym.

Right foot, green!

It's family reading night, and I'm hosting the word game room.

Right hand, yellow!

No, Twister doesn't have words.  I planned to tape word card to the dots,

Left hand, red!

But figuring out two-step directions has proven hard enough.

Left foot, yellow!

Some little brothers and sisters help me spin.  They smile and giggle.

Right hand, blue!

Daughter Allison redirects the kids jumping hopscotch and balancing on foam beams.

Right foot, green!

I'm wish some parents would put down their phones and engage with us. <sigh>

Left hand, red!

A few jump rope or help their kids to play.  Others stay on the sidelines.  

Left foot, red!

I wave, smile, and share compliments of their children's enthusiasm.

Right foot, yellow!

I don't mind sitting on the floor of the gym.

Left foot, blue!

When it's for my students.