Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Surprising Sentiment

The past two days have been very long.  We had parent/teacher conferences at my school until 730 both evenings and I am truly exhausted!  But I want to share a surprising sentiment that overcame me this evening as I was finishing up my conferences.

First off, I have talked many times on my blog this school year about how this has been the most difficult year I have had teaching so far.  I have a very big class, with lots of personalities within it.  I have felt really discouraged many times this year, mostly because I have felt that many of my students have not yet shown me their full potential.  I told that to many of the parents I met with the past two evenings, and most of them concurred.

But as I was finishing up this evening, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of satisfaction.  I know each of my students this year on a level that I haven't known any other class before.  I know about their home lives, their struggles, their victories, and their accomplishments in a deeper way than I've known my previous students.  This is most likely because I have had to work really hard to connect with them so that I can keep even the slightest bit of control in my classroom!  I was able to really connect with the parents I met with, mostly because I know their child so well.  I was able to tell parents about their student's accomplishments and how well many of them are doing.  I conducted most of my conferences with a big smile on my face!  I felt good telling [most of] my parents how proud I was of them!  My bucket is certainly full!

I just wanted to share my smile with you! :-)

Friday, February 7, 2014

So Many Things!

I have so many things I want to share this evening!!!!

Today and yesterday my district had SNOW DAYS!  Yesterday I got to spend the whole day at home with my precious baby and my sick husband.  He is feeling much better today but had 'the crud' the entire week.

Today I woke up and realized that we have parent/teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday night and that I was completely unprepared because of missing school!  I met up with some of my coworkers and we had lunch and then went to school to get stuff ready.  I'm hoping that we actually get to have conferences since we are expected to get more snow Monday/Tuesday!

I created a new product on TpT that I am super proud of!  It is a set of Task/Scoot cards that allows students to practice naming fractions, decimals and mixed numbers on a number line!  It asks students to find which letter best represents a given fraction, decimal or mixed number, as well as fill in the missing number, write a number that is less than a given fraction, decimal or mixed number, and MUCH MORE!  I am really excited to use it in my room!  If we wouldn't have had two snow days this week I already would've!  Check it out HERE!!!!!

On another note, I have found this AMAZING app called OverDrive!

It is an app in which you can add your public library to your account and E-Rent books from there for FREE!  All you have to do is create an Adobe ID and have a library card.  I have put it on my classroom set of iPads and so far my two students who have library cards love it!  I am super sad that only two of my students have public library cards.  I am going to get library card applications soon to send home with my students to hopefully encourage their parents to get them one!

The book I read this week on OverDrive is called Gone Girl, by Jillian Flynn.  It was an incredible read, I couldn't put it down.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, until the end! I cannot believe how it ended.  Blah.  I highly recommend it if you like crime/thriller/plot-twisty/adult novels!   Check it out! After I read The Confession by John Grisham, I am going to read another one of her novels!  Can't wait!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  
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February Currently #supermanstylelate

{I meant to post this earlier this week but I accidentally saved it and forgot about it! So here it is!}

Finally, I have had time to do Farley's currently for this month!  Link up with her HERE!

Listening:  I began watching "The Black List" a while back and have really ended up liking it!  It is very suspenseful and action filled.  However, I would not suggest it for those with weak stomachs. :-)

Loving:  We got snow today!  I got to sit in my classroom (with only 12 kids) and watch it fall as they watched a Social Studies video.  It is just so beautiful and puts me in a wonderful mood!

Thinking:  I am sitting here feeling incredibly thankful that I am sitting here in my warm home, looking at the snow outside with my beautiful daughter.  Today is a "thankful" feeling kind of day.

Wanting:  I desperately want a new printer!  I am always wanting to print the new TpT products that I create to see if I need to edit them in any way before posting them.  I have been having to do this at school but I will definitely get a printer soon so I will have it on hand when I need it!

Needing:  It's about time to make a run to Hobby Lobby to get some cute things for my class for Valentine's Day!  Even though they are in fifth grade they still deserve to get something cute from their teacher to show them some love!

2 Truths and a Fib:
I have, in fact, been teaching for four years.  This is my third year teaching fifth grade, and I taught second grade one year before that.
Science is DEFINITELY NOT my favorite subject to teach! I just can't get into it at all! I wish that I could learn to enjoy it, but I just can't.  Ugh!
I do have one little sister.  She is only 13 months younger than me, but in my eyes she will always be my baby sister.  Love her more than life!

Well, there is my currently!