Friday, July 20, 2012

Winner winner chicken dinner!!

I've been a baaaaaaaad blogger lately!!

In my defense I have been going like crazy. I've been packing (I move in on Sunday!!), I have been at a teaching training (more on that later), and my internet is not working :(.

I'm posting on my mom's tablet and its going to be short because I don't like it!!!

I just wanted to announce my giveaway winner! I know I'm a day late....I'm so sorry!! but I had a crazy fun day yesterday and didn't have the time!!

Ok ok drumroll please and then winner is..........

Elis Brockway!!

Congratulations!! I will be emailing you to more info.

Stay tuned I have so much to post I just want to do it on my laptop!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Workshops, Traveling and Ideas Oh My!!!

Ok with everything floating in around in my head this feels like its going to be a long post so I apologize in advance :)

Today I attended part one of a two day Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy training for writing...whew it wears my out just typing the name. That is also exactly how I feel WORN OUT!!!

Days and days of lazing around my grandmother's house have proved my brain is severely out of shape!!! So hopefully tomorrow night I will recover have time to gather my insights so I can share!!

I saw something interesting and awe-inspiring today!!

The workshop was held at Midland High School and these were written on the back of the bathroom stalls.

I only got two pics (I didn't wanna be the weirdo snappin pics in the

Midland has suffered several teen suicides over the past year, so these uplifting messages just seem so neat and thoughtful!!

Even though the bathroom seems like an odd choice, how many times do you think there are crying teens sitting in these stalls?? These positive messages fit just perfectly!!

I'm so proud to be a part of a community that bands together like that to support each other :)

Now I'm starting to wonder if my superintendent will let me do something similar in our bathrooms.....hmmmm ;)

Ok so this really won't be as long as I had brain has officially run out of steam!!!

Please don't forget to check out my giveaway post here!! My birthday is quickly approaching (EEK!!!) and I can't wait to give that Target giftcard away!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Teaching in my Heart

Ok so I'm a little late (3 days) but I saw this and I REALLY want to share!!

Follow The Famous Yellow Road

Ohhhh there are so many things that come to mind when I think about what it means to me.

But really I just think about how I almost wasn't a teacher. I've been told my WHOLE life that I should teach, but when I entered college I did not pursue it. When you think about all the "realistic" points of being a teacher it is not very inviting....low income, long hours, all the hats you must wear, and the STRESS.

No way jose...not for this girl.

But it was always in the back of my mind.

Fast forward and here I sit a fully converted teaching nut!! I'll admit I'm a lil obsessed with becoming the BEST teacher I can be. Its not about me though. Being a teacher for me is all about my children.

Within days of being in the classroom with them and getting to know their personalities I can't help but fall in love. They become like my own children and I am deeply invested in helping them succeed. I will do whatever it takes to make his happen!! So I must be the best teacher I can be for them. I look for different methods to reach my children. I try my hardest to build relationships and trust with my students.

Being a teacher means I can mentor, love, teach, bond, and influence my students. And I LOVE every minute of it!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Daily 5 Chapter 3

We Read, We Blog, We Teach

Is up to Chapter 3 in The Daily 5. I have to say the more I read the more I fall in LOVE!!

My mind is racing with things to do in my new classroom (I've only been in it once and the anticipation is KILLING me!!!!). I'm trying to figure out how to tweek the model to not only fit my schedule but my older kids.

My biggest concern as I hit Chapter 3 is Anchor Charts.

(I must admit I'm a horrible teach who has never used them. In my defense I never learned how to do them. I know SHAME ON ME!!)

The Sisters say:
"Discussions are held and children's thinking about student teacher behaviors during the Daily 5 is recorded on the charts. These are posted in the room so the children's thoughts and learning can be referred to all year long."

This sticks with me. Everything I put on the walls and around the classroom I want to be a learning tool. So having the charts with our procedures and discussion on the wall all year long seems like a no brainer.

So what's my problem??

Well along with never really having utilized the paper charts, I'm more used to (and comfortable) with technology.

That's why I never really used the charts before. I had a Smartboard, so this is where all our classroom discussions found their home. So I have made Anchor Charts...premade and on the fly. So using paper shouldn't be to difficult right????

I'm only worried my administration will think I'm crazy!! My room comes equipped with an Elmo and a Smartboard I'm sure they'll wonder why I'm not using them!!

I guess I'll just have to suggest they read The Daily 5 to learn the method to my madness :)

Now I just have to get in the classroom and start working!!!

Oh be sure to check out my Giveaway post here!! I can't wait to share my birthday with all my friends!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Big Ol' Busy Bee

Believe it or not I've been a VERY busy girl all within a couple of days.

I'm still busy with The Daily 5 book study, prepping to move (and spending money :P), and getting ready for workshops and training.

Aaaaannnnddd my computer is acting up today!! I haven't even spent my normal time on pinterest....tear!! Ha!

I'm most excited about my trip to Dallas. Half of the trip will be for a workshop on Capturing Kids' Hearts (the behavior model my new school uses). The other half will be a celebration of my birthday!! I will be spending time with my mother (who I never get to see :) and my cousins.

I'm soooo stinking EXCITED!!!

Anywho this is my world right now
And then some!!! I'm busy trying to organize my planbook for next year as well!! More on that later!!

I better get back to work and off this possessed computer!!

Don't forget to sign up for my Birthday Giveaway here!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Sooo I didn't win any of the giveaways I entered....insert tear

But I've decided to have my own giveaway!!

July is my birthmonth (yes I'm one of those people :) and to celebrate I want to have a giveaway to share with the wonderful blogger world!!

In honor of my 26 (yikes!!) birthday I will be giving a $26 giftcard to my favorite store......TARGET!!! (no this isn't just an excuse to shop while I get the giftcard...ahem well maybe :)

The giveaway will run until the 19th which is my actual birthday. And to make it a little more interesting if I reach 50 followers during this giveaway I will give another giftcard to another person!!
Wooo Hooo!!! I love getting gifts but I LOVE giving them also!! And I'm so SUPER excited about my first giveaway!!

So sign up so I can give give give!!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Daily 5 Book Study

I've been a bad blogger lately...but in my defense I'm feeling a little under the weather.

Seriously?!?! Who gets sick in July???? Apparently this girl does :/

So because of this I haven't done much but lay around and be lazy trying to feel better. But today I got my new books in the mail!!! So I'm up and back to work learning.
 I've read about the Daily 5 on many other blogs and I was VERY curious. But I am the frugal type and I didn't want to spend the money on a book that would just sit around and collect dust.

So when I found out some fabulous ladies had gotten together to do a study on the Daily 5 and Cafe book I was sold!!! I even found a 3-pack book deal with Literacy Work Stations as well. All of this is a major score for me!! I'm alternatively certified so I wasn't taught alot of this information. I'm SO excited to learn these new techniques!!

We Read, We Blog, We Teach
The study started Sunday so I'm a little behind but I'm already reading and I will catch up TODAY!!
So I gotta go get to reading :)

Oh and I just wanted to share this picture!!
On the right is my baby Remi and my sister's baby Sadie. Aren't they cute???

Don't judge we don't have actual children yet so we took pics of our animal babies in the bluebonnets :)