"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

Sunday, November 2, 2014

"Rotten Apples" - Thank You to Nancy Chewning

As I am sure many of you have did today, I came across the article that was so brilliantly written by Nancy Chewning, an assistant principal in Roanoke, Virginia. This article was written in response to the Time Magazine piece depicting all American public school educators as "Rotten Apples." In case you missed it, I wanted to post it here, in an effort to draw more attention to her bravery for speaking for educators everywhere. 

Please take a moment to read.


Facebook for Educators?


I know that I have been to conferences before where colleagues have discussed using a a program similar to Facebook that is designed specifically for educators to share classroom pictures, posts, etc. Are there multiple programs for this?  Any thoughts on this would be appreciated greatly. Thank you!

Friday, November 15, 2013

With a Blink of an Eye...

     My last post was a couple of months ago already when I said something about feeling relaxed, refreshed and excited to get back on top of my blog.  Lol!! With a blink of an eye, it is now November, almost Thanksgiving and my first post of the school year. How does this happen? It is my 15th year of teaching kindergarten and I am still evolving as a teacher, especially this year as we follow the CCSS.  So I will try again with my blog, starting now!!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Back to Blogging

Ahhhh, for the first time in a long time, I feel that I can take a deep breath and gather my thoughts.  I hope that all of you are feeling the same way! I have been away from my blog for s-o-o-o-o long :(! It was a really difficult couple of months, but I am hoping to start fresh! 

I am a blogger who enjoys reflecting on my own teaching, sharing best practices and fresh ideas, and discussing everyday experiences with other teachers! At this point, I don't have anything to sell or freebies to give away, but still look forward to blogging!!!

I also am addicted to TpT! and love, love, love hearing what people are using in their classrooms!

Hope to connect soon!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year!

Tomorrow is back to school after a wonderful holiday vacation.  I always feel a renewed energy when returning back to school after the new year.  I'm not sure if it is because I was able to spend lots of time in my classroom over the break (I need a life, but it is so relaxing for me). Now when I walk in tomorrow morning, I can take a breath and feel prepared!

I also feel that January is a great time to reflect on my teaching and make necessary adjustments to guide instruction for the remainder of the year.  It is also a fantastic time to get students to work on the self reflection process (which is needed for APPR even for kindergarten!)

Another reason I am looking forward to going back to school tomorrow is that I know this vacation has been too long for some of my students and they need to come back to a smiling face and a comfortable routine. I too long for that routine when I have been home for too long. We will start the day off with a celebration of course! What a great way to come back!   We love to celebrate EVERYTHING so we will ring in the new year (because I certainly didn't make it up to see the new year and hopefully they didn't either!)

We will talk about making class resolutions and complete some adorable New Year's projects as we ease our way back into our routines that make us all comfortable and we  prepare to give 100 percent until our next vacation.

Hope you are just excited for the new year and all that it brings!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Run, Run, As Fast as You Can! I Love the Gingerbread Man!

Gingerbread taste graph-
which body part did you bit first?

I soooo love the gingerbread man unit and all the activities that go along with it.  We just finished our week long gingerbread theme, which was not long enough, but there are too many other fabulous themes to squeeze in this short month!  Here's a quick peek at some of the fun things we did...
Student traced gingerbread people that
the kindergarten class did across the hall!!
Paper bag gingerbread houses - so cute!!

Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments -   
made our classroom smell delicious!

Where in the United States is our Gingerbread Man?
Our postcards are starting to arrive!!

Gingerbread take-home
decoration project


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Back to my Blog - Thanks to an Award!

I have been feeling so overwhelmed this year that I have not been on my blog since September :(. While I still have been following as many blogs as I can because they help me so much, I cannot find the time to contribute, and for this, I feel so disappointed. After teaching for 14 years, it doesn't seem that I should feel like this. Not sure if it is the Common Core Standards that I am trying to learn or if it is keeping up with the New Teacher Evaluation System that our school has implemented according to the Danileson model. All great changes, just lots of adjustments.

So enough complaining, today I received an award for having a fairly new blog with less than 200 followers from Lisa at Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos and I thought, Wow! I really miss blogging and what a great reason to make a post! So many thanks to Lisa who has a great blog!

The Rules:

~ You must post 11 random things about yourself.
~ Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
~ Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
~ Choose 11 blogs you love with less than 200 followers and link them in your post.

11 Random Things About Myself:
- I love the beach and warm weather.
- I lived on a marina for 5 years.
- I have two children.
- I just adopted a dog from a shelter.
- I love pasta.
- My dream is to love a marathon, but I am not a runner.
- I had a December wedding in the snow.
- I broke my foot running in my classroom.
- The 100th day of school is my favorite day of the year!
- I just recently opened a Face Book account.
- My daughter and I share the same birthday.
Here Are the Questions Asked by Lisa:
-What grade do you currently teach?
-If you could teach a different grade/subject what would it be?
     Probably pre-k
-How many years have you been teaching?
     This is my 14th year
-What is your teaching philosophy?
     Every child has the right to an eduction that teaches them at their own level and pace in the
     least restrictive environment where they can learn from all different types of peers in a classroom
     that embraces individual differences.
-Name one of your favorite children's books.
     I love the llama llama series!
-How many students are in your class?
     18 studetns in a co-teaching class
-What is your favorite candy?
     Reeses Peanut Butter Cups...yummy!
-Do you use Pinterest? Have you used it?
     Yes, I am often searching it for classroom ideas!
-Do you have a pet?
     A chocolate lab, just adopted from the shelter
-What do you like to do in your spare time?
     Be a great mommy to my 5 and 3 year old :)
To be continued.... I have to find some new amazing blogs!!  Thanks again to Lisa from Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos!