Last week was crazy. For real insane back to school prep craziness. I know you all get that and you know what I am talking about. Teacher workweek is exhausting. There is never enough time in your room and there are always too many meetings. By Thursday I was a walking zombie. By Friday I don't think I could even remember my own name.
I get home Friday night, around 8:30pm, and see my SLANT box sitting on my doorstep. Oh my gosh, the timing couldn't have been better. Suddenly I wasn't so tired. Thank you so much, Lindsey. I HAD to open it right away!
Loved the sweet note inside from Lindsey. Her school's stationary is so cute too. My box of Burlington was full of so many goodies.
Burlington is known for Sterzing's potato chips. Can't wait to try these!
Lindsey sent me Sharpies (my fav) and erasers for my kiddos.
Lindsey also sent me a t-shirt from her local high school. Absolutely love the colors!
Love the glitter and purple polka-dot notebook.
Lindsey also sent me a cute Hawkeyes notepad and enough Hawkeyes pencils for all my students.
Go check out Lindsey's blog at Thriving In 3rd. She has a lot of really great ideas and posts. She also designs blogs and I can't wait for my blog re-design later this month. You can find out more about her blog designs at L.Paull Designs for All.
If you haven't done SLANT box yet, September signs up are still open for another few days. Go check it out at Jameson's Lesssons with Coffee.
School starts tomorrow...guess I should get back to my to do list! Thanks to Lindsey for my SLANT box and thank you Jameson for organizing!
Linking up with the amazing Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for September's currently.
LISTENING: I am enjoying watching re-watching Season 1 of Once Upon a Time. I forgot so much of the early stories. Thank you Netflix for giving me something to listen to while working on school stuff.
LOVING: I am so happy I scheduled a 90-minute massage for later today. My back really needs this!
THINKING: So many lil things to get done...hope I don't forget anything for the first day of school tomorrow.
WANTING: To visit my niece and nephews. My niece is 2 and my twin nephews are 3 months old (tomorrow). I so want to go snuggle with those baby boys and have tea parties with my niece. The twins were in the NICU most of the summer and just came home in August, so I don't feel like I got enough time with them. They live 2 hours away, which isn't bad, except Washington DC is in the middle of the drive, so sometimes it takes 4 hours with traffic.
NEEDING: I really need to do laundry and put away the laundry I have done. Maybe I should also pick out some back to school outfits for the week.
3 TRIPS: I have always wanted to visit Spain, Italy, and Australia. I hope one day I will get there!
I was paired to send to Jameson at Lessons With Coffee. No pressure at all sending to the creator of Slant Box! I really enjoyed getting to know her though and to learn more about all the fun things she is doing.
The person sending to me was the fabulous Kristen from The Book Monsters. I loved getting to know her as well and thanks to her I have lots of books on my reading list now.
I was so excited to come home earlier this month and find this waiting at my door:
I love mail and presents and fun surprises! I opened it and found so many awesome things!
A chevron lunch bag, skittles (2 flavors), post-its, animal print items for our new theme this year, and so many other goodies. I also loved her sweet card and the ice-pop maker. This was definitely a box of sunshine!
Thank you so much to Kristen for all the treats and to Jameson for organizing! Can't wait for August SLANT!!!
I have had a very busy summer so far. I signed up for VISTA with my 4th and 5th grade teammates. What is VISTA? In June and July, I met up with 38 other Virginia teachers at Virginia Commonwealth University to participate in a four-week professional development institute designed to shift science instruction from the traditional teacher-led, lecture-driven classroom to a hands-on, problem-based learning environment. You can find out more about VISTA at http://www.vistascience.org.
The program has been wonderful. It has also been overwhelming and stressful and enlightening and completely worth it. I have learned so much over the last 4 weeks. I never felt science was my strongest subject. To say that I was out of my comfort zone would be an understatement. One piece of this program was teaching part of a science camp for students with high need. I loved working with the students and teaching science in a fun, hands-on, and engaging way. For the last three days of training we are working as teams to create a 2-week problem based unit to implement this upcoming school year. We learned about discourse and teaching students to talk like scientists and really get into deeper conversations. Here is a poster I made for my classroom. I plan to reference it when we are starting discourse circles. You can download it by clicking the link under the picture.
Another resource I made was a set of posters about NOS. What is NOS? Nature of Science...totally didn't even know that before this summer. I have nine posters and you can download them for free from TeachersPayTeachers. While you are there, feel free to follow my store!
We have 13.5 days of school left. Going to be sad to see these kids leave, but I am so ready for summer.
I am trying to get ahead of the game and prepare for next year AND our school's new theme. We are going to be Wild About Learning! I love printing my calendar and putting it in my binder. Easy to take to meetings and planning sessions. I hope you can use it too!
Head over to google docs and download this wild version of the 2014-15 printable calendar. It goes from July 2014 to July 2015. Hope you like it.