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Saturday, October 4, 2014


What better way to get back into the blogging groove then to share what is currently going on in my life. School (my work and my specialist degree) have taken over my life, in every single way!  If anyone knows how that goes, it is all of you, my blogging buddies and my faithful followers.

Anyhoo, here is what is currently happening over here in my neck of the woods:

Listening:  I am almost finished with season 3 of Homeland!  I can't wait to finish, since the new season starts tomorrow.  I am addicted!

Loving:  First off let me start by saying how scared I am of every animal other than my Shelby.  That being said, I bit the bullet and adopted 2 guinea pigs for my classroom because the owner no longer wanted them. Our school is an environmental school and my good friend has pretty much brought a zoo into our lobby and her classroom.  I am joining the bandwagon and bringing these two lovely ladies to my classroom:

Meet Anna and Elsa
(mom is brown and daughter is the white and gray)

Thinking:  I have been MIA for a few weeks, but that doesn't mean that the ideas for posts are not filling my every thought.  I am making a list and slowly, but surely, the list will become reality here on my little slice of teacher life.

Wanting:  Moving to fourth grade was a dream come true, but I have to admit that i am overwhelmed. Between working in the new lessons to help teach the Florida Standards Assessment, teaching writing when I only have 30 minutes a day to teach it, sponsoring the Young Author's Club, working on my specialist degree in science, and all the other joys that life brings...I CAN'T fit it in.  Any ideas????

Needing:  See wanting for reasons why my house is a mess, lol.

Treat:  This week I decided that I wanted proof that my kids were reading the books they were checking out from the library.  I also want them to get used to summarizing in as few words as possible.  I came up with "Tweets to Repeat".  Students will recommend their books in 130 characters or less (ala Twitter requirements) and all tweets will be posted outside our classroom for all to see.  I whipped up these tweet speech bubbles and I thought you might like them. Click on the pic to head on over to the free download. 


  1. Your guinea pigs are adorable! I love guinea pigs! They are wonderful pets!

  2. Thanks for following me! I will definitely follow you as well! I have enjoyed looking through some of your posts! :)
    I was just telling my husband today that I really wanted to start watching Homeland, so it is funny that you posted about that! have a great weekend!

  3. OMG! Those guinea pigs are so cute! I've never seen a gray one before. I bet your kids love having them. I really like your "Tweets to Repeat". That is a great idea for summarizing! thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!
    Thrills in Third Grade

  4. Love your guinea pigs! So cue! IWhat a great idea the Tweet to Repeat is. Thanks for sharing! Good luck with juggling everything. I have been there way too many times.

    Apples and Papers

  5. WOW! Thanks for giving a great outline of the GO Math program! It has changed my perspective entirely (especially since i've received on training). I'm asking a huge favor. If there is someone you could connect me with that could do the same thing that you did for lesson 1.1 but I would like to see it for grades 4 or 5. The program changes in the those grade and has more components that I'm not entirely familiar with. my e-mail is alea.crosby@wilmington.k12.oh.us Please email me or have a 4th or 5th grade teacher e-mail me with more perspective on the program. It would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you thank you, please have a blessed year!


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