Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Online Resources

I recently was doing a search for some online math games to use with my kiddos.  I came across these two amazing sites!  I haven't been ale to dive into them completely yet, but they look AH-Mazing!


I can't wait to look at these sites some more. Greatly appreciate teachers putting sites out there for us to use! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

STAAR and A-F Rating

I absolutely love our superintendent!  He is the best.  The following is a quote from him about the "new" school rating system.

LISD Rejects TEA Ratings

The New Year

As I reflect on the new year and the change I made in teaching positions in 2016 - I realize I am very BLESSED! I have wonderful co-workers and fabulous students.  I am so glad I made the much needed change to re-ignite my love of teaching. Working with my students is so rewarding, especially when I can "see" the light bulb come on when they finally grasp a strategy. Ready to continue the journey into 2017.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

New School Year

Alrighty! Here we go into a new school year! After spending 14 years in the general education classroom, I am going back to special education. I will be working with students in the general ed classroom and in small groups.  I can't wait! I am so excited about the change for this year and getting back to where I started 22 years ago! Year 22, that is hard to believe! Hoping to keep up with this blog a little better now that I don't have to keep up with a website for my gen ed classroom!  Here's to an awesome year!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lots of reading over Thanksgiving Break!!!

I read Fudge-a-mania, Maniac Magee, Dog Whisperer, Ghost.  I enjoyed reading all of these books.  We are starting these books for our literature circles in class.  Fudge-a-mania is your typical humorous fiction with a few laugh out loud moments.  If you want something light hearted - this is for you.  The other two books were a little more "deep." In Dog Whisperer, Ghost an adopted little girl wants to know more about her "real" mom and dad, but she discovers other adventures that are just as important.  Maniac Magee really surprised me on the content.  Part of it shows how Maniac Magee (a white boy) is discriminated against by black children and adults.  It is also about a special relationship he develops with various people (his parents were killed in an accident when he was little).

Pick up these books and give them a try!  It is well worth it!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Books, Books, and More Books

We had Book Fair this week, so my students bought me some FABULOUS books!  I got Shadow by Michael Morpurgo, War Spies by Daniel Polansky, My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen, Flora and Ulysses  by Kate DiCamillo, and  Sisters by Raina Telgemeier.

I am also getting ready to start novel studies in my classes, so that means I have to read the books that I haven't read yet.  I just finished Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. This was an amazing book.  It was recommended to me of course - isn't this how you choose most of your books to read? The story is about an orphaned girl named Hollis Woods who loves to draw.  Actually, she is an amazing artist.  But she is also a trouble maker and does not stay in one home for very long.  Finally she meets a family and they love her and she likes them.  She wants to make this her forever home and family, but something goes wrong and she is on to another adventure.  This book is written in first person and includes lots of flashbacks.  It can be somewhat confusing if you are not reading this carefully.  It would take an advanced reader to be able to focus and stay with this book.

I also read the graphic novel, Sisters this week. It is super easy to read and can be done in one sitting. This is the second book to Smile by the same author.  These are true stories about her family.  She portrays the situations in humorous ways.  In Sisters, the mother, two daughters, and son go on a journey across the western part of the US to visit other relatives.  Many families probably have similar experiences, that is what makes this so much fun to read.

I decided this was the year to read out loud to my fifth graders.  They love it and I think it is important to keep up with this as students get older.  I have to keep reminding myself to take time to read aloud. This year, I started with My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulson (author of Hatchet). This is a nonfiction book that chronicles many of Gary's dogs he has had throughout his lifetime.  Each story is unique, heartwarming, and captures the reader. If you are a dog lover or even an animal lover of any kind- you have to read about the special and sometimes hysterical relationships he has with his dogs.

It feels so good to get back to reading books again!  This teacher loves the Aggies and Books!  Whoop!