Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hit the ground runnin'

Well, I have just completed the first full week with my new students and so far so good. I have a smaller class than I've had in the last couple of years at my school (but I'm not complaining!). :)  I went back to work on the 6th and the hubs, my assistant, and I completely and totally changed the look of my room. I haven't taken any decent 'after' shots but I intend to do that soon.  It looks really good. In fact, one of my moms from last year commented on how much nicer the class looks this year. I guess it took me three years to finally feel like it was my own space. 

Both of the trainings I had to endure were awesome but it is a lot of 'newish' things to implement. The great thing about the reading training is everything was in line with what I wanted to do this year anyway! We have yet to fully implement the math piece since there aren't enough hours in a day to accomplish everything! This year we are more about laying the ground work for a strong sense of number.  If you're a teacher, you've been hearing the word subitize for a while now. I first heard it last fall.  If you're a parent, it's something you should know about too!

Home visits began this first full week of school and it has been crazy. I am going to request that rather than starting the first full week of school, maybe we can wait a month into school.  Administration wanted to try something different this year rather than have the teachers wait until October to do them. I am still on the fence about how I feel about doing them now but I can say that it has been tough. 

There has been no knitting and no reading for pleasure around these parts! My sister flew into town the day before school began so we've spent a bit of time together. She has mostly hung out with the hubs!  She left this afternoon to go back home.  I think the next time she'll be back in town is around Christmas.

Just thought I'd check in!

Saturday, August 4, 2012



Well. I haven't enjoyed a book in a number of weeks.  I cast on for something new but I don't even think I like it anymore.  I go back to work on Monday and I've got all these things that I need to get accomplished. Maybe all my inspiration can no longer be found in my hobbies. It seems to have migrated into my classroom. I have painting to do (trim and a wall in my room), chalkboard walls to create, books to sort by genres, and I have to figure out what the heck I'm going to do on the very first day! Maybe after all that has been accomplished, I'll be able to read for pleasure again..and possibly find just the right knitting project. Instead I have been listening/watching the Olympics and I have been watching more Dawson's Creek reruns on Netflix. :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

It has been a while since I have received an award for my blog. So thank you, Danielle!  I discovered her wonderful blog during the month of April while I was doing the Blogging through A to Z.
The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are:
Create a post for the Versatile Blogger Award. (check)
Add the Versatile Blogger Award. (almost check)
In the same post, thank the blogger who gave you the award and put a link back to their blog (check!)
Nominate 5 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and inform each nominated blogger by posting a comment on each blog (almost check)
In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
In the same post, include this set of rules.  (check)

Okay, so here are the random facts (hopefully they're new ones!).

1.  I will be a godmother for the first time ever!
2.  I didn't ever play any organized sports as a child.
3.  I will only eat avocado in sushi (because I can't scrape it out) and sometimes in burritos if I forget to ask for no avocado.
4.  When school is out, I like to stay up really super late (try until 3 AM sometimes!).
5.  Miraculously,  I can readjust to getting up early again pretty easily.
6.  I like balancing my checkbook.
7.  I sleep with earplugs.

Now here are my nominees:
1.  Work, Knit Study
2.  Crazy Knitting Fool
3.  Knit & Purl Mama
4.  The Life of a Catholic School Teacher