|The setup of our living room on election night, 2008 — it was a big deal!|
|The National Zoo is one of my favorite places to take my camera.|
|I was so exhausted — all I wanted was a banana and some Gatorade!|
3. Despite struggling with a debilitating ankle injury my entire life (as well as being overweight), I decided to embrace life as if I didn’t have any limitations. And something really amazing happened — I became a runner. I run very, very very slowly, but I do it nonetheless. Last November, I completed my first half-marathon… despite a completely reconstructed ankle and every doctor I’ve ever had telling me it’d be impossible! What gave me confidence that I could do the marathon was this, which leads me to number four:
|Underneath all that mud were some pretty cut-up feet and legs!|
|William was Woody this past Halloween! Thank goodness for play pajamas!|
- printer ink
- lamination pouches
- and raisinets (seriously, why are they so delicious?!)
- cutting out all of the laminated bulletin board trim (It is taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r!)
- mock-ups of bulletin boards (I’m using my empty classroom photos + photoshop!)
- nameplates, labels, and other misc. organizational items
- my teacher organizer (I opted to make my own, even though I *really* wanted an Erin Condren planner!)
- long-rage thematic calendar (Themes! Oh, the themes!)
- first day of school activities (I’m already nervous!)
- classroom procedures + implementation w/modeling
- positive behavior rewards
- rough-planning of the first three weeks
- Daily Five
- The Next Step in Guided Reading
- Whole Brain Teaching
If anyone could share some good morning meeting resources, or talk about their experience with morning meeting, I would love that! Same goes for experiences with whole brain teaching and how you began implementing that in your classroom!
I’ll leave you with the graduation portrait that just came in of Mr. Plum and I! This was taken within a minute after we were handed our (empty) diplomas; I’m still a bit in shock this moment happened!
- My husband and I both completed the same five-year Bachelor/Master program… together. Yep, we even sat next to each other during our graduation ceremony (talk about emotional) and took our official picture together!
- I’m gluten intolerant… which can be a real bummer sometimes! I’m trying to gauge how to deal with this in my own classroom — as far as treats for my kiddos — so we’ll see how it goes. Any fellow gluten-free teachers?
- I’m a terrible dancer but I love to dance. It’s really the best, and something I came to love when it was the only thing that would calm my fussy baby-turned-toddler down.
- I can trace my roots on my mother’s side back to the Mayflower, and on my father’s side back to Mary Queen of Scots. Pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
- I’m mildly obsessed with fonts. And by mildly, I mean I can pretty much identify any font by name in under 30 seconds. (Just ask Ginger!)
- I’m probably the only elementary teacher that’s not a fan of Skippyjon Jones. At all. (I’m ducking all the rotten tomatoes right now!)
- Shopping for school supplies and organizing things is my version of zen. Big-time.