Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February Currently!!

I just love the Currently from Farley !! Don't you ??

 I'm not listening to a single thing!! I left school early with a migraine today and with medicine and caffeine (which I was trying to cut out) it's gone, but I'm thinking that peace and quite might be necessary as well!! 

The hubster was being super sweet this afternoon as I was laying in the bed with a cold cloth on my head. He headed to the grocery store and bought all the ingredients for dinner AND put them in the crockpot! Now I am just waiting on it to finish cooking! Boy does it smell good!! 

My school babies have been OFF THE CHAIN the past week or so. After only a day and a half I feel like today should be Friday already! Anyone else's kiddos going nuts ??

I just recently signed up as a distributor forIt Works Global and ordered some products I have not tried before. I can't wait for them to get here so I can try them out!! 

With the craziness of the kiddos I could use another snow day, or a work day, or a mental health day... really any day that's not a weekend :) 

You know how when you are so excited about something new you have tried or are trying you want to tell everyone you know ?!?! That's how I am with It Works! I'm in love with their products and how they make me feel! I love using healthy products to make my body healthier! I also love introducing this wonderful new product to others! If you haven't checked it out, I highly suggest it!!

Be sure you link up with Farley for the currently!!  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Five for Fri.. Saturday

We only went to school three days this week! Last Thursday night and into Friday we received quite a bit of snow in my part of NC. Therefore, Monday was a glorious snow day, except I couldn't get out of my parents driveway to get home :/  The Hubster and I had spent all weekend there: 4 people and five dogs- it was time for me to get out of there! Tuesday was a teacher workday, which I spent helping my teammate make a birthday present for her boyfriend's sister. I consider myself a great teammate, especially since I only had 100000 things I needed to be doing in my classroom! 

Wednesday I had my second observation for the year! Lucky for me, it was an announced observation! I was able to remind my babies of how we behave and the structures we have in placed. Of course, let's be honest, this needed to be done anyway after being out of school for five days! 

The Hubster and I were able to eat dinner with his dad on Thursday night! We live about 30 minutes away and with our jobs, we don't get to see him as much as we'd like. It's always nice to enjoy a nice meal, which you didn't have to cook, with good company!  

I signed my first loyal customer with It Works this week! Yay! I'm so excited to be expanding and taking this opportunity to make a little extra money! HELLO NEW HOUSE! 

To end the week, my kids were OFF THE CHAIN. I don't mean just one or two, I mean every single last one of them. They were pushing and shoving, they were talking and screaming, they even got in trouble in art (their favorite special ever) ... so I came home and went to be at 7:00! 

Hope your week was wonderful too !! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

First Currently of the New Year :)

I can cannot believe how quickly 2015 passed us by! A lot of awesome, crazy, wonderful things happened and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store! 

Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade ready to go with January's currently! 

Listening: I have been on a "Melissa and Joey" binge for the past like three days- LOVE NETFLIX! 

Loving: I have found a nice spot on the couch that is officially my new BFF :) 

Thinking: I finished up the majority of my lesson plans today and it feels so great to get them finished. Now I only have Guided Reading plans left to do !! 

Wanting: I could really use one more week of vacation! Being sick this last week has killed me and I would love a little bit more of a break! 

Needing: The hubster woke up yesterday morning with a sore throat, he isn't feeling any better today either :( 

One Little Word: Balance! Balance between life, school, grad school, and doing nothing :) 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Currently !

Linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for the December Currently :) 

You know when you have had a crazy day and you just want silence.. yeah that was today- no radio on the way home, no phone calls, no tv... it's excellent! 

I love how every time I remember I only have 3 classes left and I will be finished with my masters I get a huge smile on my face! 

It has been a long 3 days, factor in no specials on Wednesdays and it makes it even worse! I could so use a nap right about now. 

The other night the hubby mentioned wanted some brownies and I have been wanting some ever sense! 

Currently, I'm content I don't need anything necessarily, other than to just stay on the couch :) 

Honestly, I have a fake tree but I haven't put one up at all the past two years :( Our dog has a tail that is destructive and I am not willing to put my ornaments through that torture! Not to mention we spend most of the holidays with our families and never at our own house. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Apples, Apples, Everywhere!

Exploration #1: The Leveling Model. Joan, Jane, John, Jen, Jack, and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of apples. Joan found 9 apples, Jane picked 5 apples, John got 3 apples, Jen fetched 4 apples, Jack found 7 apples, and Jill got 8 apples. The six friends decide to share the apples equally among them. Use stacks of unifix cubes to model the apples that each friend picked (use a different color of cubes for each friend, if possible). Then use the cubes to distribute the apples among the friends. (That is, find the arithmetic mean number of apples for the friends.) How many cubes (apples) are in each stack initially? How many cubes are in each stack after distributing apples? What is the arithmetic mean number of apples?

To begin I had 6 different stacks with a different number of cubes in each stack. I then moved cubes around until each stack had the same number of cubes, 6. 

Exploration #2Balance Model. Joan, Jane, John, Jen, Jack, and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of apples. Joan found 9 apples, Jane picked 5 apples, John got 3 apples, Jen fetched 4 apples, Jack found 7 apples, and Jill got 8 apples. Use a balance (Links to an external site.) to determine the arithmetic mean number of apples for the six friends. On one side of the balance write an addition equation to represent the number of apples. On the other side of the balance write a multiplication equation where one of your other factors represents the number of people. You need to determine what the other factor is that will make the balance level. What missing factor proved to be the one that balanced the original side? Why did the missing factor prove to be the balance point? What is the arithmetic mean number of apples?

To begin the task, I placed 9+5+3+4+7+8 on one side of the balance. 

I then needed to find out the multiplication equation that would equal 36. I knew that one factor would be 6 because there were six people in the problem. Knowing my facts, I knew that 6 X 6 is 36 and the resulted in a balance. The missing factor is the balance point because it is the same as finding the mean using 36 divided by 6. It is like finding the mean using the inverse operation. 

Exploration #3: Collect a number of pencils from students. The aim is to use eight pencils, but collect more so that from this number, eight pencils of different lengths can be used. Lay the pencils end to end (this works really well in the grooved tray of some marker boards or chalkboards. With the pencils laid end-to-end, measure the total length of the pencils with adding machine tape or similar strip of paper. Now fold the paper in half; fold this fold length a second time, and then this length a third time. Unfold the paper to observe eight sections of equal length, each the arithmetic mean length of the pencils. What mathematical process summarizes the laying of the pencils end to end? What mathematical process summarizes the folding of the adding machine tape? Why does the length of any of the eight pieces of paper represent the arithmetic mean of the length of the pencils?

I collected pencils of 8 different lengths, measured in inches: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. When I laid all the pencils out end to end they measured a total of 52 inches. When I measured one section of the receipt tape, it measured to be 6.5 inches. When you fold the paper into 8 section, that represents the 8 different pencils. They are all folded the same size, which represents dividing them all equally. The mean is the average, or the amount of 1 section. 

Exploration #4: Joan, Jane, John, Jen, Jack, and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of apples. Joan found 9 apples, Jane picked 5 apples, John got 3 apples, Jen fetched 4 apples, Jack found 7 apples, and Jill got 8 apples. When they got back down the hill, they wanted to share the apples equally. So they dumped their apples in a bushel basket and proceeded to distribute them fairly. Model this situation with unifix cubes and use them to find the arithmetic mean. What mathematical process summarizes the dumping of apples into the bushel basket? What mathematical process summarizes the distribution of the apples? Why does the number of apples each friend eventually gets represent the arithmetic mean of the apples?

Initial apples 

Apples all in one bucket

Apples when sorted out of the bucket

Putting all the apples into the bucket is like finding the sum of the apples, adding all the different peoples apples together to find out the total. When dividing by 6, or the number of people, that is the same as dividing the apples among the people. If they knew there were 36 apples and 6 people they would automatically know they each received 6 apples. This can also be represented by giving each person 1 apple until all the apples are gone. The number of apples each person gets the mean of the apples because it's the average. On average, each person picked 6 apples. Not everyone actually picked six apples but on average. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

5 for Friday

For the first time in a long time, I'm linking up for Five for Friday

I feel like every night this week I have had something to do. From graduate school to conference night I am EXHAUSTED!! I am definitely using tonight to sit back and relax.

This week I received a new guided reading/small group table and I couldn't have been more excited! All of last year and up until this week, my guided reading table has been a semi circle with no cut out in the middle. This made it impossible for me to reach all my kids as they were reading! Not to mention the table was huge and took up a TON of room!  Now that I have my new table, I have a lot of extra space and I am so excited about rearranging!! 

Sunday is my grandma's birthday and I am making a strawberry cake for the very first time! Advise from you long time bakers ?!?!

With conferences being on Thursday night I did a lot of progress monitoring this week. I am so thrilled to say about 95% of my students grew in all the assessments I gave them! Some of them have not grown a full reading level yet, but have mastered all their digraphs and most of the s, l, and r blends we have been working on !! Hooray ! 

With conferences and the fall festival these past two weeks, my school had a door decorating contest. Many teachers did a Halloween theme, but my teammate and I joined up together for a Fall scene! Lucky for us we have 2 amazing teacher assistants that worked extremely hard! We WON !! 
Under the pumpkins our students sequenced a story! We adapted the cute activity from A Cupcake for the Teacher !! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Little Late November Currently

This sinus infection, in combination with all the work I have going on, has me a little behind on the November Currently. Late is better than never though ... right? 

Listening: Nothing really, but Big Bang Theory is on the TV as I'm working away

Loving: it's almost time for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I love love love the Holiday season! Spending time with family, having a nice break from school, and having a pretty good excuse to make crafty things in my classroom!!

Thinking: I'm still getting over this sinus infection and I'm exhausted! If I didn't have report cards, and graduate school work to do, I'd go to bed right this minute. 

Wanting: Other than wanting to go to bed, I'd like the time to curl up with a good book and not think about a single other thing! 

Needing: Finishing up report cards and grad school assignments, both of which are due tomorrow :(

Yummy: Corn Puddin' -- more specifically my grandmas! She passed away last September and no one can make it like her! Aww I miss her so much :(