Saturday, June 29, 2013

Currently for July!!

We are having a major heatwave here!! When we were out and about earlier it read 117 in my car. I'm at home trying to keep cool and linking up with Farley for this month's Currently. 

My Yankees are losing. That might be an understatement for the 9-2 score I observed on the television. One of the great perks of being a teacher is having the summer off. I am loving it!!! I know have time to work out more, play with the kids, and read! 

We are going to Disneyland in two weeks. We will be spending two days there and I am pretty excited. The kids are going to have a blast and for the first time in a long time, I am going to wear shorts the whole time. Usually I hate wearing shorts and dressing cool and comfortable but that is starting to change now that I am losing the extra weight and inches. That leads into me wanting to drop the last of the weight. It might not be leaving, but the inches sure are! I'm not one to give up. My husband made a workout room from our extra bedroom while I was at Summit and I love it!

As I mentioned earlier it is super hot here. Ice cold drinks are a must even in the air conditioned house. Finally, I say keep educating yourself. I am currently reading The Book Whisperer and I can not wait to implement some of the stuff I have been reading about into my classroom. Even though we are off for the summer I am still going to read what is out there so I can make my classroom even better.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Just Another Day

Today is Thursday .... I had to look at the calendar to remember that. Since school has been out, I have been losing track of the days. Yesterday I went to the library to check out some educational reads and pick up a book I had requested. Amazingly enough, I am reading three different books. I started reading Something Borrowed last week and I can't seem to put it down. This is my fiction read. I am also participating in a book club for the book Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids. I can't wait to implement this in my classroom in the upcoming year. Last night I started The Book Whisperer. I picked up a handful of other books that I would love to read throughout the summer. This is the best time for me to catch up on my reading.

For the third year, my class will be participating in the Global Read Aloud. This year we will be reading Marty McGuire by Kate Messner. I figured I would check it out since I have not read this book. It would be nice to break it into chapters and choose questions that would draw on my students' comprehension. There are three different books, based on grade level. You can use the link above to take a peek. My students have really enjoyed it in the past. We use Edmodo to connect with students around the world. Teachers can post questions for students to answer based on each chapter. 

On a side note, I created a Facebook page geared to nutrition and fitness. I found an old picture of me and I could not believe the difference. I titled this picture "OMG" because I could not believe it. It is amazing what good eating and working out can do. I am so thankful for Beachbody! Shakeology, nutrition, and exercise were the key. They still are the key. 
I was lucky enough to attend Summit this year. It was three days of general sessions, workshops, and workouts. I really enjoyed meeting the trainers and other coaches from all over. One of my goals this summer is to work on my business. As of yet I have not been successful. Hopefully this will be the year for me! Feel free to visit my website. Beachbody is wonderful!

Have a super evening!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Moving to Bloglovin'

If you haven't heard, Google Reader will be gone on July 1st. We find ourselves having to make the transition over to Bloglovin'. It is really simple and quick. You need to create a Bloglovin' account. It will ask you if you want to import the blogs you read on Google reader to your new Bloglovin' account. Click the button to import and you got it! You can also search blogs by name, change settings, and sort your blogs into categories. Don't forget the "Bloglovin Button" that you can add to your blog so people can follow your blog. If you look at the top of my blog, you will see that you can follow me. 

Head on over to Tori's Teacher Tips to link your Bloglovin' page to her linky party!!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Whole Brain Teaching: Class-Yes!

I am participating in a book club for the book "Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids" by Chris Biffle. Take a peek if you are interested.

 I am determined to get Whole Brain Teaching certified!  One of our assignments was to create 10-15 variations on Class-Yes. This was fun and difficult as I thought about different ways to get my students' attention. These are the variations I submitted. What do you think?

1. Are you ready? Aye, aye captain! [Spongebob]
2. Hocus Pocus! Everybody Focus! [great for October]
3. Come together, right now. At your seats. [Aerosmith tune which should be sung]
4. Raise the roof class. Raise the roof yes. [Hand gestures included]
5. Woot woot class. Woot woot yes.
6. These kids are on fire. Yes, yes we’re on fire. [Alicia Keys – sing it]
7. Yo class class. Yo yes yes.
8. When I say class, you say yes. Class. Yes. Class. Yes. [like a rapper]
9. Can you hear me now? Yes! [cell phone commercial]
10. Class, class, class, class. Yes, yes, yes, yes. [like Charlie Brown]
11. Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, class can I have your attention? Doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo, yes you can have our attention. [Doc McStuffins]
12. Yeehaw class. Yeehaw yes. [Full cowboy mode]
13. Class, class, class. Yes, yes, yes. [Nsync – Bye Bye Bye complete with the dance moves]
14. Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na, class class. Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na, yes yes. [Batman]

15. Can I get a class class? You can get a yes yes.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Need to Blog

I have to admit, I have been a pretty bad blogger. It is difficult to manage work, family, and blogging but I am going to work on that this summer. We have been out of school for a week now and those bad summer habits are already forming. I put on three pounds. There is so much for me to do now that I am not working yet I find myself snacking. I started reading "The Lovely Bones" and I am also participating in a book study on Whole Brain Teaching. I am determined to get that Whole Brain Teaching certification I have been reading about.

It is time to get on Pinterest and start making things (or having my wonderful husband make them). Last year he made me adorable stuff to go with my polka dot theme. This upcoming year I am thinking about doing owls. There is so much cute stuff out there! Finally I want to start blogging again and participating in the Monday Made Its and all that other fun stuff.

To make it official I will list my summer goals here:
1. Read, read, read!
2. Get Whole Brain Teaching certified.
3. Blog, blog, blog!
4. Create things for my classroom.
5. Lose the last of this stubborn weight!

Of course I am going to spend time with my family. Today I am taking the girls to see Ronald McDonald at the library.

Happy Summer!!