Friday, August 5, 2011

Missing in Action?

heading to church

Missing in Action

Well, you may be wondering where I have been.  I have been extremely busy since my last blog.  Last week, I had one day of paid in-service, I worked in my classroom  several days and I completed my last two on-line classes. I was also scheduled to share my trip to the Ladies' Wednesday Night Bible class at my church. 

going to give my presentation about my mission trip

 I'm a great procrastinator and before I could make my Power Point, my laptop died.  Luckily, we have a regular PC with Power Point on it.  I also, luckily, had uploaded all of my trip photos to the web each day of my trip, but I still had to go grab the pictures off of Facebook or this blog.

I haven't been up this early in awhile, it's foggy!

My presentation went well on Wednesday night.
I  also went on several shopping trips to Walmart, the Teacher Store, Dollar Tree, and the Party Store.  Why, you ask?  I was buying decorations and bulletin board stuff for my room.  I had already decided to go with a theme this year.  My school went with a Pirate theme.  I had considered that theme already, so.....I went with it. Several $$$$ and man hours later, my room is decorated.

I spent lots of $$$ here.  (Teacher Store)

This past week, I was officially back to work.  Monday was spent in an in-service on our new Math series.  I have been teaching over 25 years & all I can say is this...............THINGS HAVE CHANGED!!  We had a new Reading series last year and we were just barely getting the hang of that.....Oh, well....

Redecorating classroom aka Reinventing the wheel

Tuesday and Wednesday were days set aside for working in our room, but this year we had Open House from 3:30-5:30.  Thursday and Friday, we had students....ALL DAY!!  Things have gone well.  It seems as if I have a really great class.  I'm trying a new teaching technique that I stumbled upon on the web.  It's called Whole Brain Teaching.  So far, it's great and my students are really responding well to it.  If you are a teacher, (or not) you might want to check it out.  There are even videos with teachers demonstrating the method with their classes.

Friend Hunt activity

I had a treasure hunt.  The clues were rolled up in bottles.  They loved it!

They are wearing there pirate hats and opening their treasure bags.

This bulletin board goes along with our new Math series.

Something else new: We are playing Concentration on our new interactive Smartboard.

It's 10:39 pm, Friday night, and I'm tired.  I've been getting up at 5 am and staying at school till after 6.  It's catching up with me.  I am taking a day off from the market tomorrow.  I hope you enjoy some of the pictures from the last two or three weeks.

My sales have doubled from last year.  I hate to not go to the market tomorrow, but I will be glad to sleep in!!!

Funny story:  My students had a Math worksheet that had apples on it.  They had to color it when they were finished.  This little boy brought his up and told me he made his sour apples!!  :0)

When things start settling down, I'll start blogging again.


1 comment:

  1. Patty---your rooms looks amazing! I know you worked hard on it--and you are so creative! I will have to check out the whole brain teaching thing--sounds interesting. You inspire me to keep learning and growing. :-) I am praying you have another great year! Thanks for sharing!