Monthly Archives: June 2013

Good Kids

During this past school year, the Good Child gave me a teacher mug that has handprints and is precious to me.  The words read, “Teachers inspire dreams, shape lives, and give us hope for the future.” I use it at least once a week.  The box is in my classroom on the ledge as a reminder when I don’t have my mug with me. She is blossoming into such a beautiful young lady that I hardly recognize the darling freckled face I first met when her brother Mr. Baseball was in the sixth grade.  She will be a knockout one day.  Watch out, guys!!  The Good Child will be cheering again this year along the gridiron sidelines, so I’ll be there to watch her do her thing.   I was talking to my mother about a visit I recently had with this dynamic duo, and she couldn’t believe that Mr. Baseball would be a junior this fall. Neither can I!

Before the school year ended, one of my non-students let me know he was moving.  I was disappointed!  I wanted to see him over the next two years of middle school and monitor his progress and reading since he inspired me to read Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Rome series in a matter of days.  He’s my Birthday Buddy; we have the same birthday, but I’m a little older than he is, obviously.  He reminds me so much of myself and my son in that he reads anything good he gets his hands on.  His mom and I have had some contact, and I told her that if I adopted him, then he wouldn’t have to transfer schools.  She nixed that idea for some odd reason.  Birthday Buddy is also a wonderful baseball player; I’ve seen him play and played against him in the staff vs. students game I put together last month.  I cannot believe it was only four weeks ago that we had our softball game.  Where has the time flown?

When Mr. Baseball heard about the game, he offered to lend me his glove next time since we are both right-handed.  He also offered to officiate.  He had better call the pitches correctly (in the teacher’s favor, of course). I wish I’d thought of it sooner.

It is summer time, and I am missing my babies.  Sigh.  I am a real-life teacher.

Teacher mug from the Good Child

Teacher mug from the Good Child

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Staff Development – Done!

I worked on several items/tasks for my staff development.  I’ve been recertified in CPR training and worked on some SpringBoard curriculum designed to help me in my language arts classroom.  I also learned about how to create a Flipped Classroom.  Below you’ll find one of my products.  It’s a Prezi that reviews the eight parts of speech.  Enjoy at your leisure.




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Staff Development Week

This is my week for staff development classes.  I am to attend full days from Monday through Wednesday and only two-thirds of our six hours required for a full day on Thursday.  It will be the opportunity to learn something new and improve some of my prior strategies that needed refreshing.  I consider myself a lifelong learner, so on we go!  On Wednesday, I’ll learn how to do a Flipped Classroom video/lesson.   More anon.


First days of summer vacation

I am relishing my time on my own schedule. I don’t have to be any particular place at any particular time for a few days until I attend and complete the bulk of my required professional development during the week of June 17. Out of thirty possible hours during that week, I am scheduled for twenty-two including CPR to renew my certification that had lapsed for a year.  It’s important that I keep that skill-set handy.  I’ve read at least three books and am working on a fourth that will likely grab my attention, but it hasn’t yet.  We’ve cooked out, taken naps, and stayed up late.  It has been wonderful.  More anon.


My Favorite Things

A couple of weeks ago, I came up with an idea to celebrate one unique attribute for each student.  I wrote two lines from the Sound of Music classic tune “My Favorite Things,” added the sentence starter, “One of my favorite things is,” and completed something positive for each student.  I punched two holes in the top of the card and tied a ribbon through it.  Lastly, I curled the ribbon and carefully packed my words to my students.  When I showed them to my husband, he suggested that I send an email to the parents to let them know what I had done in case some of my male students thought nothing of it.  He implied that some of my young ladies would treasure it always.  I don’t know if that will happen, but so many of them have blessed my life, and I want to say thank you by mentioning an observation about them.  I know I will improve upon the idea for next year’s group, but it is a place to start right now.

“Brown paper packages tied up with strings.

These are a few of my favorite things.”

Example of card I will send home with my students on the last day of school.

Example of card I will send home with my students on the last day of school.

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