Another week gone



1. I am always surprised when I talk to people who think that teaching is a walk in the park. For some reason, the general perception of teachers involves sitting at a desk all day with quiet, well behaved children working silently. We apparently come in just minutes before we have to start teaching, and leave as soon as the busses are gone. Of course, no night or weekend work! And we just spend our summers laying by the pool, drinking margaritas... right?

 It's so hard not to make this face when someone expresses that opinion to me...


I just wish that people understood the early mornings grading papers, late nights making class yearbooks, Fridays spent volunteering at school functions, and summers spent preparing for fall.  /end rant/

2. Speaking of class yearbooks, I made my little darlings these adorable memory books last night. 


Of course, I had to use my favorite comb binder to make them into little books they can keep.


As tedious as it would seem to bind 30 memory books, it's actually pretty enjoyable. There is something about office supply products... I love them! 


3. I'm thinking of ideas for next year (as inevitably all teachers do in late May) and I've been contemplating themes. I went with owls this year, and it was a huge hit. I am thinking of sticking with owls because so many  kids gave me owl gifts to decorate my room- what would I do with them all? They do love being the "owlets", too. 

4. We went on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts this week. To be honest,  I didn't expect my fifth graders to be very interested. The rules are pretty strict- hushed voices, walking calmly, and no touching. I was really pleasantly surprised when my kiddos loved it! They were super well behaved, enjoyed looking at the art, and were even quiet on the bus. It was a great day! This sculpture is in the garden cafeteria. I loved it! 


5. I ordered an Erin Condren planner for next year, and it came in! I am a crazy person, so I filled in the school calendar for next year. I organized each week, set up the holidays, and wrote in meetings. It sounds really organized, like I am really on top of my game... but really, I was procrastinating. I have a huge stack of grading that I was avoiding! So far, I like it. Can't wait to use it next year and see if it lives up to the hype.


10 comments:

  1. Your procrastinating comment made me smile. I know that feeling!

    I had ended up with so many frogs over the years that it was hard to change. In the end I went with a polka dot color theme that would work well with the green guys. = )

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Jenny
    Suntans and Lesson Plans

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  2. I bought the same memory book for my 5th graders and LOVE it! The kids really do, too.

    I also procrastinate by planning ahead. It's a special talent : )

    Hokie Teach

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  3. I fill in my planners for next year too! Except I always miss a day and then have to go back and fix all the dates again...lol
    I stopped by from Doodle Bugs...great blog!
    Susanna
    Whimsy Workshop

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  4. I agree...why do people think that teachers have it so easy? People always think I am singing, painting and enjoying recess all day...um, well, not so much!

    Stick with owls! Not that you asked for an opinion.... but A. It is cute and B. I am someone who changes it up a lot and I have a new rule for myself of at least 2 years for one theme....especially if your kids got you some good owl stuff.

    Christy
    Crayons and Whimsy

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  5. Agreed and I loved the Joey clip. :) I truly might work harder in the summer, reading, planning, researching, etc. than I do in the school year. BUT, I love summer anyway. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

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  6. My students are also doing memory books this year. We are also going to add Wordles to the back page. (Everyone rotates around the computer lab and types in one adjective to describe each student.) I can't wait to see them! I also find that playing with new school supplies is a great distractor! Have a great weekend!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  7. Your number 1 is perfect. I often have those same feelings. My family and close friends (that are non-teachers) see that there's more to it slowly but surely. I don't always talk about all the 'extra' hours or assessments or parent problems....because well....they won't understand and who wants to hear about that. You want to hear about the crazy kid stories!

    Your Planner-->That is some amazing organization!

    Brenda
    You Might Be a First Grader….

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  8. I totally agree with your number 1! UGH! I am obsessed with Erin Condren planners and am debating one of my own...

    Sara
    Primary Buzz

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  9. I just found your blog, and really like your math stuff on TPT! Laura

    Read-Write-Create

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  10. I love my Erin Condren planners. I'm on my second life planner (more like a life saver ;) and my first teacher planner. I love teacher planners, but our campus has us submit our plans electronically, so I wind up just printing those off, so I hate now to spend more on one I have to write in when I can just print. But I just love the planners, such a conundrum :(

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