Linky Party Bonanza

Linking up for two great linky parties today!



Listening: Hubby and I recently discovered Supernatural on Netflix. It's a CW show, and it's kind of silly, but we enjoy it! It's one of those "good to have on in the background" shows. Some of the episodes are really scary, I admit! I'm pretty easily scared by creepy shows and movies, though.

Loving: My new Erin Condren planner! I bought it during teacher appreciation month, so I got a pretty good deal (for a crazy expensive planner)! I have to admit, I was a bit underwhelmed when I first got it, but I'm excited to try it out. I already filled in all the holidays and meetings for next year. I know that sounds really organized, but really I was just procrastinating grading... :) 

Thinking: This is the longest part of the school year! We only have 12 1/2 days left and 5 of them are field trips, 3 more are special events... for a grand total for 4 regular days left! Here's hoping it goes smoothly.

Wanting: To go to the beach. I'm so spoiled to have grown up where I did! I live close to Boston and to the beach. Does it get much better? I can spend hot summer days in beachside arcades and splashing in the waves, and rainy days in some of the best museums in our country. Seriously, I love where I live... even if the winters are brutal.

Needing: Another longggg bus ride for our STARBASE field trip tomorrow! The first day was last week, and we loved it. Cant' wait to go for day 2! More on this later.. 

Vaca essentials: Who doesn't love reading a good book? What are you reading? I'd love to know. 

One more good link up, too. I love this idea- "What will you do differently?" by Finding Joy in 6th Grade.


Ok, I admit it.  A bad habit of mine is waiting to grade until the last minute. I put it off and put it off until I have a big pile that I feel compelled to finish on Sunday night. Yuck! I am going to try to stay on top of it this year. Even if it's just 15 minutes a day- it is something!



Guided math was great this year. So great, in fact, I wouldn't even consider going back to my"old" way of teaching math. I've thought of some ways to tweak it and make it even better next year! More blogs on that later.


Math journals worked out well in my classroom, but I have to admit that I didn't really commit to them. I used them, but not to the extent that I should have. This year, I am going to really commit to using them regularly. 


This ties in with no more last minute grading. I always find myself dreading sundays because I grade and plan all day (and night). This year, that's done. I am going to be prepared for when I walk in the door Monday as I leave on Friday. Weekends are for ME! (We'll see how this one goes...) 

:)


22 comments:

  1. When you figure out how to have Sunday's all to yourself, please share!!! I'm tired too of having to spend Sunday afternoons on school work. I just got my hands on Gone Girl. I know that it was big last summer, but I never got around to reading it. I also have a Nicholas Sparks book as well. I love a good romance!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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    1. We'll see... I am going to try but I'm not totally hopeful. :)

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  2. I just found you on Farley's linky. I have been teaching for over 20 years, and I highly recommend that if you can, don't bring home things to grade. I stopped bringing home papers to grade when I had my girls, and I don't regret my decision.

    Kelly
    Teaching Fourth

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    1. I totally have to do it. It'll seriously change my life to have so much downtime!

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  3. I found you through the linky party! I've been out for 2 weeks tomorrow! We go back August 7th though! :( I have lots of TPT units on my list to do this summer as well, however with my 4 year old...GOOD LUCK! :)

    Sarah
    Kindergarten Korner

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  4. Hi Mandy!
    You and I have the same goals for next year!! I always wait to the last minute to grade and plan...not really too sure why, but it never fails! We'll have to keep each other accountable :)

    --jen

    teaching, life, and everything in between

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    1. Definitely! If I make it through the year and keep my goal, I totally have to reward myself with something nice. :)

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  5. I have 20 school days left. It sounds like your last 12 will be fun ones :)
    enjoy the last bit of it :)
    tania
    My Second Sense

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  6. Found you through the linky party! Hang in there... the goal is in sight! ;) Enjoy your trip!
    Leah
    Learning 4 Keeps

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  7. I've gotten really good about grading tests the day I give them out! It usually doesn't take but about 10 minutes or so (depending on how long the test is) and I am always glad to have it done! Except essay's...now that is a different story! :) I try to do about 5 per day and it takes me several days to finish them!

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    1. I so need to work on that next year. I'm a hot mess when it comes to grading on time.

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  8. I so want a Erin Condren planner! I'm so jealous! I am really thinking about whether or not I want to splurge on it! Have fun on your vacation and good luck with finding a new house!

    Angela
    angelapr18@gmail.com
    The Bilingual Teacher

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    1. I'm loving it so far! I don't know if I will buy one again next year, or make my own and have it bound at staples, though.

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  9. Yay for saving Sundays for yourself! I like that idea and think I might share that goal with you. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. It's gonna be hard- but I want to try. It's hard to imagine what it will be like to have all that "me" time!

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  10. I'm so interested in guided math, but I'm still trying to figure out how it would look/feel in my room, and am curious how other teachers implement it. I can't wait to read your posts about it.

    Stephanie
    PolkaDotPalace

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    1. I really love it, and my students improved a lot this year. It works- but it's definitely an adjustment to do!

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  11. I found your blog through Farley's Currently. I ordered my Erin Condren planner last week, so I'm anxious to get it. I was thinking about getting the life planner also. Can't be too organized :)

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    1. Do you love it? I am totally obsessed!

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