Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cause and Effect

Hi friends! It's Sunday night, and I'm sad to say that my spring break is officially O-V-E-R. How depressing. My next day off, which isn't even a day off, but instead a pupil-free day, is April 8. Our next break isn't until Memorial Day!!  Oh boy! But that's okay, because I am reinvigorated! Not from spring break exactly, but from the tech conference that I went to. I'm really psyched for CCSS. I know, that is so incredibly weird!!  But I truly think it's going to be better! Maybe someone who is already doing CCS can let me know what it's really like. Leave a comment.

Have a great week! Only 9 weeks left for us.

Monday, March 11, 2013


Hi Friends! Happy Monday to you! Quick question: is anyone going to be at CUE this week in Palm Springs??
Let me know!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Thinking about Testing...

Happy Sunday! And welcome to Spring! I do love the time change, although I hate losing that hour of sleep. But I'll take it if it means longer days and warmer weather!!

So, here's where my mind has been today.  We have state testing coming up in a month, and I'm actually worried about how my students are going to perform.  If their reading benchmarks are any indication of their state test scores...well, all I can say is Thank God I don't get reviewed based on them! Otherwise, I'd be looking for a new job!  So, this has me thinking...does testing make kids learn better? Are we really truly teaching them if all we do is test them?  I don't know how it is at your school or in your district, but at my school, in third grade, we give end of story tests  once a week (comprehension; literary analysis; vocabulary; oral language).  Then, at the end of 4 stories, we give a Theme test, which incorporates comprehension with vocabulary and grammar skills.  PLUS, each trimester there is a district reading benchmark test, which tests end of year state standards!!!  Now tell me, does it make sense to test kids so much??  Can't we, shouldn't we, be grading them on the standards but using something other than tests to get those grades??  For example, couldn't I use the "think critically" questions for a comprehension grade?  Or give a vocabulary activity and grade it for word fluency, rather than a vocab test??  does every grade have to come from a stinkin' test???!!!

Someone, PLEASE respond and let me know how you get your grades in your school.  I'm reflecting on my teaching here, looking for an alternative.

Thank you, awesome teacher bloggy world!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Here's another question...

So, here I sit on a Sunday afternoon, report cards done, trying to motivate myself to create a study guide for my students for science.  But I'm stuck!!  I can't even think where to start! How lame is that??  So, here is my question: do you make study guides for your students? If you do, what do you put on it?

Have a great rest of the weekend, and hope your week is fabulous!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Favorite Educational iPad app

Question for you: if you use iPads in the classroom, what are your favorite apps??

Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday, Monday's definitely a Monday.  I don't know why some of my kids seem to leave their brains at home Monday.  I have a little devil, I mean little darling, whom I had to constantly tell to "Go sit down!!" I really don't know why those 3 words are SOOO hard to understand?  It is infuriating! Does anyone else find this happens on Mondays?  What do YOU do about it?

And here is my other little pondering from the weekend. (this having NOTHING to do with work)  I'm sure some of you are able to do this, but I haven't.  Since entering this Bloggy world of AMAZING teachers, I have often wanted to meet you.  I saw once that some people from the South (I think) had a meet up and I was SO jealous!!  I would one go about meeting fellow bloggy teachers?? I live in Los Angeles, but it seems like most of you all live on the east coast or midwest.  If anyone is in the west, give a shout out and let me know! Maybe there is a way we can meet one day.

Have a great week!  We have report cards due Friday.  Guess what I'll be doing tonight and the next few nights.  Thank goodness for the DVR!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tonya's Treats

Hi Everyone!
Yes, as usual, it's been forever since I've blogged. But this is a good one-I just stumbled upon a new blogger-Tonya's Treats.  She's having an amazing giveaway right now! Be sure to head over there. And don't forget to follow her, too! she's shooting for the 700 mark!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I'm Showing Off!

I know this is a little late, but since I did buy a few items on Monday, I thought I'd show you, so I could join the party, too!  I stumbled upon this idea of Lapbooks, which I had never seen until recently. Now, I can't get enough of them! So, this is what I got from Amber at Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher.            

I have 2 other lap books of Amber's that I am in the middle of using with my kids.  They are so great! All I can say is Thank you, Amber!! You rock!

Make sure you hop over to the Show off your purchases linky party at Blog Hoppin'!