Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Blog

Hi everyone!

Thanks for sticking with me in this blogging process! I am moving my blog over to my new site - I hope you join me over there!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Western Washington Bloggers Meet Up

Well, my Just One Thing this week is very exciting for me. 

Next Saturday I am driving up to Seattle to participate in the Western Washington Blogger Meet Up. I can't wait to meet all of my fellow teacherpreneurs in Washington. I will be able to totally geek out and talk about all the things that make my family's eyes glaze over. So fun!

Just One Thing 3/15

How is your week going? Do you have one thing you would like to share with the world, and by world I mean the very small part of the world that follows this blog. Well, this is your chance. 

Share one thing this week. (Don't worry, you can share another thing next week.) It can be a link to a blog post, a product, a freebie, or even a Facebook post. Anything is fine - this is your chance to share!

Sunday Scoop 3/15

Once again, I am happy to be participating in The Sunday Scoop! This is one of my favorite linky parties because it is so easy to participate in!

Yes, we have entered the testing season. My class will be the first class in our school to take the SBAC test. This is our first year with this new test, and so far I am not impressed. The test is way too hard for third graders. Plus, it is on computers. Our school just got 90 Chromebooks a couple of months ago, and all 15 classes of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been sharing them. Scheduling the tests has been interesting to say the least. 

I have tried to stay positive at school, but I am so frustrated with this stupid test!

We also have all of the other end of trimester assessments we have to do for the school district because if there is anything students need, it is more assessments!

On a more positive note, I am so proud of my wonderful husband. He completed the Portland Shamrock run this morning. He did the 8K, and I could not be more excited for him. This is something he has been working up to for a while. It is so hard to put together time to work out with four kids, but he has shown me that it is possible. 

Now, if you are like me and enjoy these super simple linky parties, you may be interested in linking up with my latest linky: Just One Thing. It is simple, share one thing this week. It can be a link to a blog post about something you are excited about this week, a product, or a funny Facebook post. Anything, but just one thing.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Scoop March 8th

You can access one of my newest products by clicking the picture below! You do need to have a Google Account to work with it.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Just One Thing - March 7

I thought it would be easy to think of just one thing to share, but it turns out one thing is harder than writing about a lot of things. I feel pressure to have it be good!

Okay, here is my one thing this week.

This week I am missing 2 days of school (one full day and two half days) to work on curriculum development with my third grade team. I, personally, am excited about this because I enjoy collaborating with my team and we don't get a lot of chances to do it in a regular school day.

On the other hand. When we do these collaborations done we only manage to plan for one unit of a subject at the very most - a tiny fraction of what we are actually teaching in the classroom.

Our district doesn't have set curriculum for any subject, so you can imagine the amount of work that goes into getting ready to teach.

Here is what I am wondering this week. If every team in every school is taking these days to plan and getting so little done, is this the best use of our resources?

Click on the picture at the top of the post to visit the linky party and read other bloggers' one thing for this week!

Just One Thing

So... I am totally getting into reading all of the blogs of people who are going to the TpT Convention in Vegas this summer, but there is no way I am going to be able to keep up with all of them until July. I will want to, but life tends to get in the way of me doing what I want to do all the time. (None of my kids care that I would rather read teaching blogs than color with them. And I do mean color with them. I can't read the blogs next to them while they color - I have to physically be coloring too, or it diminishes their enjoyment of the coloring somehow.)

As I was reading tonight it occurred to me that what I needed was a place where I could quickly jump from one blog to the next to see what people were up to. Something like - a linky party!

In keeping with my general feeling of being overwhelmed with too much to do, I decided to make my linky party the most simple linky party ever. Here are the rules...

Grab the picture above and paste it in a new blog post. Then, write about one thing that is on your mind. Maybe it was something great that happened this week. Maybe it was something terrible. Maybe it is a new product you want to share. Maybe it is just some revelation that occurred to you this week. Hopefully you get the idea - anything is fine. As long as it is one thing.

I hope that this is fun for all the other stressed, busy, wonderful teacher-bloggers out there. If I get a good response this week, then we can do it again next week.

Thank you, in advance, for sharing!