Saturday, April 2, 2011

Nuevo Childhood

It scares me that is my kids aren't watching TV or gaming, they are acting out the programs.

Jade and Luke were playing with blow-up bats earlier and rather that just whack each other senseless, a la 80's childhood hotness, Luke was a Tuscan raider and Jade had to track him down.

I'm so damn proud of them.

Movie Night has become Game Night. Preferably Mario. We even play Trivia Pursuit on the 360.

Jade doesn't call her aunt in New Mexico-she Google chats her so they can share links and watch vids together.

Our summer list of things to do reads like a SciFi tv guide: finish Smallville; catch up on Dr. Who; rewatch Merlin and Clone Wars.

It's pretty awesome living in the future.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

6 weeks down

So many new things are going on in my district I don't know where to begin.

We have new administration, new TEKs, new scope and sequence, a new co-teaching policy, new start times, new schedule. It's been interesting.

For co-teaching we no longer have resource classes. Instead most of my sped kids are in one class and I have a special ed teacher in that period. To me, that is still a resource class but whatever. That class is going ok, but there is such a range of needs in that class it is hard to plan for all of them. I really need to start differentiating. On my 6 weeks exam I gave a TAKs style passage and one student remarked that was the most he had ever read. Really? 2.5 pages tops the list? Oh boy....

Our new scope and sequence is being written AS we are teaching. So I can see this 6 weeks, but not the next, which makes planing virtually impossible. Also the assessments we have to use aren't up until half-way through the unit. My next unit I am to teach fiction, drama, and poetry. And of course, grammar, spelling, capitalization and vocab to go along with it. In 5 weeks.

Thank goodness I have awesome students or all this bureaucratic mes would really bring me down :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Random Thoughts

  • Summer school was (thankfully) uneventful. Easy money baby! I wish I always had classes of 8.
  • My kids and I have deep, savage tans.
  • Hubby and I are looking at buying a car in the next month or so. I thought I knew what we wanted but now I'm kinda liking the Volkswagen Passat...
  • I am officially a Weight Watcher. Ive lost 8 lbs in 3 weeks. Huzzah!
  • My daughter knows almost every line to The Princess Bride. That's an accomplishment right there.
  • In relation to number 3, our driver side power window went out on our van. Good times, good times.
  • This site cracks me up.
  • One month till the big 2-6!
  • My daughter does incredible things on Google Sketchup.
  • Harry Potter was AWEsome!!
  • Our lease is up on our itty-bitty apartment, but we're renewing to break our annual moving streak.
  • 4 weeks till school starts back up!
How is everyone's summer going?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Obligatory Photo Update Post

I'm a teensy bit biased, but that is one spectacular smile

My gorgeous chef in training. (On the plate would be white bread, red hots, cool whip, strawberries and honey. Hellz to tha yes)

Sure look all cute now, after y'all have chewed up three pairs of socks and a hat today
Techie in training playing with special effects

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Summer School Thoughts

The end of the normal school year came and went nearly unnoticed by me. I am teaching summer school this year, so it was right back to work for me!

My summer school gig is pretty sweet. Basically I am doing TAKs remediation, preparing them for the third (final) administration in July. I only have 8 students! My first section, from 8-9:50 is fun.I have 5 students, with 4 who have shown up each day and we are able to do group work, foldables, things like that. My second section, 10-11:50 is more challenging. I have three boys in that class, with one has not come to class yet, one who passed TAKs but failed English, and one for TAKs remediation. I am trying to keep it engaging but it's hard. These boys are not motivated, to put it mildly :) Any ideas from veteran summer school teachers that could help a first timer out?

Other than that my summer is off to a great start. Eldest is at my sisters for two weeks, so it's just the 3 year old at home. It's been so quiet!! One child is so much easier than two.

Thursday I went to Dallas Summer Musicals to see The Wizard of Oz with my friend Jamie. Her completely awesome husband got her season passes and she invited me to a couple. I like The Wizard of Oz, but it's more a children's thing so I wasn't overly excited...until it started! This was my first musical and it was FABULOUS! The music, obviously, but the performances were so good. The effects and sets...I was just blown away! We both were. There were many laugh out loud moments, and a few times when I teared up. The whole time I was wishing my daughter were there, because that is one of her favorite movies. They covered the entire story, and added some original lines and an extra song. Overall, I was very, very impressed and can't wait to go again!

Saturday we go to Amarillo to pick up my daughter and my sister who is coming back to spend a couple of weeks with us.

Hope y'all have a fabulous Monday!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The countdown is on

Oh how these last 7 days drag on. I am trying to relish my time left with my kiddos, but they are so distracted and off the walls. I don't want to resort to movies [not until next week anyway ;) ] so I had to come up with some end o' the year activities. One I borrowed from Two Writing Teachers is end of the year letters.

End of the Year Letters

This took them just about a class period, with the over achievers taking it home to finish. I was pleasantly surprised with the responses I got. Lots of sweet things, but also some helpful critiques. Students like creative writing, making PowerPoints, and the books we read. Criticism was too much vocab and going to fast during notes. Frankly I'm not sure if those can be changed. I do need to find new strategies for vocab. And I don't go too fast during notes. By the end of September I know how fast those kiddos can write. Once the slowest writer In the class is done, we go on. If you chose to talk during that slide and are not prepared, too darn bad.

The letters turned out to be a really nice activity to end on. 6 more days!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The wheels are spinning

I'm really excited about implementing more technology into the classroom next year. Here's what I have so far:

Having students set up Gaggle accounts
All students setting up a Goggle account
A class wiki
A class blog

no money
privacy concerns (especially with email/blog)
lack of access for students

Still these issues are pretty minor. We have a computer lab and two mobile labs, which hardly get used, so I definitely think I could use them more than I am now.

I think Google accounts would be so fabulous for students. Imagine never having format issues or flash drive problems-google docs to the rescue!!

I approaching The Man next week to talk about these issues. Woohoo!