Hello All! I'm taking a break from the madness of completing Quarter 1 report cards and lesson planning to link up with the adorable Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade.
October was a hard month on some of my friends, so I'm happy to move onto a new month where hopefully we will see some positive and uplifting changes!
Listening: The silence is beautiful and quite necessary at this point. It's been hard to stay focused and on task with these report cards this week. Good thing I'm not distracted by Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Etsy....whoopsies ;)
Loving: I absolutely love the chilly fall weather in Chicagoland area. There is so much fun to be had outside and I love snuggling in my big comfy scarves. What I don't love..wet, gray fall days.
Thinking: That brings me right into October 31st where I thought the snow flurries were a very unnecessary preview of winter. I don't know if it had something to do with all of the Elsa and Oleg costumes, either way, I was NOT a fan.
Wanting: These dang report cards done. This is my second year using a Standards Based Report Card, and it is difficult! I see the benefits as well as some issues using one. I just am taking my time as I carefully evaluate each piece and each child. *Insert exasperated sigh here*
Needing: Speaking of those precious children, we are in need of some more consistency in our daily schedule. I'm not sure about them, but there poor teacher just might lose her marbles by Winter Break if something doesn't get figured out. I'm feeling like my classroom is a revolving door of aides and specialists. While I know all of these people are absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciate everything they are doing to help my students...sometimes I would just like to shut the door and for everyone else to pretend that we weren't there. I hope you don't think I'm too awful of a person for admitting that...
Reading: I've been reading all sorts of fun things lately...here is what's currently on my bedside table
Map Trap by Andrew Clements
I LOVE and can't wait to use this for a map skills unit.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
ADORABLE, I just presented this book at school to 100 students who were rolling on the floor! It's quite cute and great for a lesson on point of view or voice.
Nonfiction Mentor Texts: Teaching Informational Writing Through Children's Literature, K-8 by Lynne R. Dorfman & Rose Cappelli
Proving to be a great resource as I plan for my upcoming writing unit.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
SPOOKY and perfect for this season.
Don't forget to check out all of the awesome teachers linking up with Farley this month!
Happy Fall Y'all!