Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Battle of the Books

My family went to the Women's Final Four when I was younger, so this time of year brings back so many memories of fun competition (and ridiculously obnoxious fans). So why not combine 2 of my favorite things--reading and competition!

Enter the Battle of the Books!

{Thank goodness for my wonderful sister who helped me get this done.}

I chose 16 books (most of them are books that my class has already read), paired them up, and my kiddos will get to vote until we are left with one book of the year! I am so excited for the competition to begin!

Who do you think the winner will be?!

Monday, March 3, 2014

No G's!

I went to a writing PD Friday with Matt Glover--and let me just say, it was great!! We started talking about students picking their own topics for writing. A teammate of mine asked how to let them choose, while still making sure they are picking appropriate topics. Another teacher there offered a fantastic idea! Enter the no g's rule!

I love this! They cannot write (or talk or draw) about guts, guns, girlfriends/boyfriends, anything gross, or gore! I am sad to say that some of our firsties have had some issues in the girlfriends/boyfriends area this year, so hopefully this will take care of some of that!

Our district had a snow day today and has another one tomorrow, so I have not actually been able to introduce this new rule to my kids, but I am so excited to use it! Click the picture to go to my TpT store and get it--for free!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's March?!?!

I cannot believe it is already March. I am definitely glad, because I am tired of the cold, but the year is flying!

Listening: I love the Olympics! But I am glad that my typical Thursday night full of great TV is back! Grey's. Scandal. Parenthood. I love Thursdays.

Loving: One of the reasons I am so glad it is March--SPRING BREAK! Only a few short weeks away!

Thinking: I have been out a lot lately for PD. All of the 1st grade teachers in our district our taking part in a 4 day training called LETRS, then a group from my school went to hear Matt Glover (loved him!) talk about writing workshop yesterday. My list of summer projects is getting longer and longer!

Wanting: A housekeeper. I always need to clean, but never want to.

Needing: To finish lesson plans! And sub plans! Another day out this week for PD.

????????: What could my secret question be?! The answer: Divergent, warmer weather, and summer!

Happy March!