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Quirky is defined as…
” something that is strange/not normal but cool. Unconventional, surprising, odd.”
You mean ME? I am… ODD?
We like to “DRESS UP”!
Now in most professions, there is a RULE of PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE.
In Teaching…we are a little “QUIRKY”!
We tend to “go the extra mile!”
And it’s a GOOD thing!
( May have to add that to THING 1 & THING 2).
You get MY drift!
How many TEACHER Tshirts do YOU own?
Do YOU wear SCHOOL shirts on FRIDAY?
Do YOU OWN a Dr. Suess HAT?
Do you DESIRE a pair of shoes or socks that look like a PENCIL?
See? Just a LITTLE QUIRKY!
Who can chase little ones
or grab the glue bottle
before it puddles
on the floor..
Who doesn’t LOVE to walk into a room smelling of…
We all DO!
And so we PACK IN THE SMELLY STUFF!
And then …24 LITTLE ONES go outside for RECESS.
AND they come back in…
SMELLING LIKE WET PUPPIES!
And SOME of those 6-year-old WET PUPPIES…
And so…we retreat to our OLD FRIEND…
* in MY district you NOW must obtain a 1 hr. PD and get a “CERTIFICATE” to use CLOROX wipes in the classroom.
A Little QUIRKY!
But…we do what we need to do to survive!
Myself…I prefer cookie dough candles…
DON’T LIGHT THEM…
JUST SMELL THEM!
First, it has to have pieces that can be held in
I always laugh when someone says,
” You HAVE 40 minutes for LUNCH?”
Yeah…after I get 25 kids to the cafeteria.
AND…one doesn’t forget their lunch and we have to walk back & do it AGAIN!
AND…if I don’t have to call a parent.
AND..if I don’t need to run off papers.
AND..if I don’t need to correct spelling tests, prepare the SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS, write a note,
GO TO THE BATHROOM!
( Don’t forget to EAT…it will be ANOTHER 4 hours until you are FREE!)
So…bring a lunch that can be eaten in ONE HAND!
The other hand MAY BE BUSY!
A LITTLE QUIRKY!
Those DREADED WORDS!
Do It YOURSELF…NEVER! NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
I don’t think I have EVER started a DIY where I didn’t involve someone else!
Thank YOU to my WONDERFUL HUBBY…
He puts up with my QUIRKINESS!
Did YOU feel your hands get clammy?
How your heart rate INCREASED?
Do you have a smile on YOUR FACE?
NEON SPRAY PAINT!
Do YOU feel the “NEED”…to spray
I know..it’s OK…
I think some people are “wired” with it.
The NEED to PAINT!
And we do…
We will SPRAY EVERYTHING!
( I’m sure SOMEWHERE…there is a 12 step program for this!)
No.Not grocery bags.
I mean BIG, LONG HANDLED, BRIGHTLY COLORED, (maybe) on wheels,
“I Like BIG bags & I cannot lie…”
(I think it’s a SONG)
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT COLORS!
We will carry 50-80 POUNDS of STUFF in ONE BAG…
GOTTA keep MY hands FREE!
And not think twice about it.
I AM NOT walking BACK to MY classroom AGAIN!
Yes…I can carry it ALL in one trip!
(Why do my shoulders & my back hurt so much?!)
But LOOK at the BRIGHT COLORS! So cute!
No…I will NOT buy 24 folders at TARGET for 17 cents each!
I just bought the CUTEST “31” BAG.. 🙂
A LITTLE QUIRKY!
Some of us were meant to be PRIMARY TEACHERS.
AND some are NOT!
To those who are…
HOLD YOUR SPRAYPAINTED FINGER UP HIGH…
WEAR YOUR T-SHIRTS PROUDLY…
AND SMELL the QUIRKINESS in YOUR WORLD!
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I know. It’s SUMMER!
Our Brains won’t STOP!
Relax. Thinking about desk arrangement.
Poolside. Reading a book about Classroom Management.
Computer. Should I redo my lesson plans?
We don’t STOP! It’s a LIFESTYLE!
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Leave me a comment… I’m adding to my professional library! 🙂
What exactly is CLOSE READING??
You mean I need to “scoot forward” and put my glasses ON?
NO, silly! It’s a reading strategy for gaining information from a reading source.
Here are some helpful resources:
Some blogger friends have great information, also.
We Are Teachers has a great blog post
My friend, Susan Jones, explains how to do
And, 1stgradefireworks can help with
When doing research…
when I need more reading information,
just ask PINTEREST!
From Jen @ Teacher Karma
Gotta know YOUR standards!
It’s a chance for students to ask/answer questions by returning to the text for answers.
We want them to INTERACT with the text.
It’s about diving INTO the text for answers to prominent questions ABOUT the text!
WOW! Finding out their own answers to questions AND being able to “PROVE IT?”
Just imagine the writing that can be created from a CLOSE READING lesson?
What a prominent strategy to use in a BALANCED LITERACY CLASSROOM!
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from ME to YOU!
I want to say a HUGE Thank You…to my MOM!
Happy Mother’s Day!
I LOVE YOU!
Happy Mother’s Day!
I must admit…
Well…just NOT on me!
I am a 54-year-old Grandma.
I couldn’t wear those when I was 12…
more or less today!
Yes. I am BIG BONED…always have been!
So..Weight Watchers and I have been in a
for the past 40 years…on and off!
I have been through MANY, MANY
Yes, I ate LIVER, counted FIBER grams, and
Worked out for MORE POINTS!
MORE POINTS = MORE FOOD
I can honestly say..the last 18 months
My blood pressure is down, my knees don’t hurt,
I work out 4-5 days a week,
and I eat fruit!
A LOT OF FRUIT!
And I have lost & KEPT OFF 30+ pounds!
More to go..but on my way!
What made the difference this time?
I am determined to never, ever DIET again!
If I want chocolate cake..eat chocolate cake.
There is a BALANCE SYSTEM.
Kind of like my checking account.
I can make deposits (save points & workout more)
So that when I make a withdrawal (chocolate cake).
I NEVER EVER GET OVERDRAWN!
Zero means zero!
When you use ALL of your points for the day…
YOU ARE DONE!
I am NOT a weight watcher leader.
I am NOT getting paid…just good info!
Just trying to keep my hubby & me healthy!
We have 4 children & 5 grandchildren.
I plan on being there to be a GREAT GRANDMA!
I want to see graduations, weddings, births, etc, etc.
I will do everything I CAN.
I have a very active PINTEREST BOARD.
Here are a few pins so you can choose
what works for YOU!
TRY SOMETHING NEW!
Do Your BEST!
LOVE WHAT YOU DO!
Believe in YOURSELF!
WE GOT THIS! 🙂
OK…I admit it…I HATE to CLEAN!
Spring Cleaning Purging is NOT FUN!
It is a chore!
But, the Christmas dust bunnies
Just in time for EASTER!
After my 3rd cup of coffee, this AM,
I decided to get to work!
Hubby at work for the day..so
I made a deal with myself …
NO SHOWER until DONE CLEANING!
(I LOVE MY SHOWERS!)
So, what’s a girl to do?
I CRANKED UP THE COUNTRY MUSIC…
I WAS LISTENING, SINGING,
& DANCING to the music!
Thank GOD, no one could SEE me!
I CLEANED…AND Cleaned…
and cleaned….and cleaned.
More SPRING CLEANING
I even cleaned out my earring tree!
Didn’t know I had SO many that
only had 1 earring! GOODBYE!
Closets, bookshelves, drawers,
took BLANKETS to the LAUNDROMAT…
“SPRING Clean” THEM TOO!
My house smells like PINE-SOL!
If I didn’t know any better…
I’d swear I was NESTING!
NO WAY LADIES…
This GMA is TOO OLD for that!
No…I am NOT ill.
So then I decided that because of the EB…
is on HIS way …I could help him!
My family LOVES
But…I AM CHEAP!
I know…really cheap!
So today I decided to MAKE them!
You heard that right! MAKE THEM…ME!???
For the girl who doesn’t cook,
they turned out pretty good!
Here are MY Reese’s Eggs!
They are ready for Easter Baskets!
Pigs DO Fly!
If YOU need more Easter Goodies…
The moment when you say,
“Please put ______ away & get out your_______”
& it begins to sound
OUT OF CONTROL!
Kids out of their seats,
crayons & pencils dropping to the floor!
Where did ALL of my management go?
Did it fly out the window?
Fall on the carpet?
NO…it is called…
When kiddos go
from one body motion
it’s a transition!
No amount of 5,4,3,2,1…
1,2,3 eyes on me…
clap, clap, snap, snap
can get them back!
SO… don’t let them go!
I have calmed the
When I finish with a lesson or I need them to “Transition”
from one place to another,
I use these WONDERFUL cards
and my doc camera!
I have printed them 4 to a page…
fold up the bottom
(So kids can’t see the answer on doc camera!)
I read the clues…
in a SUPER SOFT VOICE…
if they want to hear the clues,
THEY HAVE TO BE QUIET! 🙂
And they read with me,
“WHO AM I?”
I only chose those kids who are in their seats
with “quiet” hands UP!
They ALL think they know..some are tricky!
Remind them to listen to ALL of the clues.
They LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
LOTS of vocabulary, higher level thinking,
Who would have thought…
learning & FUN??!!!
So tame that “transition” monster.. with
A transition GAME!
Here is the link if you would like
to check these out!
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