Monday, February 9, 2015

100th Day!

So no one came dressed as a senior citizen today on our 100th day of school - waaaaaa! :( 

But - I do have some excellent self portraits of what my kiddos expect to look like when they turn 100! They are adorable, aren't they? I love this project every year! 

On the back they wrote about what their life is like now that they're 100, what their career was, their hobbies, pets and what their family looks like.  They also wrote about where they would be living and the best part of their life. These are so awesome - I hope the kids hang on to these until they're 100!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Keeping Up With The...

No! Not the Kardash..... 

Keeping Up With The Grading! 

I've never been asked this before this year, but two parents recently asked me how I get their kiddos tests graded and sent home (usually) the same day as the test.

First of all, it happens because I know as a mom I would want to know as soon as possible if my daughter's grades were dipping or she wasn't mastering something. So it's a priority for me and it all starts well before testing day. 

At the beginning of the week I have a prep period (grateful for that), and that is when I make ALL of my copies for the week following. Then I sort those copies into my rainbow drawers - sorted by topic. Then, on Friday of each week I use my recess to prep for the next week by looking at my plan book and pulling out all the materials and copies I've made for each topic. Then, I  begin systematically sorting every single activity into pre made folders that live on my desk. One for Monday, Tuesday... you get the idea. When I leave for the weekend my whole next week is planned out, organized and fully sorted for speed and efficiency.

This sets the tone for the week. Organization! 

We have some tests that pop up as units finish - like Math. Otherwise, most topics are tested on the same days each week - a couple on Thursday and a few on Friday.

Because I don't need to prep for the next lesson or activity, while students are taking a test, I can grade their prior test, enter it in my grade book and stamp those that will need parent signatures. I keep their tests on a clipboard and just grade as I walk around the tables. 

By the end of the day, I may have one test to score and if it's a short, non-subjective test we will switch papers, get our red pencils out and check for errors as a class. Of course I always double and triple check anything done by students ;)

This works for grading just about anything but writing. Grading writing just takes time. And patience. And a beverage. 

And - that's how I do it! I know not all teachers work that way - it's just a system that has developed for me over time and it fits my style.

Friday, February 6, 2015

100th Day

So Monday is our 100th DAY!!!!! Woo-hoo!
Come to school dressed as you think you'll look when you're 100 years old!

Winter Animal Habitats!

We are having such a great time learning about how animals survive winter.  After learning all about adaptation, migration and hibernation, students are using that shared research to write reports. Click here to read about their research. Next week they will publish their reports and share their AWESOME dioramas! 

I really want to thank the families for making this project so special for the students. They couldn't wait to show me what y'all worked on and, boy - am I impressed! Check out these amazing habitats!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Paleo Banana Muffins

Today is Super Bowl Sunday and I'm not into the game. So what do I do? I take a break from National Board stuff to do a little paleo (technically Whole30 but SWYPO) baking.
And I made these....

OMG! They are a hit and so easy!

Oven to 325.
Blend together 3 bananas, 3 eggs, 2 tsp cinnamon and a half cup of almond butter.  I used a blender.
This fills 12 cupcake liners. 
I then pushed in some walnut pieces because I forgot to fold them in! Ooops ;)
These took about 10-12 minutes to cook or so but my oven was hot already.

You can also use this recipe for small pancakes - just put a little coconut oil on your griddle.

Parents and Families...

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Whole 30!

So Whole30 is a paleo-ish way of eating. It lasts 30 days - it is restrictive - and then food groups are reintroduced to see how your body reacts to them. During these 30 days I also joined a gym and got in 31 workouts in the 31 days of January. I've been lifting a lot of weight doing Les Mills BodyPump 6 days a week at my local gym-- and also doing Pilates, Yoga and PiYo. I reveal all of this about working out because my results, as far as the scale goes, are less than when I did my first Whole30 back in October - when I didn't work out at all. This time around I KNOW I built a lot of heavy muscle and luckily this time I also took measurements.

In 30 days, I lost over 10 pounds! And I lost over 11 inches! AND - my body fat percentage is way down.

More than this - I feel great - I don't have that wheat belly - and I have the energy I need to tackle National Board Certification! And - my blood pressure is fantastic!

So what's the deal these 30 days? More of the same. I'm actually doing a Whole45 so it'll officially end mid-February, and then I'll do another Whole30 in March.

Want to join me?????

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