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When August 1st comes . . .

The last few days of summer

During my first few years of teaching, school didn’t begin until around Labor Day. In fact, when Youngest was born, I left the previous school year pregnant and came back to work with everyone else. (He was born less than 2 weeks after the end of the school year.)

Now August 1st means that summer is basically over for me. I know that school is going to begin within a week or so. Usually I’m at the school getting my room ready by August 1st. This year I decided to treat myself to not coming in until the first day I had to be back at work.

I can’t show one photo to describe my August

When I walked into my room on August 7th, I walked into tablehedge, not Stonehedge.

Tablehedge

One of my co-workers came to my rescue and got the tables down.

I quickly rearranged my furniture so that the room is functional.

This room is a resource room. Students come out of the rooms for pull out services. I need to only have a minimal amount of furniture. As the school year continues, I will be decorating more of the classroom.

Case in point, this bulletin board has the two basic rules expected in all classrooms. I asked the students to write down ideas on ways they can demonstrate those rules. I love this because students feel as though they have a role in creating the rules in my room.

Now that we are testing for baseline data, my room has been torn apart to be put back together after testing.

The current state of my room. Each student has been given a shelf in the cubbies in the back of my room. It’s going to help with organization.

One of those bulletin boards in the back of the room is going to be the cool down / calm down corner. I have some brown paper board paper that is going to be hung up on the bulletin board with some suggestions on how they can calm down. Our community has been through so much trauma in the last few months. A tornado and then the shooting in downtown Dayton have rocked the area since May.

So many have rallied around our community. However, even with the rallying around us, these are 9, 10, and 11-year-old children. Some of them do not know how to deal with the trauma so it’s imperative they have a place that will help them cool down.

The word wall is basic sight words. When they don’t know how to spell a word, a way for them to get some movement is to walk to the back the room to look at the word wall. I have clipboards so it is easy for them to write.

Now You Know What a Teacher’s August looks like

My room would never be Pinterest worthy. However it is functional. Students get what they need to help them become better fourth and fifth grade students.

When a student tells you, they can’t wait until you begin to teach them math because you made them think last year. You know the look of your room does not matter. What matters is how you make the students feel while they are in your room. Are they feeling welcome? Are they feeling like they are learning? Are they feeling as though they are loved?

Have a magical day,
Traci

Random Thoughts

Welcome to the writer’s workshop day. I had to chose a topic to write about. I was little torn this week between a few of them. For example, I could write a blog post inspired by the word pair or something my child has said that made me smile. The third choice was to write about my favorite musical artists from back in the day. So what did I choose?

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Sometimes my students just make me just shake my head

Today was the first day back after spring break. It is also the day before our long and tedious testing period. So I took it “easy” with the students. I helped them with their review packet or I played an academic game with them.

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A Spring Walk


I want my 14.5 year dog to enjoy his senior years. Once of his favorite hobbies to do is go with me when I have to take my children to various evening activities.

On Tuesday evening, I was attempting to get people out the door. Oldest had to go to Kung Fu before I dropped him at Boy Scouts. Youngest was going to Boy Scouts with Hubby. Hubby had to take potluck dishes with him. I needed to make sure he was taking all of the food.

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Summer 2018 Accomplishments

As Phineas and Ferb say,
“There’s 104 days of summer vacation
And school comes along just to end it
So the annual problem for our generation
Is finding a good way to spend it.”

I don’t have 104 days off this summer.  I have about 70 days off this summer.  So, what do I want to accomplish during the summer of 2018?

  1. Finish decluttering my house – My aunt helped me reorganize my kitchen. I’ve also done the hall closet and am currently working on decluttering my bedroom.
  2. Take a class about Inclusion and the Special Education Student. I’ve already signed up for the class.  It’s a self-paced class and will help me with the way my career is going.  The focus is more on inclusion and less on pull out services for students who have been identified as having some sort of learning disability.
  3. Have my fourth EPIC adventure with Molly. She’s coming to town in 2 ½ weeks.  While she is here, we have many fun adventures planned.  (Click on the photo below for a link to the photos from one of the 2 adventures we had last year.)
    My Visit to Western New York
  4. Read at least 5 books if not 10 books.  I want to finish reading/ listening to all the Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mysteries series.
    Here are the books I have left to read/ listen.
    Espresso Shot
    Holiday Grind
    A Brew to Kill
    Dead Cold Brew
     
  5. Watch all 13 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. I just finished the third season.
  6. Getting a physical and other preventative care taken care of – Actually was done this week.
  7. Day trips around the area
    Peace Museum
    Boonshoft Museum
    Wegerzyn Metro Park
    Cox Arboretum
    Etc . . .
  8. Freezer Meals for the upcoming school year
  9. Focus on more writing for the blog
  10. Sleep – lots and lots of sleep

It’s not as adventurous as last year’s summer.  This year’s summer vacation will be focusing more on making sure I’m prepared for next school year.  My last 2 school years have been tough.

Have a magical day,
Traci