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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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5 Reasons to Love Fall

This morning I made some pumpkin spice latte syrup so I could make myself a homemade pumpkin spice latte.  After I put the syrup in the cute bottle I got from Meijers, I started dancing around the kitchen singing “Pumpkin Spice” to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”

Sorry there isn’t a video of me dancing around while singing a crazy song.

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2017 – The Year of the “Bucket List”

Last January, I decided my 2017 was going to be known by the phrase bucket list.

So was this year the year of the “bucket list?”

In 2017, I had so many different experiences some that could be said were part of my bucket list even though I do not have an official bucket list.

Travels

Zoos and Aquariums – Hubby and my Official Bucket List

Random

  • Got my first tattoo at 41 years old – I did not know a tattoo was on my bucket list.
  • Gluten Free – I have been gluten free for 11 months now!
  • Book Reading – I have read/ listened to 41 books during 2017. I’m almost done with book number 42 so I may have one more done.  Tanya would have been proud of me.

I think I crossed items off of my bucket list.  Memories were made with family and friends.  My 2017 was definitely the year of the “bucket list.”

So what is my word for 2018?  You are going to have to tune in on Thursday to find out.

Have a magical 2018,
Traci

 

P!nk’s New Album and Mom, What’s for Dinner? – Week of October 15, 2017 – Blog Post #16

We are now on the downward swing of my Write 31 2017.  Yeah!

My favorite artist is P!nk.  I adore her.  Her music is the soundtrack of my life.

On Friday, I got her newest album, Beautiful Trauma.  I already have favorite songs that I’ve played on repeat a million billion times.

Everyone interprets songs differently.  So when I talk about my feels and thoughts about my two favorite songs from the album, be reminded these are my thoughts and feels.

“I Am Here” – Oh my goodness.  I feel as though it is speaking to me about my current situation in my school district.  We are in academic distress.  One of the lyrics is “I’ve already seen  the bottom so I have nothing to fear.”  It’s my rally cry.

The song also tells me to live authentically.  Live my truth not another person’s truth.  The opening line is “I open up my heart.  You can love me or not.”  I struggle with this bit constantly.  It’s a reminder to live my truth.

P!nk

Finally the song addresses the age old question.  What happens when we die.  “Where do we go when we go.”  Since I am Christian, I believe I go to Heaven.

The other song that speaks to me is “Barbies.”  She addresses growing older.  Since I’m over 40, 42 to be exact, life is totally different from when I was younger.  Sometimes it would be nice to go back to when life was so much simpler.  When I did not have to adult all the time.  Maybe that is why I love Disney so much.  I’m able to put adulting to the side for a while and be childlike while I’m there.

Hubby and I are going to go to see her in Louisville during my Spring Break.  I’m so excited.  We were able to get the tickets before the price gouging.  I’ve read a lot of people complaining about the price of tickets.  $500 or more per ticket.  The price for our tickets was not cheap and a lot more than I would have spent but Hubby knows how much I love her.  Seeing her in concert is on my “Bucket List,” so he was willing to pay those prices.

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