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Friday, January 31, 2014

My FIRST Five for Friday!!

Hello Friends!  Today felt like Monday since we have been out of school for 2 1/2 days, but it's Friday!  I love that!  Since it is Friday, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching Five for Friday!

Here are 5 random things from my week this week!

I enjoyed my first snow day as a teacher this week!  Only being in my 3rd year of teaching, we have lucked up with early releases or delays due to bad weather so far.  But I had 2 snow days this week and an early release on Tuesday.  I enjoyed my first snow day by starting out with a yummy and relaxing breakfast!

I usually make my breakfast the night before and pack it with my lunch and eat once I get to school and somewhat settled.  I always get to school just before 7 so I have plenty of time to get some stuff done before kids get there starting at 7:45.  I just can't make myself eat breakfast at 6:30 before I leave the house!

Before our snow days, I finally got around to taking pictures of our January-February bulletin board!  We did all of the crafting and work before track-out in December, all I had to do was take Santa down and put Olaf up when we came back in January!
I don't know about your kids, but my kids are obsessed with Frozen...and I have to say I am too!  I am big Disney kid, so working with 2nd graders is just perfect!

We showed off some of our new three-digit math strategies and did a little craft for our bulletin board.  The kids loved it!  And I love hearing all the other kids/students (K-12) coming down the hall talking about our bulletin board.  Everyone LOVES Olaf!

Starting when we returned from track-out in January, a team-mate of mine and I began flipping our classroom for math instruction.  I will have to write a blog post just about how we have it working in our room, but I used some time of my first snow day to start working on getting some video lessons for next week done!

21st Century skills - do you have to "teach" these to your kiddos?  This is a big part of our new teacher evaluation instrument and my mentor coordinator has been on me to focus on these skills more and more.  So during my snow days, I finally got around to getting some posters I made printed.  I laminated them this morning and got them posted in my room.  My kids were so intrigued and were like "wow, that is a lot of skills".  Now, I just have to figure out how to incorporate them into our discussions, but at least they are on the wall!  And the best part, she stopped by to chat while I was working on cutting them out...brownie points!

As mentioned earlier, I am a HUGE Disney fan!  Over track-out in September my dad and I took a week and went to Disney as a father-daughter trip.  It just so happened the day we arrived the new Vera Bradley Disney collection came out and I was so excited.  But I convinced myself I only needed a zip id case even though I drooled over all the pretty bags.  Well about 2 weeks after we got back, I decided I wanted the Vera tote as a new school bag, but of course they were all sold out online.  We took a quick weekend trip in December for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and they were no where to be found on the Disney property.  But Monday morning it was back in stock online and I was immediately online and ordered my bag.  It finally came today and I am over the moon in love!  It matches my duffel I got for Christmas!

Have a great weekend!

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