Sunday, September 16, 2012

Currently & New School Year Update

First things first! Farley's latest "Currently"!  I finally figured out why I haven't been getting these in the email...silly GMail marked it as spam! :(  In any case, if you're as behind on the times as me, go ahead and click that picture! It'll lead you straight to it.

Next on the agenda - school updates!

Our school received some big, big news a few weeks ago! I want to wait on the actual reveal until it turns out to be fruitful.  I know, I know - why bring it up then?? Answer: I have no idea why I'm bothering to mention it.  I guess just wanna let anyone reading this know we had something very exciting happen!

I have also gotten the go-ahead from my media specialist via her boss for blogging.  I am super, super excited to bounce ideas around with her.  We need to schedule times to meet up to discuss and get it set up.  My thinking is that we'll probably be fully up and running late October, early November with blogging.  I cannot wait to give you all the update on how I structured it and how it's being received! So, so excited for this green light!! :)

Still working up the nerve to implement my rotations in math & reading.  Any last minute insights or help would be greatly appreciated!!  I'm incredibly nervous about it even though all I hear are great things. I think it's just the overwhelming idea of all the things I'm trying to undertake right now...  It just seems like so much, but I know rotations are rewarding and worth it.

It's crazy to me how it's already starting on week 4 this Tuesday!! So much has happened and yet so much still needs to be done to get this year well and truly underway.  My to-do list is part of the reason why I haven't yet uploaded pictures of my room.  Some things still need to be put up before I'll be satisfied enough to do the reveal.  It is currently lacking - and I really, really need to set up my rotations board!

Let's see... what else...  my school is starting off the school year with a few interesting after-school events to welcome families back into the year.  I've been to both so far, and they've been great! The first was a picnic, where I got to catch up with old students and their parents.  It was wonderful to see two of my girls sound like they're thriving in their middle school environments.  It made me so happy.  I also spoke to the father of one of my boys and while hearing about his adjustments to middle school, I also got to brush up on my Spanish! I'm really rusty, especially since our summer break. :(

The 2nd event was a soccer game... I got roped into it and (not to be stereotypical, but of course...) my boys were REALLY excited to hear I was going.  So... I went.  I played.  More importantly - I HAD FUN! Now, I am not a sporty person by ANY stretch of the imagination, but boy!! It was so much fun reliving my own middle school "glory" days playing defense.  I was a somewhat fierce contender if I do say so myself...! Two of my boys on the opposing team were pretty impressed with me.  Go figure the one actually ON my team thinks I didn't do anything.




Anyway, that's pretty much a wrap!  It's pretty quiet out there - is anyone listening?  Are you there BlogWorld? It's me, Cindy!  Please let me know if you're interested in anything I've posted about in previous... posts lol.  I'd love to share, but don't want to go through the trouble of uploading resources if no one is interested.

Oh, one more thing.  I've failed on reading picture books thus far.  GOTTA get back up on that! But, I did sign my class up for J.K. Rowling's podcasty thing from Scholastic. Debating doing Taylor Swift's.  Decided on reading Sorceror's Stone for my read-aloud.  Half are pleased, half are not thrilled.  I always feel bad about read alouds! I can't imagine they're enjoyable for everyone... that makes me feel bad.  Hmm.  Hoping watching J.K. Rowling will change their minds.  My 6th grade Reading teacher introduced me to HP with a read aloud and changed my life forever.  I hope I can do the same.  That's why I chose it, really.


  1. Hi Cindy! I found your blog through Oh Boy Fourth Grade and we are kind of kindred spirits! I just started blogging today and noticed that you're fairly new to it, as well. How is it going for you?

    I also wanted to say that I LOVE the idea of having your students blog during reading. You could use it as a journal and post a prompt that they respond to in a comment. That's what I would do, but I'm sure there are so many other options for it.

    Have a great night,

    1. Thanks for visiting! It's going alright... very slow-going at the beginning like it is for most, I would imagine. I joined things like the Newbie Blog Hop to get some readers. It makes it so much easier to "meet" people!

      I cannot wait for blogging to become a reality in my room! I think the kids would love it. I just have to find some time to carve out to meet with my media specialist. Your idea is pretty similar to what I'm considering. Between the media specialist and our reading specialists, I'm getting plenty of ideas so I'm hopeful it will keep the blog alive once it gets going. :)