Here are a few random things from my week:
I spent most of this week working on writing common assessments for our district. I learned a lot from the other teachers there and I can't wait to share some of the great ideas! Above is a picture of an activity we did prior to writing the assessment. It gave me some ideas for having students sort and sequence all sorts of things - place value, story sequencing, historic figure timelines, etc. Have you ever used a sort like this in your class? How did it go?
One of the teachers there had just purchased these books (she had the ELA one too) and shared them with our group. I am thinking about getting them, but I'm not 100% sure. Have you used these books (or types of books) in your class? What were the results?
On a non-teaching note, this week had a touch of sadness and joy when my second son moved into his own apartment! Well, technically not his own, he is living with his older brother, but still! Powell was born with special needs and we had been told he would never walk or talk. He just graduated high school last month - with a regular diploma! A bittersweet moment losing a son, but joyful knowing that he has overcome so much in his life to be able to take this step into adulthood!
On another kid note, Tyler got hit with a baseball at his practice Monday night. It hit him so hard, you could see the laces from the ball on his forehead! OUCH! But.. he is so tough - he smiled through it and asked to go back out after putting ice on his head for about two minutes. We will be heading to All Stars this weekend - it is supposed to be 106 degrees! YIKES!
And finally... can you believe it??? Today is my blog's one year anniversary! Time really flies when you're having fun doesn't it? But... that also means it is time for a giveaway! I will be having a giveaway starting tomorrow where I will be giving away some of my favorite things! A few fabulous TpT sellers will also be getting in on the fun with a few donated items as well! Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to enter!
Clipart from MyCuteGraphics.com