Five for Friday {November 13, 2015}

November 13, 2015 5 Comments

Good morning!  I haven’t blogged since going back into the classroom exactly a month ago, so what better way to jump back into the blogging pool than by linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and her weekly Five for Friday!?!

First up is this little peek at my new objectives board… for TWO reasons.

1) I had to share the adorable headers that I got from my amazingly talented friend Maribel at Learning in Wonderland.  I’ve decorated my classroom using her very cute woodland creatures goodies, and these labels add a sweet touch.

2) I was hoping to have a post ready last night about the new way I will be interpreting and sharing learning objectives with my students – but I was too pooped!  (No kidding… I was so excited to read my new Mary Higgins Clark novel, and I didn’t even get through one page.  Needless to say, I couldn’t stay up long enough to write my post!)  I will be writing about this over the weekend, because I’m really excited to share my thoughts about standards, objectives, and student learning.  More coming soon!

Without a doubt, my kids’ favorite thing to do is STEAM!  We have a STEAMy Wednesday each week, but I try to sneak in an additional challenge when we’re able.  Last week the challenge was very simple but good for lots of learning:  create a corral that could hold all members (without touching each other) within its confines using the least number of sticks.  I’m so impressed by my students’ creativity as they design solutions, and the bonus is that they learn so much about working together cooperatively and purposefully through STEAM challenges!

I decided to follow the advice of SOMEBODY WONDERFUL (but I can’t remember who!!!  I will have to come back and edit when I find her blog post) and switch up my classroom job assignments to be full-year responsibilities.  As part of our process, I had my students apply for three jobs they would be interested in holding all year long; the application included informal credentials, in which they tell me why this job would be a good fit for her/him.  This little sweetie wrote one of my favorites.  We’ll just skim over the first, in which it looks like she is applying for classroom MASSAGER (yikes!  That is MESSENGER, I promise!).  The cute part though is what she shares about VACUUM DUTY:  she says she’d like this job because she “won’t vacuum people’s feet up because that’s mean”!

We had our school Fall Festival last Friday!  It was a lot of fun – our fourth grade team manned the Knock Over the Milk Bottles game, which proved to be a favorite!  And when I posted this photo on Instagram, I learned that my very sweet teammate Ashley (standing next to me) student taught with my adorable bloggy buddy Caitlin of The Kinder Garden!  What a small world!

Last weekend I drove to Palm Desert to visit my amazing grandmother, who is 96 years old!  This photo of us is on our way to church.  She still goes to church each Sunday, cooks every day, plays bridge with her girlfriends, and loves to crochet and make fudge!

Have a fabulous Friday the 13th!

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  • mteer November 13, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    What a great blog!! Love your little hedgehogs. 🙂

    I really like the idea of having your kiddos apply for a classroom responsibility….fostering such independence is awesome!

    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Blessings, Kenz

  • tidy teacher November 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm

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  • tidy teacher November 13, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Those STEAMY wednesday challenges looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • The Designer Teacher November 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Your grandma looks fab… love the topknot!

    Years That Ask Questions

  • Leslie November 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    How blessed to be so active at age 96! I'm a tad bit younger and I STILL can't make fudge nor can I play bridge! Thank you for sharing your grandmother with all of us! 🙂

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