Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My "Have a Real Life" Plan

Fall Break was a hoot. and. a. half. Between the haunted houses, the Halloween parties, the fun sized candy (I'm lookin' at you mini almond joy...), the apple cider, the costume craziness, and birthday shopping (less than one week! Eep!!) I am just WORN OUT. But in a good way :) You know what I'm talkin' about. The kind of worn out you get after a really great, but really busy weekend.

Anywho, back to the point of this post! My "Have a Real Life" Plan.

This was something I developed last year when I realized that my sweet teaching job was turning into my 24/7 life. I love teaching with all my heart and soul, but the 17 hour days were making me love it a little less (all you first year teachers out there, you know where I'm coming from, right?). So thus was born, my "Have a Real Life" Plan.

I came up with a weekly system to help me get everything done at school and have minimal work to take home with me at night. Using this plan, I am OUT of the BUILDING by 4:00 and not bringing anything home with me! Wahoo!! Ok, well except if I have something extra super special happening that week and I want to do some more funsie planning at home. But all the usual, regular stuff is done by the end of the school day! Again, WAHOO!

*This is the plan I use in my classroom that works for me--if you want to give it a try or tweak it for use in your own classroom please do so!! I picked Monday and Thursday for my grading days because those are the days my kidlets have gym and music (not just because the alliteration in the name worked...though that may have played a small part in my decision...haha), which gives me time to actually grade.

* The only time I stray from The Plan is shortened weeks and the end of the grading period when report cards are getting ready to be sent out.

*drum roll please.....* THE PLAN!!

Manic (Grading) Monday

  • As stated in the name, Manic (Grading) Monday is the day I reserve to do a lot of my catch up grading. You know, all the grading that totally should've happened last week but definitely didn't? In my opinion, that's why the Good Lord created Mondays :)

Techie Tuesday

  • Tuesdays are reserved for updating all technology related things...online grade book, blog, new (computer created) things for my classroom, updating computerized student files, yada yada yada

What's Next? Wednesday

  • Ahhh, planning day. This is the day I use my lunch hour to plan for the next week or two. I hunker down with my lean cuisine and get to it. I spend the 1/2 hour after school is done making all the copies--however, while I'm planning I'm also writing down each and every thing I need to copy so that I'm ready to go after school. 

Thoroughly Graded by Thursday

  • Another Grading Day. Self Explanatory Name.

Finalize It Friday

  • I double check to make sure grading is caught up, planning is done, copies are made and plans are finalized, organized, and ready to go for the next week.

TA DA!! There you have it, my friendlies. My go-to weekly plan for still having a life outside of school. Let me know if you try it and if it works for you too! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012


100 Followers?!? WOW! I can't even believe it, my friendlies!!

Thanks so much for reading and putting up with my shenanigans :) You're all so fabulous and wonderful! I just adore you folks out there in the blogging world. Thanks for the advice, the laughs, the friendship, and the support.

In short? You rock my brightly colored halloween-themed toe socks.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Help Please!

Our classroom has been infected with little tattle-bugs! What I mean is, I have never had a group of students so completely interested in tattling on one another and getting each other into trouble. Has anyone run into this problem in their own classroom?! I'm looking for any suggestions. Please leave a comment--my sanity may depend on it!

Friday, October 12, 2012


Once again...better late than never :)

1. Listening--I cannot get enough of Spotify. It's changed my tiny world. Love. It.
2. Loving--I am just in love with my class this year. They are so sweet and say the FUNNIEST things. I've started keeping a journal of all the crazy things they say and it's pretty great to be able to look back on :)
3. Thinking--I am ALL about Halloween so I can't stop thinking about super spooky fun ways to decorate my classroom and apartment. So fun :)
4. Wanting--Scary movies. I watch them year round (don't ask, I have no idea why I like them so much), but especially this time of year. I just can't get enough!! My friends and I turn off all the lights in my apartment, get some cereal (because what is a scary movie without sugary cereal to eat while you watch it??), and pick the scariest movie we can find. It's perfect :)
5. Needing--I need to cool my jets with the Halloween candy....yep, I'm lookin' at you Almond Joy.
6. Book--My favorite school book is The Ugly Pumpkin. Both poignant and silly it's the perfect autumnal story. My favorite not school book for this time of year is The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (all about the Salem witches). Such a fun read :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kids Say the Darndest Things (About The World)

So in our Treasure's Unit, we were reading the story My Name is Yoon and a lot of different questions came up about what it would be like to move to another country and/or moving to America...here are some of the best responses I've gotten.

Conversation Numero Uno:
Me: So, why do we think so many people want to move to America?
Kiddo 1: Because there's no slaves
Kiddo 2: Because there's no stores in China and they don't have to wear thingies on their heads.
Kiddo 3: Because we're free from the Germans!

Conversation Numero Dos:
Me: What would be the hardest thing about moving to another country?
Kiddo: Well, I would move to Ireland and the hardest part would be fighting the Vikings.

Out of the mouths of babes....

Daily 5

Ok ya'll. I just have to take a moment and tell you how much Daily 5 has flipped my world around. I've said it before, but last year I did my own version of Daily 5 centers--not really and truly following the plan. This year, I decided to really and truly try what they'd written and HOLY. GUACAMOLE. My world may never be the same. I absolutely adore it!! The process of building stamina, though lengthy, is so incredibly worth it. I feel like when I'm pulling kids, they really and truly are getting my uninterrupted attention. The room is quiet, the kidlets are focused, and the world is at peace (mostly).

Now that it's up and running, I have to ask, have you made any adjustments to Daily 5 that have really worked well for you? I'd love to hear about them :)