October 30, 2015

Five For Friday

Perfect. Magical. Lovely. Happy. Wedding.
October 25, 2015

You may kiss the bride!

The newlyweds at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Selfie Station!(Although we had someone else snap this for us!)

Old Married people coffee!

And one new blog post.
That's all for now. Maybe I'll write in complete sentences next time.   <3 <3 <3

October 29, 2015

A First For Me: Publishing Party

It seems to me that five days after your wedding is the Perfect time to throw a party at school, right? Well, call me crazy, but that's what I'm doing.

When the room parents in my class approached me with a desire to throw a fall party, I was a little nervous-we were not allowed to do things like this at my old school! So, before I talked to my principal about the idea, I decided to turn it into an opportunity to try something I haven't done before-have a writing expo! I was really excited about the opportunity for the parents to plan some fun food and games for us, but I was even more excited to let my students show off the amazing progress they have made in writing this year! My class and I decided to call it a "Publishing Party" because that sounds more fun AND there is some alliteration. 

Below are the steps I took to set up our party:

1. Created an invite and blog post to let my parents in on the idea and give them some advice about their special job as an audience.

2. Selected two pieces of student (published) writing, about a month apart that were both good pieces of writing, but also show growth.

3. Made it inviting by decorating each table, having students make a welcome sign, and creating special name plates for each child.

4. Set up the event as a sharing "museum". Parents will circulate the classroom to visit and interact with my writers. They will give each child they visit a fall leaf that was cut out on the Ellison machine. The parents have some special directions on this to make sure everyone feels included!

5. Left up anchor charts to show checklist and assessment (including samples that show Meeting, Exceeding, and Progressing work) pieces. 

After all of this is over we are headed outside to eat and play games! It should be a fun day! 

October 2, 2015

Five for Friday

It's time to link up and reflect on my week. I wasn't sure I would have enough interesting things to say-it's been a busy, yet mundane week. You are warned.

Last weekend, Arman and I went on a date in our new neighborhood. We got a little dressed up and spoiled ourselves with delicious food from The One Eared Stag. I love scallops and this whole dish was just right up my alley!

This week I also learned a lesson about gas stoves/ovens-that bottom drawer is not a storage drawer for my casseroles and pyrex! Oops! Apparently, it's a broiler drawer. And apparently, I'm on a learning curve with this stove. I'm glad Arman noticed something was going on before it got much further than this.

According to common knowledge I am going to LOVE my gas stove. But right now, I'm distracted by the OPEN BLUE FLAME and all of the heat that seems to escape out onto the stove top when the oven is on. Is that normal? I have no idea.

This week, I wrote two other blog posts! Go me! This one is about my favorite beginning of 2nd grade read aloud: Gooney Bird Greene. 

In this post, I describe my homework system for the year. I also share a video that I made for my Classroom Blog. 

It's October! Wedding Month! Halloween! Whoo hoo! I made my Uga a costume and put a clay pumpkin outside of our door. That'll be it for decor, but I love my little Uga kitty! Anddddd by the time we pack up the Halloween pumpkin, I will have a new name! Mrs. Tolentino! Do I sound excited?!

Enjoy your weekend! Go Dogs! Beat Bama!