Monday, July 29, 2013

Tryin To Get My B2S Mojo

Well, that's it, school starts exactly 2 weeks from today, 
2 weeks!!
I have 2 weeks to get my classroom ready, go to meetings, get my classroom ready, plan, and oh yeah... get my classroom ready!?!!
Can you feel my stress level slowly rising?

I think this is the longest it's ever taken me to get my B2S mojo back.
Normally I would have tackled so much on my To Do list,
but this summer, the only things I managed to put on my To Do list have been:
1.  Rest
2.  Relax
3. Recoup
My hubby saw me catching up on Joel Osteen yesterday and said,
"Oh, I see you're gearing up to go back, huh?"
Yes people, it was that kind of year last year.
But luckily, I managed to accomplish everything on my To Do list this summer ;)

One of the first things I always do is my room layout.
I liked my guided reading table near the entrance since it served as my desk area as well.  But it was turning into a catch all, not good for guided reading.
Wow, this is embarrassing,  can't believe I'm posting this picture, but it was the end of the year and I was trying to put stuff away :?

So I  was thinking about switching my library area with my guided reading/ teacher area.

Can I tell you what a pain moving that file cabinet was last year? 

I had to empty all 5 drawers just so that I can move it.  I have some awesome janitors that wouldn't have thought twice about helping me out, but it was the end of the year, and well, you know....

When I go back, I will definitely ask for their help :)

So here is my final plan.
My kids will ask why bother, because I like to move stuff around anyways, 
but everyone needs a good plan, right?

In case you're wondering, I'm using one of my favorite Apps, Good Notes, love it!
I was going to draw all this on paper, but using the markers on my mini iPad was so much fun :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

In Need Of Prayers

My daughter is studying abroad and I haven't really posted anything because I am so paranoid about things, but she's had an allergic reaction to something, she's allergic to penicillin and has a rash on her legs.  She's finally taking an antihistamine, after figuring out it might have been a Cordon Blue sammie, and now we're waiting.

Is there anything more helpless than waiting?
I'm trying to stay positive.  She'll be fine I know.  But still... feeling helpless.

And because I know there's power in prayer, please, please send your positive thoughts and prayers for my girl.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Do You Hear Crickets?

I sometimes feel like I do.
And then I get this 

 from a sweet follower, Carrie Dawley, and I think, ok Yay no crickets ;)

So if you wanna know a little more about me, read on ;)

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging so that my parents would have peek into our classroom.
Now I blog to share with other teachers.  I've gotten so much from other fabulous teachers and thought I would give some insight into a Dual Language classroom.

Have you always wanted to be a teacher?
Never considered it until I went to USC (fight on!) as a business major.   We all had to volunteer hours, so I volunteered at a school.  I loved it so much and after going back and forth, I changed my major, received my bachelors degree,  teaching credential, and have loved being a teacher for the last 19 years, YAY!

What is your favorite non-teaching website?
Pioneer Woman
Kevin & Amanda
I love that they're so down to earth and so willing to share

Do you have pets, children, or both?  How many?
My five kids are 22, 19, 17, 16, and 5, whew!
and our doggy, Sauza.

What goals do you have for the summer?
Rest, relaxation, and time with my family.
Also on the top on my list... scrapbooking, finally got my mojo back :)

What was the year, make, and model of your first car?
I still have my first new car, a 2000 Dodge Durango.
The window doesn't work, the AC doesn't work, and right now the battery is dead, just needs a little jump, but I'm still not ready to give it up.

Have you always taught the grade that you teach now?
I've taught Kinder, 1st, and 2nd.  Love them all :)

What do you like to do when you aren't teaching/grading/lesson planning?
I love watching movies and scrapbooking.

Out of all the places that you might have lived, which is your favorite?
I would love to live closer to the beach.

What is your must-have accessory for your work outfits?
Comfy shoes :)

What has been your least favorite vacation destination?  Why?
Desert areas, sorry, heat and I don't do so well together.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Anyone Keynote Out There?

Hola Amigos
Is there anything better than waking up when you're body is ready?
Late enough that you feel rested.
Early enough that you can enjoy a cup of coffee and listen to your music because everyone's sleeping still.  Maxwell station on Pandora, love me some good ole' R&B!

My brain has definitely enjoyed this summer.
Usually my To Do list is long, I love marking off what I've accomplished.
And much that I'll even write stuff I've done just so I can check it off :)
But this summer I just really needed a break.
I've been spending a lot of time enjoying my familia.

I have about 3 full weeks left of summer before I need to start heading to my class.
My laptop has still been freezing.
I lost Microsoft Office because I had gotten a great reduced price through my district, but I think it was a download.

So I'm thinking about Pages and Keynote, I would some advice :)
I used Powerpoint to make my printables and centers, but I'm wondering if Keynote is just as easy.

Anyways I'm off to enjoy another lazy day of summer ;)
Adios Amigos