Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Classroom Library Organizer

Check this out!!  Booksource.com has a free classroom library organizer. What a great way to keep track of all your books. All you do is add in all your books, add in your class list and voila. If you have a ton of books like I do and have struggled to find a system of how to keep track of them all, try this out!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

60 Second Recap

For anyone who teaches Middle School Literature, 60 Second Recap is a must!!! On this site Jenny takes just 60 seconds and makes sense of things like motif, theme, conflict for middle school and high school kids. She is funny, quick, and she make it make sense to them. Below is an example of one of Jenny's recaps!

The Protagonist | RecapResource | 60second Recap

The Protagonist | RecapResource | 60second Recap

Friday, January 27, 2012


Thanks to my little brother I just finished reading DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth. It is now my favorite book! Divergent is the first book in a trilogy. My brother told me to wait to read it because the second book will not be released until May 1st. Well, I couldn't wait. Now I have to wait 4 months to find out what happens next!!

Divergent takes place in a dystopian Chicago. During this time the society is divided into factions. Each of these factions is based on the cultivation of a virtue. Abnegation(selfless), Candor(honesty), Dauntless(brave), Amity(peaceful), and Erudite(intelligence). During a child's 16th year there is a ceremony that is held. Each 16 year old must choose the faction that they will belong too for the rest of their life. Most stay with their birth faction, but there are those that choose to to leave their family forever and find out what they are really made of.

Divergent started out a bit slow but it picks up speed and doesn't stop!! This is a must read for any YA!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Day In My Shoes

 I borrowed the pink shoe from Little Miss Glamour Goes To Kindergarten's blog. I never teach in tennis shoes and these shoes are to DIE FOR!

6:00: Alarm goes off and I am up and starting my day. I let the dog out, let the cat out, and get my 3 kiddos up too. I am truley blessed because my kids give me no trouble getting up. Once I have everyone up and in the living room I tag team my husband and he does breakfast.

6:30: I am finished getting ready and I go and help the kids get  ready. We lay everything out the night before and they wear uniforms so we don't have many issues in the morning. I fix the girls hair and make sure everyone looks presentable.

6:45:I am out the door and on my way to school. My DH takes the kids in the morning since they do not go to the school I teach at.

7:05-7:40:I arrive at school and do my usual morning routine. I grab a cup of coffee and sit and go thru my reader. I run off any copies I need for the day and go and get the Clickers from the office. 

7:40-7:52: My 6th grade start coming into the room. They order their lunch(via the Smartboard) and pack up for their morning classes.

7:52-8:00:Morning Announcements and prayer via the intercom.

8:00-8:45: 7th Grade Literature: Today we finished the book My Brother Sam Is Dead. I do this book in Lit class while the SS teacher studies the Revolutionary War. The students really enjoyed this book. They could not wait to read today to see how it ended. We read together today. I love to see the looks on their faces when we finish a book!!

8:45-9:30:6th Grade Literature: Today we finished up The Lightning Thief. We discussed how the characters have changed during the course of the book. 

9:30-10:15:6th Grade Religion. We are working learning the Liturgical Seasons. The students are creating online posters in Notaland. I don't think I will use this program again. I have had 6 students that go in to work on their project and it is GONE!!! The website does not have a number to call and emails are not answered. Frustrating to say the least.

10:15-11:00: 6th Grade Religion Class #2. We are working on the same things as the first class. I try to keep them together for my own sanity. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

11:00-11:45:7th Grade Literature Class #2. 

11:45-12:25: Lunch Time!! I take the kids to the cafeteria and then it is my time. I almost always spend this time with the 6th Grade Science Teacher. We are kindred spirits. She is my sounding board for all of my tech lessons. I don't know what I would do without her.

12:25-12:50:Homeroom. During this time the kids go to the restroom, get drinks, and get ready for the afternoon classes. They are supposed to be working silently. I usually have Channel One playing for them.

12:50-1:30:7th Grade Lit #2.

1:30-2:15:Finally, my plan time. Today I happen to have my monthly meeting with my principal. This is just a time where I share with him what is going on in my room and he can talk to me about anything he needs. Usually pretty short. The remaining time, I am planning Clicker questions, running copies, grading papers etc...

2:15-2:50:Computer Lab. I take a group of 6th graders to our lab. Today they are working on various projects. This time is for them to work on projects or I may introduce a new website to them, or brush them up on their basic computer skills.

2:50-3:08: Pack and Stack Time!! The kids fill out assignment notebooks, I sign the ones I need to sign, they stack their chairs, clean up the room, and out we go. It is a fast, crazy time!

3:08-4:15is:I spend this time, trying to find my desk back.I usually don't find it. I just shift my junk. I also collaborate with my Science Teacher friend. 

5:00:By this time I am back home with my three kiddos. We are doing homework, cooking supper, taking showers, doing laundry, feeding the animals, reading books, you get the idea!

That is a snippet of my CRAZY, Wonderful, Beautiful, Life!!!