Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Scoop

After not blogging for over a month, I'm excited to get back into it!  There's no better way to do that than start off with Teaching Trio's Sunday Scoop!

Here we go....

I have to...

This week grades have to be finalized for report cards.  With district benchmarks and two bad weather days, I haven't gotten nearly the grades that I usually do.  This six weeks, I only have 20 grades for my students, and, normally, I have at least thirty.  Ugh!  I need to enter the last few grades and hit finalize, but for some reason I'm putting it off.  But I'll do it today!

We have a district made unit assessment after each unit, and our next one is Wednesday.  The day after each test, we go over the test as a class, and the students use a "Test Buddy" sheet to track their data on the state's student standards.  It is really an amazing thing listening to the students as we go through the test.  We have supporting standards and readiness standards in Texas, and I have taught my students the difference and importance of each type.  The test buddy shows which standard and type go with each question, and students get so excited when they realize they got all the questions right of a particular standard.  It's been a great tool for them to track their own data and build their self-esteem, while giving them ownership of what they need to work on to get better.  It must be working because my students had the highest scores out of our district on the benchmark we just took! (Brag!!!!)  They have worked so hard this year, and I am so proud of them!

Right now (shock!) my house is clean.  All except for the catch-all that is my coffee table.  I need to clean it off so badly, but what if I want to paint my nails with that color tonight?  Or do those crosswords later?  Haha!  Clearly, I'm a procrastinator....and lazy when it comes to cleaning the easy stuff.

I hope to...

In the next couple of weeks, I'm getting new flooring in the bedrooms of my house.  Which really makes me want to paint and rearrange my room!  So I'm hoping to pick out paint colors for the walls pretty tomorrow!  It's super dark in my room - so I can sleep late on the weekends! - but I think that it's time to lighten up the color on the walls.  All I know is that one wall will be turquoise!  I'm so excited!

In January, I made a Perimeter, Area, and Volume activity with a pirate theme.  My students loved it, so I need to put it on TPT.  It looks super cute, and reinforces adding and multiplying with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.  Hopefully I'll get that up in the next couple of days.

I'm happy to...

It has been a rough couple of weeks for me personally.  And the best way for me to deal with it is to read, read, and read!  So I've read the first six of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series, and now I'm on number seven.  They are so long, but SOOOOO good.  I am going to get it finished today.  Hopefully.  Then, it's on to book eight.  I love that my dad buys all these books and shares them with me!  It definitely helps me keep my book purchasing down!

Have a great week everyone!  One more week until it's Spring Break for us.  Yay!!!