Sunday, March 31, 2013

Last Day :-(

So, today is the last day in March...which means it's the last day for the daily Slice of Life. I have to say, I'm proud of myself for blogging almost every day this month....but I'm also very disappointed with myself that I didn't blog every single day. :-(

I'd like to say that there is a valid reason for missing a couple of days, but I would be lying. Two of the four nights, I was really tired and fell asleep on the couch when I got home from work. The other two nights, I was dog/house sitting, and I didn't have the password to log onto their computer. I should have just used my phone, but I really don't like blogging/typing big things on it.

Oh well....perhaps I'll be more successful next year with the challenge. However, 27/31 days isn't too shabby!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Break

It is officially Spring Break, and this is how I've spent my vacation so far:

  1. I have complete two deadly Crossfit trainings at 8:30 in the morning.  I have one more on Friday of this week.  What is wrong with me?!
  2. I have been house/dog sitting for a family that went to Florida.  Each time I've stayed there, I have ended up with dog fur all over my clothes and my body....including in my eyes and in my mouth.  YUCK!
  3. I have gone into work by 7:30 each morning....and have stayed there until 4:30 each day.  AAAGGGHHH!!!!
  4. I've completed all the official evaluation paperwork for my teachers....and it's on its way to the district office as we speak.
  5. I followed up with DCFS regarding a student.
  6. I've straightened up my office and thrown many things into the recycling bin.
  7. I worked with a colleague today and spent $35,000 on books for our school.  Gotta love Title I funding!!!
  8. I've read several outstanding books by Neal Shusterman....see previous posts.
  9. Some girlfriends and I have gone out to eat...and to see a movie.  This was a fun night!
Not much of a vacation, huh?  Well, at least I've gotten a lot of work done.  :-)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Call

Last night, I went to the movies with some girlfriends.  We went and saw the suspense movie The Call, featuring Halle Berry.  Check out this trailer:

It's about a serial killer who abducts teenage blonds, and Halle Berry is the 911 operator who tries to help the young girls.  Overall, it was a good movie....but the ending was bad.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Fantasy Book - must read

Last night, I started reading the book The Hunt for the Seventh, by Christine Morton-Shaw...and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!  If you like mysteries, ghosts, suspense, and children's chapter books, then this is a must read!

It is about a family (a father, a son, and a daughter) who moves into Minerva Hall so that the father can be the full-time gardener.  The son, Jim, comes across the ghosts of six Minerva children who have died every 30 years on the Summer Solstice.  These ghosts urge him to find the seventh child, and they give him clues throughout the story.  Will he find the seventh child in time?  What will happen if he doesn't?  Read the book to find out.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Neal Shusterman

This week, I've read three books written by Neal Shusterman:

1.  The Shadow Club
2.  Everlost
3.  Everwild

He is a literary genius!  Even if you don't like the genre of fantasy, you really need to pick up one of his books because he writes about crazy things that COULD be possible in our world thanks to all the crazy people out there.  Two of my favorite books are:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

HELP: Writing Scope and Sequence

Currently, our district does not have a scope and sequence for writing....or any kind of actual curriculum.  Although we enjoy the freedom of choice in Writer's Workshop, it can be frustrating to not have some kind of "plan" to help teachers better understand what should be taught/learned throughout the school year.  I'm wondering if any of you have a scope and sequence (K-5) that is linked to the CCSS.  Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I Love My Job!

How many people can say they LOVE going to work each and every day?  I hear people all the time saying they hate their jobs, they don't like the people with whom they work, they don't feel valued, etc.  This makes me so sad because you should feel energized and excited every morning when you wake up.

I LOVE MY SCHOOL!!!  In fact, I don't consider going to school a's not just a paycheck for me.  The people with whom I work are incredible, and we are truly all a family.  I enjoy that I can come in and work hard, laugh, learn, feel inspired, and grow as a person.  I feel very lucky!!

Now, don't get me wrong --- I have bad days or situations that are frustrating....but those are so far and few between.  I love my Shark family and feel blessed to be following the path that has been set before me!!!