Category Archives: Journey Thoughts

Anybody else exhausted??

Overwhelmed? Stressed? Tired? Can’t think straight? Freaking out? 🙂

I worked in my classroom for most of the day-come to think of it, most of the night, too! 🙂 It’s looking better….I just still have so much that I need and want to do. My wants get ahead of my needs sometimes!

I did get the desks cleaned off today-and actually went through the stuff that was piled on them instead of just shoving it all into the cabinets-tell me you’ve never done that!

Although I have many, many, many things to accomplish before August 11th, here are the biggies:

1. Classroom library-I want to organize ALL of my books in my baskets with labels-I would also love to put them into (we’ll see if that actually happens) 🙂

2. CAFE Conferring Notebook-GOT to get all of this organized, especially since this will be my 1st year implementing it

3. Lesson plan template-I’m “thinking” about revising my lesson plan template that I used last year to something that will actually GUIDE me in my teaching

4. Reading notebooks-I want to get all of this “stuff” organized

5. Writing notebooks-I want to get all of this “stuff” organized

6. Writing-I didn’t do a good job of teaching writing last year, so this is an area that I want to improve on which means a lot of reading, thinking, planning, etc.

OK-I can’t think of anything else right now and really need to go to bed.

What are the things that you are working on for your classroom????



12 qualities of a great teacher

Here is a link to an article written by Valerie Strauss on another article written by Chris Lehmann on his website Practical Theory. He lists and briefly discusses 12 things that make a great teacher. Read through them and see which ones you exhibit on a daily basis or which ones you need to work on.

I feel that I exhibit a lot of them, but on a daily basis? Not sure! All the time? Not sure!

I do know that I constantly reflect on my teaching practice, and this occurs on a daily basis. All the time! Sort of obsessed about it! 🙂

Which one is your strongest quality?


Just got hit over the head!!!! :)

I know that a lot of my teaching strategies/styles, etc. need to change, and I “try” to change to better fit my students, but now it’s not a matter of just trying to change, it’s a matter of having to change! Our students NEED us to change in order to help them learn and live up to their potential!

Watch this video to see what I’m talking about!

Thoughts on Waiting for Superman

My teaching partner and I watched the documentary film “Waiting on Superman” a few months ago (with snacks of course-we wanted to feel like we were at the movies even thought we were in a 20X20 classroom!). We couldn’t believe the bias of this film-they totally gave a skewed vision of public schools, teachers, and unions or professional organizations! Now don’t get me wrong-I am ALL about improving public education, public schools, the teaching profession, and the list goes on! BUT-let’s spread the blame around fairly and evenly instead of putting it all on the backs of teachers, unions, and public schools. Anyway, I could go on and on and on and on-but I’ll save you from that! 🙂 I recently subscribed to a 5th grade teacher’s blog and wandered upon one of her posts about this particular film and wanted to share it with you! It was very enlightening AND I AGREE WITH HER!!! Right on sister…..

Good-bye to my 6th graders

Friday (May 27th) was our last day of school! Whoopeeeeee!!!! 🙂 Hello summer! 🙂

But, I will miss my wonderful 6th graders! Mr. Brady and I had 38 wonderful, well-behaved 6th graders this year. We took a picture of them on the football field waving good-bye! Here they are:

They made a poster for me, and they made one for Mr. Brady-here is a picture of mine.

On our last day of school we got out at 12:30 so hardly anyone came to school that day (it was actually one of our makeup days from the winter storm). There was one 2nd grade teacher who had NO students show up, some teachers had 3 or 5-I HAD 9 GIRLS THAT CAME TO SCHOOL. They had a blast!! They helped me with some stuff-then they played mad libs on the board, we went outside, we went to lunch, then they wrote their own play and acted it out twice!!!! It was so funny and cute! It is amazing the creativity that they can exhibit when you just get out of their way!!!! Here is what they wrote on the board before they left school that day-