I can not believe I have to go into work in a week to start setting up my classroom!
We have open house on the 15th...school is still on summer hours so it's closed every Friday...Since it's still on summer hours...they close up the building at 3.
I have so much to do. I mean, it'll get done and all, but I'm getting a little nervous.
With that said...I'm linking up with Covered in Glitter and Glue for What I'm Loving Wednesday.
One thing I'm loving this week is the hike we took today at Starved Rock. You may have seen my Instagram or FB or Twitter and see my post about hiking over 6 miles and we saw about 4 canyons. It was GORGEOUS out! Perfect day! Here's a few pics...
Look how tiny they look in this canyon!
Pretty waterfall and girls are exploring.
Another thing I'm loving is the weather. I LOVE HOT, but this cooling off has been nice too! I'm actually sitting here with windows open in sweats and a hoodie. Earlier today, I took my daughter to Poms Practice from 6-8, then hubby decides to let my 3 girls invite whoever they'd like over for s'mores. Just getting in...it was fun though.
Everyone was a sticky mess and the gorgeous evening turned out to be full of giggles and roars of laughter.
Making s'mores with friends.
I'm also enjoying a new release CD...Fight or Flight. shhhhh, i really don't like heavy metal.... BUT I do like some great rock...and Fight or Flight has some great rock!
I looooooove Chandler's voice, Donegan's guitar, and Wengren's drums...I may
or may not personally know one of the guys!
Super exciting right? Well, give the CD a listen...I like it and not because I know one of them (cuz i wasn't a huge fan of the previous HUGE band which was more metally and screamy-like).
I just like it and I've been listening non-stop.
on to a linky with 3rd Grade Thoughts...What I'm Reading...
(OMG, IT'S NOT A LINKY!!!! When I went to link up...it's NOT a linky..LOL! Well, I'll give a quick review anyway!!!!)
I've been reading lots of books this summer...pleasure and work...
I've read Teach Like A Pirate...(loved)...STEM Lesson Essentials by Vasquez, Sneider, Comer (still reading and giving me lots to think about)... and
Notice and Note Strategies for Close Reading by Beers and Probst
This book is realistic and makes sense.
Beers and Probst walk you through The Questions they Pondered...
Here are some of the questions they pose...
Is reading still reading?
What is the role of Fiction?
Where does Rigor fit?...
What is Close Reading?
Must Everyone read the same book?
They found there to be Notice and Note Signposts. The dig deep into six signposts...
Contrasts and Contradictions
Words of the Wiser
Again and Again
What I love about this book is it thoroughly explains the six signposts, gives real classroom examples, thoughts to ponder, lesson plans, and graphic organizers.
Between this book and the seminar I attended by Tim Shanahan www.shanahanonliteracy.com I feel more comfortable with teaching close reading and have a better understanding of close reading.
Not only have I been reading lots, I've been creating some things for my classroom. As you may know, I'm doing my Rock Star theme again. I LOVE it! I still give out birthday certificates complete with name filled out, to the birthday boy or girl...and a little gift to go with it. I'm big on birthdays. They are special. I will start putting together my gifts soon...I've posted what I do for gifts here.
Until then here's what I created for my birthday certificates...they are available on TPT.
And as I get ready to publish this post....I GOT AN EMAIL!
I received my Back to School Blogger Exchange PERSON!!!!!
SO EXCITED! I hope I can deliver something the person will LOVE...
I wonder who has ME?!?!?! I wonder if I gave my real name????
I CAN'T REMEMBER! HAHAHA.