Sunday, August 2, 2015


Summer sure is getting in the way! haha
I'm linking up a day late and will probably be 982379837 on the list...but don't care :)

Link up with Farley and her beloved Currently!

LISTENING: Hubs is flipping through channels, falling asleep, changing channels, falling asleep...
LOVING: Summer, summer, summer! It's FINALLY HOT in Chicago and I am LOVING it! I LOVE the hot weather. I plan my day outside all day. (not loving the nasty storms we've had in IL this year...can we say storm/hail/wind damage??? not as bad as those poor people who lost their homes from those dang tornadoes)
THINKING: Everyone is BTS shopping and getting their classrooms ready... We are officially allowed in tomorrow. I don't see myself going in for at least another week. You all know I have a new job this year...So I don't have all those tedious things to do. I *think* I have ONE bulletin board in my office. So not worried... I mean, how weird will it be that I won't even have students the first couple of days of school?!?!? I can't even fathom this!
WANTING: Just ordered Learn Like a Pirate and Fish in a Tree on Saturday (yesterday) and it was on my front porch Sunday (TODAY)! Impressive Amazon Prime!!! Now, I want to dig into those books...I bet those will get my groove going (but I'm REALLY enjoying summer now). I'd enjoy them even more at The Dunes!
NEEDING: AHHH. Got a new Mac in June, and I JUST realized I haven't reinstalled all my fonts! So I'm stuck with "Chalkduster" for now. 
B2S RAK: A new teacher inherited 17 years of great stuff! I have more to give away...And it's not old and unusable stuff. It's great stuff-for real. 

Anywho, Link fun to chat with other people! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Guess Who's Back And Feeling Exhilarated?!

WOW! The teaching community has been quite inspiring this past week!
I didn't make it to Vegas. I was enjoying family time in the Caribbean! We went on our first cruise and it was AMAZING!

All this Periscoping going on!!! I haven't done it yet...But I've watched lots! I think I'll be ready to take the leap! I don't know what I'm going to say yet...but I'm gonna do it! You can find me @anchoredin3rdgr

As you see from my last post (forever ago), I will be in a new position next month. After 17 FABULOUS years in 3rd grade, I am the new Reading Specialist in my building. Talk about timing... I started working on this intense master's program last year... I honestly only did it because it would only take me a little over a year and I wanted to move on the pay scale.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that I'd LOVE it?!?! When I was working on assignments for class with my students, I was really loving what I was doing. I had one particular professor who acknowledged my work and would tell me things like, "Carrie, you really get it". I also had to present to our staff and had such positive feedback...I was like... THIS IS ME. THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO!
And cue the timing... This past school year I moved to another school within my district, I needed that for me too. Well, it just so happened that the reading teacher I co-taught with about 15 years ago was retiring. My district posted that job, I applied, the position was offered to me, and I said goodbye to my last set of 27 3rd graders.

I admit, I'm nervous. I am not an expert in reading. Sure, I have 17 years of THIRD grade behind me and now I'll have a second master's degree...but no expert in reading.
I have ideas. I have things I will want to work on improving in my school.  I have an excellent coworker who is experienced and has welcomed me into this new position. I'm excited!

Since I've returned from vacay, there's been this TPT blowup of TRIBES...I joined the 3rd grade tribe (don't want to waste all that expertise I can offer) and I joined a Reading Tribe (need some help from peeps who know), and I've been invited to other reading sites/Facebook pages. Periscope watching has been awesome. It's been exhilarating!

I've got some creating to do. I have some more reading to do. I have stuff to get going on! It's good to be back to blogging. I've learned SO MUCH this past year in my master's program and I can't wait to share.

Speaking of all this great blogging I'm going to do...I think I'm going to need a new name...But I don't want to get rid of "Anchored". What suggestions do you have?! Leave me some suggestions!

Talk to you SOON! Woo hoo!

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Hello to anyone who is still with me!
I know I've been absent…
Bear with me.
I'll be back…eventually…
I'm finishing up my 2nd Master's Degree (well not until July)
This program is kicking my tushy...

I will be starting a new position next year too!!!!

You're looking at the newest Reading Specialist!
Hanging up my many hats in 3rd Grade…Lifting the anchor and setting it down in another ocean of goodness…

I'll keep you posted! More goodness to come! I promise!

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Resolutions?!?!

I don't usually make New Year's resolutions…but thought this was a good linky and I like putting my goals on paper. 
I'm linking up with The Third Wheel to share my goals for 2015. 
HOME: I'm a piler. I like my piles… I should organize them better so they are out of sight… Need storage space. As I sit on the computer…I need to designate NO TECH time for myself.
WORK: I should be more consistent with Guided Reading and Guided Math. For some reason, this year has been rough. I've been using more of the approach of I teach, We try, You do alone… It's been successful, but I need to get those low and high kids in a better way…
HEALTH: As I said in a previous post…Last year this time-I gave up all pop. The past couple of months---it's been back. I drink a ton of water already (and I'm not a coffee drinker)…but need to cut out that pop. We have a treadmill now… My goal is just to use it. I'm not committing to times or miles, but to use it.
BLOG: With all I've got going on right now (Mom of 3 active girls, Grad School, Work, Jamberry, etc), It's been difficult to blog… and when I've blogged, it hasn't been valuable. I'm taking Grad School classes for my Master's in Reading! I've been learning lots! Lots to share! Need to blog about that stuff and the stuff going on in my classroom (Genius Hour, Coding, etc).

SoOoOo…. Link up and share yours!
Enjoy your day! This is my last day of Christmas Vacay….boo. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's Currently January of 2015!

Well HELLO 2015! Lots of 2014 was rough…Looking forward to a clean slate.
One of my FAVORITE things of 2014 was going to my first Dallas Cowboys' game (at Soldier Field).
Hope we take it all the way!

I'm linking up with Farley and her Currently Linky…
Here's mine!
LISTENING: When I started writing this the kids were playing Deal or No Deal on the Wii. So funny to listen to them get bummed when a big money case is opened or excitement over a little dollar amount. Now they've moved on to watching TV. I have a feeling we will all be moving slowly today.
LOVING: I am seriously loving being home. I have 500,000 things I should be doing, but am just enjoying whatever happens. Back to reality on Monday.
We've enjoyed the zoo, bowling, dinners out, hanging out...

Look at how close the leopard was at the zoo! Usually he's up on top of the rock. He was so pretty up close!

THINKING: I took down one tree right after Christmas so it could get out to the curb for pick up-plus I didn't want the tree to dry out and get needles all over. LOVED having a fresh tree this year…

WANTING: I'd love a bunch of money to update our house. We've been here 12 years and still have the same carpet and furniture in the family room. I desperately need to update… Please donate your cash. HAHA.
NEEDING: I need to get lesson plans done for next week and get two discussion boards done. ick. I'm officially half way through my Reading Master's… I'll be happy when it's OVER…This other Master's will push me to the max lane on the pay scale. Couldn't pass it up…no telling what the next contract will bring. 
YES: I WILL cut back on pop. I gave it up completely last year over Christmas Break… Just the past couple of months I started drinking it again…and it's ohhh so good!
MAYBE: I'll add exercise. We bought a treadmill for the family…I've done a mile. Need to be consistent… But I'm ok if I don't…I have too much going on that diet and exercise is just not a priority at the moment (I'm thankfully completely healthy besides that).
I WISH: I want to go on a big vacay this year with my family. Hoping to make it happen…but for now it's a wish.
Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is good to you!