Dazzling at the door (143 out of 365) #blogaday

door welcome postThis picture on Pinterest really shows a great way to let the students know the positive mood of the classroom. Saying what kind of things the students will get up to while inside makes them aware of the learning that will occur. I love how it involves everyone right from the first entrance in the door!


Student scripture (142 out of 365) #blogaday

I thought this post was interesting because it showed me more about the writing process with children. I have seen some worksheets on the stages of writing, but it is important to actually read some works and interpret them. I could get most of the words out of the pages – but some were not in the correct order (due to the placement on the sheet). I love how creative children can be in their writing, and how open they are with abrupt endings! It really makes me want to use some of Lucy Calkins’ writer’s workshop materials to encourage a more engaging style of writing throughout the school years.



Handling the heat (141 out of 365) #blogaday

As summer approaches, it is important to get out into the sun as much as possible – BUT it can be very draining. Today, I went out for a walk and have been exhausted ever since. It was probably during the peak of the heat, but I wanted to get outside and enjoy it 🙂 All-day classes will be difficult because you are stuck indoors…One of my teachers sent an email saying to bring blankets the first day of class to store for when we decide to have class outdoors, which is a plus!

It feels so long since last summer when I started this graduate program, but I am mostly happy with the journey. I have grown, and met some wonderful people who I think could stay close friends. Let’s enjoy the weather so we have something to look forward after a long day!


Monitoring money instruction (139 out of 365) #blogaday

Since I want to be a second grade teacher, it is important to have fun ways to teach coins and counting with money. The books and pairing game on this website look great for explaining what the coins are and adding on. I was thinking I would have the students split into groups (each with a book) and see what they can discover about counting money. Having children learn from each other and figure out the knowledge is much more beneficial than simply teaching them what a quarter, nickel, and dime stand for. We would do a compare and contrast chart with the coins during the discussion (if no one brings it up, I would give a leading question). I look forward to trying this out when I become a teacher!



Why has History hibernated? (138 out of 365) #blogaday

Conversations that went on at a dinner party tonight made me think about the impact of History and how it is taught. It also depends on the person and how interested they are in the subject; however, you can make most things engaging if it is taught effectively. I could not contribute in the conversation, and I think part of it is my nature – BUT a large portion of it was that I did not want to embarrass myself by stating something that was not true. Besides one year of engaging History class, I can say that my experience learning the subject was very dull. We read from the textbooks and had lectures about it more often than not. Involvement in the topics and actually having debates would have helped me understand more about politics and remember a lot more of the content.


Art aloud (137 out of 365) #blogaday

Incorporating artists into read-alouds is a great way to have the children broaden their horizons as they are hearing a fun story. I wasn’t aware of these books before this post, so I appreciate that it was in my feed!

A Reading Corner

5 Artist Picture Books

DiegoDiegoby Jeanette Winter

Written by Jeanette Winter, this book will captivate you with illustrations and the story of Diego Rivera (in Spanish and English). The story is informative for all ages and conveys Diego Rivera’s celebration of Mexican culture and the people of his country. The story serves as an excellent introduction to his artwork and life. Older students can continue their research to delve more into his childhood and later, his move to Paris and back to Mexico, especially as this influenced his artwork. Students will learn about his murals as well as his passion for social justice.

VivaFridaViva Frida

by Yuyi Morales

Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s celebrated artist and passionate woman is seen through vivid language and poetry – all accompanied by lush, vibrant and colorful illustrations. The poem is told in both English and Spanish, and celebrates Frida with strong verbs and a style that evokes Frida’s…

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Validating with vinyl (136 out of 365) #blogaday

I went to a fair that sold records today, and it reminded me how much I like browsing the bins for fun vinyl 🙂 It was a productive few hours and I was able to find Bowie, Elton John, Lulu, among others. Just being able to take my time, observe the other people who are looking, and see what is selling is very relaxing. I look forward to playing my records when I get back home! I also found some old books that are in the noir style (“yellow” books) – I am excited to read those old mysteries.

Sometimes, you just need to re-find your passion (mine being music). I usually look in the bins at stores, so combining the vinyl with the new scene of individual vendors selling allowed me to be positive throughout the experience.


Can you count on covers? (135 out of 365) #blogaday

Very interesting points made! I have never really noticed the impact of a book’s cover, but children probably pick books they want to read based on what it looks like.

Nerdy Book Club

dark days both covers

Some books have a what I consider a “cover identity crisis.”  Covers communicate mood and genre and setting — and then there are those covers that confound.  The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin is one such book with a confouding cover.  In hardcover, it features three cartoon-art friends, tiptoeing forward in what first appears to be a Hardy-Boys-ish sleuthing story for tweens.  In paperback, the cover is a brooding, black-and-white shot of an adolescent walking away from us down a railroad track.  It leave you thinking, “Why yes, those days must be dark!” But don’t let the cover(s) fool you.  In some ways, the book is neither a typical detective story nor a piece of realistic teen fiction, and in other ways it is both.  Part of what I love most about The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin is its ability to dabble in a little bit of…

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Have to, hope to, happy to (134 out of 365) #blogaday

While I was browsing (bloglovin.com) for the other blogs I follow, I came across storiesbystorie.blogspot.com. She had a very interesting style of post written a few days ago, and I thought I would try it myself. You list 3 things you have to do, 2 you hope to do, and 1 you are happy to do.

Have to

Buy summer class books

Call about financial aid

Sort through apartment

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Hope to

Continuing relaxing without losing my “mojo”

Be able to see some friends during my move out process

happy, have, hope list

Happy to

See one of my friends from high school tomorrow!