“A Wormy Day”

“Miss Bless!  Miss Bless!  There are worms all over outside!”

This is how the students entered the school today.  It rained this morning and the worms were out!

As the students stood in line to move their magnet to their lunch choice, they continued to share the worm news with me.

“MD touched a worm!  He was holding it in his hand!”

“I did.  Right here!”  MD responded, pointing to his hand.

“MD,  you know what that means?”  I asked.  “It means you are going to start turning into a worm.”

He laughed, used to my joking.  “That would be awesome!”

Then, as he was trying to pick up his magnet, it kept getting stuck to the other ones and he couldn’t get a grip on it.

“See MD!”  I pointed to the magnet.  “It’s already happening!  You are turning into a worm!”

Again, he laughed, ordered his lunch, and began to walk away.  Suddenly, he turned and said, “Hey!  That’s my slice of life for today.”

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One of the great things about this Slice of Life Challenge is that the students are noticing these tiny moments.  Moments that wouldn’t have become cemented in writing before, are now being shared with the world.

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“Someday you will learn to ride a bike!”

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hI wasn’t ready to write yet.  There are a million things to do in the morning once I get to school:   the morning message, daily schedule, grading, organizing, approving blog posts and comments for our third grade slicers, and the list goes on.  As I sat at my computer, approving posts and comments from yesterday I got to a comment that made my day!

Last month one of the students wrote a post including a list of things she likes to do.  I commented on her post, including a mention of the fact that I can not ride a bike (one of the things on her list.)  This was a hot topic in our class after that.  How could Ms. Bless not know how to ride a bike?!  It led to a bazillion questions and comments in person and a few on the blog.

This morning I approved this comment…She just made my day… and it is only 7:00!

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What I’m Loving Wednesday 2.18.15

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 2.05.13 PM     The last few weeks have been ROUGH, both personally and professionally.   I really am in no mood to write about what I’m loving today, because honestly, I’m not loving much.  However, since I’m feeling like this, I’m thinking it is more important than ever to remember that I am lucky. So…here it goes…

♥  I have a job that doesn’t involve dressing like the Statue of Liberty and dancing on a busy road.

Every time I pass by one of those people I feel bad that they have to dance in the gold wearing that outfit to earn a living.  I am also extremely grateful that I earn my living doing a job that makes a difference, that gives me a creative outlet, and that does not require a costume.

51R6KBB4YSL♥   The Tale of Despereaux:  Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread

I love this read aloud with our third graders!  We just started it this week and the kids are enjoying it.  We read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane earlier this year and so the kids were excited to read another by Kate DiCamillo.  I love how the author addresses the reader in each chapter!

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Seeing pictures like these remind me how lucky I am to have one amazing boy!

♥  Kindergarten Minds

While observing in a kindergarten room today, I heard this conversation.  The teacher was modeling drafting using pictures and labels for nonfiction texts.  Her topic was cars and a section of it was about what cars need.

Student A raises his hand, “You forgot to put an engine.  All cars need engines to run.”

Student B, “Well, actually, I need to tell you,” speaking to A, “not all cars have engines.  Some run on engines, some on        gas,  some on batteries.”

“And some are electric,” chimes in Student C.

The conversation went on between the students, ultimately it was decided to include the picture of the engine.

Screen-Shot-2015-02-18-at-12.53.59-PM-10mofw0-300x198♥  Reading blogs written by my students.

Click on the picture to read the Slice of Life that goes with the photo.  And click here to read more about our classroom blogging adventure.

 

Sunday Letters 2.15.15

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Dear Students,20150205_153715

I am so proud of your blogging and I can’t wait until the March SOL Classroom Challenge!  You have grown so much in your writing and every thing else this year.  You are amazing, spunky, special kids and I am so grateful to be your teacher!

Sincerely,

Your Proud Teacher

P.S. I’m also very grateful that you don’t eat pencils like this one that I found in a Kindergarten room.

PicMonkey CollageDear Self,

You totally deserve the gifts you bought yourself for Valentine’s Day!

Me  🙂

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Dear Amanda and Liz,

I absolutely love being your mentor!  You both are very talented and dedicated teachers and I am learning so much from you.  I know that this has been a hard year, but just think of how far you have come already.  You are making a difference in young lives every day.

With pride,

Your Mentor

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Dear Gilmore Girls,

Thank you so much for existing.  (And thank you Netflix for making binge watching possible!) You were the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day night as a single introvert.  🙂  If only real people had conversations like Lorelai and Rory.

I just found out, through Pinterest, that Stars Hallow is a real place called Washington Depot or something.  I really want to take a road trip now!

Sincerely,

A Devoted Fan

Classroom SOL Challenge…We’re ready!

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 7.12.13 PMOur class is blogging and I must say they are pretty fantastic!  This fall we asked the students to put their weekly letters to us about a book on Kidblog.  Then, right before winter break we introduced blogging and edublogs.  This way the kids get more choice:  theme, formatting, and blog name.   One week before winter break and these last two weeks…the kids are ready for March’s Slice of Life!

Screenshot_2015-02-14-19-31-05In preparation for our March Challenge our Literacy Coach created a fabulous bulletin board to track student blogging and we included information in our biweekly parent newsletter.

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We taught the kids different topics they could write about, including a slice of life.  We also stuck in several mini-lessons on run-on sentences and possessive vs. plural.  After talking about what a “Slice of Life” means, we gave the kids notebooks to jot down ideas throughout the day.  Our young writers were totally motivated and even took them with to P.E. that morning!

20150213_115828Here are a few links to some great posts by the kids.  Clicking on the picture should bring you to the post…Enjoy!

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This one is about the SOL Challenge.
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Fabulous SOL by a very talented young writer!
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This SOL makes me question if this whole thing was a good idea…

Sunday Afternoon Letters

Dear Mother Nature,

Thank you for your fall temperatures!  I am loving sitting here on the couch, windows open, covered with a blanket.  I have been sleeping so fabulously because of you.  (6:30 last night to 10:30 this morning!) Maybe I’ll even wear boots tomorrow?!

Happy Camper

Dear Lucy Calkins and authors of Units of Study,

I am really enjoying my second year of implementing writing workshop and your Units of Study in our third grade room.  After graduating from college and student teaching I didn’t feel prepared to teach writing, but the more time I spend teaching from your units, the stronger I feel as a writing instructor.  Reading the students’ personal narratives really helps me get to know them.  Thank you so much for your guidance.

A Writing Teacher

Dear Michelle,

I know I have called you a Big Blogging Bully, and I stand by my words, but I mean it in a very positive way.  I may have been hesitant to start blogging, but you pushed me to do it and now I love it.  Becoming a writer has helped me as a writing teacher as well as being just plain enjoyable.

A Very Opinionated Teacher  😛