Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spontaneous


spon·ta·ne·ous

[spon-tey-nee-uhs] 
–adjective
1.
coming or resulting from a natural impulse YES or tendency ALWAYS ;without effort or premeditation SLIGHTLYunplanned STORY OF MY LIFE
2.
(of a person) given to acting upon sudden impulses. THIS IS ME...and apparently S

A couple of weeks ago, Love Bug and I came up with a plan. We decided that our goal by the end of the summer was to pay off my car and sell his car. That way he could have my old car since it is so great on gas mileage and a perfect little car...and I could get a new one. :) Well a week later he tells me he already has a buyer. Not that I didn't take him seriously, but I just didn't think it would really happen. Well it did...we sold his car today. So currently we are a one car family for the time being. This should be interesting. 
Goodbye little Explorer...you've been a great car!

Still accepting any and all suggestions for my new car...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The BIG Field Trip

This summer a friend and I came up with this great idea of taking our 5th graders on a out of town field trip through Education In Action. It looked like the coolest hands-on science field trip a teacher could ask for!

A lot of people doubted us and said there was no way it could be done...but I knew it could. :) The trip cost $86 a kid plus $5 if we wanted to include a dinner {and of course, we did} so $91 a kid. We did fundraisers back in September and October and wa-la, 2 months later we had already reach our goal of over $9,000!

Friday was the big day. We took 115 people down to Waco, Texas to the Cameron Park Zoo and then down to Georgetown to the Inner Space Caverns. Let me tell you people, it was SO worth every penny! We got to school at 6:00am and returned at 8:30pm. {Yes, you read that right...14 1/2 hours} The staff at EIA planned every detail from transportation, to food and activities....and led everything. It was SO AMAZING!

From the time we got on the bus, the learning began. They did activities during the whole bus ride, which thankfully made for a quick trip! They had journals they carried around and used throughout the zoo and the caves. Ahh, it was so great! I would encourage anyone living in the North Texas area to really consider this...the learning that went on and the experiences that were made were once in a lifetime!

Here are a few pictures from my phone {sorry in advance for the quality}
Leaving early Friday morning
VERY nice Coach buses...made the ride enjoyable 
 Learning about the Black Bears habitat
We did the Brazos river exhibit...so neat!
For the record, this is NOT with any type of zoom.
 I obviously was on the other side of the glass, but oh my word, how cool is this?!?

This was our train ride down into the cave
Just a glimpse of the awesomeness I got to see
What a FUN day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pure Happiness


Today I am linking up with Beth's blog for Flashback Friday. I came across her blog earlier in the week and I knew I wanted to participate. I had SO MUCH fun looking for these pictures. {All curtsey of Google Images} Something about looking through these just brings my little heart pure happiness. Aww...what I would give to go back to these days.
BIG Smiles writing this post! Love Flashback Friday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Teacher Thursday

I am actually having a guest blogger today...MY Mom! As you may remember from my Breathtaking Award post, I shared with y'all that my mom is the person who most inspires me. She teaches 2nd grade and has tons of great ideas. Here are a couple ideas they've been doing in their room. 


First one is my Valentine Glyph for graphing. 

The kids loved collecting data this way.  It's much more fun gathering and showing data than just writing it down or making tally marks.  Then we made a bar graph to organize and record the data.  They really had fun with it. 

The other project is a reading competition between the 2 second grade classes.  We're trying to build an excitement for reading books and taking Reading Counts comprehension tests on the computer.  Every time the kids pass a test, they get to add a circle to our class's caterpillar.  The class with the longest caterpillar by June wins an ice cream sundae party and the losing class has to serve them!  


The first 4 days of the contest our kids passed over 50 reading tests!!!  They are really motivated and it's going to help their reading fluency and comprehension on top of it!  Every time we go down the hallway, they are so excited to see who is ahead.  


Every time a student in my class passes a Reading Counts test on the computer, the whole class cheers.  It's really fun!  So we are thinking this is probably the best project we've done so far this year.


Thanks Mom! Feel free to share your ideas on my blog anytime!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Something Borrowed

I've seen this post floating around the blog world and thought I would share too. Since I've been pretty open about my love or lack of reading books, I thought it would be nice to promote one I actually read. It was a great book to read by the pool. Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin.
Well ladies, get your besties together and make plans for a Girls Night in early May. This is a must see movie. Enjoy the trailer!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Jumping on the Bandwagon

I saw this handwriting post on Sarah's blog and thought it was pretty fun. So I guess I'll join in on the handwriting "extravaganza."
Here are the questions:
1. Your name/blogger name.
2. Your blog's URL.
3. Write "the quick fox jumps over the lazy dog".
4. Your favorite quote.
5. Your favorite song.
6. Your favorite band/singer.
7. Anything else you'd like to say.
8. Tag 3-5 people.
I totally just realized the reason we write this dumb sentence...Feeling a little dumb at the moment. :)
Guys, This is not just a plug...he really is amazing! 
Check.It.Out.
I forgot to mention that this field trip is from 6am-8pm, so seriously, pray for me!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

For all you TEACHERS out there...

You've probably seen this before, but it never hurts to see it again. {Especially where I live and so much about cutting teacher's salaries, jobs, closing schools, etc is going on}

Enjoy.

Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours). 

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET'S SEE.... That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher's salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) 

WHAT A DEAL!!!!

What Is Going On Here?!?

I know some of you might think I am making this up, but it's true... I have just received my second blog award in one week! I am not sure what's going on, but I will gladly accept! I was thrilled to find Sunny's blog because she too teaches 5th grade! I love her blog name, The Caffeinated Teacher: I'm useless without a Diet Coke. Ha!  That's totally me, except I would insert Dr. Pepper.
The Rules
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 5 great recently discovered bloggers
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award

Hmmm...7 things.  Here goes nothing...

1.  I am addicted to Dr. Pepper.  I recently quit for 75 days for no particular reason. I guess I just wanted to prove to myself I could. I love it too much to remove it from my life forever. It's a love/ hate relationship. :)

2.  I only have one wisdom tooth. Yes, it is totally possible and normal...right? :) I am also getting ready to have it removed. Which may not be normal considering I am 31 years old. lol

3.  I have the strangest allergies of anyone I know. My Allergist can't even figure me out. My symptoms change season to season which makes it close to impossible to stay on top of them. I deal with it the best I can.

4.  I have always wanted to be a teacher. It is my passion.

5.  I LOVE Reality TV! So much that my Love Bug and I pretend we have our own show {which is currently unnamed} We don't video tape it or anything, just constantly talking about our "episodes." 

6.  I contemplated starting a blog for 2 years because I thought in order to blog you had to have a baby or a REALLY interesting life. Boy was I wrong. :)

7.  I  call my little sister every morning on the way to school. Hands down, there is no better way to start my mornings. AND I talk to my middle sister every day after school...again, I can't think of any other way to end the work day. I love my sisters more than life itself!! 

Here are 5 blogs I want to give the Stylish Blog Award too...





Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Me...Breathtaking?


STOP. THE. WORLD.
Katie Lately has received it's first award. Man, I feel like such an official blogger now...still shocked that anyone other than my family reads this. :) Thank you Sarah for giving me the Breathtaking Blog award...I'm glad you like my blog as much as I love yours! 


Questions to answer:

1. Who/what inspires you?
My mom inspires me. She is the best, most creative teacher on the face of the planet. For real. She is, by definition, exactly what every teacher should be. I hope to be half the teacher she is one day. Love you Mama!

2. What is your favorite season and why?

This might be a tie. My whole life, I've always said Summer...for the obvious reasons {no school, pools, tans, dresses, etc} BUT, living in Texas kind of ruins that a bit. When its 110 with no wind, you really don't even want to go to the pool...so my most recent favorite is Fall. It's still pool weather until about the end of October, but more like 80's-90's with cool autumn nights dropping into the 60's. Yep, Fall I think wins this tie.

3. What are you most looking forward to this year?

I am putting this in quotes. This is actually what Sarah said in her answer. How crazy is it that this is my answer too!?!? It's quite possible that we could be the same person living in different states. Ha! But here is what I am most excited about at the moment..."Paying off my car. It should be paid off soon and I can't wait to get rid of that payment. It's been 5 long years."

4. If you could write a book about anything what would it be about?

When I was in college I actually had to make a children's book for a math lesson. I must admit, it's pretty cute. Believe it or not, I still read my book every year. It teaches Area through the eyes of Mya the Bee and Farmer Steve. Maybe one day I'll take pictures of it and post it. :)

5. What is your greatest passion?
Teaching! I have never felt so passionately about anything. I couldn't imagine doing anything else in life. Being a teacher is seriously the most rewarding job...these kids make it so worth it!

6. If you could change one thing about your life or yourself, what would it be?

I wish I could have better comebacks and words would just roll off my tongue right when I need them to. I am more of a "I need to take it in, give me a minute to think about what you just said" type of person. I can't tell you how many times I look back on situations and say "why didn't I think of that then" I have the greatest comebacks ever...they are just usually an hour or two later. Lol.

7. Lastly, what is your favorite novel?

Well this is embarrassing! Since this is my blog AND I am working at this "being transparent" thing, I will be honest with you. I don't really read. I love magazines and blogs...but that's about it. I just don't have the attention span for it. I am not one to sit in the same place for an extended period of time and I can't imagine sitting down and ONLY reading for an hour straight. Now with this being said {again, no judgements} I did read the entire trilogy of Lauren Conrad's books. Yes, I said it. I enjoyed them thoroughly and read all three books cover to cover!
Now I get to pass on this award! I'm passing it onto:




Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Two Things Tuesday

Two. Things. Tuesday

I have two things to talk about (shocker, I know... the list is actually quite longer but I'll spare you!). It's Tuesday. Hence the Two Things Tuesday! :)


{one}




PRAISE THE LORD for this beautiful weather! It was 77 with blue skies today. Now THIS is my idea of winter. I do live in the south for a reason people. Please, PLEASE let it not get any colder than...um, 50 until at least November. The warm weather makes me think dresses and dresses makes me think...Grammy's. (since you know, it was just on) 
Here are my most favorite Red Carpet Dresses...


 Selena Gomez...She looked flawless
Kim Kardashian...holler! She looks amazing!
J.Lo...She's my girl! 
 Julianna Hough...Love, love, love this dress on her

{two}
I am super duper excited that one of my good friends has some big news! I will give you a hint...diamonds are involved. :) Since I'm pretty sure its not on public release yet, I will have to keep my mouth shut...BUT, I AM SO EXCITED FOR HER!!! 


In the spirit of...I wanted to give my friend (who shall remain nameless) some wedding advice.


I will kill you if you do this...Just say NO to the air brush.
No keg stands...

Do NOT dare....

No to the Twinkes and Cupcakes...