Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yikes! How is it the end of April already?! I'm not complaining by any means how quickly the end of our school year seems to be going, but I mean my last post was written at the beginning of this month! But don't take it personally- I just can't seem to keep my head above water at school or at home either.

C'est la vie!

 Anyways, last week our 3rd-5th grade students had their OAA tests. This year our school tried something new and each grade level K-2 "adopted" a classroom in grades 3-5. The thought was to provide some encouragement to those kiddos taking the test while promoting the need to 'Do Your Best' at the same time. I know my second graders had fun doing this and they liked the idea that they would be the getting these same acts of kindness next year.

First, we used the Operation-Ego- Booster pack to create letters to each student in the classroom we adopted. This pack is *full* of ideas to use. On the first morning of testsing, our grade-level lined the hallways to 'cheer' on our kids as the went to breakfast before testing time.

Then, each day that our adopted class had a test, we left them a treat on their desk. We found these adorable Motivational Testing Notes to use.

Such cute and easy ideas to use during state testing week. We take 2nd grade diagnostics in the fall and I am going to use some of these ideas for my own kiddos next year.

I'm off to take advantage of this rainy day and get some things done. Hopefully it won't be 3 weeks until I'm back again :)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Currently

How is it already time for April's eddition of currently?! I'm not complaining but I can't believe the end of the school year is approaching so quickly! Head on over to Oh Boy 4th Grade so you can join in on the fun too! 

I can't believe we only have 8.5 weeks of school left! I am thrilled at the prospect of summer being just around the corner and I know these weeks will go all to quickly!

Do you also feel like you have a never-ending to-do list. I mean I was on break last week and I am please with how much I go done, but the lists just keep growing.

It's Ohio.....and it's cold. Like way too cold. This morning when I headed to work it was around 30 degrees. That is February weather to me.'s April. We should be in the upper 40's by the end of the week. I'm sure it will feel spectacular!

The best advice I can give about blogging? Don't sweat the small stuff. There are so many fabulous, wonderful and over-the-top blogs out there. How you all manage to squeeze it into your life is beyond me. I started with high hopes and good intentions. But life gets in the way sometimes (ok a lot of the time) and all those plans I had for blogging or creating some new learning packs gets pushed to the wayside. And ya know what, sometimes I have to be ok with that. 

Happy April!