Happy Birthday to My Main Man!

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Today we celebrated my son’s 2nd birthday at the pool. He had so much fun splashing in the water.

No, this isn’t a teacher related post, but I had to share this precious moment! 😉

What did you do to beat the heat today?

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Belting it out Opera Style!

“Remember to rereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeead!”  I belted out my best opera voice today at our STAAR Wars Themed pep rally for our kiddos taking the STAAR test next week.  Our skit had some amazing characters, including Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Yoda, Darth Vader, and I starred as Luke Skywalker.  We all really enjoyed putting on a show for the kids…and they thought it was awesome, too.  In fact, most of the students didn’t even believe that they heard my real voice.  They all thought I was lip syncing.  I guess I’ll take that as a compliment.  :)

We were able to have fun again today, even with “THE Test” looming over our shoulders.  It was so nice to relax a little and enjoy ourselves.  I thoroughly enjoy working with these gals.  Work is so much better when you are surrounded by such wonderful people.

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Fun during test prep? You bet!

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Amidst the frenzy of Math Camp (2 hours a day of test prep), my class managed to squeeze in some time to play some fun math games.  I haven’t taught math for the past 3 years, so these past couple of weeks have been strenuous on more than one level!  Searching through my cabinet for something “cool” for students to use for practice, I came upon some old fraction cards that were already separated into groups and in bags.  I pulled them out, thinking I could find SOME way of using them. 

As I passed them out later in the morning, I told the students to be creative and figure out a game they could play with them.  All I cared about was that they were looking at the cards and processing what they saw, so whatever wild game they thought up was fine with me.  To my surprise, they reverted back to “old school” games like Go Fish, Memory, and War.  It was fun to watch them so engaged in their learning with smiles on their faces. 

I’ve learned that test prep doesn’t have to always be boring.  Teachers don’t have to repetitively shove worksheets at them for students to be successful.  Sometimes it’s all about the students feeling success in what they are doing…even if it’s a simple game. 

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Lift off!

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Today I’m taking my teaching and learning to new levels….out into cyberspace!  Wish me luck!  :)

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