Monday, March 25, 2013

The Noun Game

Let's play the noun game! 

Mrs. Reed over at Flying into First Grade has provided this fun linky.  The rules of the game are to think of a person, place, thing, and animal that you love!

PERSON: It's hard to pick just one!  At the moment I would have to say my teaching buddies.  I just got back from happy hour (that's right.  happy hour on a Monday afternoon.  two words: Parent Conferences teaching rocks!) I love getting together with those girls and laughing, crying, and laughing some more.

PLACE:  The local park in the Spring Time.  It is beautiful.  I love to go running through the trails there, or just picnic on a warm day.  

THING: My new-to-me car!  The Mr. and I bought it last November and I still can't get over the fact that I have a "less than ten year old" car.  This is a first!

ANIMAL: Giraffe   What's not to like? Have you ever spent the afternoon at your local zoo watching these hilarious creatures?  They look so weird.  I would have never thought to create these strange beautiful animals. 

Now, you might be wondering what my lie was when I posted my 2 truths and a lie last week.  
1. I have never dyed my hair.
2. My *sweet sixteen* car was a 1993 S-10 Tahoe Blazer, which I drove until its 20th birthday.
3. My husband and I met while playing intramural soccer in college.

Drum roll please.....#2 was the lie.

I did drive a 93 Tahoe Blazer since the time I was sixteen, but it died just 3 months before its 20th birthday.  

Congrats to Terri, Dawn, Hilary, and Lauren for guessing correctly!  
Here is your *promised* celebratory cyber-high-five!  
Great job ladies :)

In other news: After a week back from Spring Break, I have decided to change up my Reading Centers yet again.  To recap this school year's reading centers fiasco, I trained my kids with the Daily Five, gained 10 more students and switched to reading centers (baskets with rotations), lost 10 students and switched back to the daily five with lots of choices realized that didn't work-six year olds get overwhelmed with too many choices, so I switched back to reading centers.  I HATE dislike reading rotations because there is no room for choice.  Yet my students cannot handle choice at this time. So, I decided to move back to the Daily Five, but without the crazy amount of freedom that I would normally give my students at this point in the year.  

I hope to be back by the end of this week with pictures of my attempt to make this work.  Say a prayer for us as we re-learn the expectations for centers!

Do you ever feel guilty for changing things in your classroom when they don't work because you know your kiddos need consistency? Is it worse to be inconsistent or to keep failing? 


  1. You'll never know what's going to work for you unless you try new things. The consistency will come when you find something that works for you and your kiddos. It seems to me that you are learning all about that "reflecting" piece that comes along with great teaching! I love spring as well! Can't wait for the temperature to match the season though! I'm a new follower!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  2. I love my teaching buddies as well. It certainly makes my job a whole lot more fun.

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  3. Wow, sounds like your reading experience this year hasn't been great! How did you gain 10 students and lose 10 students? That's crazy! I tried using the Daily 5, but it hasn't worked out for me this year. My kids can't handle choice either. :-( I hope you get your reading centers figured out soon!

    Blooming In First

  4. I found your blog through the "noun" linky party hosted by Flying Into First Grade. I feel your pain about reading centers vs. Daily 5. It's a constant struggle. My principal has mentioned sending the 1st and 2nd grade teachers to a Daily 5 workshop, but I am a little hesitant. If he sends us (spends all that money), I KNOW that we will be expected to implement Daily 5 fully. I currently run a hybrid of sorts. Anywho, I am glad that I found your blog. I am your newest follower :)
    Mrs. Holder’s First Grade

  5. Girrrrrrrrrl... I guess thats one way to get through conferences....

  6. ooooooooooohhhhhhhh.. girrrrrrrrrrllll... THANK YOU for the daily five dilemma... my friend who teaches across the hall says the words daily and five about 55 times a day... I know its a good program, I am NOT dissing it.. but I haven't drank all the kool aid yet.. the centers are the same, I can tweek them as needed... daily five is an interpretation.. not a bible..

  7. High Five back to ya!! :) Congratulations on hitting 100 followers. If you decide to do a giveaway, I'd be happy to participate.

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key