Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fellow Bloggers...The Newbie Needs Help...Please

Starting a blog is super exciting, but overwhelming too. I see all these amazing blogs and great things that fellow educators are doing.  Unbelievable!! I love how people are so creative and so willing to share. I want to do it too. I want to be a blogging rockstar someday, but right now I just want to know one thing... How do you get someone's button to show up in a blogging post so that when you click on redirects to that person's blog? I thought you just copied their grab my button code and put it in as a link, but that didn't work. Is there anyone out there that can help me? I would appreciate it!  

On a sillier note... all the girls are having a girl's night out tomorrow...MAGIC MIKE!!! Can I get a woohoo???? Is is wrong to admit that I am super excited and every time I hear/see the preview on tv I get all giddy and act like I am one of the ladies in the audience!! Happy Friday to everyone!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Second Grade Shennigans Big Giveaway!!!

Hey everyone! Happy Wedenesday!! I am supposed to be cleaning and organizing because it will make me feel so much better...LOL! Those are my husband's words not mine! I am on vacation!! Aren't I supposed to be relaxing and enjoying my time off from school??? I have blogs to stalk, Pinterest can always use a friend, and what about just doing whatever I feel like doing because I do not have 28 adorable second graders shouting my name out.  Anyway...on to some important stuff. Hope at SECOND GRADE SHENNIGANS is having a giveaway for a HearAll Assessment Recorder!! If you are a follower of Hope than head to her website right away. If you do not follow Hope than I suggest you head on over and become her newest fan because her blog is amazing and she has phenomenal ideas!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blog Award

I am so getting into this blogging world! I was super excited to find out that I received the "One Lovely Blog Award"!!!!

Thank you so much to Amy at Where Seconds Count
Please make sure you check out her fabulous blog!!

It means a lot when you are just starting out as a blogger. I am so inspired and motivated by each and every blog I visit.

Once you receive the award, you must follow 3 rules:

1. Follow the person that gave you the award

2. Link back to the person that gave you the award

3.Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers 

The recipients I am choosing are:

Second Grade Success1

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daily 5 with the Sisters

Greetings from Seattle everyone! Today was Day 1 with Gail and Joan. Can I just say I am so glad that I flew here with my grade level partner and good friend Jessica!! We are having a blast! We came a few days early so we could do a little sight seeing before the workshop. I was a little nervous because  I had read their books and dabbled in Daily 5 off and on for the past few years, but Jessica hadn't. I just thought it would be a great opportunity for her since she was moving up to second with me. Let's be honest...I thought it would be a great opportunity for me as well, so I convinced her to go with me. Anyways, back to the workshop!!!

Joan and Gail were awesome. They went through the research behind Daily 5, explained all of the components, and explained how things had changed since they first wrote the book. They were quite funny too! Joan had a good sense of humor and was very spunky. I loved how she was quite honest about the job of a teacher. Gail was witty too. They definitely kept my interest the entire time.

Here I am in the middle with Gail and Joan. I told them that many of my fellow bloggers had started book studies on the Daily 5, so I needed my picture with them because I wanted to share it on my new blog!! Gail even asked what the name of my blog was. She wrote it down, and I must admit I hope she becomes a follower. Joan said she was a follower of Mel D. over at Suesstastic. I thought it was so cool that they follow teacher blogs too!

Tomorrow...acutally in 7 hours I will be back at the Hotel Murano to hear all about The Cafe. This is what I am most looking forward to...the strategies for reading. I know there is so much more to share. I will regroup after tomorrow's workshop so I can share some insight on both Daily 5 and Cafe now that I have heard the "Sisters" live.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Heading to Seattle to see the "Sisters"

It's Saturday and probably close to 100 degrees here! I am doing laundry and packing my suitcase when I should be in the backyard floating and relaxing in the pool. Packing my suitcase? Yes, I am heading to Seattle for the Daily 5 and Cafe workshops with my friend and grade level partner, Jessica. Super excited!! I can't wait to come back and share with everyone. It's perfect timing too with everyone participating in the book studies!! Happy weekend to everyone!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Big One at Teaching with Love and Laughter

To celebrate her 500 + followers,  Lori at Teaching with Love and Laughter is having a huge giveaway. Make sure you stop by and check it out...definitely something you do not want to miss!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer is here!!

Hi everyone! Tomorrow is my first day of summer vacation. I am super excited, but going through all of the emotions of finishing another school year! I had a fantastic group of second graders this year, and  I  really am going to miss them. Now that it is officially summer for me,  I can throw myself into my brand new blog.  I am looking forward to posting, creating, and sharing!

Here are a few pictures of my "Open House". We created the Amazon Rainforest in our classroom. It was  a lot of fun!
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