Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Currently

It's the first of the month and that means...
I'm joining Farley for her currently link up!


Listening....

Those blocks! She loves them. She loves to carry them around. She loves to bang them into everything. EEEEEEEK! At least it's better than her grinding her 3 teeth together. UGH!

Loving...

All of the instagramers that already linked up for the #photoaday challenge using the hashtag #ABCsofTeaching! I love getting to know other educators and their world!


Check out a few here:

Thinking...

July. That's all I have to say about that. WOW!

Wanting...

To restart summer break! It's crazy how fast it goes! And have I mentioned all the rain?! What the WHAT! It's raining. and raining. and raining! I don't live in the rainforest!

Needing...

Need I explain more?? Just close your eyes... imagine a tropical sunset, cool crisp water, and the taste  of pineapple on your lips. Oh wait, I'm in the middle of this Ohio mud pit. Forget it. humphhhhh!

All-Star...

When it comes to catching things on film (hahaha film) I'm an All-Star! That's what happens when your camera or phone is constantly in your hand and pointed at something, right???
                                                    
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Five for Friday: {Chapter 8 Closed}

Joining the amazing Kacey for her weekly linky!
There's definitely plenty to write about this week, so I hope to see you at the bottom of this post in an hour or two.... ;) I'm only half kidding!



We started off the week finishing up our End of Year Memory Books! They match the ones that we completed WAY BACK at the beginning of the year for our Back to School Activity Books, so it was great to sit them side by side and compare the changes and growth they have made over their kindergarten year. I'm not sure who liked them more, the students or their parents. 









After wrapping up all of our work, assessments, and what felt like millions of practices, we held our graduation ceremony this Monday! It was my 6th graduation ceremony and this sweet partner's first! Everything was amazing and once the kiddos were finished a huge weight was lifted.... but the year wasn't over just yet!




Tuesday was field day!!! Mrs. Murray and I were on the planning committee and once again once it was over, ANOTHER huge weight was lifted. Don't get me wrong. The day was a blast! It was full of soaking each other, running, laughing, and just having a ton of fun!



Once all the fun was over, it was time to clean and take everything down. Looks depressing huh?? I don't think my husbands loves that his wife is a teacher in June and August. It's all like the dreaded moving day that everyone is strangely busy for. You know what I'm talking about right?? He's helped me through 2 college move in days, 2 college move out days, 1 house move, and now 8 years of school move ins, and 8 school move outs. I. Owe. Him. Even if he did lock all of my stuff in a HUGE closet that I don't have the key to. Did I mention, no one has the key to it? You'll be hearing more about that in August....



And to close my week....
This beauty joined me at work all week to 'help' out. She surely loved riding up and down the hall in her coupe, while everyone else worked. 

Sidenote: I'm also thinking about opening an etsy store to sell the bows I make for this bright eyed girl. I'm struggling to find a name. Any help is greatly appreciated! We've slowly evolved from Gracelyn's Closet to Punky's Pretties to Elegance of Grace.... 
What do y'all think?
                                                    
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Stick It Rubrics

Anyone that knows me will tell you I'm all about convenience. I also like to be consistent, but without convenience it gets hard sometimes, right? This is ALWAYS how a product is born! As I sat grading papers a while ago, I began to wonder how I could make the use of a rubric attached to an assignment easier. In the past I would print out my generic Marzano scaled rubric and staple it to each paper.... now a few of you are probably rolling your eyes thinking, "man this girl can't staple a rubric to each assignment??" Well I mean I can and I did, but why?? 
With these Stick It Rubrics all you have to do is print the template for your post-it notes. I have included a top fed printer version....
as well as a landscape version which will work in a side fed printer. (There's nothing worse than a product that only works for 1/2 of the population, right??)
 Once you have chose the template that works for your printer and printed it. It's as easy as applying stickers. Now this can be a tedious task if you are OCD about things being straight like I am, but after a post it or two you will get the hang of it! 
Once all of the post-its are stuck to your template you are ready to print. Now it's important that you know how your printer feeds. Make sure to send through a test paper to see if it prints on the top or the bottom of the paper. There is nothing worse that getting the paper all set up just to find out you printed on the back of the paper. 
Once you have a few sheets printed you are ready to easily grade your assignments! I plan to print out a bunch this summer and have them ready for all of their assignments next year! 
 

Grab Stick It Rubrics {HERE}
Have you used them in your classroom and would like to share a pic? 
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