Five for Friday - May 9


Another week is in the books! I'm sure some of you only have a few days left! I have 18. Not that I'm counting...


On Monday, I {posted some pictures} of the flowers I have popping up in my yard. Spring is definitely my favorite time of year! Every day I check to see what has opened that day. I'm a little obsessed, I think. As a side note, this bunch of tulips is also supposed to have black ones interspersed (in honor of my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes), but they never bloom at the same time!



Yesterday, I got a shipment from {Twice}. It's an online consignment store that I blogged about it last night, and I see that many of you have already decided to give it a try. You (and I) get $10 towards your first order, $10 if you put the app on your phone, and another $10 if you put the app on your tablet.

Here is one of the finds that {I shared last night}.



I am inching ever so slightly to 2,000 Bloglovin' followers. I'm starting to assemble a bunch of goodies that I will be giving away. I won't give away any surprises, but I will tell you that I'm finding some awesome stuff! The value is already over $150!! I'll just keep adding to the box until I reach 2,000 ;)



I released my {June close reading} texts earlier this week. I saw that some of you picked them up during the TpT sale. Anyway, I need to know if I should work on July and/or August, or if I can just start on September. I know that some people are using them for summer school, but I would like to have a fall bundle (September, October, November) ready for the back-to-school sale this summer.
If you have an opinion about wanting them for the summer months, please comment below!


AAAANNNNDDDD.... Wednesday pretty much rocked my world. I have yet to decide if it's in a good way or bad way. Our district is going through budget cuts, which meant that three core teachers had to be cut in our 5-8 building. With three fewer people, the schedule was going to have to change as well. We had a pretty decent idea that out of our team of six, two teachers would be teaching three 90-minute classes of math, another two doing three 90-minute classes of ELA, one teacher doing six 45-minute classes of science, and one teacher doing six 45-minute classes of social studies. We currently all teach one 50-minute class of ELA, then departmentalize for the rest of the day. So I have one 50-minute ELA class and three 50-minute social studies classes. I assumed that I would just be doing the six SS classes next year, since the other SS teacher is going to do ELA. Or so I thought. But guess what?! I'm teaching math, which I haven't taught since the fifth grade moved to the middle school two years ago. That was quite the shock. I enjoy math, and I have an endorsement in it (which is why I was moved), but it totally came out of nowhere. I had a huge list of SS materials to revamp and make interactive during the summer, since that would be the only way I would survive doing the same class six times a day. So, yeah. I think that the other math teacher and I have an idea on how we would want to structure a 90-minute block of time, but if you have any ideas or tips, please comment below!

6 comments

  1. I would LOVE to see you have a bundle of your fall materials ready for the TpT back to school sale;) I've used two of your passages already and have the bike safetly one scheduled for a bit later in the month. LOVE these items!

    Angela

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  2. What a great change for you! I taught third grade for 18 years and switched to the STEM lab this year. It has been such a wonderful new position. Very refreshing! I'm off now to check on "Twice"!

    Happy Friday!
    Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

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  3. Twice is my new addiction. First Stitch Fix and now this. I need a bigger closet. :-P
    jivey

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  4. UPDATE! I not only checked out Twice- I joined and my first order is on its way! Thanks so much Diane!

    Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

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  5. Whooo hooo for blogging milestones. Fun skirt, I may have to check out twice...

    Christy
    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

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  6. That would have been quite the surprise! This year is the first year in three years that I will NOT be changing grade levels and I am super relieved! I loved teaching math though and I'm sure you will too!

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