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Friday, January 22, 2016

Five For Friday! (First Timer)

Happy Friday Ya'll!

Today I'm participating in my first ever Five For Friday Linky party!  Let's get this party started!  I'm giving you five things I've experienced/completed this week.  Who knows what theme I will choose next week!

I started the week like most classroom teachers with a day off from the classroom because of MLK day!  The lil nugget and I relaxed around the house with a playdate for the both of us!  We love our friends!

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of participating in a half day mandated Human Diversity Training. There is nothing better than spending a teacher work day in meetings right before report cards are due.  #TeacherProblems
On Wednesday I had surgery to help correct my infertility issues for the possibility of baby #2 later this year.  The crazy thing is, at first glance the surgeon thought I had Hydrosalpinx.  After getting in and taking a look, he realized the reason my fallopian tube was blocked and swollen with fluids is because my right ovary was sitting on top of it!  Crazy, right?!  My organs had been relocated to an empty cavity in my body preventing mother nature from working properly.  He thinks when I was pregnant with the lil nugget, she didn't have much room to move around, so she pushed things out of the way to be more comfy while in utero.  Maybe she knew from the get go she didn't want any siblings! ;)  He also discovered I had a mild case of Endometriosis as well as a few cysts needing to be removed.  Basically, the original surgery went rogue and a different procedure ended up happening.   Now I'm just chilling at the house recovering from a very uncomfortable surgery.  The lil nugget is fascinated with my incisions and the glue that is "keeping mommy together".
Yesterday I blogged about a list of 2nd grade Kahoot games anyone can use if needing to spiral review content.  I will continue to add to the list each week, so definitely check back often.  If you haven't tried Kahoot you should!  Easy peasy engaging activities for your class.

Yummy Homemade Banana Bread
A view from our backyard this morning. :)
Last, but not least today is a Snow Day for everyone around us.  The lil nugget's school is closed today, so I'm home recovering with her.  She has been a fabulous assistant running the stairs for me, picking things up I can't reach, and baking with me.  We made some homemade banana bread together and will enjoy it with some hot chocolate this afternoon.  I can't take her out to enjoy the snow today because of the risk of slipping and falling as well as the bending over movement I currently don't have.  The mister will be home shortly to play in the snow with her.  Snow days are the best!  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  Until next time! :)))

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Oh What a Week!

Happy Thursday Ya'll!

Today I'm home resting from my surgery yesterday.  Why is it when you're at the hospital you look terrible?  So crazy, but I try to always keep it real with my blog visitors and followers.  Today is a new day and I'm thankful for the opportunity!  This afternoon has been uncomfortable, but tolerable so I could blog, create, and organize digital items.

That being said, I've created a list of math review Kahoot games I use in my classroom each week to continue to spiral skills previously taught.  The kids are obsessed with the games and are disappointed on days I just couldn't find the time to set up a new review game.  My adminstrators love the level of student engagement my class has each day in math.  In fact, our hallway knows when we are playing Kahoot, because the energy is off the chain!!  If you haven't played Kahoot with your kids you really should!  Click on the Kahoot picture above to take you to the website.  You can even track student understanding with the data reports.  Doesn't everybody like easy data to drive instruction?!  I  honestly think that's the coolest part of Kahoot.  I use the data to have math conferences with my students and/or teach small group remediation lessons if needed.  If you are needing/wanting to use math spiral review in your classroom, but don't have the time to create it for yourself, please help yourself to the list of games I've created for you to use.  Check back weekly, because I will continue to add to the list.  If you use the links, please comment letting me know your thoughts.  Kahoot is free and can be used in teams if you don't have very much technology in your classroom.  You can use iPads, Computers, and smart phones to play the games.  To grab your free copy of the math review links, click the picture above.  Remember, it will be an ongoing list so check back often!  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy 2016!!!

Happy 2016 Everyone!

Wow!  Life sure gets busy and occasionally the blog gets put on the back burner.  Kuddos to ALL of the teacher bloggers out there blogging, scoping, tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking, and TPT creating like a boss!  This teacher blogger can't keep up, but I'm good with it! ;)  Since I last blogged, I've run 3 half marathons, my husband was hired at another NASCAR cup team (thank goodness), and we are beginning to find out the true reasons behind our infertility journey of almost 2 years. Crazy, right?!  I was also fortunate enough to host a Carolina Teacher Blogger Meet Up in Charlotte a few weeks ago.
Savannah Rockin Roll Half Marathon in November
Half Marathon preview run on my birthday
Blogger Meet Up
Our infertility journey headquarters :)
Huntersville Holiday Half Marathon
Jenga and Math...the perfect combination.  More to come on the Jenga picture.

Any who, my goal for 2016 in the blogging land and TPT land is to blog more and create more without sacrificing time with my family.  What goals do you have for 2016?