02 March 2013

Currently It's the month of March!

Wow!  Where did February go?  I can't believe it is already time again for another round of Currently with...
Time flies when you are having fun, right?  Or you are looking down the barrel of state testing?  But, anyway let's look at what is Currently going on with me.
  • Listening - I need background noise when I work...Saved by the Bell with good old Zack Morris was the best option cause Downtown Abbey just takes too much concentration!
  • Loving - Parent-teacher conferences are done for the year!  Whew!  Even though I had great things to report about (most) of my students...it is still just an exhausting process. 
  • Thinking - State testing is almost here!  I have so much left to teach...and like sands through the hourglass...time is almost up!  During the time we have left, we have two days off and Spring Break.  Can you tell I'm starting to panic??  Anyone have a couple extra school days they could spare me?
  • Wanting - I need a good idea for a cute St. Patrick's Day R.A.K.  Maybe something like "I'm lucky to have you..." notes.  I would love to hear if you have better idea!
  • Needing - Our social studies textbook leaves something left to be desired.  It is definitely not written in a way to make the topics we study interesting...and definitely does not support all the content that is part of the curriculum.  I have tried using it with extra support materials.  I have tried using materials from certain websites.  But what I found last year works the best is writing my own textbook, so it is all in one place.  But this time last year I had a student teacher, and we worked to compile materials together for her.  So my Constitution unit text is not written yet...so I'm working on it!
  • Like, Love, Hate (with the first letter of my first name) - Did you know there are few helpful words that begin with the letter J?  Try it!  It definitely takes some brain power (and a really good thesaurus!)  Jotters - otherwise know as pens or school supplies.  Just got in an order of refill pens and gluesticks and picked up a couple extra fun things.  Jubilee - I love when we can have fun while learning...like singing the Preamble to the Constitution or playing paper football to experiment with forces.  Jaws - I am using this as a synonym for snack.  Snack is becoming such an issue I am about ready to outlaw it!  There is food trading, begging for food, getting up in the middle of instruction to throw it away.  And have your students gotten into Takis?  Those cylinder-shaped corn chips with the hot powder??  The way the students eat them is so unsanitary...licking fingers and touching stuff...ewww!  I am so over it!
So this is Currently what is up with me...what is Currently happening with you??? 


  1. I am about to have snack outlawed in my room... my note clearly states it must be healthy, can't be sticky, juicy, or require a spoon... so I get pop tarts, cookies, yogurt, the whole box of cheese its, oranges, and there is more but just writing about this makes me irate... and that is why this class drives me nuts!!! finally they have to have snack approval by me before they can eat it!!! so they have been getting better at it... by oh my word... who would ever think picking a healthy snack would be so hard!!!

  2. I am watching Saved By the Bell too! lol
    Flying into First Grade

  3. I am with you on the PT conferences being done. We had ours on Thurs night and they were walk ins, which is so much fun. It's like playing Russian Roulette as far as never knowing who will show, will they be happy or mad?! Fortunately I had 14 conferences that were all very pleasant. I am obsessed with collecting markers it seems. It's a strange addiction I blame on all my fellow bloggers that post their favorite markers and then I have to buy them all! Have a great weekend.

  4. Found your blog through Farley's linky! You had me at polka-dots!I agree, snack time can be so unsanitary. I walk around with the hand sanitizer and send everyone to wash their hands as soon as their done!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  5. Great post as ever. i can see lot of things going on there :)

  6. Ugh, state tests are coming up here soon too. It's absolutely crazy how fast the year has flown! We don't have a snack time at our school so I don't have to deal with that snack...I don't think I'd want to either!

    Teaching In Oz

  7. We had snack in PK and K - but I had a calendar and every parent had a day to bring snacks. If it was something like Little Debbies...I would just put them into backpacks and send them home;) Maybe this would be a good idea for you to try out after Spring Break. Personally, I couldn't handle switching/begging and/or TAKIS. I HATE TAKIS! Seriously, they look gross and I agree that students eating them make me cringe.

    Good Luck...
    This Little Piggy Reads Alll the Way Home

  8. Seriously- I was looking up j words in the dictionary! J is so hard! Snacks are quick and no drama for me! The school rule is no food sharing EVER! It helps! If I think of a good RAK I'll send you an email! So glad I found you!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  9. Oh my gosh, yes on the TAKIS. They totally gross me out too. They try to sneak them now and I'm like, "hello?? red fingers give you away!!!!!!"
    ideas by jivey

  10. I'm definitely a school supply fanatic as well. Found you through the currently--I'm your newest follower! Please feel free to stop by if you get a chance :)


    The Quirky Apple
    Sparkly, Quirky Lifebox

  11. I really enjoyed how thorough your blog was. Great ideas to use. Thanks!!


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