Fighting the Good Fight

…against a head cold, that is.  Hoping Zicam does the trick.  Or at least tricks me into thinking it did the trick.  So here are a few pics that cheer me up when I walk into my classroom.



A super-quick activity that we did after learning about civil rights activists.  Each student traced and cut a heart, then chose a photo of Rosa, Ruby or Martin, which they glued in the center.  Add descriptions and voila!  A display that works for Valentine’s Day too!


Another quickie but cutie.  Each heart has Valentine-related statements. If the student already knew that fact — had it in their SCHEMA — it was marked with a YES.  If not, it was marked with a NO.


A friend’s display – another double-duty bulletin board.  #inspired

That’s all I’ve got for today.


One more, ’cause she always cheers me up!


An Assortment

Heaven is a Saturday snow day.  Can’t exercise…snowed in.  Can’t run errands…snowed in.  Can’t run to Shop Rite…snowed in.  Well, I actually NEVER do the latter, snow or no.

So, what to do?  Apart from lesson plans, report cards, participating in an educational twitter chat and updating my website, I thought I’d post a few not-necessarily-related photos.  Just for kicks.


The photos above show my students working with our enrichment teacher on a two-day activity called Math Quilts.  Geometry, multiplication, symmetry, spatial design – all covered.


Working on a close reading of a passage about Martin Luther King, Jr.  Look at that concentration!



A quick and cute noun/adjective sort.  What can I say? I’m a sucker for a cute bulletin board display.  And colored xerox paper is the new construction paper…at least in my room.

Cold temperatures have made indoor recess an all-too frequent occurrence.  Not that the kids mind.ry%3D400


What’s the Matter?

The answer to the above question is nothing….except EVERYTHING!  Yesterday the second grade enjoyed our annual visit from Mr. Piccarrelli.  His assembly, “Dragons and Dreams” combines magic and storytelling to teach these uber excited kids about solids, liquids and gases…which just so happens to be our current unit of study.  The photos pretty much speak for themselves!




Fun and learning…more proof that they are most definitely not mutually exclusive.

Bonus for the teachers:  Mr. P. has tons of cheesy 80s references that go over the heads of the kids but had me LOLing big time!

It’s Not Only About Resolutions


It seems to me that New Year’s is a lot like Thanksgiving.  It’s an opportunity to look back at the past year and enumerate the many things we have to be thankful for.  Many, many things.  It’s something that we always do at our Thanksgiving dinner table.   This Christmas, we did something similar by sharing some of the top moments of 2014.  I cited my week-long pioneer camp, because I got to live out a fantasy and spend time with my darling niece.  But there are so many more; thus, my contribution to this time of year’s ubiquitous lists:

1.  Health.  No other explanation is necessary

2.  People.  Family, friends, students, parents, acquaintances and passers-by.  Old, new, actual and cyber.  In their own way, they all enriched the 2014 experience.

3. Opportunities.  Pioneer camp falls under this category, but there were many more – professional and personal.

That’s the big three.  Kinda covers it all.

And, rather than creating a list of things I want to accomplish this year, I’ll just try to build upon the above, appreciating what I have and leaving myself open to new possibilities.

To end this blog in the spirit of the NEW year, here’s a new (to me, of course) photo of my girl.  Although 2014 had many fine moments, a few were sad.  RIP Shirls.