Big God. High Peaks.

We are halfway through the first quarter of school and I am happy to report that I am finally hitting my groove at my new school.  I’ve gotten to know my students and absolutely adore them.  I’m getting involved and meeting other teachers, which means my days aren’t as lonely as they were in the beginning.  But my favorite part, without a doubt, is living in the same community where I teach. There are definitely some setbacks to this.  The week of the hurricane, our family ventured out into the…

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ClassMax Update

We are one week away from launching ClassMax, a web-based data tracker and classroom management tool for teachers.  Over the past six months, we have worked primarily with freelance web developers who we hire by the week and pay by the hour.  They have done a fantastic job of taking ClassMax from a drawing I scratched in a notebook to a functioning tool that I can use in my classroom. Over the past month, as we have gotten closer and closer to launching, we have begun to solidify a core…

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First Day of School, 2017

IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which, at least for the time being, is super exciting around my house. One day, I’m sure this will not be such a happy day for them, but I’m going to soak up their excitement for as many years as I can. Both kids were up and completely dressed by 6:30 this morning, all on their own. Which is a far cry from just last week when I was came home from preplanning most days around 4:00 to find them still in their jammies.…

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New Year. New School. New Classroom.

Last week, I started working officially at my new school.  I had been waiting all summer to meet my new team of teachers and I was so relieved when we finally got to work together last week.  We came in for an optional pre-preplanning period to get a head start on our school year and I’m so glad that we did.  It gave us a chance to work together and plan out our curriculum for the year. One of the best parts about my switching schools is that I am…

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Back to Yale

This past weekend, Chris and I took a quick trip back to Yale.  The chair of Chris’s graduate department was retiring after 40 years.  Ben Sammler is a giant in the field of technical theater production.  When Chris was an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, he studied text books written by Ben.  It blew his mind when he was accepted to Yale for graduate school and realized he would be taking classes with none other than Ben Sammler himself. (SIDE NOTE:  The Buddha ice sculpture is a…

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When Boggle Boards Go Wrong

One of the bulletin boards in my classroom is an extra credit “Boggle Board” assignment.  Every Monday, I put up new letters and students have until Friday to submit their Boggle Board worksheet for extra credit. (FYI: This picture is of the first week of school, not this week…) Normally, I check and double check that sucker for bad words.  For example, I NEVER put an “F” and a “U” in the same Boggle Board.  (Teaching Middler Schoolers Tip #3,921: Know your audience.) This week, I messed up ROYALLY and…

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12 Hours on a Couch

The first few weeks of school have been overload for our family.  We hosted five large parties at our house in three weekends.  It was lots of fun and we loved every minute of it, but when we realized our first weekend without any plans was also a three day weekend, we felt like we deserved something really great.  Something really special.  Something AMAZING. I sat on the couch for 12 hours and it was everything I hoped it would be. Friday night was rainy and mushy, thanks to the…

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Classroom Tour 2016-2017

Imaginary friends, how I have missed you so!  I have been swept up in the back to school craze of pre-planning.  By the end of the day, my brain is shot, my feet are tired, and I can barely form sentences.  I am not used to being productive OR friendly for this long!  Summer has gotten me out of social shape!  But I have gotten myself to a great spot and I am getting pumped about this coming school year. I thought I’d share a little tour of my classroom…

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