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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Almost READY!

Waiting for paperwork to clear HAS TO BE  IS the absolute worst thing ever! As teachers, we work with paperwork every day. Take from a "pile" ( or new cutsie folder as I now call it) , document the contents, email to whomever needs to see it, and  recycle it (or file it for later)! I deal with LOTS of paper. BUT....I try not to keep people waiting for ME to do my end! Waiting, waiting, waiting....what is that saying about patience? I am sure I have it here SOMEWHERE, on my desk. Maybe I should spend time filing while I am waiting...??? Oh, well..We are on the path. A little bumpy at times, but I think I see the mountain tops ahead. Soon I will be up and running with new items for sale on TPT & TN. I even have accounts I didn't know existed! This "business" side of education has me up late at nights! I feel like I am back in graduate school again! I guess we NEVER stop learning! Hang with me folks, I am learning to be patient! Thanks!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

THANK YOU GOOGLE.....I'm back!

THANK YOU GOOGLE!   I am back!  YESSSSS.... I have been anxiously awaiting for my "UNLOCKING" day! THANK YOU for protecting ALL of us from icky SPAM. (We really do appreciate it!)

Patience...patience...patience

Well, sometimes we need to learn patience from those places we cannot control. As I am learning more and more about the "technical" side of blogging, I am reminded that PEOPLE still "rule the roost". I guess I got a little TOO excited about my newest venture. When you jump in the water, without your lifejacket, you may have to tread water for a while....A LONG WHILE! I apologize to my friends and family if you have noticed my blog is LOCKED! Apparently, GOOGLE thinks I am a SPAM blog. (TOO many contacts, too quickly). They assured me that within 2 days (of Sept. 14), they would check out my blog & UNLOCK it! Well, as you can see..it's Sept. 23 and I am still locked! The "robots" are working overtime...I hope the humans are too. As I wait, I am creating some fun and exciting things for the classroom. I hope to have a TPT and Teacher's Notebook store(s) open soon. Well, again..patience. Thanks for staying by my side. Hope to "SEE" you soon.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ouch! Fingers hurt from correcting quarter one benchmarks! ELA had 25 pages each...Math 5 pages each...
.Let's see 25 + 5 = 30, 30 pages X 30 students = 900 pages corrected & scores entered into the computer!
NO WONDER MY FINGERS HURT!!! Oh, well. Now I can go back to TEACHING! YEAH! No more intense assessments for awhile. I have learned a lot about my kids. Now I can figure out how to fill the "gaps". We all have gaps...nowon  to fill the holes. I hope to be posting some intervention lessons to help my kiddos. They might help yours too! Keep an eye on www.1stgradefireworks.blogspot.com  for new and  exciting  products! Thanks to all.

Monday, September 10, 2012

What a week! We begin our first district grade level assessments. My poor firsties spent most of today testing, testing, testing. We took "brain breaks", moved desks, sat at tables, ANYTHING to keep their little brains focused. Our ELA assessment is 24 pages long! (6 week assessment). The math test was only 5 pages (20 questions). I tried to chunk it into 15-20 minute sessions. ALL  DAY! WOW! Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to get back into our routines. I am beginning to put together some "Treasures" supplements for CA
grade 1. I will post them when I finish. Report cards and assessments first. Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

WOW! What a week!

I am learning so much from my fellow bloggers! These are some OUTSTANDING people! I have learned to make links, gadgets, my own button (GRAB IT!), and I have my first FREEBIE! This is so much fun. I hope I can begin the creative side soon. I will try to keep up. I now need to give hubby some "me" time...as my laptop has seen my face more than he has! See you all soon! ( Like my new button? Clip art by www.webweaver.nu)
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6gVyvyOtergR0hPbDZEUktuQ3c

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Welcome to my world...

Well, today is the day I open my blog and invite "family" to check out my new adventure. I think the hardest part is the "constructive criticism"...or whatever you call it. It really means CHANGE IT! Haha. There is sooo much "techy" stuff I DON'T know...makes me have a whole new appreciation for my son who does. He now has a new title, " TECH SUPPORT". ( He wants to kow how much the job pays.) I will be learning from others, trying new things, and crossing my fingers before I hit enter. Welcome to my new adventure. Hold on tight, it could be a WILD ride!