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Monday, July 27, 2015

It's too soon!!!

Just out of curiosity...

When do you start school again? 

For us, I believe it is August 24th.  I'm not sure whether to sleep the time away until that day arrives or stay awake all the time, trying to milk every minute of freedom.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Putting out feelers

Hey everyone,

I have been VERY lax about maintaining this blog in the past year, as you've probably noticed.  I have devoted most of that time to posting a saying, post, etc to the Learn Me Good Facebook page.  Hopefully, if you're on FB, you follow me there!

But I am going to try to be better about posting here, even if it's just copying what I put on FB.  I've heard from a few people through email that would like to guest post or have me post about something they're doing, so I'll try to get to some of those over the rest of the summer.

But as for putting out feelers, if anyone out there knows of anything that can really help teachers out, please let me know so I can post it here.  Things like discounts offered to teachers, freebies for teachers, product samples, sales, etc.  For instance, the Alamo Draft House theater near me lets teachers see movies for free on Wednesdays over the summer.  I just took advantage of that yesterday and saw Ant-Man.  (LOVED IT!)

So either send me a message on FB or email me and let me know what ya got!

In the meantime, here's a funny post I saw on FB today!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer safety tips

I was sent this link to a nice and rich infographic from Eva at Sitter City.

Nicely done, and good tips for keeping kids safe as well!

Check it out at the Complete Summer Safety Guide for Kids!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Book 3 is coming!

Good morning, FoLMeGs! I have a bit of an announcement to make...

It's official, Learn Me Goodest (or maybe Learn Me Gooderest) is in the works!! I have no set release date and I can't tell you how long it will be, but I HAVE started working on it (I'm already 20 chapters in on the rough draft), and so sooner or later, it WILL be done!

So while you wait, be sure to buy/reread/promote Learn Me Good and Learn Me Gooder!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Goodnight STAAR

As many of you know (or are even living through), the standardized testing season is upon us.  Here in the great state of Texas, the first STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) will be administered this Tuesday.

Obviously, as a teacher, this has been occupying much of time and weighing heavily on my mind.  And as a parent, I have been reading the story Goodnight Moon to my son a whole lot.  So I decided to combine these two aspects of my current life.

I've written a story based on Goodnight Moon, and I would LOVE for someone with talents (and free time) to volunteer to illustrate it!  And feedback is always welcome.

So without further ado, and with my thanks and acknowledgements to Margaret Wise Brown, here is...

Goodnight STAAR

In the 5th grade room

There was a smart board

And a red pen jar

And a picture of –

A book-reading Hollywood star

And there were twenty-two tests sitting on desks

And a covered up word wall

And an old soccer ball

And a small group table

And a laptop cable

And a sign with a crest and a bratty class pest

And a teacher up front whispering “Just do your best!”

Goodnight class

Goodnight STAAR

Goodnight book-reading Hollywood star

Goodnight chalk

And the red pen jar

Goodnight tests

Goodnight desks

Goodnight word wall

And goodnight ball

Goodnight bags

And goodnight flags

Goodnight group table

And goodnight cable

Goodnight sign

And goodnight crest

Goodnight scantrons

Goodnight pest

And goodnight to the teacher whispering, “Just do your best!”

Goodnight kids

Goodnight D.A.R.E.

Goodnight testing everywhere

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Unexpected Snow Days!

The school districts in my area have been out of school for the past two weekdays, thanks to some bad weather.  We woke up yesterday morning to find a sheet of dangerous ice on the roads and sidewalks, then since it didn't all melt off, we stayed home again today.

Ironically, the weather people are predicting 1-3 inches of snow to fall sometime during the morning tomorrow, but plans are NOT being made to cancel school tomorrow.  Maybe we'll be building snowmen on the playground!

What have YOU been doing the past couple of days?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quotes of the day

For some reason, today was full of strange and hilarious quotes, many of them in the form of a question to me.

First, one of my kids came up and asked me, "Um, is it ok if you get hand sanitizer on your face?"

Seeing that this was not an exercise in theoretical wondering -- he truly HAD gotten hand sanitizer on his face -- I replied, "Well, it's not going to kill you... but they do call it HAND sanitizer and not FACE sanitizer for a reason..."

This is the same kid who later came up and told me he had somehow gotten water on himself, and could he go to the restroom to clean it off.  I handed him a paper towel and told him to sit down.

Later on in the day, I was walking around observing the kids playing a math game.  I say that in the most generous terms, because while they were supposed to be playing the math game, some of them were mostly just chatting, and as I walked by, I got pulled into the randomness.

"Have you ever almost been in a coma??  I have!"

I find that sometimes it's best to just look away, pretend to see Ghengis Khan, and wander over to the doorway.