Five for Friday!

First, a word of advice.  Do not EVER enroll in the online master's degree program in curriculum and instruction through the University of Texas at Arlington.  The disorganization is ridiculous!  {And now I feel better having vented...}

My school lives off of email.  We have 10-15 teachers per grade level, so it is just the means of communication.  I learned a lesson about this today.  Double check WHO the email is addressed to before you press send.  Have you ever realized you are sending something to the wrong person at like the exact second you press send only it is too late!?  Happened to me this afternoon...Maybe the bigger lesson is do not write sarcastic comments in emails and then I would have avoided this problem altogether...

Anyways, here's hoping my apology and explanation was satisfactory enough and on to the weekend and Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs teaching!

1. DRA2...Check!  I have to give the DRA2 to both of my classes and I mostly finished last week, so I was pretty proud of myself for getting it all done.  Needless to say, we didn't do much else.  Now I all I have left to do is input the results on the spreadsheet this weekend.  One of my struggling kids went from a level 8 in February to an 18 now.  Granted, he is only now ready to begin 2nd grade, but that is a ton of growth so that makes me proud.

2.  Pic Collage...I love this app!  We have been using it for vocabulary and character analysis.  I will link up with Tried it Tuesday with an explanation of how to use it and some student samples.  It's a simple way to combine photos and text.  Plus the kids love all the different options they have to make it look their own.  It's really funny to see their personalities come out in their choices.  Here is one of my examples:

3.  Teacher Appreciation Week...Our PTO gave us a cute treat each day (like S'mores, soda, and a Subway gift card) and today we had lunch catered for us from a local Mexican restaurant.  Click here to see a post about some things I did for my coworkers if you want ideas for next year.  One of my coworkers made pancakes and bacon (yum!) for us this morning too.  I teach in a low income area, so most families probably don't even know that it was teacher appreciation week, but I did get a few things from my kids.  One of my students brought me a dozen roses and this sweet card.

I think the "even though we don't do exciting things" is from me telling them all week they are missing out on lots of exciting things because of...see Number 4.  Fingers crossed she hasn't felt that way all year!

4.  Behavior...It's all going downhill...One of my students, whom I love to pieces, and have worked SO hard with all year did something that is going to get him removed from the classroom and placed in an alternative setting for the rest of the year.  It really hurts because it seems like all the efforts were a waste and it's so sad to have to end the year this way, just when we were getting to the fun stuff.

5.  Mother's Day...We made the Mother's Day magazine from Teacher's Clubhouse.  I don't have any pictures because I was busy with testing and stuff so hopefully they don't say anything too absurd!  Oh well, it's truly their work!  We also made some flower pens for their moms.  They are the same as the ones I made for my coworkers, I just made different tags for them that say Happy Mother's Day.  For whatever reason, my students are paranoid about these pens having no covers and drying out.  (But they don't have the same thoughts about their Expo markers...!)

Have a great weekend!


  1. So sorry to hear about the kiddo that is leaving the room.

    Oh...and your email thing...perhaps my number 1 email fear!!!

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  2. I'm so excited about the pic collage app- I have to check that out! Love your ideas! :) Have a great weekend!


  3. Your story at the top made me laugh...that totally happened to me last year. Let's just say I quickly too learned my was nothing bad but still made me feel silly! PS I can't believe there are 15 people on your grade level team! That is crazy! I am sorry to hear about your kiddo...that is sad and hopefully he will be able to start next year back at your school. It sounds like you had a lot going on this week-I hope next week can be at least a little bit less eventful!

    Learning to the Core

  4. Lol on the marker caps. One of my 1st grade teammates made the flower pens with her class. I just said "You are brave." I also forget until the last minute to snap photos of my kinders making their mothers flowers even though I had borrowed my husbands phone to do so. I was too busy curling paper and twisting stems.

  5. We have finished up giving our DRAs also. So good to be done. Going from 8 to 18 is fabulous!!!
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. The picture collage app looks really neat! Our kid's behavior is also going downhill. :(
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  7. I totally know what you mean about your student who is leaving. I had a similar situation, he did something extremely terrible and is no longer with me. But we worked so hard!

    For behavior management, I have started using an online system called class dojo. You should check it out if you're a technology kind of person! It keeps the kids in check :) I started testing it with my bunch about a week ago to see if it is something I can manage for next year & it's pretty cool.

  8. I know what you mean about the behaviour problems at the end of the school year. Sometimes I have to revisit our September lessons (we use the Second Step program) and also class dojo helps! Love walking around the class adding points from my phone!

  9. The Mother's Day magazine looks amazing. I need to check that out! I had to laugh at the comment about exciting things. Students say funniest things sometimes and it is true that the most recent topics of discussion often are what is in their thoughts:)
    So sorry to hear about your student leaving your room:( That is so heartbreaking. Behaviors are off the charts this time of year!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. I had never seen the Mother's Day magazine either! So cute. What a sweet student to bring you flowers, they are beautiful. So sorry to hear about your student. I know exactly how you feel after all the work you do.

    Surfin' Through Second

  11. Hi Jessica,

    I can relate with the behavior issues. I got a new student mid-year who has some serious issues. This week, he went too far & was suspended. He missed our field trip and fun activities we had planned. It's disappointing & sad.

    I too, teach in a low-income area. Our principal made sure we were appreciated this week. It was nice to feel good about the work I'm doing. Next year I'd like to make something for our staff in honor of the week. Those flower pens are adorable!

    Have a great weekend!

    First Grade Follies

  12. Wow, I can't believe you have 10 to 15 teachers per grade!! We only have 3. Must be crazy!

    I love your blog. I'm your newest follower :)


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