Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Friday...Summer is Almost Gone

       How is it possible that another week has gone by? I seriously don't know where my time has gone this summer.  I feel like I have things I work on everyday, but this summer feels as it slipped by without having much to show for it!  Oops!  Don't get me wrong, I've taken some nice little trips, but I didn't accomplish as much on my summer to do list as I had hoped, in terms of TpT and prepping things for school. Anyone else feeling like this?!?!
     Needless to say, that after today, I only have 2 more FREE Fridays before heading back to school.  I figured I better link up for Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

Disclaimer about this week's post: 
I TYPICALLY have a daily routine.  I get up, do a little blogging/TpT work, go to the gym, swim laps, come home and have a light lunch while I do a little work, head to the pool, run in the evening... you get the picture.  So, my typical day does NOT include eating out so much, but this week I had a few special treats!

1. I had been wanting to go out for brunch for a while, so this past Sunday, my boyfriend took me to brunch.  We ate at a restaurant called Matt the Millers. It was delicious! We will be going back again!

2. Monday I went to lunch with some local teacher bloggers/TpT sellers!  It was so nice to talk to other teachers who have similar interests!  I am here with Bethany from Project Hallway, Sarah from Permanently Primary, and Natalie from The Neat and Tidy Classroom.

3. My district is moving towards Powerschool for our grade book.  In the past we only used it for lunch count, attendance, and storing testing data, etc. I am still planning on having my paper grade book, though.  I like having all of the sections prepped and ready before school starts.  I have my class list, too, but I generally wait to fill in the names until we get a finalized class list.  Does your school use a electronic grading system?

4. At the beginning of the year, I always have students fill out sticky notes and add them to anchor charts.  This week, I bought new chart paper and last night I prepped about 20 charts.  They will guide us through Meet the Teacher Night, the first few days of school, and then the First 20 Days of Independent Reading.  This is a HUGE weight off my shoulders.  Typically, I am working on these in the morning before school starts each day.  I am set for a good while once we start back! 

5. My teammates and I met for lunch yesterday at BIBIBOP and then went back to one of our teammate's houses to work on some back to school prep.  We did a lot of talking and got a little bit of our scope and sequence for the year, finished, but we will be meeting again! haha  That's what happens when you haven't seen each other all summer!

Now I better get to the gym because I have one last lunch date for the week! Happy Friday!


  1. Hi Michelle, it looks like you had a great week! I'm glad you had time to meet up with some blogging friends. I love how this community connects us with so many talented individuals. Love your anchor chart idea. Great way to start the year. Happy Friday, have a great weekend! :)

    1. I know! There are so many amazing teachers out there and it is so wonderful to be connected to them. I hope you have a great weekend, too!

  2. Michelle,
    Your daily schedule sounds a lot like mine- gotta love summer. I love the anchor charts you created for back to school! Have a good weekend!

    Team J's Second Grade Fun

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jordan! Yes, summer is fabulous. I just wish it wasn't almost over.

  3. I love those anchor charts-- you made them so cute yet ready for student ideas!

    My Bright Blue House

    1. Thanks! I love having them ready to use! It makes life so much easier in the moment!


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