Monday, November 3, 2014

It's November!

I can not believe it is already November! This school year has been going so quickly! I'm linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade for 
this month's currently.

Listening: I am listening/watching Saved by the Bell reruns. I just love Zack and Kelly! This was my favorite show. I think I have seen every episode a hundred times. Right now I am watching the Malibu Sands Beach Club episodes, which aren't my favorite. I like Zack with Kelly not Staci. LoL

Loving: I love that I have a week off of school! It is the NJ Teachers Convention and my district is so fabulous they gave us a week off! I leave Wednesday for Disney! I am so excited to spend a few days in the most magical place on earth with my husband and family!  It is called NJ week this week in Disney World, so I wonder if I will run into any of my kiddos?!

Thinking: I should get out of bed and start cleaning my house! I want to clean so when we get back I don't have to do it! I will start in a little bit! :)

Wanting: My new obsession is Dunkin Donuts Chai Tea. They are so delicious and very sweet.  It is like dessert in a cup!

Needing: I need to do next weeks lesson plans so I do not have to do them when I get back from Florida!

Reading: I am reading blogs and books on Guided Math, I am building a Kindergarten Guided Math program with my Kindergarten team. We want to create a rotation that really works in our classrooms and is successful in teaching our kiddos everything they know, while still being appropriate for kindergartners.

Happy November!!


  1. Hi Kristen,
    Have fun in Disney and on your week off! That has to be so nice this time of year. This was always the hardest stretch for us in Michigan - we just had to make it to Thanksgiving and we'd have a few days off. A week in the fall would be perfect!!

    Good luck with your investigation of Guided Math. When I first started math workshop in 2nd grade, there were very few resources. I read Guided Math by Laney Sammons and Math Work Stations by Debbie Diller. Those both helped. Then we tried out our own format and adjusted before we settled on one we liked. We did it 3 days a week and had 6 rotations a week. It just seemed to work for us. Let me know if I can help. I blogged about it here:

    Sara J Creations

    1. Wow! Thanks I just printed out this blog post to read on the plane! I figure being up in the sky will be a good way for me to map out my ideas! I am really only worried about the journal / independent part being with kindergarten. I do math centers know and know that my kiddos will be able to handle the games and activities. I want to make sure they are able to be independent during the rest since they are not reading yet.

      Thank you so much!!

      Kristen :)

    2. You're welcome. I taught 2nd so I know it is different than kindergarten. Interactive Notebooks weren't as "huge" a few years ago when I taught so I didn't have to fit that piece in. We used math journals but mostly to do practice problems during the mini lesson and then during share time. Basically instead of doing a practice problems on the board or individual white boards they would do it in their journals so I could check them later if needed. Email me if I can help you at all Have a great trip!

  2. I went to Disney for my anniversary in March. SO much fun!! My husband and I had never been and we have no kids so it was actually kind of relaxing because we weren't being pulled in a zillion different directions.

    I hear ya on the lesson plans. I try to be ready and have things prepped for the week but it doesn't always happen.

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