Kahoot It! with my classes. . .and sometimes we even get our devices out at home and play!!!
I'm really enjoying my job as a K-5 technology teacher this year. . .the schedule is great but I'm extremely frustrated with public school in general (the emphasis on testing and teacher inservice) and my drive - 35 minutes one way - is really tough on my family life. It's a great school and a great community. . .but I also love where we live and miss being a full-time mom.
|Margaret & Susan|
My sister and her family stopped by on their way home from South Carolina after New Years. . .Thomas was working so we went up there to say "hi".
And then I found a picture of the two of them in one of my photo books from 2010. . .
I was so frustrated after taking the picture below that it was blurry. . .still posted it as my Picture of the Day though!
Our Christmas tree was still up mid-January. . .we took the other decorations down over New Years but enjoyed the tree for quite awhile longer. I just LOVE my new living room complete with fireplace!!!
What a month on our family calendar looks like -- at the beginning of the month. The activity generally doubles, as you can imagine. . .
I enjoyed watching my girl cheer this year (second from right) but she would REFUSE to look at me if she saw I was trying to take her picture. She had a great school cheer coach and talented team but school cheer is just too much work overall, hence the move to soccer. We said "no" for trying out for HS -- it's not great on her body (something always hurts) and we're just tired of it taking over our lives. She was very, very good at it but time to move on. . .
This was dinner one night after I had been home for days on end (we had a few snow days). . .it got LOTS of FB comments. . .guess we're not the only family that cleans out the fridge this way!!
I begin my day at 7:10 with gym duty, then head to my classroom at 7:30 and prepare for 5th grade at 7:55, then 4th grade at 8:40, 3rd at 9:30, and 2nd at 10:15. . .from 11-1 I have plan, lunch, meetings, and most days a fifth grade class and 3rd grade class come in to do Khan Academy with their math classes. Every Wednesday I teach preK (with their teachers!) from 11-1140. At 1 p.m. 1st grade is there, then at 1:45 I take them to PE and pick up a kindergarden class. We run on a 4-day rotation so whatever class I have Monday I will also have Friday (on 5-day weeks, of course).
Here is a picture of morning gym duty -- all classes line up according to grade. . .K is all the way to the right. . .4 and 5 are off-camera on the left. They sit in these rows and read books silently. The first week I did this I was shocked at how it all worked, and worked so well! There are three of us that volunteered to do it for the year. I've done enough after-school duty in my life to know I would rather do something consistent like this and have it over with before the day begins. Since a contracted teacher's day doesn't begin until 7:30 I am allowed to leave 15 minutes before the contracted end of the day but I rarely take advantage of that -- I'd rather get stuff done after school and not bring anything home! The best part of my new job is that I probably only put 2-3 hours in at home now every week vs 2-3 hours a NIGHT in other classroom jobs I've had. . .
Grandpa Foster was down one weekend in January and took in a bunch of soccer :)
Marie ended up playing with an indoor team that is not in our city. . .and she has really enjoyed being a part of that team! Teams sign up together, of course, but if you don't have a team (and she didn't at that time) you can put your name on a list and if a team needs a player or two they can select from the list. It worked out really well for everyone involved!
Margaret was one of 5 8th graders on her team this year (second from left)
And Frederick was practicing his food presentation skills with leftovers. . .
Again, a picture like this is worth a million bucks to me.
Because we had the day off, Marie had time to make my very favorite chocolate cake -- even the icing is homemade!!
And then that Friday we had some unexpected snow and another day off :) The snow didn't stick around for long, but every time it did fall this year Frederick made the most of it.
My first sous vide meal. . .on V'day for the family. Delicious. . .perfect. . .(complete with "kids' wine")
At our February staff meeting we all had to fill out hearts saying what we loved about our school and they were posted in a hallway around a bulletin board. That gave me this idea to do a poster for each teacher (18 total) and two of our interns in grades 1-5. Because of two snow days that week these didn't get "officially" posted until afterwards, but they were still super-special for the students and teachers I think.
The computer skill I used was changing font size and style. For the older kids it was just a 10-minute things before the "real" lesson but for the 1st graders we took time to color them too. They were all posted on the outside of our free-standing library "walls" (bookcases)
My sister or Tom sent me this picture of Marie and AVJ when Marie was in OH for soccer last weekend. I cried. I love these two so, so much. I can't believe how blessed Jodi and I are to be parents to these wonderful, beautiful, special girls.
And truly, equally as special for me, was being out with these two that same night here at home. I don't lie when I say I can only get pictures if I promise them food :)
Marie playing indoor last Sunday after playing a 9:30 a.m. game in Blue Ash, KY with her travel team then hauling back here to make her 5 p.m. game with this team. This girl loves soccer!
I think only the part surrounding the firebox is oil-based though. . .the top part of the mantle took the paint (and kept the paint) pretty well. I then went around testing other parts of the house (we really want to change all the trim to white) and found some places, like the crown molding, is oil-based while other places, like the transoms around the front door, are not. Soooooooo. . .I will NOT get a project completed this weekend. Boo.