Day 5: R.I.P. Coco

I am pretty upset tonight, so I’m just going to post this picture and process a bit. Coco had to be put down today because of an accident that occurred in the cage this weekend.

Here are some pictures of the girls. Coco is the light tan gerbil.

Day 3: Another short day

Today was another 2 hour delay at YSWPCS. And tomorrow, we just got a day off for the frigid temperatures. It will be nice. I didn’t feel ready to come back from holiday break. We discussed North Korea, and who Kim Jung-un is! It was a great conversation in both 4th grade Social Studies classes.

Day 2: ๐ŸŒ‹ and ๐ŸฌAdaptations

Today was the second 2-hour delay of the week and it was greeted with the same enthusiasm. Again, I was able to accomplish a portion of the lesson with the kiddos at school. Both 4th grade science courses were able to differentiate between incomplete and complete metamorphosis. ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ—That was such a win! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

So, we get to move on to lesson 5 on the differences between physical and behavioral adaptations within animals! We will be doing an investigation in our Interactive Notebooks tomorrow and focusing on the differences various organisms use to survive the wild.

We sorted writing โœ๏ธ utensils to help us represent the purpose of classification of living organisms within the various kingdoms! Talked about the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates and will be assessing student understanding tomorrow. Cross your fingers! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

Day 1: First Day Back

We had a 2 hour delay today! We had a -8 wind chill this morning that simply took your breath away as soon as you walked outside. Made me worry about my kiddos being outside waiting for buses at stops.

It was a wonderful, easy start to being back from break! It was nice to watch a few minutes of the Today Show to find out that Hoda is the new co-anchor! Love me some Hoda Kotb! ๐Ÿ’•

Tomorrow, we have a 2 hour delay as well. I hope everyone stays safe and warm tonight and tomorrow. A total of 3 students all day had their results from their experiments finished coming into class. Out of 86. ๐Ÿง wonder what gives. I must have not been clear about directions.

Glad that we are beginning new material in both Social Studies and Science in 5th grade. The 13 colonies and Classification!

Had quite a few absent and hope I get to see all of them tomorrow and that they are safe and warm!


This year, I will be a better blogger, if for no one else but for my future students’ benefit! I really lack the reflective skills necessary to exceed proficiency as a teacher.

I have resolutions, but need to make one: to document my successes and failures daily. So here it is in writing. Because a person who simply writes down her goals on a regular basis is 42% more likely to follow through! HuffPost article is linked above.

My 2018 smart goal is:

I will write a blog entry every teaching day during a prep period or immediately following my commute in order to more clearly establish reflective practices as a teacher.