Five For Friday

My vacation was last week and it was AMAZINGGG! It was this weird, awesome balance between actually being productive and taking time to relax as well. Plus it was warm! I LOVED it and it was MUCH needed. Starting next week, I only have EIGHT!!! weeks of school left. Which seems completely crazy and absurd. Where did the year go by? It actually makes me a little emotional. I think with your first year teaching, you feel you'll savor every moment but the truth is? It flies by in a mess of lesson plans, teacher evaluations, TEAM, PD and field trips.  Just insane. I guess it meant I'm having fun? ;) I am!


This week was KINDNESS WEEK at my school (and as you can see we had a flower theme!)! Which was a lot of fun and a lot of work! It's funny because we started planning for it way back in the beginning of February and it seems kind of strange that it's done. But also nice that we did it! The kids really enjoyed the week and the Kindness Celebration (which included a second grade planned and choreographed flashmob to Count on Me by Bruno Mars - I swear I love my school and students SO MUCH!). I do have to say one thing though: remember as a kid now you LOVED assemblies? They were fun, there was usually some sort of music involved and you got to be with the rest of the school? Well being on the other side of organizing the assemblies? It's a little different! Very nerve wracking and you want to make sure it goes *perfectly* so no one is let down. Phew! But we did it!

This week I did some quick behavior reteaching with my students before heading into our lesson. I chose a different area for each class based on what they needed to work on. For some classes, it was lining up at the end of class, for other classes it was cleaning up their supplies. I used the PBS Interactive Modeling strategy that another teacher had recommended and the students LOVED it! When I showed them how to do it, I pretended to be the student and one of them pretended to be me. They found it hilarious that their classmate was now Mr. James instead of just James, or Ms. Lily instead of just Lily. Here are the charts they ended up filling up based on what the modeling "Looked Like", "Sounded Like" and "Felt Like". The students then modeled and another student got to be the teacher. What I loved best was how improved their lining up and cleaning up was at the end. No more Ms. K scrambling to clean up all the pencils, or finding iPads in unusual places! After reflecting at the end of today, I think with some of my classes next week we'll talk about Taking Turns. I love that it takes just a few minutes in the beginning of class and it improves their behavior therefore actually saving time later!

Over vacation I had a long run of 15 miles then five days later a long run of 13 miles. Two long runs in one week? Unheard of! I also fell in love with this awesome speed work routine called 30-20-10 where you jog for 30 seconds, run for 20 seconds then sprint for 10 seconds. You repeat it 5 times for 5 min total then jog for 2 min then repeat the process once more. It makes me think about what I consider jogging v. running and it's super easy to stick in to just about any run. 
Well. On Tuesday I was running to the weight room to work out (it's been my goal to make it to the weight room at least once a week) and BOOM! I fell. I was tired and tripped on air. Thankfully I was near a school where the nurses were so absolutely kind and cleaned up my bloodied knees and palm. But that put a little stop in my running. I am currently running in about 1.5 mile bursts, about twice a day until my knees heal enough to not have to wrap them. I honestly think it was my body's way of shouting SLOW DOWN! Because when I ignored how I was tired, my body just wham, fell down. So I've been forced to take some much needed rest from running and I'm trying to enjoy it!
AND the Boston Marathon was Monday! Woot Woot! Love living vicariously through the Twitter updates! (Sorry the Boston Marathon is my version of the Super Bowl, Final Four, and what's that thing in baseball called? Just kidding. Maybe).

I helped the reading specialist create a video on Running Records and she showed up with chocolate and a balloon as a thank you! How sweet is that! I've been enjoying the balloon all week! (The chocolate only lasted two days!). After I fell, I wanted to thank the nurses so I sent them chocolate bars and a card inspired by the gift given to me...see how Kindness spreads? :)

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