Sunday, August 2, 2015

August Currently

I cannot believe I haven't blogged in an entire month! I was doing so well. But then, I actually switched grades again (back to first! :), went to Dallas for a weekend, and have now been busy in the classroom setting everything up. But I still have time to link up with Farley for this month's currently!

Listening: I am listening to the dishwasher in the kitchen. Otherwise, nothing else is going on.

Loving: Reading Notching Up the Nurtured Heart Approach by Howard Glasser with Melissa Lynn BlockThis is how I will be structuring my classroom from now on. No clip charts, no prize box, no coupons: just encouragement each and every day. Authentic encouragement, resets, and lots of time-in, not time-out! A great read for teachers and parents alike!

Thinking: My office space WAS clean. I started bringing things in to school, I was throwing things away, I was stuffing putting things in my closet to try and hide the mess. But it all came back. We are actually having company over, which means more than the usual stuff is in this room.

Wanting: A snack, perhaps some pretzels and hummus. Yum!

Needing: More time in the summer! I go back Monday!

B2S RAK: I am planning to do a few small gifts for my students on Meet the Teacher night. I also want to get a small gift for the other teacher in my first grade team. This is my first year working with another teacher in the same grade level as me, and I want to start off the year with kindness!

Now it's your turn to link up with Farley!

Have a great rest of your weekend!



  1. Have an awesome school year. I start up in September and I am slowly but surely getting into get-ready-for-school mode!

  2. Good luck tomorrow! I have one more week and panic is setting in. I need more summer! My hubby is always on me about getting organized and clean. He hates that I have school stuff all over right now!!

    Enjoy today!

  3. I haven't read Notching Up, but last for the last 2 years I haven't done the card pulling/reward system things I'd done in the past. Instead I let the kids know that their ability to follow directions, listen, cooperate, etc meant we could do lots of fun activities and games. It worked well so I'm sticking with it! Hope you have a great school year!
    First Grade Found Me

  4. I haven't read Notching Up either but was thinking of getting rid of the clip chart. It doesn't make sense when all the good kids do well and the clip down kiddos get super upset to make a change to their color. In the end it doesn't really do anything in the direction you want. Unfortunately I teach in a country that still highly values tangible rewards and things. Any advice?

    Teaching Doodles