Friday, February 22, 2013

Five for Friday--My 1st One!

Thought I would finally join this linky party because coming up with 5 random things takes WAY less brain power than coming up with another teaching post for you (it's been a loooong week)! :)

1. FUNNIEST THING EVER: Each day, my students complete a "Number of the Day" activity when they come back from P.E. and Music. I always make a number with base-ten blocks or ten-frame cards and then freeze the image on my screen so I can use the surface where the document camera is while they are completing the activity. Well, this is from one day this week--I froze the image and captured my hand in the process. I saw it but thought they may not notice or be distracted by it. Well, I greet them all back in at the door as they file in and get started. There was an UPROAR of "Whose hand is that???!!" and "Is there a ghost in here???!!" because they saw a hand and no person at the desk where the picture was taken. H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. I then had to explain the "freeze" function and the fact that I only have so much time while they are out of the room and didn't want to waste 6 seconds unfreezing and refreezing an image without my hand.

2. Sooooo I gave an individual patterns assessment a few weeks ago and and didn't get to finish it because it took so long for each kid to complete and I have 22 kids. It has been stressing. me. out. to get them all finished. Last night, I went ahead and decided to delete it from the grade book and throw out the rubrics!! This is my victory pile in the recycle bin!!! 

3. My newest ringtones!! My email tone is WAYYY fun!! :)

4. Isn't this an awesome sentence that one of my little sweethearts made?? Hahaha!

5. A friend of mine posted this on Facebook the other day. Never considered myself an introvert but most of these TOTALLY apply to me, especially #1, #5, #6, and #7. Hmmm, that could just be my ADD......... ;)

Have a great Friday night!! :)


  1. We have all had an assessment experience like the one you had! I'm sure it will go better next time! :) Enjoy your weekend. Cute blog!

  2. Janaye,
    I can so relate to #1!!! The first time I froze something with my hand in the frame my students were so startled that they asked me how I could have three hands. They were serious! Yep, three hands! Hah, hah!
    An Open Door

    1. Hahaha, sounds like your were as funny as mine were!! Oh, the things they believe!

  3. The freeze frame is awesome! Kids are so funny! I hope you went with the ghost for at least 5 seconds! ;O)

    Do you have your number of the day somewhere- I tried to make something for my 4th graders but I'm not loving it. I'm about to search your blog... (beware) ;O)

    I'm pretty sure I'm an introvert too. Neat poster.

    Sometimes it really feels good to put stuff in the "z-file" (aka the TRASH OR RECYCLING BIN).

    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Haha, I am loving your commentary!! I actually have not posted my number of the day. A friend of mine in my grade level is the one who came up with it; I am sure I can convince her to share! :)

  4. I love the mystery hand! It is funny how the littlest thing can set them off!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  5. Every now and then I have to put something in the circular file, too. Usually writing rubrics that I have made and think are fantastic...until I realize I have to do it 20 times and at ten minutes or so apiece I will never finish in this lifetime. 99% of the time the student ends up with the same grade as if I eyeball it and give it √+, √ or √-. Go figure.

  6. I was out sick this week and had a workshop. I came back to piles on my desk off all of their work. I sorted through it and I dropped most them into the garbage! It was so nice to leave the classroom with a lot less on my plate!! I was just trying to explain the Jetson's to my kids. Since we Facetime now with our family I always say I need the mask that Jane puts on when she talks to her friends on the video phone!! Have a great weekend:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  7. Haha - the freeze frame is great :) Our friends are so gullible! Also, I love the loop-ti-loop - super cute!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher