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Friday, May 1, 2015

May Currently: Word Work, Wish Lists and Touchtronic Letters, Oh MY!

Happy May!  I loved waking up this morning feeling rising temperatures, seeing a bright sunny sky and hearing little birds happily singing.  Ahhh, just the way I like it.  What a beautiful welcome to the month.  It's also a great day to link up with the fabulous Farely over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for another edition of Currently.  Thanks for hosting! 
Listening: I take pleasure in listening to my students work collaboratively with one another while participating in word work activities.  They have come a long way since the beginning of the year.  I'm so impressed with their progress.  We've had fun reviewing blends and sight words this past week.  The kids love playing Pop for Blends to practice beginning blends.  I found the plate idea for word work on Pinterest. (You're the best, Pinterest!) :)
Loving: I love Teachers Pay Teachers.  My collection of goodies to support my Guided Reading groups sure has grown over the past few years, thanks to TpT.  I delight in creating TpT products for my students and sharing them with teachers, but when I don't have the time to create, I definitely support my fellow TpT sellers by spending, spending, spending.  I'm grateful for you, TpT sellers! Anyway, I've been trying to organize my baskets this week, and have come to the realization...I need more baskets and shelves!  (I haven't shown you my other shelves, since I'm still trying to organize those.)
Thinking: I can't believe it's time for the F&P Spring Benchmark Assessment already.  Our fantastic Literacy Coach, Courtney, prepared a testing schedule, as well as organized the F&P assessment boxes to pass out to the classroom teachers.  Starting next week, I will be joining Courtney and (my former blogging partner) Nancy, in assisting the teachers with the testing of 500+ students.  Benchmark testing, here we come! :)
Wanting: Ever heard of Junior Learning Touchtronic Letters?  I hope to acquire those for my little friends!  I'm seeing posts blowing up all over Social Media this past week.  I'm learning from teacher bloggers and Instagram friends how wonderful and engaging they are for students.  I think I am going to have to add those to my Amazon cart! 
Needing: (I'm needing Touchtronic Letters, but I'll pick a different one.) I'm needing to become a super hero.  Is that possible?  If I were a super hero, I'd be able to accomplish my want-to-do list in a fraction of the time it would take the average person.  I usually finish my to-do list filled with household chores in a timely manner, while my want-to-do list sits on the back burner (scorching itself).  One thing I want to do is read...uninterrupted ...for more than ten minutes per sitting.  I have many titles of professional books I desire to read.  I've purchased (and loved reading) Beyond Leveled Books and Teaching for Deep Comprehension.  

But recently?  My "wish list" of professional books has grown...very quickly.  Nonetheless, my time to sit down and read them is almost nonexistent.  
The reasons my time is almost nonexistent are ones I wouldn't change for the world.  I get to teach adorable kiddos all day and then get to come home to very sweet twin super heroes, as you probably already know if you follow my blog.  There doesn't seem to be room enough for one more super hero in our household right now.  I guess I'll put my decision to become a super hero on the back burner, too.  :)
Summer Yes, Hopes and Dreams: I certainly am looking forward to summer!  My YES is learning from professionals at the Literacy Retreat 2015 in June, and of course, experiencing TpT 2015 Conference in Vegas in July for the first time!!  I can't wait to meet some of my Social Media friends there!
My HOPE is to do lots of vacationing with my family in many various places around the states.  My DREAM is to read books uninterrupted for more than 10 minutes per sitting, as I mentioned above. ;)

Thanks to Kimberly Geswein for the fonts and to Farley for hosting another Currently!


  




16 comments:

  1. Colleen,
    I'm with you on wishing to be a superhero! We all need a few more hours in the day don't we?! I'm also going to TPT Vegas! I hope to see you there:) I know, I cannot believe it it coming to an end this year and assessments are being rolled out from the woodwork! Grab an extra large coffee and get it done so you can relax, you can do it! :)
    Have a great weekend!
    -Kayla
    Kayla in the Classroom

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    1. Oh, yay! I hope to meet you in Vegas, Kayla! That would be fantastic. Thanks for stopping by my blog. ;)

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  2. Hi Colleen,
    Those Touchtronic Letters look awesome. I have been hearing quite a bit about them as well. I love, love, love, TpT! I'm a seller and I buyer. My cart is always full.

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    1. I can't wait to try out the Touchtronic Letters! I'm a seller and buyer, too. My cart is always full! =D Thanks for stopping by my blog, Janine. ;)

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  3. Oh yes, the testing is going to take over my life too, very very soon. But I'm glad we're revising the test schedule for next year! :-) Your superheroes are super adorable, and you are a pretty great superhero yourself, girl! Hope you find more time for reading - you've got some great titles on that list! :-)

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    1. So glad the testing schedule is going to be revised next year! Looking forward to presenting with you next week, blogging and presenting buddy! :)

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  4. Your list looks awesome! I hope I can catch up enough to get some professional reading in this summer!

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    1. I just hope to conquer my wish list of professional reads, Missy J! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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  5. It's F and P time for me too! I made my list and checked it twice...I start pulling those kiddos on Monday! It's fun to see how far they have come....but BOY is it time consuming!

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    1. It is so rewarding to see the students' F&P levels jump throughout the year. Good luck testing! :)

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  6. Touchtronic Letters sound awesome. Will HAVE to look into those; thanks.

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    1. I can't wait to test Touchtronic Letters out because whatever is on my wish list eventually gets delivered to my door! ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog, Lori!

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  7. So funny to watch your twins! My twin boys turn 30 next week! My daughter's wedding is next week , also & all four of my kids, their families, & my 4 grandkids will ALL be here! WOW! All that fun in one house! :) Enjoy them..they grow up fast! Wendy 1stgradefireworks 1stgradefireworks

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    1. Oh my goodness, twins are fun, aren't they?! Have a fabulous time at your daughter's wedding next week and hope you enjoy seeing all of your family members. Sounds like it'll be a blast! ;)

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  8. Ooh those Touchtronic Letters caught my attention! Is it weird I'm already planning outfits for Vegas? You've inspired me to get in gear and write my Currently post!
    Teaching, Love, Cupcakes

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    1. I can't wait to meet you in Vegas, Princess! Woot-woot! Yes, we need to get Touchtronic Letters. I'll pop on over to your blog to read your Currently! ;)

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