March 23, 2018

Weekly Recap - The Good and the Bad

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

One week closer to Spring Break! I am ready for it, but I still have another week to go. Oh well, I have the weekend to recover from the week!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

Uncomfortable PD - Our monthly PD was this week. Most of it was boring and repetitive. (Side note: Why can't PD be more interesting and actually help guide teaching?) Then we had a new breakout session with a lady that was there to focus on the teacher's health and well-being. She was introducing herself to us this month and will apparently be back during our next two months of PD. Since it was just an introduction, she gave us her background including how she met our superintendent. It was a long story about her boob flopping around while trying to breastfeed her son on an airplane. Talk about an awkward conversation!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

New Library Book Bin - Every book in my classroom library is stored in a book bin by either theme, series, or genre. Since my students love writing their own books, one boy asked for a book bin for their writing. We added it this week. It has now become the most popular bin! My class loves reading each other's stories! I love the excitement they are showing in writing and reading!

Women's History Month - We have spent this week focusing on different activities for Women's History Month. Here are some of my favorite things:

  • Read Aloud - I love teaching my students about Malala because I find her so incredible! This week's read aloud is a chapter book dedicated to her (affiliate link).                                                                                                                                                                                        I love the Who Is/Was series! There are tons of great books for                                                        the kids to read!
  • Helen Keller Braille Activity - I found a free Braille alphabet on Teachers Pay Teachers. We then took bottles of glue and practiced writing our names in Braille. My students were so excited to come in the next day and 'read' the letters. (Side note: This did lead to many students wanting to close their eyes and walk around. We had to have a discussion on why that wasn't safe!)
  • Brain Pop - I love their videos for Women's History. We have been focusing on a different woman each day and the videos are great biographies!
  • Question of the Day - I started making cards for Women's History since my students loved the ones I made for Black History Month. Unfortunately they are not ready yet, but my students have made great guinea pigs for me to try them out. 😀
  • Addition Review - We did work on these addition review pages. Everyone got excited when they knew who one of the women was! (Click the pic to see how to get your own copy.)                                                                                                                                         Women's History Math (Addition Review and Growing) 
Alphabet Book - Today one of my girls (the one that has had some emotional issues but has come a LONG way) came and give me an alphabet book that she has been working on at home to give to my niece. It was so sweet!

How was your week?  
What was good and bad for you?


  1. I love the idea for book bin for the student created books! I may be stealing that one soon! :) You are so clever!

  2. I wish I could take credit for the idea! It was suggested by one of my students. I love it though! Please steal it!