Saturday, October 5, 2013

October Currently and a Check-In!

Well,  it appears a once-a-month blog entry has become the norm.  I am not pleased with it, but I can't seem to find time during the school week to post more than that.  And by the weekends, I don't remember or don't have the energy!  Oh, the life of a teacher...

I am linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade today for my October Currently.  When I originally completed my currently, the house was silent and Ryan was still sleeping.. Side note- it is 2:50 and no, he is not "still" sleeping, but happens to be napping ;)

listening... to the silence of my house. Ryan is asleep, the TV is off, and I'm getting my think time :)

loving.... this year has been the craziest, and most educational year of my career so far.  The group I have this year is teaching me so much about myself as a teacher and person.  I am seeing the value in patience, being loving, forgiving, and "sticking to my guns" when necessary.  I see the importance of consistency, and the idea that fair doesn't mean the same for everyone, it means what everyone needs to be successful.  I am confident that by the end of this year, I will have learned even more about myself and my teaching than I already have!

thinking...  about how tired I am from this week!  Yikes!

wanting... a new fall wardrobe.. namely, new jeans, scarves, and some fun flats!  My struggle: when to go to the mall???

needing...  more sleep, an early bed time may be in order tonight.. and to get my long run over with tomorrow!  I am running the Baltimore Half Marathon next weekend... wahoo!

trick or treat...  a Trick please, to help me help my students transition more quickly between groups, tasks, subjects, etc.  We have practiced, practiced, timed, practiced, counted down, practiced, inserted brain breaks, and our transition times are still not where I'd like them to be... so, either I need to let go- or try something new!  If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them!

I hope you have a stupendous weekend!  I am hoping to post Tuesday to share a "Tried It Tuesday" that I am super excited about.. :)

~Miss McDonald :)


  1. Have fun at your race! For transitions, I like to use clean up music. My students start cleaning up when I start walking over to my ipod. They clean up and get to their seats before the 3rd song plays. (I picked 3 quick clean up songs- most are my Dr. Jean)

  2. I am in total need as well for a Fall wardrobe! Waiting for my next check. =) Yay for being your newest Blog Lovin follower! =)

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