Saturday, November 8, 2014


So here I am, four months later.  I could never have imagined how far I would have traveled in this amount of time with what I have learned from my cohort colleagues, the articles I have read, and my mentor, Dana Levesque!  What a pivotal opportunity!  This will be considered a defining moment for me in many ways.  It will remind me that even when I almost back out of something because I am feeling really sick (I had bronchitis), that there are reasons why I need to push through!  This has paid off in spades both personally and professionally!  I have been able to model for my students and teammates how I too, am a lifelong learner!  I have built a functional website that I have shared with parents from this year (and parents from the previous two years).  I have learned to Mystery Skype with two states integrating the new Geography Unit.  My students are excited to practice their learning at home, and their EEE time is meaningful in all content areas!  I am a new person!  I am so grateful for this experience!  I love to share what I know with others!  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Was Your Caffeine Worth It This Morning?! I'm Still Wondering About Mine....

Okay.....so I realized yesterday that "Full-Day Stamina" has clearly not set in for me yet!  What happened to mid morning nap?  And after lunch nap?  My dogs aren't used to waking up to jingling noises from my phone - they were quite disgusted with me.....Let's just say, yesterday was "an adjustment!"  So this morning, I thought I'd start it off a little more purposefully!  I got up five minutes earlier.  I put on my brand new t-shirt about teachers having superpowers, tried to sound a bit more convincing towards the dogs that it was perfectly normal to be getting up at an hour that started with "7," cranked the CD from the Boston concert "Don't Look Back" (intentional), and headed to Starbucks.

Now here is the new Cohort Team Rule:  NEVER STATE IN LINE:  "I HOPE THIS LINE MOVES A BIT FASTER SO I AM NOT LATE!"  "Why, you ask?!  Well.....as soon as I thought that.....the nice lady proceeded to pull the cash drawer out....a tiny bit...too...far...and..."BAM!!!!!!!" YUP!  ALL OVER THE FLOOR!  PENNIES!  NICKELS!  DIMES!  QUARTERS!  BILLS!  IN THE MATS WITH THE HOLES!  IT...WAS....AWFUL!!!!!  I....WAS....DYING!!!!!


SO....DON'T YOU DARE STATE THAT LINE!  How was your coffee moment?!

Have a  great Cohort Day!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Rookie Post - I've been quite "inspired!"

Okay…..so here I go!!!!!  I have no idea what I am doing!  I LOVE the Substitute Resource Link, so THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this!!!!!  I am also delighted that you turned the “Padlet Switch” on for me!  I have already thought about so many ways to use it and how my buddy Beth and I will use it to present in April! pre and post thoughts, vocab drawings for ELL's, Math thinking, main ideas, similes, "juicier words" - do you have some ideas?  If you want to jump on board with us, please do!  On another note, lunch was fabulous - I think they should have broken out the chocolate at 8:31 though :)