Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Surprise and Currently May

What a blessing! I was notified that my Donor's Choose project was fully funded today. My kids and I am so excited to be getting a kidney shaped teaching table. With our inclusion classroom, the table is going to make it so much easier to provide help to individuals and small groups of students. My wheelchair bound student will be able to maneuver around the room a little easier and be able to sit with his group at the table. It will be the perfect accompaniment for my milk crate stools I made last summer.

I have a lot to think about as our year slowly rolls towards a close. Tomorrow is our annual PTO fundraiser, our Royal Walk. It raises over ten thousand dollars. This year the money will buy upgrades to our basketball courts for recess, more iPads, and art supplies. We are so thankful to have our former PTO president organize this event for several years. She also happens to be one of our favorite substitute teachers. She is a godsend.

One favorite linky is Farley's Currently. I use Farley's classroom version with my kids. We did it as our morning "wake up" this morning. My kids' responses brought laughter, discussions of back up plans (when I grow up), and tears. It was a great discussion point on careers and how few make it to the pro sports teams to which they aspire. It also brought up discussion about whether we need to grow up and so much more.

Now for my personal/professional version of Currently:

With our walk tomorrow beginning at 8 AM, I am hoping the rain is finished. I am so glad we can wear jeans and running shoes tomorrow. I was hoping to walk a couple of miles during our portion, but the blister I earned on Tuesday with our Walking Classroom walks and silly shoes may prevent me from meeting that goal. At least I will be comfy! It should be cool, in the 40's tomorrow morning. Warmer weather returns next week. 

I have several days of organizing to get my evidence into a form I want to go with our Danielson Model evaluations. I have two more evals this month, one formal and the other informal.

My surprise, is Jordon from Life is Better Messy Anyway. I loved the title which is why I stopped at her blog many months ago. Then I got hooked on her mix of posts with food, projects, and teaching tidbits. I am looking forward to "meeting her" next week when we do a Mystery Skype. Stop by and check out her latest food post on Skinny Peanut Butter Cheesecake. Yummy!

It's late, and I am rambling on. Have a great Friday!


  1. Congratulations on your Donor's Choose! Nice to hear that such a deserving need was filled with the program.

    Hope the weather is good for your walk tomorrow.

    I'm intrigued with the blog you mentioned. I'll have to stop by and check it out.

  2. Congrats on your Donor Choose, I love that we are fulfilling each child's needs. I need to also check out the blog that you wrote about.

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  4. I just got a kidney shaped table for my classroom as well and we LOVE it! It seems huge compared to the two trapezoid tables I used to put together! Lol! Congrats!

  5. Congrats on getting your Donor's Choose project fully funded. I just started my first one recently and love the idea. We are trying to get an IPad for our classroom. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. And I'm thinking of starting a fitness motivation blog group for teachers....let me know if you'd like to join. We could share goals, accomplishments, recipes, etc. Hope you have a great weekend!

    A Teaspoon of Teaching


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