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I need more time!

Ohh man, there is 11 days left of school. I have six kiddos who are SO close to reaching our end of the year fluency goal. If the kids read 60 words in one minute they are able to attend our end of the year celebration. THEY ARE AT 45 words! Am I a horrible teacher for finally realizing how close they are. WHY HAVE I NOT PUSHED THEM LIKE THIS SINCE APRIL?

Well with 11 days here is my irresponsible, terrible plan. While the students are in centers I am pulling this group of six for 40 minutes each day. Additionally, we are eating lunch in my room and reading during their lunch which they love because they feel super special. Can they get to 60? ABSOLUTELY….

I will post a picture of our goal wall tomorrow! My students need to reach 8 out of 10 goals to attend the celebration.

1. Read 60 wpm, 2. Count to 100, 3. Backwards from 100, 4. Count by 2’s, 5. Complete 100 addition facts in 10 minutes, 6. Read the whole sight words book, 7. Fill book log front and back, 8. Get an 80% on the Galileo in reading, 9. Get an 80% on the Galileo in math, 10. WORK HARD!!

I would love any suggestions for increasing this fluency. Feeling so bad right now that it took 11 days left to get my butt in gear.


This was taken from an awesome mentor teacher that taught me at UofA. She teaches first grade also! I made it last night out of curiosity and boredom…my husband was pretty excited!

Honey-Jalapeno Chicken…..ending with CLASSY rice krispie TREATS 🙂


  • 12 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed

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  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (I probably would have left this out, I thought it was too strong)
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions, green part only
  • 2 tablespoons pickled ginger, minced(I used powdered ginger)
  • I also sautéed:  2 chopped celery stalked, 1 chopped carrot, 1/4 up sugar snap peas halved, 1/4 onion, diced and sautéed, 2 cloves of garlic minced.

I think I used too many jalapenos! It overcame the taste but it is my fault for thinking our mouths could handle more spice. I added pineapple and water-chestnuts! This is a 6 out of 10 for me because of those darn jalapenos.

Rockin Monday in my crazy room!

What a beautiful day in sunny AZ! This is the time for us to enjoy..before the heat gets unbearable! Our day started with a community circle on the rug and my students explained their weekend. They ALL talked about “kids day”!  What in the world is Kids Day? I am super curious, must be a cultural thing for this community and I want to participate next year!

Because our Q4 testing is next week we reviewed ABC order and I was able to enrich my higher students with alphabetizing to the 2nd letter..LOVE WHEN I HAVE TIME TO DO THIS!!!! I opened the lesson with my students dancing around to Jackson 5 “ABC easy as 123” which got them super pumped. After modeling our steps and the students alphabetizing notecards in teams of four I was able to use a game for closure. Please use this site in a computer center and even for a check for understanding before independent work:

P.S. I have totally changed my Mothers Day idea for Friday. I found an adorable “cup of tea” template that you fold and make into a pouch. The students will write a note and add their personalized tea bags into the pouch! Of course we will put a cute little picture in the cup too. I was told that Mothers Day in Mexico is on a different day…would this offend any mothers/

Happy May!

It is May! Seriously, May 1st of 2011. Where has this year gone? For my sister, it has gone downhill…last night she called me crying pretty hysterically because her boyfriend of 6 months had dumped her. I was supportive, calm, and asked her to make the two-hour trek up to my house.

Thank goodness she left right away and was at my house in no time. This “boy”  is not and has not been my favorite person. I have never met him which is partially my fault and my sisters. Unfortunately, I only get the bad calls about what he has done this time instead of hearing all of the good things. All I know about this idiot is that he sexually was pushing her to do things she has never done…my sister is in the same situation as me regarding my bucket-list. I also know that he has used pretty bad language directed at her AND that he is the type to walk away from a fight.

My sister is NOT the type to walk away. She will solve it, apologize, and fight  for her relationships. The problem was this one is not worth the fight and didn’t want to be fought for. I am inspired by my sister because I am always the one who is making my husband fight for me. I selfishly know that my husband will not walk away which makes me be the immature girl who rolls over and plays the silent game. I DO NOT KNOW WHY I DO THIS! Am I testing his love? Seeing how much and how far he will go for me? We have already committed our lives together so why do I continue to do this?

With divorced parents who have re-married and divorced more than once I find myself thinking this could be me someday. Not because I want this, but because it seems SO common. Very scary thoughts that I need to fight and NOT ACCEPT.

Saturday Funk

3:00 PM on a Saturday and have yet to leave the house, or step outside. The problem is I have not left this house but have absolutely no energy to do so! While staring at the television and checking the cell for the 10th time my mind drifted back to my students.

My week 36 lesson plans are not yet complete, not yet packed full of state standards and objectives. With 13 days left it has slowly become easier to make these plans and make them more meaningful. My students need hands-on and need to be involved–for example I have began teaching them how to tell time on Wednesday and they LOVED this the second they had their own personal clocks in their hands. Me showing them on one was not enough. I found a fantastic video for guided practice titled “Match my Clock”  that instantly had my students singing and learning. It was such an awesome moment in our classroom!

This is the match my clock link:

While researching Mothers Day crafts for my first graders I found pretty typical stuff. Nothing new and exciting–typical paper flowers and painting pots. Finally, I found one! All you need is little glass votive holders (from the dollar store) and tissue paper. The little candles are super cheap in bulk and with a picture of the kiddos I think this will be a nice change from a flower pot!

Beginning the end

What a beautiful Friday in our 1st grade room. My students have completely taken on my mannerisms, vocabulary, and tone. We have inside jokes and they have no problem laughing at me when I trip…which is often!

Rewind 9 months and 29 days ago and you would see a girl who did not have a CLUE with what she was getting herself into. I graduated on May 14th and I was married on July 10th at age 22. We got back from our honeymoon and I went to work the next day. I often torture myself with questions on why I felt the need to rush this into one summer.

To this day I cannot for the life of me remember anything I taught the first week of school. It is a fuzzy, black-out of memories because of being so over-whelmed. The UofA did not tell me about this! August through November was an AMAZING time of personal growth and just an itty-bitty bit of more confidence. Unfortunately the flu hit on Thanksgiving and I was battling back to back illnesses until MARCH! While only minor sinus infections it amazed me how exhausted I was and much more short I was on patience with the kiddos.
It is APRIL 29th! I will never have my first year of teaching in April back. Have I been too negative? Raised my voice too much? Will these kids remember our room? I have no idea…