Monday, February 1, 2016

February Currently

Another month, another Currently.

I feel like I may be coming down with something - ugh! Stocking up on water and Zicam to stave it off.

On the plus side, we've decided to tack on a day trip to Zion National Park on our upcoming Vegas trip, and I am beside myself with excitement. For an avid hiker like myself, Zion looks like paradise.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently January 2016

Happy New Year!

Linking up with Farley.

So, an ice storm knocked our power out for four days this week. We had to live out of a hotel with our dog since we had no heat, throw out all our food, and it was a sucky last week of Christmas vacation for me. I want a do-over!

But I am looking forward to 2016. We have two great trips booked--one of which is Las Vegas for my 30th birthday where we are taking some day trips to do hiking in state parks and Death Valley National Park. So my word of the year is adventure. Let's have some great adventures!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Currently

Linking up!

We are sadly watching the live coverage of the most recent tragic shooting out in SoCal. Something needs to change in our country. I don't get into political views on here and don't want to invite arguments; but whatever we are doing as a country is not working. This amount of tragic mass shootings just are not happening in most other countries around the globe. This is so sad.

I feel weird and very trivial transitioning from something so serious into other topics, but we are very close to Christmas break and I am SO ready. I am also very excited for April and Spring Break to get here because we have decided to take a little trip out West to Las Vegas to celebrate my 30th birthday!

I hope you all have a very safe and happy holiday season!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Currently

I feel like, once November begins, the holiday season is officially underway! Starbucks already had holiday cups out yesterday :)

Linking up with Farley.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Currently September

Linking up with Farley!

Listening...My husband and I love this show. We are catching up on the DVR from last night.

Loving....We both have the entire 3-day weekend off, which rarely happens. He usually has to work either Saturday, Monday, or both. It's going to be SUPER hot here, but we still plan to hit up a local wine festival and take the pup hiking at a state park in the shade.

Thinking....Open House/Meet the Teacher night is tomorrow. It makes for a late night for me, especially since I commute to work.

Wanting...It was so gorgeous last week, but now the high is 94 again.

Needing...We have a wedding to attend next weekend, and I found a dress and shoes, but now I need jewelry!

My 3 goals are pretty self-explanatory :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Start of the School Year

Well the 2015 school year is underway. I hope to blog more this year than last school year, but of course, I said that last year as well ha! And I hope to have more content-rich posts instead of only linking up for Currently once a month (which is actually right around the corner!)

Here is a pic of the back half of my classroom this year that I posted on Instagram and FB. I moved my desk to the back of the room instead of the front, since we went 1:1 and I want to be able to monitor what is on students' computers during study hall or when they are quietly working/writing and I don't need to be at the front of the room.

A lot of my friends commented on liking my purple walls lol. Our only choices were purple, gold, or white. We aren't allowed to paint them anything other than those, and gold seemed too bright for me, yet white was blah. So purple it is!

On my bulletin board, I typed up a bunch of job titles and how English skills were going to be necessary in those positions. I titled the board "English in the Real World."

To the right of the bulletin board are keyboard short cuts, like Ctrl+P for print and so forth. I printed them on pretty paper and took them to Kinko's to get laminated. Since all kids have laptops now, they hopefully will come in handy.

The posters around/behind my desk are mostly from Amazon, but a couple are from other sites like RedBubble. Thank you, Amazon Prime, for getting them here before school started!

So, since we all have devices, I decided to try out Google Classroom this year. It has been a change, but I am LOVING it so far. I find it pretty user-friendly on both my end and my students' end. The hardest thing for them has been getting used to using Google Drive instead of Microsoft Office and learning how to turn in assignments in Classroom. But all classes have turned in at least a couple assignments so far, and I hardly have any problems now. If Google Classroom is an option at your school and your kids have devices, I'd really suggest checking it out. I am no expert, by any means, but I can try and answer questions you've got. I just taught myself how to navigate it, with a little help from Google Help, as well as a friend who's a librarian and knows how to use it well.

Positives to using an LMS like Classroom:
1) Easy for days I have subs! I can post all my assignments and instructions online, and students can't claim they turned something in to the sub, who lost it. They submit directly online.
2) Less paper! No lines at the copy machine!
3) Students can easily get absent work when they are gone.
4) With Drive specifically--kids can share documents with each other, for instance to peer edit papers or what not.
5) I have found grading faster so far. Now, I will say, I plan on having them turn in major essays still in hard copy because I think I will prefer that, but for short assignments or writing samples, I have liked being able to type my comments instead of writing them.

I teach mainly seniors and am loving my sections so far. We've had some great discussions and all my classes are very well-behaved and respectful. Fingers crossed that it lasts! :)