Friday, February 21, 2014

Five for Friday--It's my Birthday!

Why am I blogging on my birthday, you may ask? Well, since my husband is deployed, my bff and mother are currently on their way to Florida from NC. Aren't they the best?! They have about another hour to drive, and I've already cleaned, cooked, cleaned some more, walked around in circles, and just can't find another thing (I want) to do! I'm about to go insane with impatience! So, here I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

1.  Birthday goodies from my kiddos!

Because I definitely NEED 19.75 ounces of Reese's... and the brownies and 2 kinds of cake I've had today, too.

Ironically, 1/2 of all these birthday cards I found on my table this morning mentioned Reese's.. possibly not a good thing!

2. The picture says it all.

This will be me if I actually eat all those Reese's! 

3. I shared this picture on my Facebook page last week because it made my heart happy. 

4. Jamberry nails. I'm hooked! I've ordered like 6 pairs already and love mixing and matching. I'm currently having an online party if you want to order some, too! You can click {here} to do that. It ends Sunday! (Be sure to click Mandy's party if you decide to order. Help support my addiction. :))

5. Literacy Stations
 In ELA, we do whole group for about 30 minutes, then my students rotate through 4 stations: small group, read/respond, table 2 work, and test prep. Each station lasts about 15-20 minutes. The table 2 work station is just that--work at table 2. Each student has their own folder to keep track of their work.

Everyone started off with nouns, because as a class we needed practice. The students know the deal--grab your folder, check for feedback, and get started either fixing your work, or on your next activity. Each folder has a working on it side, and an I've mastered it side.

When students finish an activity, they turn it in on a small desk near where they work, and after rotations I check their work. This is easy because maybe 8 students turn something in each day. It isn't hard to find time to check 8 recording sheets. I make notes if corrections are necessary, or give them a smiley face with the date written next to it once they've mastered the skill. Then they record the skill, put the mastery date and file it on the right side of their folder. Easy peasy! Also, this system lets me see their misconceptions and really target individuals. I love it! And the kids do, too!

I hope you enjoy your weekend, friends. I know I will.. especially since I think my husband is calling tonight! :)

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  1. Awww! How sweet that you got so many cards. I hear ya about the chocolate overload. I probably got six pounds of chocolate for Valentine's Day last week!
    Happy Birthweekend!
    Stuff Students Say and Other Classroom Treasures

  2. Happy Birthday!! I LOVED the cake and dog answer-how sweet!!

  3. Happy late birthday. A lot of birthday cards... I bet you were so happy!! Love the cake

  4. HAPPPPPPPPPPPPY, HAPPPPPPPPPPPY Birthday, Mandy!!!!!!!!! Hope you had a fabulous time with your family!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. Well Mandy, oops! I just nominated you for a Liebster Award, but I didn't realize you had so many followers on your Bloglovin'. That must mean you rock! Still hop on over to my blog and follow the directions to accept it. I really like your blog!

    Southern Fried Teachin’