Reconnecting and Redirecting

Seems like it’s been forever since I have blogged, I have been perusing all of your amazing blogs, but just can’t seem to find the gumption to connect to mine. BUT today is the first day of our fall break, and I am ready to get back on the road of blogging and slicing. I know I have said this beforebut just like a diet (ok my diets) it’s not that you eat that piece of cake, it’s the fact that you eat salads the next three daysright?  I hope soJ

Our first day of fall break has been WINDY 50MPH gust with DIRT and DUST it reminds me of the dust storms in Arizona I lived through as a child. All I smell and taste is dirt. And smoke. Because that is where my hubby is- fighting grass fires. They had to shut down part of the interstate because of 35 car pile-up. Tomorrow I will dust!  
I have found some great new blogs while I have been MIA. I’ve also been reminded of some great ideas on some of my favorite go-to blogs.
I am not a great fan of spelling tests. I think the “learn them and forget them” way of spelling practice leaves a lot of holes and is not very practical. I would rather my kiddos become cognitive of their spelling in their day to day writing in writing workshop. Tammy at Forever in First has a great way she teaches spelling that fits perfectly with this. You can read about it here. I am starting my spelling notebooks Monday with the new nine weeks.
The new nine weeks will also bring some assessment of the past nine weeks. I was going to make up a phonics assessment, but then I found Jenn at Seriously Primary and she has just made this awesome assessment. So ta-da no work for me! YAY!
Tonight while hiding from the dirt, I found Nikki at Teaching in Progress. She had a really interesting post about behavior charts and discipline.
Like her I have never used behavior charts. I do have a few tricks I use though. I have one little cutie that has a few.issues should we say. If I had a behavior chart she would see red dailyor I would. Anyway I have discovered if I send her on an errand, say to get me a box of paperclips from the office, she is golden the rest of the day. My note often says (in cursive of course) “__ needs a moment away and I need a moment too, please send me a box of paperclips.”  Of course the school secretary and I have joked that by the end of the year I may own every box of paperclips in the school.
I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures I took at school this week as a couple of moms picked up their kids. One of the great things about a small rural school!  



  1. What a great way to keep smiling all day long...Giving you and your sweetie a little break! I had one last year that I did the same thing with! It worked like a charm!
    Owl Things First!

  2. Thanks for mentioning me Tammy. Let me know how the spelling goes. I loved the post by Nikki as well. Enjoy your break!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. I love the pics! I will say, I am at a rural school too and have not seen that yet! I hope I do! I also did the paperclip thing til my little sweetie said you already got a box, how about I just go take the others ones back! LOL! It still worked, and helped me through the year!
    Crazy About First Grade

  4. Thank you so much for the "shout-out" Tammy!!!!!! I hope the assessments work out for you as well as they have for us!!!!

    Jenn Oyler
    Seriously Primary

  5. Tammy, I enjoy reading your posts! Have a great break, it's nice hearing from you! Love the pick up!!
    Amy Howbert

    Little Miss Organized

  6. I have missed reading your posts. Lately, I have been doing good to blog once a week, I just don't seem to have anything that interesting to say. lol Even though we are part of the OKC district, we are a rural school. I drive by horses on the road while driving home from time to time and down the street from our school is a llama farm.

    Love your pictures! Very glad to see you back!

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  7. Hi Tammy-have missed you. Love the post-sounds like school is going on. And love the photos! I wish...

    Best to you!

  8. Thanks so much for mentioning my post:) The response has been amazing - I couldn't be happier that so many teachers are reflecting the use of bahavior charts and finding better ways to reach kids.
    I'm no fan of spelling tests either so I am off to see what's up at Forever in First!
    And I love those pictures - way more fun than riding a bus!

    Teaching in Progress