Monday, April 7, 2014

March SLANT Box is Here!

I love to get mail. LOVE IT. I get excited when I hear the little lid on our mailbox clink after the mailman drops our mail in.  I love to sort through our (mainly junk) mail looking for familiar handwriting and new magazines. So you can imagine my excitement when I arrive home to a box on the doormat. When I got home after my first day back after Spring Break I found this lovely box waiting for me.
YAY! I could not wait to open it. I love the SLANT box exchange because you have no idea what you will find inside but you know it will be AH-mazing.
First thing I found inside was this very sweet note from Wendy over at Read with Me ABC . Check out her blog, it is awesome. 
My SLANT box was filled to the brim with these fantastic treats
I LITERALLY just saw this little clipboard at a shop on Saturday  but I didn't buy it. Score!
I keep a jar of Starburst on my bookshelf for a little afternoon (any time of day, who am I kidding.) pick me up. YUM!
This photo does not do this travel mug justice. It is a brilliant turquoise, one of my favorite colors. And you can never go wrong with a K-Cup. Ever.
Owls are my favorite. I can't get enough of these adorable stickers! 
This precious angel was the final gift I unwrapped. Isn't she the sweetest?  

 Thanks again to Wendy for the wonderful treats. If you have not and the opportunity to join in on the SLANT box exchange be sure to check out Lessons with Coffee for all the details.
Maybe we will meet through SLANT sometime! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April Currently


I can not BELIEVE it is already April. We are down to 9 weeks. 9 weeks people! Time for April's Currently. I am linking up with Farley from Oh Boy, Fourth Grade.





listening: My hubs is watching "Field of Dreams, which he LOVES. I enjoy listening to him enjoy his movie.

loving: My aunt and I COMPLETELY tore up our front yard this past week. We tore out weeds, scraggly "grass", turned soil, laid black mat (to battle the horrendous weeds and scraggly "grass"), planted a tree and a TON of plants. It looks like a totally different yard and I couldn't be happier with the results.

thinking: I am a very lucky woman. I am so blessed to have my amazing family, dogs, home, job...the list could go on and on.

wanting: This past week FLEW by! I could really use a little more Spring Break.
needing: 3rd Quarter ended right before Spring Break so report cards go home tho Friday.

hours and last day: I am usually at school by 7:00 and leave around 4:00 since I don't have bus duty anymore. We share duties and I have 1st and 3rd Quarter. LOVE not having duty 4th Quarter! Our last day was supposed to be June 10th but since we missed a total of 9 days because of snow and ice this year we are now going until the 13th. The last day of school is Friday the 13th...should be interesting.

Hope everyone is having a beautiful April!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Holy Frijoles!


Oh my goodness, I am SO excited! My blog was nominated for a Liebster Award by Jayme over at the ADORABLE Trendy in Third blog.  You really need to check her out.
Thank you so much Jayme for this very special nomination. I am really flattered. I have been a total blog slacker this winter and this is just the motivation I need to get my booty back in the blogging saddle. I am flattered to have my first post of 2014 be the Liebster Award process! 

Here are the Liebster Rules:
1) Link back to the blog that nominated me
2) Nominate 5 - 11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
3) Answer the questions posted for me by my nominator
4) Share 11 random facts about myself
5) Contact my nominees and let them know that I nominated them


My answers to Jayme's Questions: 

1) What grade do you currently teach? Have you taught any other grades? 
I currently teach 3rd grade. I taught 1st grade for one year. I taught preschool for 1 year and subbed every single grade K-12 during college.
2) What is your favorite thing about teaching? Least favorite? 
My most favorite thing is being with my students everyday. They are so funny and fun to hang out with. My least favorite thing about teaching is the ridiculous amount of mandated standardized testing 3rd graders take in North Carolina. 
3) If your school was donated $25,000, what would you want your principal to purchase?
I would want him to split the 25 grand between more technology students and new playground structures for recess. Recess is so important and my kiddlets need more play structures to enjoy. 
4) What is your favorite TV show?
I can’t pick just one! My current favs are Park and Recreation, Brooklyn 99, and Community.
5) If you could go back in time, what era would you choose to visit? 
What a fab question! I would go back to the 1940's so I could hang out with my grandma when she was young.
6) What is your school mascot? 
Panthers
7) How many kids are in your class? 
22. 12 girls 10 boys. I started the year with 14 girls, 2 have moved. 
8) What is your current obsession? 
Candy Cane Trident Layers gum. I discovered it at Target in November and have been infatuated ever since. It is a seasonal flavor though so I have done my best to horde packs. I don't know what will happen when I run out.
9) What is your idea of relaxing after a crazy day of teaching? 
Sitting on my couch in my jammies watching funny T.V. shows and exploring blogs on my computer. 
10) Do you have iPads in your class? 
Just 1. It was purchased by the state for to use for mandatory MClass reading assessments. 
11) Heels or flats? 
Flats all day, everyday. Love me some cute heels but my tootsies can’t handle wearing them all day at school. Plus, being 6 feet tall, I already tower most everyone in our building. Heels would just intimidate them. Haha! 

11 Random Facts About Me

* I live in a house that was built in 1905.
* I am afraid of clowns.
* I have had Type I Diabetes since I was 11 years old.
* I love owls.
* I want to adopt children.
* I have 2 brothers
* I would have 10 dogs if I could afford it.
* I do not like mushrooms
* I am slightly obsessed with office/school supplies
* I am a data nerd. I love tracking my students' progress.
* I go married in my favorite pair of jeans and a white sweater. It was fabulous.

My Questions for the Bloggers I have nominated:

1) What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
2) If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
3) What is your all time favorite book?
4) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
5) How long have you been blogging?
6) What is the school supply you can;t do without?
7) How many students are in your class?
8) What would you be doing if you were not a teacher?
9) What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at school?
10) What is your classroom theme?
11) What is your go to school snack or drink?

I nominated the following interesting and adorable blogs. Be sure to check them out!








Thanks again to Jayme at Trendy in Third for nominating me. Thank you to you all for reading my Liebster Award post! Yay! 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My September SLANT Box!

I came home last night to this envelope of goodness. Ignore the water bottle in the background. It is just a water bottle. Focus on the envelope. It says Air Mail in French. For real.
 I was matched up with Dawn from Apples, Owls, and Peppermint Mochas. She is a super sweet teacher from Manitoba, Canada. She sent me the BEST gifts! 
 Hilarious sticky notes and coasters, fun erasers, a grape (my first!) Scentos Marker, a really cool sustainable ink pen, a fab owl bag, and an AH-maizing journal. Hey Girl indeed. 


Such a CUTE notepad! 

I HEART this adorable owl bag. 

 There are no words. 

Dawn nailed it. She really surprised me with these fantastic gifts. Totally made my week. 
If you want to have this same wonderful experience you should check out the SLANT Box on Jameson blog, Lesson with Coffee.
You won't be disappointed. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Finally a post! October Currently...

Wow! October 3rd ALREADY! I have been a total blog slacker lately. To redeem myself, I am linking up (albeit a few days late) with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade... for the October Currently.




I am listening to the FAB The Big Bang Theory. I have seen most of these episodes multiple times and still crack up at each one. I heart Sheldon.

I am loving my sweet group of kiddos this year. I have been out sick all week and they have been so well behaved for their substitutes.

I really have WAY to much to do to be sick right now. Ugh. Fingers crossed I am better in the morning.

I so want to feel totally better! Being sick is tough, but when you have 23 little friends waiting for you to get better, you can never get better soon enough. Whoa, really didn't mean for that to rhyme.

My district has started using Power Teacher for EVERYTHING this year. Unfortunately, it rarely works. Makes it pretty difficult to get grades done.

Time for a fun treat! There is a wonderful giveaway going on over at  The Primary Chalkboard. You should really check it out!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Budding Bloggers Linky Party

     I've linked up at I {heart} Recess for a Budding Blog Linky Party.  if you are new to the blogging world and have fewer than 200 followers you can link up too!  It's a great way for us to 
get to know and support each other. 



Here are my answers:
     
     I started blogging after being inspired by my fabulous 3rd grade students. I want to share our classroom experiences with others and share some (hopefully good!) ideas as well. 



     My favorite subject to teach is reading. I love to help students who claim to "hate to read" find the right book (or article, blog, poem, etc) that grabs their interest and never lets go. 



My teaching style is very nurturing and consistent while maintaining very high standards for myself and every single student. I look at every student as an individual with gifts and talents to share. Every student is capable and will show growth in my class. I have very clear and consistent standards that everyone is expected to follow, but I also know that my students have extremely different needs and I do everything in my power to differentiate my instruction to meet those needs. 
I am an advocate for every one of my students. I am going to do everything I can to help them learn whether it be getting them the modifications they need, getting them set up with AG classes, shaping and supporting a behavior plan, getting their family set up with food or getting them glasses. I do whatever it takes to make my students feel successful. They know that we are a family in our classroom and that we respect each other for who we are as individuals and as a classroom community. 

    Three interesting facts about me: 
I am 6 feet tall. 

I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 11. 

I am scared to death of clowns. Even typing that freaked me out a little. I (obviously) will not be posting a picture for this fact. 

     My meager lil' TPT store can be found at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Amanda-Applegate

I am looking forward to reading your answers! :c)
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
3. Describe your teaching style.
4. Give three interesting facts about you.
5. Do you have a TpT store? If yes, please post the link.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Why I Teach


        I believe that teaching is the most rewarding, positive, and powerful career that one can be fortunate enough to have. Teaching is so much more than curriculum and standardized tests. Teaching is an adventure every single day. Teaching is being a good listener and a shoulder to cry on. Teaching is knowing how to get 24 eight year olds to be quiet by simply raising your hand. Teaching is knowing when to use your “teacher voice” and when to just observe the magic that is happening around you. Teaching is taking advantage of the opportunity to learn something new every single day and sharing that with others. Teaching is being able to work yourself to the point of exhaustion one day and being excited to do it all again the next. 
        I find rewards in teaching every single day. That moment when a student suddenly understands how to solve the dreaded multi-step word problems. The moment when a parent tells you that you changed their child’s aversion to reading and now their child asks to stay up 15 minutes later than normal so they can finish the chapter they’re on. That moment when your most difficult student ever (seriously, I could write a book AND an after school special on this one) tells you that you were the first person to ever believe he was smart. 
He came into my class of 28 in October with a huge chip on his shoulder and no respect for anyone who crossed his path. He spoke of gangs, weapons, and drugs like other boys talk about cartoon characters, toy cars, and candy. He had an IEP for literacy and was brilliant in math. He broke most every rule, got suspended numerous times, and intimidated his classmates. I knew I could help him. 
We eventually formed an understanding of each other. He needed to be treated as a 9 year old. He needed to know it was okay to be successful and that he was so capable of being whatever he wanted to be.  He began to understand how much I cared for and believed in him. He began to enjoy school. The day I sat next to him on the playground steps and told him that he scored 4’s on his EOG we both got tears in our eyes.        
        He came back last year to tell me that he was doing really well in 7th grade and still wanted to be a lawyer when he graduates from college. It doesn’t get better than that.