Friday, May 3, 2013

Five for Friday

This has felt like the longest week ever, but what week doesn't right?

It's Friday though and that means  time for 5 for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

I started my week out at our Region Service Center for training. I am a geek, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE professional development! Here in Texas we don't do the Common Core, but our Math standards are changing soon. I attended a training about those changes and how we are going to make sure we don't cause gaps in learning when the changes occur. Funny thing, our standards are pretty closely matched with the common core, why we didn't adopt them is beyond me.

We finished testing last week and trying to keep kiddos engaged is such a challenge. I must admit though, it isn't completely awful. They are doing okay.
I started a respect challenge with my kids. It started out rough. I couldn't give any classes a sticker, but I am proud to say, we are finally adding stickers to our buckets!

I saw this on Pinterest last summer from iwanttobeasuperteacher and knew I wanted to try it. After testing is perfect for it. My kiddos loved it. I am sure I will post more about this later.

After the test last week, I wanted something fun, but engaging for my students. Thanks to, we had some fun. I am able to use this as extra credit as well. Plus, since I had to take stuff off my walls for testing, I can post these and the walls aren't so bare.

Today is Friday and our kids have to take another test on the computer. It's a district thing for us. It is perfect for Friday. It is super quiet and relaxing for me.



  1. Wow I have never come across that maths-aid website.. I just created an awesome elapsed time sheet in about three seconds! Thanks for sharing that link!
    Have a great weekend!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  2. Yay! I love finding other upper grade bloggers. :) I found you via the linky. I'm Brandee, your newest follower.
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