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Marine Corps Marathon

Let's go back to the beginning of the year in March when the lottery opened.
I put my name in. Why not? If I got in...I got in. If I didn't...I didn't.
Well, I didn't! I was relieved. Really. A marathon was not on my bucket list. I had surgery in 2010 on my back. Who does a marathon after back surgery?


Fall Pinterest Ideas for Your Classroom

I was browsing Pinterest and I found some really amazing ideas to use for my fall classroom.
My firsties are going to love these activities and decorations.

STEAM activities...yes please!
Schooling a Monkey (don't you just love that name?) has some STEAM pumpkin activities to do in the classroom.
How am I going to fit all this in?

Digital Divide in America

We had a quick meeting yesterday. We are beginning to use the program
"Keyboarding Without Tears"
We are excited to start to use this. Our third and fourth graders were issued ChromeBooks this year. They will have to take their state tests on the computers in a couple years. In order to help them be proficient in taking the test we have decided to teach them how to use the computer more efficiently.

That being said, there was a long discussion of what happens when students bring home their devices and are not able to use them. No wifi.
Some public libraries will lend you a computer and a hotspot. Is this the answer? I am not sure. I know the answer is not to tell a parent that there are plenty of places with free wifi. Starbucks...Dunkin"...the firehouse.
Is that what these kids need to be doing at 7:00 or 8:00 at night? Doing their homework in a car near the fire station? I am not sure what the answer is for this.
I am fortunate to work in a district that has some money available for new technology. Our students are lucky, but that doesn't mean they have the same access at home.

What about those districts that don't have the funds?

On September 26th, National Geographic is airing a documentary about the Digital Divide in America. I have watched the trailer. I can't wait to see it. I think it is going to open up some eyes.

I hope it will open up some eyes.

A Little Late

Wow! It has been too long since I have posted.
The school year has started out absolutely wonderful.
I have had some tough classes the past few years and this one looks like it might be a dream. There are the typical bumps I will encounter, but for now, I am living the honeymoon out with them. :)

I wanted to share my before and after photos of my classroom and now that I'm thinking of it, I need to add more. I got this adorable quote from Dr. Seuss to put up on my wall.

I just love it! I will post a photo later of my wall.

Landscape Photos FREEBIE

So, I am trying something new. I have been a professional photographer on the side for about five years now. I absolutely LOVE it!
When I attended the Northeastern Regional TpT Meet-Up there was a lot of talk about photos and how to use them in your products.
So, I thought I would try it. Why not, right? I am already doing it... :)

Last Four Days of School

I live in upstate New York. We don't start school until after Labor Day every year and we don't end until the end of June every year.
I think there are benefits from having my summer vacation last until after Labor Day. That being said, it is really hard to look at all of your summer and relaxation photos right now. :)

You know how it is...where did my firsties go? It was like there was a light bulb that went off in the beginning of June and it was not a very bright one. This one said, "It's June, we are done with school!". It has been quite a month so far.

My Favorite ClipArt

I have a few go-to clipart artists.
I tend to stick with these two amazing artists.
I like the consistency of their work and I know I can head on over to their stores and find just what I'm looking for.
Theu also both have bundles and growing sets that you can find to fit your needs and you just might get something really fun and interesting you didn't know you needed.

Mel was one of the very first artists that I won a clipart set from. 
It was a zoo set. I am not sure if she even sells it anymore. I just love her vibrant, cute, creative work.

Krista has some amazing clipart in her store! I absolutely love the adorable faces she puts on all her characters.

Have a wonderful day!

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Science Leadership Meetings and Smithsonian Kits

Our BOCES district has taken the initiative to really get moving on the NGSS.
We have been meeting since last summer and have made some great progress.

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