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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.

Mother's Day Crafts

If you're like me, you have been looking for something to do with your kiddos for Mother's Day. :)
I have found some cute, easy crafts to work on next week.


Five for Friday


I just love linking up with Kacey!

Five for Friday

Happy Friday!
It's the first day of Spring Break for me! Woot Woot!

I'm linking up again with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching.




We had a planned 2 hour delay yesterday. We had our last session with our Writing Workshop coach! Wow is she amazing!
We talked about strategic groups in Writing Workshop. I showed her my latest interest in my classroom. That is writing as much as we can...well this kind of backfired on me as my students were racing to see how many pages they could add to their story...not necessarily with great content. 
What a great strategic group lesson!
I went back to my classroom yesterday and had a talk with my many pages writers. We had a wonderful conversation about what we really want to be in our story and what good writers write in their stories. 
Yay!!!


TpT Flock 2017


I am so excited to be going to the Northeastern Regional TpT Meet-Up!!!

I get to see two of my very good friends and meet a ton more!!!



Fun and Fearless in First


I will be joining Nancy and Colleen this Saturday!!
Can you tell I'm excited!
I am sure I will have plenty to share when I get back!

Have a wonderful Friday!
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Substitute Plans

Why does being out of the classroom have to be so much work?
We all know that we put in way more time for our substitutes than we do our daily work. Of course we do because we want the classroom to move smoothly while we are not there.
 No questions. No problems.

Previously, I had been writing out sub plans by hand or typing them up in Pages, but on a totally different document. Silly!!!

I started to look at my weekly lesson plans to see how I could use them for sub plans.
So, I just took the day that I was going to be out, deleted all the rest of the week and expanded in details for my substitute.

It has worked out so well! I have had many people tell me that it is so easy to follow and to read.

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