Friday, September 9, 2011

WOWSA!!!!! What a Week!

Oh my goodness gracious! What a week this has been! It's only been four days, but did it ever fly by?!

First of all, the sweet Barbara at Grade Onederful you are too sweet! To be on someone's Top 10 Blog List?! I am honored! Thank you-- I love your blog, too! And Mrs. Wyand over at Keeping it True in K-1-2 nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Awesome, more on that award tomorrow! Go check both of those awesome ladies and their blogs right away! They are too amazing!!!!
Secondly, this week has been awesome. I finally started LOVING my kids this week...yes, all 27 of them. They are amazingly good at chatting, but I have come to terms with that. At least I do not have the extreme throwing chairs kind of behaviors that I had last year! Waiting for them to stop talking has been extremely effective for me this week. I was yelling and that was not working, so I switched gears after getting sick and decided to wait, patiently, for as long as it takes. They caught on fast!!!

Today was the dreaded individual school picture day. We've been talking about them all week. I LOVE drawing their school pictures the first week of school, but never got around to it until this week. Without the chatting, we accomplished a lot in this classroom this week! Here's a glimpse of a few school pictures:

I just adore them. I keep them hanging up all year. At our poetry coffeehouse at the end of the year, I take them down and hang them in the hallway outside our classroom. Each buzzer writes an "About the Author" page. Also, very adorable.

Today was the first Friday I tried Math Stations. It was a success. I almost can't wait until next Friday already. :)

We also watched a clip on 9/11 today. Most of my buzzers knew about it already. I love that their parents have exposed them to history at such a young age! We wrote about why we love being American and they turned out darling. Some, even wrote about the World Trade Centers. And Sunday is my big race day. My first ever and last FULL marathon! I am running on Sunday in memory of 9/11. If our soldiers and military personnel can make the ultimate sacrifice, I can at least run 26.2 miles. God Bless America!

Wish me luck! One of my sweet buzzers came today with a good luck giftcard to The Juice Stop. In case you don't have one, they make the most delicious smoothies. I can't wait to indulge in a big fat juice chocolate smoothie after running 26.2 miles on Sunday.

See, we had an awesome week! I hope yours was as good as mine!!!


  1. You're going to do great! and trust me, it won't be your last! They're addicting! ;)

    Mrs. Bee
    Bee's KinderGarden

  2. Hi Marcy,
    I LOVE the self portraits. Those are VERY good for Grade 1! And good luck with your marathon. I've only run two (I think that's enough - ha ha), but my first one was in your beautiful country ~ from Sequim to Port Angeles. It was tough but so incredibly satisfying. Enjoy every moment ~ you're going to feel so proud of yourself. I actually cried crossing the finish line!! I bet you do, too!

    Grade ONEderful

  3. Hello Marcy!
    I love your blog! The cupcakes are so cute and friendly. (What is it about food being friendly, I don't know, but sometimes it IS!)
    I've found a terrific resource for classroom management. It's the Teaching Channel, and I blogged about it recently. I've already been using a few of the techniques from Ms Noonan and they are awesome! Check it out, even if only to have a few more tools in your toolbox.
    I'm a new follower now!
    First Impressions