Monday, April 29, 2013

Teacher Talk Tuesday

Oh my gosh I am in love with this idea! I love instagram. Link up and share with other teachers! My instagram name is edena87. You can link up your post so we can find everyone Here.

Monday, April 22, 2013

DC-CAS...Dun dun duuuuun!

It is that time of the year.

Standardized testing. I loathe standardized test. My kids are always ready to hurt someone by the end of the week. Unfortunately this year, the school has decided to take two weeks worth of testing and squeeze it into 3 days...3 daysssssssss. And then we have a 7 period day on Friday.

How the crap am I going to get the kids to do anything on Friday after the testing?! Do you guys have any suggestions?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Oh hello...I just was awarded a 24k scholarship...


So at the end of February I stumbled upon a Congressional (eek!!!) Scholarship put out by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship in which they give either current undergrad students or current teachers a scholarship so that they can go back to school to earn a Masters so that they can promote civic education. I get to chose any University in the nation to go to. Obviously I have to apply in order to get in but having this scholarship helps!

I am just so excited, I can't stop bouncing around. I will update you next week when I go meet with George Washington University and American University!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April In the Making with Teaching in Flats!

Today I am linking up with Mrs. Kelly's Klass for "April In the Making"! If you haven't had the opportunity to check out her blog, please do. It has some awesome resources and is super cute.

 Just follow along with the directions and away you go!

1. Maxi Dresses! They are amazing and comfortable. I just bought one from Forever 21 for 15 bucks. You can't beat that at all. The best part is that it is FULL COVERAGE. I am sure that I have mentioned it before but God graced me, and only me in my family, with lovely large lady lumps. It is difficult for me to find items to wear without make it look trashy. So of course I was thrilled to find this maxi dress wasn't going to give me 14/15 year old students an eye full.

2. Things Fall Apart. We are currently reading this text and exploring whether or not Okonkwo is considered an honorable character. It is so ironic that we started reading the text and the author, Chinua Achebe, passed away about a week into our exploration. As sad it was, we got some great informational text about him!

3. CHEESE. I must have a calcium deficiency because I am craving cheese and olives  like nobodies business recently.

 A twist on the old classic, baked ziti. Today I have Baked Lemon Ziti in the oven. Instead of a heavy red sauce, I made a rue and add loads of CHEESE! and lemon zest and juice. I will let you know how it tastes. You can find the recipe on food network HERE.

5. My goal is be to ready to run a 5k in June. I am currently running 10 minutes straight right now...but only at 4.5 mph :( I am sure I will be ready if I put my mind to it!!

Go ahead and link up! I can't wait to see your posts.

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Currently!

 I am so glad to link back up with Farley for an "April Currently"! I can't believe it is already April. Only about 9 more weeks of school up here in the District. April is going to be INSANE with our DC-CAS stuff. We will have only 9 instructional days (yay Professional Development day and Emancipation Day) until the big test. I am so nervous about my students doing well on it. I feel as though I haven't prepared them as well as I could have. I just have to keep reminding myself that I am like a new teacher all over again since I switched from Social Studies to English and this year is like a learning year for myself and my kiddos. Anyways, make sure you link up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for this linky party. It is great fun every time. Check out mine below!