Organization

Even though I don’t have a teaching position yet, I am trying to get some organizational things done! Here is a little project I did today!

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Idea for a classroom newspaper

A great way to take on a classroom newspaper. I think I might incorporate this if teaching at a middle school!  I really like the ideas that this teacher gave for this project!

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Life update and a few book reviews!

I want to say that I have had a lot of educational and teacher planning going on in my life in the last month. But, sadly, I have not.  I have just been busy doing the mommy and wife thing, with home maintenence on the side!  We have totally re-done our back yard! We extended it out ten feet, put up a shed, fenced the whole thing, made a kids play area and fenced that off so the dogs can’t get in there, put up a screen enclosure, spread out two dump trucks full of dirt, laid sod, and got a new patio table. That was all pretty much done in the last two weeks. I have never worked so physically hard in my life! I am a more of a read on the side and watch the work being done kind of person!  I am exhausted!  But I love my new backyard!

Last week was my birthday! Nothing exciting happened though. The girls and I just spent a quiet day at the beach, my husband had to work.  It was great spending the day relaxing after all that working.  And the day after I decided to purchase a mini van! I have been resistant to do so, but compared to other large size vehicles it was the best fit for having three little ones and their friends and I have to say that I absolutely love it!

Yesterday I checked the vacancies list again and noticed that quite a few new openings had posted so I made some calls and sent out my resume. Hopefully I can get some interviews lined up. I am so extremely eager to find a job!  This is seriously what I have been waiting to do my whole life and not having a job yet is killing me!  I am already planning out what I need to accomplish to get my room ready, what kind of forms and information I need to ready for the first few days, and much more. I do need to sit down and make a list so that i can be more prepared when I actually start getting things ready.  I went to the store yesterday and saw that all the school supplies are out already! That just gets me even more excited!

In between all the work I finally finished Game of Thrones (find it on Amazon.com here).

Image This was a bear of a book to get through. Not because it wasn’t good, because it was!  It was just long and very small print, and there are a lot of characters to keep track of, but all in all, a very good read.  I usually don’t really read these types of books, but a friend suggested it, so I picked one up and started in on it.  I actually picked up the second book  as well, but knowing how long it took me to read the first one I am going to hold off and fit a few shorter books in first!  It is kind of like a historical fiction/fantasy/sci-fi.  And I have to say I am not always a fan of making books into TV shows or movies but I can say that I think this will make a really good show. I have not yet had the chance to wactch, but one day when I get a some free time I plan on sitting down and watching.  Usually I like to give some plot in my book reviews, but it would be really hard, and really long to do so for this book.  But I do think that most readers would enjoy this book. Like I said I am not a sci-fi or fantasy lover at all, but this was a really good read!

I give this book ***

* Wish I never read this book.

** Okay read.

***This was  a good book

****Great book, recommend to all!

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
 
The next review is for Bared to You by Sylvia Day.
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I also read this one because a friend recommended it. It is very similar to the 50 Shades of Gray series. I was going to look at the print dates on both because they pretty much have the same plot line, just with semi different characters. It was a decent read. I read it in just one day, so it is pretty short.  I just wanted a little summer read to clear my mind and relax before I moved onto something more serious!
 

I give this book **

* Wish I never read this book.

** Okay read.

***This was  a good book

****Great book, recommend to all!

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Publication Date: June 12, 2012 | Series: A Crossfire Novel
“If I were to recommend any book today to readers who enjoyed 50 Shades…this would be the first one I would offer….scorching love scenes.”–Dear Author
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private worlds…and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…
 
I have another book to review, one by Tim O’Brien, but I am off to take the girls to the movies so that will have to wait for another day! Happy summer!

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Food for thought!

AdLit.org always has a lot of interesting articles and blogs. Here are a few that I found thoughtful and useful in my reading today and thought I would share! Happy reading!

Summer Loss

A Beach Bag Full of Summer Learning Resources

Featured Booklists: Summer Reading

Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA)

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Teen Book Finder App

 

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Just keep running…

Nothing exciting has been going on around here. Tropical storm Debbie has been hitting us pretty hard with the rain and wind. I kind of welcome it though. If it is raining that means my husband is not making me help out in the yard! Although it is coming along nicely, I am really over doing all that work.  We have been busy around here with appointments, keeping up on the housework, job hunting, and trying to keep the kids entertained!

I started training for a HALF-MARATHON near the Kennedy space center that will take place in November!  Now, after almost dying after the 15k I did a few months ago, I just may be crazy for even thinking of adding four more miles! But I am hoping that I train better for this one. And if I feel like I can’t do it, I won’t.  That is, unless I already paid for it, well then I have to do it, don’t want to waste money!  I also just signed up for the Color Me Rad 5K and it looks like so much fun!  I even started my own team and so far we have my husband and I, he is not aware that he is running this yet, and three other couples!  I hate running but for some reason I love running races, always a great vibe!

Still on the hunt for a teaching position. I have had two interviews so far and I finally got my Official Statement of Eligibility here in FL, so I sent out 5 more applications yesterday.  Hopefully I can get some more interviews lined up!  Waiting is so hard!

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Keeping busy so far this summer

Well I would love to say that I have found a job! But, alas, I have not. I have had two interviews, which both went well. I am waiting for a call back on the last one. So, there is still a chance! One issue is that a lot of schools have not started looking yet since school just got out. Hopefully soon I will get an offer! I can’t wait to find a school that way I can get planning and use some of this summer time to figure out my lessons!

But until then my husband has been keeping me working outside! I am really not a huge outside person. Yes, I have my garden I like to tend to, I keep the lawn mowed, I love the beach. But working outside cutting down brush, putting up fencing, and things of that nature, not my style. But I do have to admit that we are going to have a beautiful backyard! This week we are getting a cement slab poured so that we can make a decent sized screened in porch. We like to spend a lot of time outside (i.e. sitting in the porch reading a book, NOT working) or enjoying dinner outside, the kids love it! And we will all love doing so without a million mosquito bites!

 

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The girls had their dance recital and it was adorable! The last few weeks were crazy with practices, but it did all pay off in the end!

 

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I love this picture of them. We were waiting for the doctor to come in and they were have a great time being silly!

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And the two little ones had been begging me to get their hair cut short, so off we went yesterday. They are so cute!

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Well, before it gets really hot I am off to mow the lawn and fix my garden a bit, all the rain has made it crazy looking with weeds!

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Book Giveaway

Teachervision is hosting a Talor Mali book giveaway.  Taylor is REALLY funny!  You should check out his poem titled What Teacher’s Make.  You can find the link to the video here.  And if you head over to TeacherVision you can enter to win one of 25 copies of Taylor Mali’s book!  I am crossing my fingers that I win a copy!  Also they have provided some good poetry lesson plans!

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