Friday, May 17, 2013

Five for FRIDAY!!! (May 18, 2013)

Another week down which means it's time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for their totally awesome Five for Friday linky party.  Wahoo!!

So here are five random things from my week.....
1.  Organization!:  After linking up with Ideas by Jivey's Workshop Wednesday and seeing all of the great ways that everyone was organizing their math manipulatives, I figured it was time for me to get my act together.  I began with the math games that I have bought off of TpT.  I put each one in a poly folder and created a bin.  It's not pretty, but it's MUCH better than hiding them in a drawer!

2.  Shedding My Winter Fluff:  After months of denying that I needed to become more active, I re-joined Weight Watchers on Sunday.  I was a member about 7 years ago and lost about 25 pounds.  I'm hoping to do that again.  Wish me luck!

3.  MAP Testing:  Our spring MAP testing is over and I am soooo excited by the growth my kiddos made this year!  In reading, we made over 12 points growth from fall to spring and in math, we made almost 15 points growth from fall.  (Average growth is about 9 points between fall and spring.)  Yippeee!!!  The best news is that in reading, I only have two readers who are slightly under grade level benchmark and in math, I have only one.  All three of these students came to this year working at the early/mid 3rd grade level so they have grown by leaps and bounds this year!  Celebration!!!
4.  Summer Writing:  On Wednesday, I met with the coordinators of the UW-Milwaukee Summer Writing Project to discuss my inquiry question that I will be working on at the National Writing Project Summer Inquiry Institute.  I'm not 100% settled yet, but I'm leaning toward researching ways to help students set goals for their writing and work through the revision process.  I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that my students feel it is "one and done" with their writing and revision is not a part of their writing process.  Ughhh...  I can't wait to begin researching to see what the experts say.  I'll keep you posted!
5.  Gardening Galore:  My spring tulips are in full bloom around the yard and I just love all the bright colors! 


How was your week?  Head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up!

Wishing you an amazing weekend!


  1. Hi Jennifer! I just ordered a month's worth of food from Nutrisystem - I hope this will help me drop the 15 I need to drop!! Good luck with your WW, I've never tried that but I know it's supposed to be great! Happy Weekend!

    Science for Kids Blog

  2. I love your garden. I'm participating in a National Writing Project Summer Institute this summer as well.
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. I think that's a fabulous idea for a research project. I just saw a pin earlier today about ARMS vs. CUPS to teach kids about revising vs. editing, but then I thought, my kids like to do neither of those things!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  4. I am in Week 8 of Weight Watchers and am happy to be steadily losing something during the end stretch of school. Hopefully summer will allow me to be even more diligent. When I was on WW before I lost 60 lbs and would love to lose that 60 (plus some) again!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane

  5. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your spring flowers...isnt it so lovely this time of year? I always wish the tulips lasted longer!
    Whimsy Workshop 

  6. Good luck with your weight watchers journey!! I don't think I could be disciplined enough!! I'm in love with your flowers... I need to get my act together and get my flower bed in shape!! :)

    Surviving the Little People

  7. Have you already gone through the summer writing project? I just got accepted to ours. I'm SO excited!!



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