Sunday, July 7, 2013

Me Procrastinate???

Happy Sunday, blogging buddies!

I hope you have had a nice weekend!  The weather here in Wisconsin has finally turned to the hotter and I am loving it!  Now if I could only get my garden to stop growing all of the weeds from the 8 inches of rain we've gotten recently, I'd really be in business!  Here is a pic of the beautiful sunrise this morning...I've been up since 4:30 so I got to see it.  Beautiful!!!
Is anyone else out there having a really hard time getting anything done these days?  I don't know if it's because I've got so much going on that I can't seem to focus on any one thing for more than 30 seconds, or if I've developed a temporary case of ADD.  I'm usually not like this -- I'm usually very on top of things.  But because I've got so many things I need and want to do, I don't seem to be able to get any of them done. 

My husband told me this morning that I was procrastinating -- which did not help me feel any better and only made me NOT want to do the things I need to do -- so I think I can blame this on him, right???  So to prove him wrong, I rearranged the cookie sheets in the kitchen cabinet, vacuumed under the bed, cleaned the ashes out of the fireplace, balanced the checkbook, swept the garage, and dusted the shelves in his office.  I mean, those things NEEDED to be done....TODAY.  Do you see what I mean???

OK, now down to business....Want to cross "write blog post" off my to-do list.  (This is actually something on my list in the "Want to do" column.)

First, I want to share the goody box that arrived on Friday from Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching.  I won her Bloglovin' giveaway and she sent me a big ginormous box of goodies.  She wasn't kidding when she said she was a "master packer"!  The lady at the post office told her that "If it fits, it ships" so she packed this box full.

And check out what was inside..
There were over 50 packs of Post-its (WOW!) along with this very sweet note from Joanne (I just love her!!)
Thanks Joanne, this made my week!

I'm also going to link up for the first time ever with the great gals from Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky party.

This week's topic is Language Arts mentor texts and I'd like to share a book that I just read that I wish I had found five years ago.
If you use a Writers' Workshop in your room and have your students capture daily moments in a Writer's Notebook, you MUST read this book to them. 
How many times have your students said "I don't know what to write about?"  Happens all the time, right?
In this cute story (AR level 3.7), young Eva is faced with a desire to write, but doesn't know what to write about.  "Write about what you know", her teacher tells her but Eva looks around her world and doesn't see anything worth writing about.  Then with the help of supporting characters, Eva sees that if you truly look for the little moments in life, you will have lots to write about.  I could see using this text during writing by having the students make a list of the writing tips they learn from the characters in this story. 

This is a great text to use at the beginning of the year when you are going over the procedures for Writers' Workshop and using a Writer's Notebook.  The language in it is fresh, evokes the senses, and makes it easy to visualize.  The author also skillfully uses the comma in many different capacities so it would make an excellent mentor text for grammar study. 

On one final note (before I really tackle that "to do" list), I begin my three week journey with the National Writing Project  at UW- Milwaukee tomorrow.  (Maybe that explains why I'm so unfocused these days...too excited!)  My hope is that I will be able to post something daily to share with all of you the great things I learn.  Let's keep our fingers crossed!  Wish me luck!!

Don't forget to enter my Rafflecopter contest to win a $10 Amazon gift card and one of my Writer's Notebook Divider Page sets from my TpT store!  The drawing is on Wednesday so enter now!

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Have a great Sunday! I think the dogs need a bath now and my spices need to be put in ABC order.... :)


  1. Nothing Ever Happens on 90th St came with a "Trait Crate" I bought one time, and I've used it the past couple of years just like you described!

    What a great box of goodies you received! It's ridiculous how happy school/office supplies can make us, right?

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  2. I read this book every year to my students. I love the characters she meets along the way!

    My favorite inspirational quote is by Maya Angelou - If someone shows you who they are... believe them!

    Foreman Teaches

  3. I have had this book for awhile but for some reason never pulled it out to read to my kids. Thanks for inspiring to give it a go!

  4. Congrats on winning such a great box of goodies!! Also, the text you have shared looks great. Thanks for the suggestions for its use. Hopped over today from the mentor text linky and am glad I did!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  5. I love Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street! It is the first book I use when we start talking about the ideas trait.
    Don't be too hard on yourself for you inability to focus this week...I think it was the holiday all those beautiful fireworks and the anticipation of seeing them must scramble our brains a bit. In my case I think it might be the distraction of a new grandbaby too LOL. Enjoy the writing institute I am looking forward to posts about your experience. Have a great week!
    On the Trail of Learning

  6. Great mentor text! I now follow your blog. Hope you will stop by my blog.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  7. Thank you for sharing Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street. I've never seen this book but now I will use it=)
    TGIF- Third Grade Is Fun

  8. My favorite inspirational quote...hmmm, probably "With God, all things are possible"! :)

  9. I'm going to pick that book up for sure. Thanks for sharing. You were waking up at 4:30? I'm all messed up on this summer schedule. I get in the bed and my mind goes wild with things I NEED to do and the next thing I know I'm going to bed when I should be getting up. I'm going to be in trouble in August. Lol!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  10. I'm going to be teaching 4th grade next school year after teaching 2nd for SEVENTEEN YEARS! Ahhh! This book looks perfect for me to use. I'll be reading your blog religiously this summer.

    From poet Mary Oliver: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life ?


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