Monday, September 3, 2012

September Currently & Book Study Part 2

Wow!!  It's already September!  I can't believe that I've already finished my first 4 weeks of school.  However, if it's September, that means it's time for an Oh Boy Currently!

My favorite things?  

1. My computer classes and my computer lab are SO number one at the moment.  I've been telling my friends that I'm never going to go back to the stress of a "content" class with testing, test scores and all that jazz.  One day, I took pictures of all my students (about 140 of them) and then we did fun green screen backgrounds!  My kids are all happy to come to my class and I just love it!  It's nice to see after my hellish year last year.

2.  My husband and I are Dancing with the Stars junkies.  We've been watching since season 4 and we even got to go to a taping last year.  (SO FUN!)  We're excited about this All-Star season coming up.

3.  My new lesson planning format that I made I just LOVE!  It has everything that I need all in one place.  Now that my principal checks our plans = stress!  It's nice to have something that he's okay with and I don't have to write out 7 step plans everyday.

In my previous post, I asked about people wanting to do a book study for Teach like a Champion. It seems like there's a fair amount of interest and I'm sure it will grow once we get started.

I was thinking that we could pick a strategy a week to focus on - like No Opt Out and then on Saturday discuss how the strategy worked during that week in our classroom.  Does that work?  Any ideas?  Let me know in the comments?  (PS - I got emails and comments, so I thought it would be easier to reply to everyone back here! :) )  It should be easy to keep up with - the strategy sections are small and we can keep up with one topic a week.  If bloggers want to jump in or out we can do it at any time.  Also, I think I have some people that want to participate, but don't blog... I think you can just comment on my original post?  That could work, or I could host all your comments on my blog too.

Maybe, I would set up the inlinkz for each week, so readers can jump around and see how the strategies were used in different classroom settings?

Feedback?  Still want to join?  Let me know in the comments!


  1. Wow Power Rangers are still around? I remember my daughter lovin' the red power ranger oh about 16 years ago. Tell me about the running on my list to start up again. Have you tried couch to 5K? it is great!

    1. Netflix! My son is just too good at using my iPad. ;)

  2. I want to be lazy today too, but I have got to get up and get things done!! I also need to start running again. I ran my first marathon last May, but I have totally slacked off since then! :(

    That's so cool that you went to a taping of Dancing with the Stars! How fun!

    I also became your newest follower!


  3. We also have a huge to-do list for the day. Just want you want to do on your day off, huh? ;)

    Fifth in the Middle

    1. "what" you want...geesh...where's my caffeine?!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. We have a lot in common. You teach an elective and I wish I did after this year of common core math. I started reading teach like a champion this summer but haven't finished it yet. I would love to join the book study. I've started using no opt out and the kids at first were shocked when I made them re-answer the question if they said I don't know. I need to get back on track for working out too. I did so good this summer. Do share your lesson plan format! My principal is now having us turn in lesson plans as well. Glad we found each other. Can't wait to read more.
    Special Teaching in the Middle

  5. I think your plan for the book study sounds great! It makes it super easy to participate and I think people will really benefit from being able to see the way things have worked in different classrooms. Yay!

  6. I would love to join the book study. Our school used Teach like a Champion last year, but honestly as a first year teacher I did a lot more skimming then reading. Hearing how teachers that teach electives use some of the techniques would be amazing.

  7. I'd love to join the book study, but I'll probably wait til payday (Friday) to order the book! :)


  8. would also love to join the book study....also glad to see that someone else struggles with getting back to running (ummmm... after a full day of teaching, will I run in the serious heat, or plop down on the couch to read various blogs?)

  9. I would love to join in the book study! Linking up each week sounds like a good way to see how others are using the strategy in their classroom. :)

    I slacked off a little in the summer on my running so trying to get back in the swing of things since I LOVE TO RUN!!



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