Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Peek at my Week - Week #6

I'm excited to be back for another installment for a Peek at my Week linky!  It's funny, I have stuff to blog about during the week, but it's been hard to get going after a long day a work.  I have pictures from my Interactive Student Notebooks, a lesson called "Hooks from Books" and my common assessment woes.  (Woes!)

The posts I write in my head are pretty awesome people.  If only I had my clone available to write them.

It's another full week for me:

1.  Blog Anniversary!

This week marks the 2 year anniversary of my blog!  I've been working to gather together some fantastic bloggers to join my celebration and I'm so very happy with the people that are participating!  When I decided to have my little internet party, I wanted the bloggers that I enjoy reading their blogs and buying their products to join up. 

The bloggers that are joining me are:
  • Susan from Middle School OCD
  • Kim from Joy in 6th Grade
  • Christy from Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road
  • Erin from I'm Lovin' Lit
  • Stephanie from Teaching in Room 6
  • Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings
  • Jessica from Ideas by Jivey
  • Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog
Come back on Wednesday, September 18th to see what you have to do to win all the fantastic prizes available!

2.  Re-teach, Re-teach, Re-teach!

My students totally bombed their common assessment this week.  It's pretty embarrassing, but I know that it's time to put a full stop to any new material and to go back to what they need to have mastered.

Have you guys read Instruction for all Students by Paula Rutherford?  (Amazon Link)

I love this book.  It has a lot of good ideas.  One idea listed is called "Chris' Test" - you put the students into groups of 2 and then they have to correct a fictional student called "Chris" and his/her test.  They don't know which answers are marked correct or incorrect - they have to go through and determine how to make their test better.  

I'm going to be using this on Tuesday to help my students review the common assessment and determine their mistakes.

3.  The Hunger Games (insert the music here)

Finally, finally, finally - my class is starting on the Hunger Games.  I think they are excited and starting to enjoy the first few pages we read on Thursday.  I had a few dissenters, but you can't make everyone happy.  I did purchase the famous Hunger Games TPT Lesson by Tracee Orman and it's as fabulous as you would think!

4.  Maintain Everything and Maintain my Sanity

Yep!  It's tough handling everyone, everything and to keep smiling.  Does anyone else feel the same way?


  1. Happy Blogiversary! I wish I was in your class to be reading Hunger Games with yall!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  2. Happy Blogversary! I read The Hunger Games with my class a few years ago and they LOVED it. I also used a lot of Tracee's materials and the kids were totally into all the amazing activities, especially the reaping. I also did an activity where I had them come up with their own muttation and they had to illustrate it. I couldn't believe some of the incredible things they did! Have so much fun with the book :)

    Floating Through Fifth

  3. Hi! This is my first time commenting!! When you say you had a few dissenters. What does that mean? I am thinking about doing Hunger Games with my 7th graders and I've been wondering what parents will think.

  4. LOVE Hunger Games!!!

    XOXO Bunnie


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