Thursday, July 2, 2015

It's Currently July

It's hard to believe it's July already.  This summer vacation is going so fast.  I've been relaxing, reading and spending time with friends.  I've also been job hunting.  I was ready for a change and was able to find a job as an online teacher.  I'm really excited about the change and looking forward to the challenge of trying something new.  I've also been researching and trying to find online resources about being an online teacher, but most of what I've found has to do with teaching at a university level.  Any a new month means a new currently and I love joining in with my favorite linky party.

Listening-  My latest netflix marathon is Unbreakable Kimmy Shmidt.  I've heard lots of good things about it and I'm really enjoying it.  I definitely recommend it.

Loving- I'm loving the freedom that summer brings-sleeping in, reading, swimming, spending time with my family, and doing all the stuff I don't have time to do during the year.

Thinking- The highlight of my summer is always going to our cottage in Minnesota.  I'm looking forward to cooler weather and reconnecting with family and friends I only see once a year.

Wanting- I'm looking forward to some cooler weather and even dare I say it rain!!  I love Arizona and it has wonderful weather during the majority of the year, but summer time it's so darn hot!!  It's like living in a furnace, and all I want to do is spend my time indoors.  Luckily when I go to Minnesota I'll hopefully be enjoying some cooler weather and rain.  I can't wait!!

Needing-  I've been making some good progress in my new healthier me.  I've been going to the gym and working out, and swimming on a regular basis.  Now I need to just need to start doing yoga on a regular basis.  During the school year I was doing yoga outdoors at Lululemon, but it's much warmer now and they're no longer doing the classes outdoors.  I just need to be consistent with it once the school year begins.  I'm also working on eating healthier, but I still have my work cut out for me trying to find recipes that are easy to make, healthy and not too pricey.

How's your summer going?  What are you doing currently?  Come on over to Farley's blog and tell us what you're doing currently.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Currently

Well summer vacation has finally arrived for me!  I've been out of school for at least a week and have been enjoying relaxing and catching up with all the stuff I don't have time to do during the school year.   Anyway, a new month means a new Currently and time to link up with Farley's Currently

Listening-I've been watching Bloodline on Netflix.  Wow is it good! The acting is great and the story is mesmerizing.  Loving having time for Netflix marathons.

Loving-So happy that summer vacation has finally arrived.  School was hard this year and it's nice to have time to take care of myself and catch up with my life.

Thinking-Summer always flies by so I really want to set some goals for myself so that I can do everything I want to accomplish this summer.

Wanting- I'm hoping to take a trip to the ocean this summer.  I don't live that far away from the ocean (well a days trip anyway). Anyway there's something about being near to the ocean that soothes the soul.

Needing-One of my big projects this summer is getting organized at home.  I really want to declutter and purge this summer.  It's amazing how much I accumulate over the years.

Summer loving-  So much I love about summer.  First and foremost I love the ability to relax and take care of myself in the summer.  I can exercise, eat healthy, read, write and reconnect with friends (and more swing dancing).  I also go to our cottage in MN in the summertime and spend time with family that I usually only see once a year.  It's spent swimming, reading and relaxing.  It's my happy place.

Come join us and let us know what you're doing currently.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summertime goals

Well, summertime has finally arrived.  School just got out last Friday and now I have the summer stretching out before me.  So excited!!  When summer begins I always hold out high hopes on what I’ll be able to accomplish.  Now is the time to plan and set out goals so that I can hold myself accountable and get some things accomplished this summer.

Financial-I have a set amount of money to last me through the summer, so now I need to budget my money so that I can have some fun and enjoy my summer, but also live within my means and be frugal.

Career-I want to learn more about technology that would be good to implement in the classroom.  My goal is to work towards a paperless classroom as much as possible.  I learned a lot about having students use Edmodo in the classroom as well as incorporating more hands on activities with my teaching.

Health and Fitness-I’ve postponed staying on a regular workout routine this year and I need to get back on track.  I did so well last summer and on vacations, but when I’m back at work I find it very difficult to balance my health and fitness.  I need to do a better job at honoring my commitments to myself, especially when it comes to exercising on  a regular basis and eating more fruits and veggies, with  non-processed, organic foods.  

Spiritual- I would like to meditate daily.  This is the hardest one for me, because I always set it as a goal for myself and I never hold myself accountable for it. I also want to practice yoga more frequently (at least two or three times a week).  I believe that both activities will help me become more calm and centered.

Blogging- I really want to revamp the blog and expand it’s horizons.  Instead of only blogging about teaching, I’d like to blog about a wider variety of topics.  I think that’ll really help me as a writer.

Fun-   I also want to make sure I spend time reconnecting with friends.  Last but not least it’s time for more swing dancing.  I always have a lot of fun out on the dance floor.  In addition to great music and dancing it’s an opportunity to reconnect with friends.

What are you planning this summer?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Learning about Edmodo

I learned about a great new website this year called Edmodo.  My school and school district was really active in using it, so I decided to check it out and start using it towards the end of the school year.

It's a really great program because it you can post lessons, websites for learning, quizzes and other assessments on the program and send it out to the students and it's all online.

First you create classes, then you add students to your classes.  Then you can create homework, quizzes, test and classwork online and send it out to them.  They complete it online and return it to you for grading.  It also helps reduce the paper trail and allows to keep records of their learning online.

Also, there is a program called snapshot which creates quizzes based on standards and you send it out to the students.  They take the 'snapshots' and you have information on how they are on the standards.  When they're finished it recommends online lessons for them to enhance their learning.

You can use it to individualize your learning for your students, allowing them to work on activities and/or lessons at their level while you provide direct instruction to other students.  It also can help you monitor students iep goals online through snapshot and other online assessments.  There are so many possibilities for learning and individualizing student work.

Another asset of edmodo is that during days you have a substitute and/or snow days if students have access to a computer you can have their learning all online for them.

Anyway, that's just a general overview of how you can use edmodo.  Does anybody else use edmodo?  How do you use it in your classroom or school?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

It's currently May

This year has flown.  So had to believe it's May already and the year is winding down.  Only three weeks but who's counting?

Anyway, a new month means a new Currently and I'm joining in on the party
Listening:  I'm catching up on old Downton Abbey Episodes on Netflix.  Love that show.

Loving: There are 3 more weeks until summer vacation and I'm so ready and excited!

Thinking:  So much I want to accomplish this summer-reading, writing, relaxing and taking care of myself

Wanting:  It's starting to warm up in Phoenix.  It actually hit a 100 on May 1st crazy!!  I know it's coming but I'm not ready for it yet.

Needing: A new computer.  My old one is on it's last legs and I need a new one for all the stuff I want to accomplish on it.

Summer, Yes, Hope, Dream:  I plan on going to Minnesota, work out on a regular basis and hopefully take some fun road trips (to the ocean).

Come join us and find out what everyone's doing currently!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Technology Thursday

So part of my spring break plans have been to play around with the technology I've been learning.  I recently took an online Edmodo class through our school district.  A lot of the teachers at school have been using it with our students and the more I learned about it the more excited I became at it's potential for my students.  I can set up online assessments based on standards for my students to see where they are and what they need to work on.  I can add materials, resources, activities and lessons for them to work on which helps me do more individualizing for them.  Does anyone else use Edmodo for teaching.

I've also been learning a lot about Notebook, which is what people use for creating programs on the smartboard.  I don't have one yet, but hope to in the near future.  However, I've been learning how helpful it can be in creating lessons.   I can use it to create lessons and thinking maps for when we're reading or doing other activities.

I've discovered I can also use it in conjunction with Near Pod which I haven't used yet, but also am pretty excited about using.  I've just recently discovered Near Pod, which is an application which will sync your computers with students computers and/ or other devices such as I Pads and allows you to project lessons to their computers, they can work on it and send it back to your computers.

Anyway, so many cool possibilities with those three programs.  I haven't used much of it because I've been gearing up for spring break, but I'm looking forward to jumping into it full force when I return to school next week.

What is your favorite website, application and/or technology and how do you use it with your students.

Happy Thursday!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

It's time for March Currently

This school year has been just flying by so fast.   I've really been delving into technology recently and have been so excited in what I've discovered.  It will really help transform my teaching and hopefully be a lot more engaging to my high maintenance kids.  I've been learning all about Edmodo, the use of notebook to create lessons, and just recently learned about Nearpod.  I met with our technology coach in our district a few weeks ago who helped me really get started with this and I'm really looking forward to having time over Spring Break to really learn more about it so I can be off and running with it when I return in a week.  What's your favorite technology piece and or application?

Now that I'm finally on Spring Break and have time to relax I thought I'd join my favorite linky party with Oh' Boy Fourth Grade.

Listening-I'm listening to great oldies music on Pandora while I do some spring cleaning and catching up with life.

Loving- This gorgeous Arizona weather.  It was cool and rainy earlier on this week, and now the weather is sunny and gorgeous.  March is one of the most fun times to be in Arizona which spring training, lots of fun festivals to go to and gorgeous weather.

Thinking-I've been thinking about all I want to accomplish over spring break-working out, relaxing, enjoying life and time to plan and play around with technology.

Wanting- Time to exercise and now I have it.  No excuses now.  

Needing- I've been excited about all the technology I've been learning about and so happy to have time to play around with and incorporate it into my planning.  I can't wait to show off what I've learned when I return.

Spring Break Plans- I'm staying in touch, resting, enjoying this great weather, hanging out with friends and time to plan and explore the technology I've been learning.  Today is my first day of Spring Break.

What have you been doing currently?  Come join us!!

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