Friday, April 6, 2012

Tom Cruise Happy & Math!


I am Tom-Cruise-Jumping-On-The-Couch
 insanely happy about this break!!!!

I've tried not to bring it to my blog much, but this has been an incredibly stressful school year.    I'm not someone who has a problem with change.  I actually like change.  However, the past two years have been lots of "NEW", some of which makes sense and lots of which just confounds me.  I sometimes wonder if the people that make these changes think we run magic shows in our classroom because the reality of what we teachers have to do under the conditions we are given seems to not often be taken into consideration.  And if they don't make the goal impossible to achieve, it usually is impossible to do in the constraints and time lines given. 

But, in the words of Dory. . .  I just keep swimming!  So, this is why I am Tom Cruise happy about SPRING BREAK!!!   I did bring a lot of work home, but it's just nice to be away from the building for a bit.

Before I left, I had to take a picture of my classroom.  As you can probably tell from my blog, I am a literacy person.  That's my love, that's my strong suit, that's probably what most of my posts are about.  Which is why I had to laugh when I looked around my room yesterday. 

Math has taken over my classroom! 
This is my reading bulletin board, not that you can tell!

We just finished up a chapter that focused on finding area and volume as well as standard and metric measurement.  I know the first two posters, area of a rectangle and area of a parallelogram, are kind of redundant.  However, I made the posters to follow how the concepts are introduced and discussed in our book. These are just the posters on my reading bulletin board.  My actual math bulletin board is equally covered!  Here is a close-up of some of our posters in no particular order:
I look at this and am a bit amazed that my 5th graders are learning this now.  I don't think I learned any of this until I was well into middle school.   My parents tell me the same thing when we talk about math at conferences.  It's funny how what we learn changes over time.  But, as I said, it's even funnier to walk around my room and see all these math posters.  Usually, my room is covered in literacy anchor charts and posters!

So, as I type this on Friday morning, I am delighted with what the first day of spring break holds.  I am off today for a mani and pedi and then some shopping to find a new dress for Easter.  Perfect way to spend the first day!  I have a couple of little posts planned for during the week on some emergency procedures, class jobs, and maybe a quick post on a professional book I just finished.  Other than that, I'm kicking back! 

See you after Easter! 


  1. Hang in there and enjoy your break! Our district has done a lot of what you are saying too. This year I have a great group of kids but there are so many new things that have been put into place that it's been extremely stressful. We can make it!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  2. Hi Nancy:
    We are learning this in SIXTH grade!
    And struggling with it, I might did!

    Happy, RESTFUL Spring Break...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  3. I am Tom Cruise jumping on the couch happy about being on spring break too. I'm off the opinion that we should have a call to all our senators and representatives who make laws that affect our classrooms to come and spend a day in our classrooms. I think it would completely change their outlook on education. See what we have to deal with and manage for a day.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  4. Enjoy your break. I go back on Monday. I have tagged you. Stop by my blog for the rules. I am interested in your responses.
    Learning in Bliss

  5. Enjoy your break! :) I just started following your blog and I love all the pictures you've shared! Can't wait to find more ideas from you.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  6. I'm here via pinterest and have picked up some good ideas from your blog. Thanks! And I completely relate to the mission impossible appears to continue into this year :( Now that it's mid-July, we'll be going back to school in a few weeks in SC. I guess you could say I'm the (recently split-up) Tom Cruise kind-of-sad that wishes we had a little bit more time!