Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October Currently

Yay!! It is now my favorite month: October. I love everything about October. The colorful leaves and how they crunch. The crisp weather - perfect for boots, chunky sweaters and scarves. The food - pumpkin everything, hot chocolate, apple everything. So yum. And Halloween. I love Halloween.

So what better way to start off October than with a Currently from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade!

So I am beyond pumped for Fall Break. I am going back to Wisconsin for some fall fun and wedding planning. Seriously can't wait!! Because even though October will always be my favorite month, it's not the same here. No colors, no crisp sad. So I need to go home to get my fall fix. And free Jimmy John's!?!?! Yes please.

So this week has been Galileo testing week. My kids have had to take two standardized tests, one in reading and one in math, and then complete a writing prompt. I'm actually pretty pumped about the writing since I'm anxious to see how they have grown as writers over the past two months (seriously been in school that long?!?! Scary!!!). But the reading and math tests are just crazy. Some of my kids' scores improved but others decreased so I don't know what to think. I know that I can't define myself as a teacher based on test scores, but now is one of those times where I can't help it. And I know that standardized tests aren't an authentic way of measuring a student's progress but I'm feeling a bit defeated about it. Especially since it counts for 50% of a child's overall grade and plays a big part in assessing me as a teacher. Wah.

And to top it off, I have had a persistent headache all week long. It always goes away overnight, but returns mid-day and sticks around until bed. Such a drag.

But Fall Break is just. around. the. corner!!!!!!! Yay!!!! And tomorrow and Friday are early release days. The kids go home at 11:15. Tomorrow I have to stick around until 7:00 for parent-teacher conferences, but on Friday, I can leave promptly at 11:15. We'll see if that actually happens though...

So Marlee and I are off to pick up Evan from ASU. Wednesdays are his late days since he has class until 7 so to avoid the long light rail ride back home, I always go get him.


  1. I LOVE me some Storage Wars! Hah!

    Also jealous of your fall break.
    Our next break isn't until Thanksgiving.... major bummer.

    Love your blog!

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  2. I'm still addicted to Say Yes to the Dress and our wedding was over a year ago. ha! Congrats on the upcoming wedding!

  3. Hahahahaha . . . October is my all time favorite too! There is just something special about it. Have fun planning the "I Do!" Such fun :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  4. I would sooo miss the fall weather. Enjoy your time in Milwaukee! I was there last summer for the huge Fourth of July firework display and LOVED it!! :)

    I also love Spookley the Square Pumpkin...such a cute story. And, don't beat yourself up over the testing!! We're all frustrated right now with the testing!


  5. I LOVE October too...same reasons... boots, scarves, hot chocolate, sweaters... thanks so much for linking up :)

  6. I love Fall weather, but ours doesn't hit until December!! Where do you live?? I used to live in Tempe and taught in Mesa for 4 years, way back when! I just bought tickets to go see my mom for Christmas, she lives in North Phoenix and my sis is in Scottsdale:) I love going to visit during Christmas, I get to do lots of shopping:))

    Surfin' Through Second

  7. I'm with you on the testing. It's 50% of our evaluation this year-with Kinders! I feel like all we do is assess. I moved from Pennsylvania to Texas and definitely have fall withdrawal every year! It's just wrong to still be over 90 degrees every day! :)


  8. Don't forget, you are featured on Fun in 1st Grade today!
    :) Dana
    Fun in First Grade

  9. Phoenix DEFINITELY isn't feeling like Fall!

    I posted some pics that remind me of Fall today because it still feels like Summer here in Chandler AZ :(

    Come on over and see!
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!