Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Currently...Already?!

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was posting, saying how I was shocked that it was already November, and now it's December!! Where has the time gone?!?!!?

For real. In 23 days, it will be Christmas; in 19 days, I will be on an airplane headed for Wisconsin; and in just two mere weeks, it will be Galileo testing (again) for my adorable firsties!! Ahhhh! So crazy!

Here is December Currently from Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade:

Anyways, this last week has been fairly blah for me. My kids were ticking me off, annoying me, testing my patience on Friday but we made it through and I got to wave good-bye to them for a much needed weekend.

However, yesterday wasn't really that restful. Every teacher in Arizona needs to be SEI certified, which stands for Structured English Immersion. SEI means that we can only teach in English so the class talks about the why that is and then gives us some strategies on good ways to help those students. I don't mind going; I just mind having to do endless activities that waste my time. 

Like instead of just reading a five-page article silently and then moving on, we have to get into groups, decide who is reading which page, read one page (which doesn't make sense for anyone reading except for Person #1 who is stuck with the intro which is usually super boring), tell everyone what we read, decide the most important parts, make a poster about it, and then present the poster. It just takes sooooo long.  But I only have one more next weekend and then I am down with SEI Module 1. (SEI Module 2 isn't due for another 2.5 years so I will be definitely giving myself a break from it). 

And then Evan and I went out yesterday and got a bunch of Christmas shopping done so almost everyone on our list is finished. And then we get stuck in parade traffic on the way home, which is definitely not my idea of fun.  Sidenote: Arizona drivers are terrible drivers. So add in the factor of parade pretty much guarantees a nightmare.

Today is just going to be a school/home/hoping Christmas tree buying day!! AKA a day to watch Bones on Netflix while doing school stuff. I love Bones <3

One more thing, I won Miss De Carbo's Sight Word Fluency Intervention Pack in a giveaway and let me tell you: It. Is. Amazing!!! I adore it. It's perfect for my struggling E2 readers. I started using it last week, and I can already see some of my students reading the focus words more fluently. Go check it out if you're looking for a great resource for first, second, or third!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!


  1. I just found you through the currently post! I definitely had the same kind of week you did. WE NEED A BREAK!! I can't wait for the holidays! Happy to hear that your shopping is going well, mine really isn' all. Oh well, still have some time I suppose.
    Happy December

    First Grade Fun with Mrs. Dunn

  2. I found you through Farley's linky. I'm sorry you're dealing with a headache. I hate those group reading sessions. It seems when we have a training, we have to do that, too and it would be a better use of my time to just let me read the article on my own. Why do we need to make a poster? All well! Good luck with your house and school projects today :)
    Stories by Storie

  3. I love your blog name. I know you are in a different valley than me, but I am also "Teaching in the Valley" (the one famous for valley girls and like, so you know..) I am like you though...still can't believe the warm weather in December. Just means July will be freezing ;)

    Teaching in Room 6

  4. Hi Liz, thanks for the comment. I know you'll really enjoy going back to see your family at this time of the year 'cause "there's no place like home for the holidays."

    The Learning Metamorphosis

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  6. Yay, Wisconsin!!! :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am your newest follower and am emailing you soon. :)
    Growing Firsties

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know how the sight word packet is working out for you. I'm so happy the kids are making progress! :) Yay!! I'm your newest follower.

    Sugar and Spice

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