Thursday, May 31, 2012

A year ago today...

I know this is my teaching blog but I can't help it, I'm a personable person. I enjoy it when others take a moment to share pieces of their lives outside of the classroom too since, despite what our students believe, we aren't just teachers all the time :)

A year ago today I married this guy right here. 
It's hard for me to put into words how much love I have for him. 
He's the best person I know.
{Our Story}

Six years ago we met on a beach in Australia while studying abroad.

We spent the next 3 months falling in love.

He came back home to Colorado. I went back home to New York. We decided to give it a shot.

For two years we dated long distance, flying back and forth to see each other every 2-3 months.

 I graduated college  and decided to move out to Colorado. 

We got an apartment. Then a dog. Then a house.

We picked a wedding date then we officially got engaged.

We got married. We got another dog. 

 The beginning.

I incorporated one of my favorite quotes about our time together in Australia into our cake design. 

"I'll never be the same having seen the moon from the other side of the world...."

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Reading List Linky

Happy Memorial Day!! I want to start by thanking all of the men and woman who have served and currently serve our country for all that you do! Today is also my Dad's birthday so my family is celebrating with some fun in the sun and yummy BBQ!


 These two events always mark the start of SUMMER for me so I am joining in this summer reading linky hosted by Jodi from The Clutter Free Classroom. It's a party/giveaway combo to find out what personal and professional reading you have in store for summer vacation. Click HERE to join in!

These first two I have read before but they are at the top of my professional recommendation list.  I LOVE these books!

The Cornerstone by. Angela Powell

Angela's book is full of practical management solutions for every aspect of your teaching world. It's a must read for new teachers but experienced teachers will still take away a plethora of great ideas!

Teach Like a Champion by. Doug Lemov
Doug's book focuses on instructional techniques, lesson components, delivery techniques, and class routines. It's for anyone who is looking to do some personal professional development, you can pick and through the areas you would most like to improve and also comes with a DVD of teachers implementing each technique in their classroom. My favorite thing about the techniques is they are effective K-12 and the DVDs will model each technique 2-3 different times at various grade levels. 
 (I will also be reading my D5 book again. I've read it cover to cover before but the end of this year was the closest I've ever gotten to having the program up and running (thanks in large part to my student teacher) and this coming year our whole primary team wants to get on board- yay!!  I also want to read through No More I'm Done because I hear it's a good one for Writers Workshop management tips.)

Moving on to my leisure reading...Am I the only one who feels like I do not have time to read for fun until summer vacation rolls around?

 I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult Fan! Her stories always central around highly controversial issues and she captures the grey areas so remarkably. I've read almost all her books but I still have a few that I haven't and Perfect Match is the next one on my list.

And I think I am going to jump on the Hunger Game bandwagon. I can download the books for free on my Kindle from the lending library so myself and Katniss will be spending some time together at the pool this summer.

I can't wait to see what everyone else is going to be reading so I can add to my list!

Happy long weekend!!