Pictures of the Day: May 5, 2015

There are more Teacher Appreciation pics, but also a couple of great ones that are just of life in Rm. 202. :)  Enjoy!

See? School supplies. Sharpies. Oh, and Old Navy. I am spoiled. :) Thank you, Emily!

This also happened today: Amelia and Millie asked me probably at least 10 times to take their picture since they were twins in their Robinson shirts. Well, they pointed out, they were really twins all the way down to their socks, shoes and hair, too! Cute!

I love this one for so many reasons. Mainly because we could have a “caption this” contest and there would be so many options! We were outside collecting pictures of things for a scavenger hunt during Science and this was our last step before we went inside. Everyone had such a hard time capturing an image of a bird, and when someone saw one in the sky, iPads all instantly went UP! Oh, and if you could hear the conversation that went along with this picture, it would crack you up. I love that “Will you AirDrop that to me?” has become a permanent part of Rm. 202 lexicon. Go First Grade Techies!! :)

Two more, and these are super special:

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Each day this week the PTO is doing something special and cool for us, and today it was cake.  I had heard that we’d have a cake made by a special Robinson parent who had taken a cake decorating class (and we were her final!).  Well…wasn’t I SUPER excited when I was there as it was delivered this morning and the cake was made by Ms. Ross–Millie’s mom!!  It’s awesome that Robinson parents are so appreciative of what we do, but I feel extra lucky that we have a Rm. 202 connection to the love. :)  Pretty great, right?  Thanks, Shannon!

Pictures of the Day: May 4, 2015

Sorry for the blurry pictures today, but hopefully you get the idea that my Teacher Appreciation Week started out with a bang!

C.J. and his mom presented me with a scrapbook that everyone had a hand in making. :) Each kiddo wrote a favorite memory of me and our class. LOVE!

Amelia’s family added a Target gift card to the mix. Wow! This is too much already. :)


You guys know that school supplies are the way to my heart! (Thanks, Charlie!) :)

Ok, so we had to stage this picture today, but you get the idea that these guys both brought in Starbucks treats! They even had my coffee order right–down to the whole milk and agave! I’m SUPER impressed, 1st grade! Thank you, Nate and Landen. :)

Whew!  As if these fabulous kiddos and families don’t make me feel appreciated all the time, they’re outdoing themselves already!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

First Grade Math Warm-Ups: Week of April 27-May 1, 2015

It seems that the later we get into the year (or maybe it’s just that we’re at the end of a math unit), the less interesting our warm-ups are.  I mean I guess they’re not for entertainment, but I guess I’d like for them to be fun and motivating.  We’ll see how well we did with that this week…


Guess we didn’t have a one on Monday.  Must have been a busy morning (is it bad that I can’t remember back to LAST WEEK?)


We continued on with data here…


And then I showed how I would represent this data and we discussed what we learned from it, as well as other options for showing what the data tells:


Besides giving us practice with adding (and with bigger number!), and reminding us of some math vocabulary, this equation held some significance for our class.  Only I can’t tell you what it is until after Monday morning….sorry. :(


We had a fabulous field trip first thing on Thursday, so no math warm-up.


I think I’ve mentioned before, but one thing I love about how we do math warm-ups is when kids start to apply things you’ve learned (or are learning) during the unit to their work here.  For this one, I mean that someone thought we should have a t-chart to help us organize our thinking and our data.  It’s super easy to see that most kids in our class are 7.  :)


Pictures of the Day: May 1, 2015

I am really starting to love this whole picture-of-the-day thing.  Some days’ pics are better than others, but as a whole, I think it’s encouraged me to think about the day as a whole in a new way.  Eventually (or maybe next year!), I would love to have kids in charge of what our POD is each day.  :)

Engagement is a GREAT thing, and you can see it all over these faces! Don’t you just love that little smile on Emily’s face? We thoroughly enjoyed the stories we heard as part of the Storytelling Festival today!

Look at those proud smiles! :) You did it!

Then there’s the Science Fair. :)  Lauren and Millie worked together (with Millie’s little sister) to create a SUPER project for the Robinson STEMfest, which then went on to the Greater StL Science Fair and got a RED RIBBON!  WOOHOO!!  Like Lauren’s mom said, “Red means ROCK’N!!”  Way to go, girls!

Picture of the Day: April 29, 2015

If you are a friend in Rm. 202, this picture needs no explanation.  But, since most of you have not been spending your weekdays from 8:30-3:40 with a room full of 1st graders, I’ll let you know what this pic is so wonderful.  But first I’ll show it to you. :)

Our brave friend, Diego, broke his arm on Monday. :(  He was gone recovering yesterday and WE MISSED HIM SO MUCH!!  It was so special when he returned today and the class was so happy to see him.  Then it got even better when this afternoon we were talking about our roses, buds and thorns for the day, and most everyone’s rose (their favorite thing from the day) was that their friend was back and that they knew he was ok. :)  I was also super impressed when, after receiving a big ‘ole pile of get-well-soon cards from us, Diego asked for everyone’s attention so he could say thank you to them all for being so kind to him (used the microphone and the official attention-getting signal and everything!).  I am not kidding when I tell you I have the BEST CLASS IN THE WHOLE, WIDE WORLD!! :)

Pictures of the Day: April 28, 2015

Ok, I feel like I should give a warning before I start this one: this post will be a little bit indulgent.  And it will explain why I couldn’t post this update last night.  Here. Maybe this will help:

It’s been a long time coming, but I graduated with my Masters of Science in Education. The focus was on Curriculum and Instruction.  While in some ways I wish I could have finished this long ago, I am actually super excited that my kids and hubby got to share the night with me.  He shared the whole program with me, too, he’ll have his own graduation night later on. :)

Wish I could have gotten a better picture of me with this super smart guy (that’s a LONG story I won’t bother you with), but I had to post it anyway, because it means so much to me. This is my baby brother, who is in most ways smarter and wiser than me. I love that he’s proud of me, though, and that he was there to share this important night with me. LOVE YOU, CHUCK!!  

What important life event in 2015 isn’t documented with a selife? Pretty sure they all are. So we had to do the same. There is something that I LOVE about this picture. Mostly the people in it, but also because we are all so happy, and also just the fact that it’s a little off-center (because I probably am a little like that, too). :)