Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rewind: Peek at My Week!

EXHAUSTED! That is the only adjective I can use to describe my current condition! The past 2 weeks have been crazy! A lot has been happening and I just haven't had a second to sit down and blog about it. So I am doing a blog rewind for my Peek at Last Week!

First up all last week my parents were in town visiting! It was great to spend time with them! I think they had a much better week than I did. As I worked all week they got to sight see, go to some spring training games and just relax.

We are quickly approaching AIMS week ...only 1 week away!! In order to keep them engaged I decided to create AIMS BOOT CAMP!!  AIMS Boot Camp runs until April 11th the final day of AIMS week. Each group needed to come up with team name that had something to do with reading, writing or academics. I posted a AIMS board on my front white board so they can see the leader board at all times. Also, I reserve the right to add or deduct points at any time. This has been a great boost to my classroom management, if there are groups doing a fantastic job I add on 5-10 points and if there is a group that needs a little reminder on behavior expectations I can deduct some points.  I will post more tomorrow on some of my weekly challenges!

Last week were lucky enough to have an author come and speak to our middle school students. Paul Toffanello came in and chatted with the kids about how to become an author and what inspired him to write his newly published novel "Popchucks Ghost". The kids had so many questions and really enjoyed the private reading of the first few chapters of the book. Paul was a middle school teacher and Principal  and he wrote the book to keep his struggling readers engaged.

Here is a quick description of the book:
Boisterous Neil and timid Adam, 12-year-old best friends, head off to Camp McAbre for the first time with distinctively different attitudes. Neil is excited by the thought of several days outdoors with a hundred other kids while Adam hates everything about camp except for the presence of attractive schoolmate Ally. Yet as the days go by, Adam becomes a super camper while Neil is dogged by bad luck that puts him in conflict with the creepy camp director, Charles Atrom. A bit of late night sleuthing leads Adam into a series of abandoned mine tunnels and glimpses of a ghost who may be responsible for Adam's troubles.

Have an amazing week!! 


  1. It is such an amazing experience when students can visit with a real author! It really helps strengthen that reading/writing connection. I'm sorry you have had two rough weeks! Hopefully this week will be more relaxing and you will get a much needed break!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

    1. Thanks Jennifer- I don't see much relaxation in my future until summer but that will come soon enough! Hope you have a wonderful spring break!

      They loved his presentation! I'm in the middle of the book right now and it's pretty good!