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My brain is mush!

August 9, 2010

My brain is starting to feel like mush from working all day today! I have so many new ideas and have come across so many wonderful and new activities that instead of crossing things off of my work to-do list I have added even more things to it!

In the process I was able to plan out the first few weeks of school and think I may have finally found a great set of stuff to do for the first day of school.



Even though this is my seventh year teaching (holy crap I feel old!) I still find the first day of school to be incredibly difficult to plan for. I think it’s because when I was in grad school I was under the illusion that the first day of school is the day that you delve right into who you are, what your students should expect from you, what your classroom rules are, setting up their notebooks etc. which is really not the case. Sure the students should feel welcomed and understand that they can’t run ramshod in the classroom but sometimes their schedules change and then end up in different class periods and sometimes even different teachers for the first week, and even two, of school. I don’t want to go over important stuff too soon and have to continually do it as students are moving in and out.

In my quest of doing some research on interactive notebooks (save yourself some time and just go right here if you’re a teacher and want to know more about them) I came across some sites on what to do for the first day of school. One of the sites suggested reading a story to them and I thought it was a great idea! I know what you’re thinking, my students are in 7th grade and aren’t in elementary school anymore but trust me, they love being read to! I decided on Hooray for Diffendoofer Day because it sounds like a really cute book. I’ve never read it but it got some great reviews and should be arriving at my door sometime later this week – thank you Amazon!

I did have some fun today when my new camera strap showed up in the mail! After seeing the cute strap that Tina blogged about a few weeks ago I was going back and forth between ordering one from August Blossoms and decided to go for it.

In the package

It was even more pretty than the picture on the site and exactly what I was looking for. Once we got it all attached to the camera I was able to play around with it a little bit and loved how thick and soft the strap is. It’s so much more comfortable around my neck compared to the itchy Nikon one. I also liked that it’s a bit longer so I can wear it around my body without looking like a fool.


I think my favorite part of the strap is the nifty little pocket for the lens cap. Love it! Now I won’t be walking around with it in my hand or stuffing it in my pocket and wondering where it went. Although I have it partially out in the picture it goes in all the way and is snug enough that it won’t fall out if the strap is turned upside down. Yes, I tested it.


After sitting at the computer all day long I’m completely wiped out! Clearly I need to get used to the grind of working daily and I’m thankful that I’m slowly easing myself back into it by working this week. Tomorrow I’m going in to school and will hopefully have my classroom set up by the end of the day. Fingers crossed!

Do you ever feel like looking into something that you’re interested in leads you to looking up even more things? I do!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2010 10:15 am

    Love your info on planning for your first day back at school…definitely will be checking it out. Also love the camera strap…I saw Tina’s too…it makes me want a nice camera…so I can get the camera strap! 🙂

  2. August 10, 2010 2:31 pm

    I am sooooo with you on not wanting to dive right into classroom policies the first day since kids constantly move in and out for 2 weeks! 2 weeks! why does it take that long????? Yet your still suppose to progressing forward the entire time. Maybe that’s why I always feel chaotic in the beginning of the year. Last year I had the kids make and get themselves out of a human knot.

  3. August 12, 2010 7:33 pm

    Hey, so I checked out the interactive notebook the other day – awesome site – and then today my teammate said she wants to do interactive notebooks this year. I’m so glad I had just checked out your link so I knew what she was talking about and I’m all for it. Thanks a ton! 🙂

  4. Danielle permalink
    August 16, 2010 5:22 pm

    Danielle (great name by the way;) ):

    I didn’t get the chance to meet you this weekend at HLS, but I ran across your blog as I’m adding different ones to my google reader. How crazy that we both have the same name and TEACH 7TH GRADE! I am sitting at school right now preparing my classroom and ran across this entry of yours. I completely relate to 7th graders loving to be read to. I did 4 read alouds to my students last year and they were hooked (even the ones who can’t stand reading!).

    I would love to share ideas with you and resources! I hope you are enjoying your last few days/weeks of freedom before you head back to school.

    🙂 Danielle

  5. Danielle D permalink
    August 17, 2010 9:09 am

    Danielle (great name 😉 ):

    I tried to leave a post for you yesterday but I am not sure if it ever went through. I completely agree with your ideas here about reading aloud to 7th graders. They eat it on. Coincidentally enough, I also teach 7th grade and did read alouds with my students last year… even the ones who “hate” reading were hooked.

    It looks like you are getting yourself in the groove for the school year. I wish I would have run into you at the HLS. I would love to bounce ideas and share resources with you. Thanks for the link to interactive notebooks too. Love it!

    • August 21, 2010 10:04 pm

      I know! What a bummer that we didn’t get a chance to meet. Shoot me an email or leave me a comment any time and we can chat about different ideas. What do you teach?

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