Saturday, May 17, 2014

Celebrate 5/17

Join this fabulous group of bloggers as we celebrate our weeks. You can link up on Ruth Ayres blog at

Here's what I have to celebrate this week:

1. On Thursday, we went on a field trip to see Romeo and Juliet performed by a local theater company.  Students in my class paid rapt attention to the play and were very involved during the talkback at the end.  I was so proud of them while we were there.  Then, when we got back to school, a group of girls in my class were eating lunch and started to have a spontaneous conversation about the actors and the way they portrayed the characters.  The conversation turned to a comparison of the movie we watched and the play without any prompting from me.  It is amazing to see the great critical thinking that they do.  

2.  Our meetings were cancelled this week, so I had time for planning and getting work done before school every day this week.  It was a treat to be able to have some extra time to get my work done.  

3. Last week, they installed a new bulletin board in the hallway outside of my classroom.  It is something I have been asking for, and there finally was money in the budget for it.  I can't wait to make great displays on the new board.

4. There are so many new businesses opening up in my neighborhood.  I am excited to be able to give my business to local, small businesses.  The best one lately is a bakery that has amazing treats!  This morning I had a delicious bacon and cheddar croissant that my husband brought me as a surprise.  YUM!

5. In my search for lessons to go with my Romeo and Juliet unit, I stumbled across the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered.  The English major nerd in me is so excited to watch this series and learn more about some of his works.

As we approach the end of the school year, my days at school require more patience and more energy (especially with the 8th grade students).  I am so happy to have this habit of looking for things to celebrate so that I can keep focusing on the positive.  I hope you all have a fabulous week!


  1. You have so many great things to celebrate this week! I totally hear you about these last few weeks requiring patience and energy. ;-) Hang in there!

  2. Reading your posts- and other celebrate this week posts- reminds me how stressful and rewarding the teaching profession can be. Thank you to all teachers for everything you do!

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. Celebrations are something I always search for and I agree this idea make me shift my thinking throughout the week. Stay strong with your 8th graders my soon to be 5th graders sound very similar.

  4. We are down to five days and it is going to be hard to contain their energy this week...but we will all make it! Sending positive thoughts your way!

  5. A new bakery! How wonderful! I live in a dying town where local business struggles. So many shops and restaurants that were here when I first moved here 8 years ago have closed now (including a terrific coffee shop. SIGH. The ONE thing I need to be happy in a place is a coffee shop to write!) I am not familiar with the Shakespeare Uncovered series--will be looking for that one. Thanks for sharing!