Saturday, May 30, 2015

Celebrate 5/30

It's Saturday and that means it is time to reflect on the week and celebrate things both big and small. Join our community and celebrate this week by linking up or just stopping by the host Ruth Ayres' blog to read others' celebrations.

This week I am celebrating...

A friend who will always be in our hearts and the good memories of good times with him. 

A student who persistently asks to read with me and her great gains this year in reading. 

A fun field trip to the local science museum to learn about water treatment and conservation. 

Students who have gone above and beyond for their final research project. I actually really put together this inquiry project as a way to keep them engaged in the last couple weeks of school. They have taken it and run with it. One student even asked her parents to buy her a presentation board and paint in order to have a great poster. I am looking forward to hearing their presentations next week! 

A fun week of math class. Finding angles in real world objects and classifying them on a group poster. Some of the angles they found are so fun! 

A weekend without any plans. Time to read and write and clean and relax. 

Finishing the ridiculous amount of paperwork that we now have to do in Wisconsin. A new evaluation system based on the Danielson framework seemed to me like a good idea until we were given requirements for what we needed to do for this system. I had to upload artifacts for evidence for all 22 components of the framework for my district requirements. The platform for uploading and tagging the documents is really unwieldy and difficult to navigate. I am so glad I have finished for this year! I am at the end of an evaluation year that was far from ordinary and I am glad it's done. 

An anonymous donor that generously gave $100 to my project on DonorsChoose. 

What are you celebrating this week? I would love to hear from you in the comments! 


  1. Love hearing that you're finished! I have a week to go, then many written evaluations, but it will happen! And I like the idea of finding angles in the real world-will pass that on to colleagues, Andrea. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Congratulations on a great year, Andrea. I am sure that you must feel elated and rightfully so. Enjoy your time off and have fun deciding what your $100 will be spent on to build your classroom resources next year.

  3. Don't you love how students rise up to show you all they have learned during the year. Enjoy your last few weeks. I hope it goes smoothly. Always so bittersweet.

  4. What an incredible list of celebrations: students going above and beyond, the student who reads with you (and has made great gains), and your anonymous donor. My favorite though is the weekend without any plans. Enjoy every moment!

  5. Great celebrations this week, Andrea! My district did not go with the Danielson model, but with the CESA 6 model that requires only six domains for artifacts. Still a pain though....I enjoyed meeting you at EdCamp Milwaukee a few weeks ago. Enjoy your last days and keep in touch!

    1. I didn't even know that districts had a choice. I thought everyone had to do Educator Effectiveness on Teachscape with the Danielson framework. You are lucky that there is less work involved, but I am sure it is still a pain. I enjoyed meeting you as well!

  6. Sounds like you have much to celebrate and isn't it wonderful that Ruth gives us a place to do that celebrating with intention?