Thursday, July 21, 2011


Some more video Sam took!

Wild Child

Confession...I am a huge Joan Jett fan (I went as her for Halloween last year, even though my first graders thought I was a "Guitar Hero" girl!).  I stood in the sweltering heat to see her at Stir Cove last year and stood in the pouring rain to see her in Manchester, Iowa last Friday.  We took these pictures and a little video:

She hasn't changed a bit!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Super Couple!

Keith McGuffey and Megan Horton were married on June 11th.  This is a personalized tile I had made for them.
Megan and Keith McGuffey as Wonder Woman and Superman!  This was drawn by Phil Hester, a comic book artist whose work includes Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Ant Man, and Godzilla.   It really does look like them!

 Cookies we ordered from Eileen's for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.  It was a beautiful (and fun!) wedding.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Blogging Instructionally: What did I learn?

As I've previously stated, I started a teacher blog after finding so many ideas posted by other teachers on their blogs.  For a while, I just stalked other blogs, gathering information and activities that other teachers so generously shared.  What I found was inspiring and got me out of my routine (or rut!), which often occurs when teachers become overwhelmed with curriculum and assessments.  After several months, I finally realized that I have ideas that others may be able to use as well.  My friend Rachael helped me set this up, and I started posting pictures and ideas from my own classroom.   Although I put information about it in my weekly newsletters, none of my parents chose to follow, perhaps because it was so late in the year.  I'm hoping this will change in the coming school year and plan to introduce our class blog from the very beginning.  It is my hope that it will become a good resource for parents as they are able to see what we are doing in B3 in real-time, as well as a resource for other teachers as I make and post more materials to supplement our curriculum.  Take a look at Justin Tarte's 10 reasons to get educators blogging... if you are looking for a reason to blog!