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The start of something GREAT….


We're Back - RTG!Today marks the start of a GREAT school year!  And I do mean GREAT!  I have been so excited to get back to school this year because I know that means there are GREAT things in store for all of us!  I know that my students are going to become better readers and writers throughout the school year and that gets me excited! :)

But first, I’d like to give a shout out to my students from last year!I am extremely proud of them.  When I received their OAA scores, I just wanted to give them all a “high 5″.  To be honest, I really just wanted to hug them and give them a great big pat on the back and a “Great job! I’m so proud of you!”.  They really put forth a tremendous effort on their OAA tests (I couldn’t have asked for more), and their results reflected that effort.   Most importantly (at least in MY eyes, if not the State of Ohio’s), I am extremely proud of the personal growth that they showed, especially during the last two months of the school year.  There were days at the end of the year when I had to do a double take and ask myself “Are these really the same kids that walked into my room last August!?”  Wow.  I know their 8th grade teachers will enjoy them this year!

And now for today, the first day of another school year.   After meeting each of my students today, I am even MORE excited!  There are a lot of changes and challenges in our curriculum and testing this year, but I am as excited as ever to prepare my students for those challenges!

I hope that all the teachers and students who are starting another school year feel as excited as I do.  IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR!! :)

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Thank a Million Teachers


thank a teacherThink back to all of the teachers that you have had in your education.  Has there been one special teacher who you remember with fond memories?  A teacher who made you feel special?  A teacher who made a difference in your life?

This is Teacher Appreciation Week and you can take a moment NOW to say “Thank You” to that teacher.  Farmers Insurance is on a mission to “Thank a Million Teachers”.  You can click on this LINK and give some recognition to that teacher or teachers.  It’s VERY EASY!!

Go ahead. Do it.  It will make their day!

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Penny War for JDRF


jdrfThe McDowell Student Council is holding a “Penny Wars” between the 7th and 8th grades as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Please show your support for JDRF and help your class win the Penny War and bring your change!  Pennies count as a POSITIVE, so you want to put those in the 7th grade jar.  Silver coins count as negative points, so put those in the 8th grade jar!  

For more information about JDRF, please watch this video.

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A Challenge for You!


smileEvery single day, there are people who could use something to smile about.  YOU could be that something for someone today. As you go about your day today, NOTICE people around you!  Does someone look a little down in the dumps?  A little sad?  Worried?  Nervous?  Hurt?  YOU can make a difference for that person today!

I challenge you today to do or say something that will put a smile on someone’s face. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture.  Often a smile given to that person can do the trick. :)

What ideas do you have on how to be the reason someone smiles today?  Please comment and share!

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Aren’t you glad your mother is not an eagle?


baby eaglesI just checked on the Eagle cam that I mentioned in my blog last year and there are eaglets in the nest. It’s pretty interesting to watch the parents fly in with fresh food and feed their young!  I watched the eaglets eat a fresh rodent this morning.  YUK! I think it was a rat, but it was hard to tell since they had already started picking it apart. If you would like to watch bald eagles in the wild, check it out!

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Another day of testing…..


quiet pleaseDay Two of testing for our students.

Today the students are working on the Ohio Grade 7 Mathematics Achievement Assessment.  So as I sit and type this, the students in my room have their calculators and pencils in hand, mints or gum in their mouths, and appear to be solving math problems that should indicate how well then can do in mathematics.

I hate days like this.  It makes for a long 2 1/2 hours when my classroom is quiet and I cannot interact with my students.  Although I have been kidding with them a lot lately about “evil teenagers”, they are pretty interesting kids and they do make my days interesting!  ;)

Now, to just get through this morning…

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It’s been a while….


im backWow, I guess it has really been a long time since I have posted anything on this blog.  My last post date was August 21, 2013.  That was the start of our new school year and I wasn’t sure exactly what my focus for the blog was going to be for the new year.  The first week of school went by very quickly. That first week is always a blur as I get to know my new students and begin to establish routines and expectations.  The second week of school started as usual for me until I received a phone call from my mother shortly after I arrived at school on Monday.  That phone call changed everything for me.  My father passed away that day and that week was a blur for me.

I missed a week of school and my students were left in the hands of substitute teachers under the guidance and direction of Mrs. Griffey and Mrs. Borland.  I will be forever grateful for their help with my students during that time and their love and support.  Returning to school was difficult for me, to say the least, but my students and coworkers made it better.  I feel very blessed to work with so many caring people and I appreciated the compassion shown to me by my students and their parents.

After returning to school, I didn’t give too much thought to my blog.  It was put in the back of my mind as I dealt with other issues.  Then, the school year became unusual in another aspect since we had an extremely harsh-and long-winter.  Seventeen snow days for Logan Elm Schools and numerous two-hour delays.  Needless to say, it was difficult to get into a rhythm and I never did find my “focus” for my blog.

Now, here we are with just 22 days of school left in this school year, and I have the urge to post on my blog.  As my dad would have said, though, “It’s better late than never.”  :)

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Figurative Language


To practice your Figurative Language skills, you may play one of these games:

Fling the Teacher

Spellingcity Figurative Language

Do You Know Your Metaphors?

Figurative Language Baseball

Simile and Metaphor Jeopardy

Simile, Metaphor and Personification Jeopardy

Idioms Game

Paint by Idioms

An A-Z Listing of Idioms!  See how many YOU know!

Idioms Game-Slang


Figurative Language Jeopardy Review



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If you have visited the Alcoa Eagle cam recently, you will see that it is not operating.  I guess the camera was hit by lightning and will not repaired until after this nesting season.  Since I have become addicted to watching these birds nesting, I found another camera in Minnesota.  There are two eaglets in the nest and they just hatched THIS WEEK!  If you are interested in watching, check out Minnesota Bound-Live Bald Eagle Cam.

Bald Eagle / Pygargue à tête blanche
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Eric Bégin via Compfight

The bald eagle is a beautiful bird and is the national bird for the United States of America.  If you have never seen an eagle before (they are native to North America), then I suggest that you check out this website, Alcoa Eaglecam.  You will find a live video stream of an eagle’s nest in Iowa.  What’s so interesting?  There currently are two eaglets in the nest.   You will see that this amazing, beautiful bird doesn’t start out being so beautiful!

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