Five for Friday! Quotes are Words to Live By!

Happy Friday Friends!
I have no school today!
It's a Spring Holiday and I am so glad.
We finished three days of state testing this week.
I was looking for a funny quote about testing to use right here and stumbled upon my theme of this week.
QUOTES

First let's honor Kacey at Doodlebugs for hosting this linky every week. 
So, can I find a quote for five different topics?.....well, yes, with a little help from Pinterest!

Fairly profound, I would say.
 I watched a fourth grade group this week. It is really sad how stressed they are and how stressed we are and jeez, if they could jut remember that a rhombus is not a square....I had to test a fourth grade classroom because they have a sub right now and she cannot give the test. UGH! 
So, anyway, click on that quote above and it will take you to a fabulous  and very short article about opting out of tests.

Oh. My. Goodness.
When I saw this quote I nearly swooned. (great vocab word right there)
I recently finished a book that fits this quote so perfectly. Well, actually two books. 

One was this:
  Book Recommendation: This is set in the 1830's and is about Sarah and her sister. Sarah is given a personal slave when she turns 11 and her relationship with that slave, named Hetty, but called Handful, is the heart of the book. It is a grim look at slavery, but also quite fascinating. Great Book!
This is set in the 1830's and is about Sarah and her sister. Sarah is given a personal slave when she turns 11 and her relationship with that slave, named Hetty, but called Handful, is the heart of the book. It is a grim look at slavery, but also quite fascinating. I loved it and days later I still wanted to read about these families. I missed them.
That is a sign of a really great book.

Here's another I just finished:
  Book Recommendation: It has some jumps in time that you have to pay attention to. You will find yourself trying so hard not to turn to the end to find out what on earth happens! Read it!
This was a page-turner. It took me about 50 pages to get all the characters straight in my head. It also has some jumps in time that you have to pay attention to. You will find yourself trying so hard not to turn to the end to find out what on earth happens! Read it!



I have no words for this one. Just enjoy it.


Oh my- I am going to write an entire blog post one of these days all about how failure (mistakes) teaches us so much! 
EVERY SINGLE DAY
 in the STEM lab we fail and fail and fail and try again and try again.
In the end, we cheer!
Sometimes rather loudly. Because it finally worked!
Want proof?
Look at this photo:
STEM Challenge: Build a zip line carrier! Perfectly rectangular, paper cut well, taped fairly neatly. The straws are placed nicely and when it was placed on the zip line it rode very well. Except, it would sometimes go a little wonky and slip off its center point and get lopsided as it rode down the line. Read this blog post to find out what happened!
That's the passenger carrier for a zip line recently built by some fifth graders. It is so well constructed! Perfectly rectangular, paper cut well, taped fairly neatly. The straws are placed nicely and when it was placed on the zip line it rode very well. Except, it would sometimes go a little wonky and slip off its center point and get lopsided as it rode down the line.
The group tried several things to get it to ride exactly in the center and provide the best ride.
So, then we had demonstrations from every group and they could watch each other's carriers on the zip line. Aha!
A new idea was formed!
Here is how they finally fixed the problem:
STEM Challenge: This group made the tiniest of improvements! The addition of a little bit of tape on the washer lessened the friction enough to produce a beautiful slow zip line ride. Learning by trying over and over and over.
Perfection! The addition of a little bit of tape on the washer lessened the friction enough to produce a beautiful slow zip line ride.
Learning by trying over and over and over.
This is why I love STEM so much!

In case the example above did not convince you that failure is our best teacher, then here is another example. My fourth graders are learning about the bridges of Nepal. This week they are building models. After building, testing, and demonstrating they had a chance to redesign.
In the photo below the team just wrapped string around a support post with nothing to hold it up. It would slide around and even slipped off the top of the post at some point. Clearly a problem!
STEM Challenge: In the photo the team just wrapped string around a support post with nothing to hold it up. It would slide around and even slipped off the top of the post at some point. Clearly a problem! Read the blog post to see what they tried next!


After watching other groups they went back and added this:
STEM Challenge: Read this post to see what prompted this team to add the tiny little improvement to make their bridge work!

Truly amazing! It held the rope string in place and the bridge system worked really well!

OK friends! Hope you enjoyed all the quotes!
Have a great weekend!

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5 Ways to Know You Are a Teacher

C'mon you know you clicked on that title because it was worded so well.
Right?
Just in case you missed a previous post of mine all about how to write a Perfect Blog Post, you should go read it: {HERE}

So, do you ever read anything from Buzzfeed?
I see pins or FB posts daily that come from buzzfeed and I decided to check it out.
Well, let me tell you...
you can spend hours clicking around there and in the end wonder where the time went.
Some sample titles for you:
21 Desserts You Can Make in a Muffin Tin
23 Unexpected Ways to Recycle Your Junk
17 Instagram Feeds to Follow if You Like Breakfast

Seriously, some of those seem handy.

Well, I saw one about signs you are a teacher and decided to try my own little list.
So here ya go:

Read on....

A Teacher has a catch phrase for everything.
You know you do. We all have those things we say all the time!
Like:
Make a better choice.
Walk, don't run!
Let your pencil do your talking.
Turn your volume down.
Do you need to look up "Straight Line" in the dictionary?

Think about the teacher across the hall. What does she say all the time (that secretly drives you crazy).......

A Teacher gets excited over the school supply aisle....
I spent some time at the school supply store (also known as Teacher Heaven) and came away with that pile of wonderfulness. We are tackling STEAM projects in the lab and I needed some stuff.
I could easily spend a day in the school supply store. I want to work there when I retire.


A Teacher has a bulletin board Pinterest board and it is filled with ten tons of boards to try.

You know you have one and sometimes you just search bulletin boards and pin them all. Do you also have a classroom decor board?   I do, and one for Classroom Organization. I love my bulletin board one the most.
I pin boards I like and then try to recreate them. Here's some I tried this year:
I tried to find the original source for the one above, but I can't track it down.
Here's my version:

Here's another one I tried:
Click on the photo above to see more from the blog where I found this one.
Here's my version:
I drew mine with sharpie and then colored it with colored chalk. The words are a KG font and I free-handed those!

Here's one more:
This one looked really easy and I love that the divers are holding books. 
Here's my version:
The board was small so I made one diver!


A teacher pins cute outfits to a Pinterest board called Teacher Clothes.
Do you do this? I sure do. Look at this:
That is very teacher-ish, I think.
But I teach Science all day.
I wear jeans and a t-shirt everyday.
And an apron.....
even when I had a regular classroom I would not have worn a white shirt to school!



A teacher has a cute teacher sign with her name on it!
I have bunches of these pinned and I bet you do too!

I made one for myself about two years ago. I painted circles on canvas and wrote my name in a fancy font and then added a bow to it. It hangs outside my classroom. One day this year I had a male student say, "This lab is really girly."
Yep.
I'm a girl and I live here more hours than the students so it is girly.

So what do you think?
What are some other ways you know that you are a teacher?
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