Friday, March 27, 2015

March Randoms v. 2

ginger kombucha...making oatmeal...pi day
getting ready...snow flake...broken record
monday leaning...conflict queen...conference day
starbucks run...stick-a selfie
tall table...step behind...boarding time
getting air...lift time
graphic organizer...pillo polo...magazine reading
autofill fail...every generation...boxed in
breathing treatment...ignoring snow...lesson plan

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Enter Spring...

When the first day of spring arrives along with 2 inches of snow, one has two options. 
One can sit at home and long for spring to arrive. Or, one can drive to the mountain and take advantage of amazing ski conditions.
I chose the latter!
Another amazing day on the slopes. Most people are apparently over winter, because there was barely any wait for the lift, and the slopes were pretty much empty.

If I'm going to live through the snowiest and coldest winter on record in Boston, I might as well enjoy myself, and enjoy myself I am!
Little by Little
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Song-osity: Friday!

Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend...
Friday, Friday...gettin' down on Friday...

This last week was a long week.
2 days of conferences - 40 kids x 20 minutes each = 2 very long days.
Pepper in the time spent preparing for the conferences and the fantastic time spent teaching - come Friday I was "stick a fork in me" done.

Friday at 2:15, one of my sweet kiddos piped up, "Ms. Benjamin, you ok? You look tired. Those conferences must have wiped you out. Who knew parents are harder than kids!" - so true!

This Friday night, shabbat was even more welcomed. A dinner with friends, relaxing, enjoying the start of a weekend and a chance to unwind and gear up for a new week.

Here's to another week!!
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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 12

The Good:
I was invited over to a friend's for shabbat dinner and I brought desert. A berry crisp hit the spot. This time I used coconut butter instead of margarine and it came out so good!

The Random:
I got a good laugh over this. Our phonics program uses a cue word and picture to remind kids of certain spelling patterns. Best picture ever is for "i-l-d, wild /ild/"!

The Fun:
We broke the record! 7ish last Sunday night, we officially broke the snowfall record! (and have gotten an additional 1.8 inches since...)


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Crisp and Leaves

What I did today:
Last Sunday, I went into work for a few hours to get things ready for conferences this week and get on top of my planning after my days down with the sickies. I love the school when it's quiet.

 It may not be spring like outside, but at least the spring veggies are appearing at the market.

Picking up some groceries.

In my kitchen:
Made a berry crisp for shabbat dinner, it was pretty darn good.

Something old:
An old leaf among the newer healthier leaves.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stuff my third graders say v. 6

kid: is it true someone dies every 7 seconds?

me: we're going to begin studying the native americans
kid: oh they're like MLK!

me: you will divide...
kid: and conquer!

kid 1: it's like the arctic tundra out there!
kid 2: i thought the tundra was only at the north pole!!
me: what else comes in 5s?
kid 1: school days!
kid 2: when it stops snowing, yeah...

kid 1: are we learning about mute people?
kid 2: mutilated people?!

kid 1: Ms. Benjamin, when is the weather man coming?
me: he said he'd give me some dates in April

me: phe-nom-en-on
kid: mah-na mah-na
me: not quite...
me: the next word is Paris, what country is that in?
kid: France!
me: the next word is pink
kid: I know what country pink is in! every one!!

me: make sure you go to the bathroom before the play, you can't get off stage during it! (no one leaves) really? all you guys do is go to the bathroom all day long! 
kid: I leave a lot, but don't actually go to the bathroom!

me: you don't need your coat and hat and gloves on to switch classrooms, you realize, right?
kid: but it's so hot out. oh wait. right.

kid: ms. benjamin, if you're vision is so bad, I recommend eating more vegetables and fruits!
me: which meat is this?
kid 1: like the food like chicken or steak
kid 2: no! the torah doesn't say chicken is meat, only the rabbis do.
me: well, yeah...

kid 1: I've never had any illness this winter!
kid 2: you had the stomach bug last week...
kid 1: that's a bug, not an illness.

kid: do you have a giant toothpick?
me: no. why?
kid: i have a giant thing stuck in my tooth, obviously!

kid: this game is more for fun than actual learning (it was a math game)

Little by Little
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Song-osity: Own little world

In my own little corner, in my own little chair...
and the world will open its arms to me...

I remember, way back, when the school year began, we talked about what reading is to us.
One child said "reading is like a free vacation for my mind." Another said "reading lets me pretend I am whatever I want to be."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 2.11

The Good:
I tried an idea I found in a teacher magazine this week and it was AMAZING. In stead of each child answering a list of questions (we were pre-assessing our knowledge of a new topic) and us going around answering them, each table was assigned a question. Each table member, had their own post-it note and answered the question on their own.
Then, as a group, they shared their answers and came up with the best possible answer. One group pulled out our white boards and worked on drafting an answer with the strongest parts of each of their answers, even throwing away the post-its once they had read that one off and added it to their answer!
May be one of the best teaching moments this year!

The Random:
Yes. I am this geeky, to capture this once in a lifetime pi day occurrence.

The Fun:
So. I got the stomach bug thing that is going around (not fun. at all.). But out of germs comes good. I discovered "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix. Seriously. Laugh out loud funny. Go. Binge. (Did I mention Carol Kane is in it - amazing!)


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Pens and Rain

Amazing how the combination of the time change and the stronger March sun makes the melting snow glisten on the playground.

On my plate:
Went out for dinner last weekend. Amazingly delicious honey-chili glazed salmon.

I just love sea turtles, there are various stuffed sea turtles all around my apartment. This purple one is Clover, she was my mom's when she was little. I love having her displayed in the living room with this newer little turtle hanging out with her.

Negative Space:
The space between the pens...(ps. I love these pens!)

Photographer's Choice:
We had some rain (rain!) on Wednesday morning. Rain droplets are far easier to clean off the car at 5am than snow flakes!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

March Randoms v. 1

google guest...teacher android...night out
baking time...ikea trip...hamantashen making
snowy march...note taking...purim cake
gorgeous bouquet...mishloach manot...mordecai humor
plow watching...purim carnival...watching whiplash
green smoothie...perfect conditions...plant umbrella
spinning time...stunning sunrise...reading nook
window cracked...rain drops...collaborative work
sick day...don't blink...white carbs

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