Saturday, August 15, 2015

Let's Celebrate My Favorite Things (At This Moment) (That Come To Mind)!

It's time to CELEBRATE This Week with Ruth Ayres from Discover. Play. Build.  Every week Ruth invites us to share our celebrations from the week and link up at her blog. What a fun way to reflect on everything there is to be thankful for. 

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This week I'm celebrating my favorite things 
(at this moment) (that come to mind)!

*throws confetti*

I spent last night decorating my new writer's notebook. When I was still working with students, I created writer's notebooks with them and I modeled the life of a writer who collects ideas in her notebook. Now I'm working with a fifth grade teacher and focusing on writing in her class. She'll have Chromebooks in her class again and we'll use Google Classroom and share Docs and brainstorm on Padlet and even blog with Kidblog...but first, we're setting up writer's notebooks. 

I'm a fan of balanced literacy even when it comes to using technology. There is a time and place for pen-in-hand as much as fingers-on-keyboard.

We talked through ideas for sections in the writers' notebooks and we decided on five tabs:

Very Cool Vocabulary
Free Writes
Heart Map and Favorites
Seed Ideas

On my Heart Map page, I drew a big heart and I'll map out things that are close to my heart with students this week but on the next few pages I started some lists of my favorites. After reading my friend Erin's blog and pulling some of my favorite quotes from her blog, I had an idea for jotting down my favorite things (at this moment) (...that come to mind) and I'll share them here now as a celebration.

My Favorite Things 
(at this moment) 
(...that come to mind)

singing out loud and clear
spontaneous dance parties
Danny D with brand new glasses
Jordan with ice cream face
standing with other runners
before a race
new friends
green smoothies for breakfast
lemon zest Luna bars
Gilmore Girls!!!
wrap bracelets     paddle boards
stickers on my water bottle
all the things Vera
Hilo Sin Fin
waking up and feeling rested
walking to work

These feel like some great things to celebrate and I'm so happy for all of them in my life. It feels pretty great to have a full heart going into a new school year. Students (including my own babies) go back to school in my district tomorrow. Can't wait!

What are some of your favorite things (at this moment) (that come to mind)?What are you celebrating this week?

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