Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Currently and a Shout Out Linky!

First off, I am hooking up with Farley over at Oh Boy! 4th Grade

for this month's Currently.

My daughter has been such a help this holiday season!
She did most of the decorating herself, and has now taken most of it down 
and packed it away herself.  I appreciate her SOOOOO much!

I am loving this time after Christmas and New Year's 
to get some things done I wanted to do, 
catch up with friends, watch movies, sleep in, 
and in general, decompress from the busy-ness of all things school related.

The table thing just wasn't working for me in my classroom,
so I have had them replace with the old desks that I hate too, 
but they are more convenient because I can move things around more easily 
and no longer have any "blind spots."
So now I just have to get things re-organized before next Monday.

I have a student teacher starting on Monday and have to get things ready for her to jump right in.
Need to find my mojo so I can get things done!

I am also linking up with Lisa at Growing Firsties for her Shout Out Linky.

One of my new favorite blogs is The Peanut Gallery
I have gotten some great ideas from her site.
My favorite was her

My kiddos did a great job on these!  You can check out my post about them here.

My other favorite blog is Lorraine's Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies.
Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies
We have been online buddies for a LOOOONG time,
 and she was my inspiration to get into blogging.
Her support and encouragement mean a LOT to me!
I ♥ that lady!

Blogging has made a big difference for me.
I LOVE all of your blogs and stalk them often for ideas and inspiration.

Can't wait to see who your favorites are.


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! Thought I'd drop by to check out yours--I love your blog title and description (it rings true for every passionate teacher). Thanks again and I am your newest follower! Michele @ the Lightbulb Lab

  2. Hi I came across your blog through Farley's rule of 3! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and how nice of your daughter to help you clean up everything. I am very jealous that you have this week off too! We went back today and I could have used a couple more days to get organized. Thanks for sharing the other great blogs you've found!

    ~Miss F

  3. Welcome Miss F! Headed to your blog now! Happy New Year!

  4. Getting my "mojo" back is something that I need to do too... before Monday! It's hard to get back into a routine but I'm so excited to see my kiddos again. Good luck rearranging your room. :)


  5. Awwww Teresa, you are too too sweet! You are my inspiration and my original froggy friend....remember back in the day? LOL!
    Love ya friend! Happy New Year!!!
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies
    Visit my facebook page

  6. Hi! I found you via the Currently linky. I teach junior high, but I have a similar dilemma when it comes to room organization. I'm in my 1st year at new school (7th year overall), and have had trouble finding the right arrangement. When I first came the room had only these huge, heavy, UGLY tables - which was absolutely terrible, because no matter how I arranged things close to a third of the class always had their backs to me. Ugh! Shoved into a storage room, I found over twenty sewing desks (I'm a home ec teacher - the sewing desks have a hinged top that opens up and the machines lift up). I had the horrendous tables taken away, and put out the sewing desks as student desks. Genius! But not perfect. The kids can mess with the machines underneath the desks, and the desks themselves have wheels that don't lock well. Over break my husband and I removed the machines and drilled the tops down, but the wheels can still be an issue. They're great for pushing the desks together for pairs/groups work, but a pain to straighten up at the end of every hour, seven times a day. Wow, this was a lengthy comment about desks - sorry! Have a great 2013!

  7. Welcome Courtney and Denise! Happy New Year with many Blessings!

    Yes, Lorraine, I remember way back then! Love you too! Have a great new year!

  8. I am so glad I found your post! I am your newest follower and look forward to reading your future posts!

    I, too, have been thinking about rearranging my classroom when we go back on the 7th. There are just so many choices, decisions, and "good" arrangements for my class that it is always hard to decide.


  9. I'm looking at reorganizing the desks in my room, too. I had a great idea to let the kids design the layout of the room (with some parameters). I may draw a template and let them figure out our new design!

    What i have learned

  10. Glad to be your newest follower!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  11. Found you through Pinterest! Organize?? Yikes! This is not one of my...ahem...talents. I am fairly new to the Teacher blogging world and thank you for all the tips you can give. Happy New Year! Carinna

  12. Glad you got to spend time with your daughter!! Best of luck with the new student teacher!! What an exciting spring semester!

  13. Welcome Carinna, AMC, and Meg! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. I rearrange my classroom all the time. There just doesn't seem to ever be that perfect combination. What is that about anyway? Am I just that hard to please? UGH!

    My surprise helper for undecorating this year was my husband. I had mentioned that we should take things down either Monday or Tuesday then I headed out to get groceries. When I got home, the tree was already down and everything was put back in storage. I could hardly believe it! Isn't it great to have help?!

    It's been forever since I had a student teacher. Hope you get a good one.
    Stimulating Science Simulations

  15. Thanks so much for linking up, Teresa!!!! I love The Peanut Gallery, too! Headed over to the froggy's new to me.

    Big smiles - Lisa (Your newest follower)
    Growing Firsties

  16. When I clicked the picture it sent me to a different blog than when I clicked the typed link (for Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies). The typed link was to the correct blog...

    Smiles - Lisa

  17. Lisa, thanks for letting me know! I fixed the link now.

  18. I found your blog through the Linky Party! It is very cute. I am your newest follower :)


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