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Linking up with Doodle Bugs for another fabulous Five for Friday because yesterday was my 

Hooray!! I made it through another school year. All in all it was a good one. This class certainly liked to chat, but I had no real behavior issues. I always love the starting anew part of teaching! It's the perfect clean slate. The summers off are amazing too!

In keeping with the theme of 5...
the 5 best parts of this year
1. launching the Daily Five- best thing ever!
2. Sending my teacher desk and all the kids' desks out on the last day. Hello tables!! Can't wait to blog about this more later!
3. we got a boodle of money this year for sets of trade first grade team has a closet stocked with books!
4. did I mention the Daily 5- awesomeness!
5. this picture! See you in September!

the 5 worst parts of this year
1. new teacher evaluation- exhausting to say the least
2. getting caught in the pouring rain 1/4 mile from shelter with 20 first graders- worst field trip ever...
3. finding out we won't be getting ipads for at least 4 years- how is one supposed to follow 21st century standards with 20th century technology...just sayin'. On the upside we may get 6-7 year old refurbished computers...yay (she said sarcastically)
4.  making lunch- blech
5. the tragedy in Sandy Hook- I felt unhinged for months after the event. I still think about that community and those families often. It has so changed the face and security of education.

Now my real 5!

1. Bloglovin'

I'm sure you've heard the news around the campfire. Google Reader is flying the coop. Don't you worry your pretty little head though. Bloglovin' is to the rescue! You can sign up and then through the magic of technology it just sucks all the awesome blogs you've been following into your bloglovin account. Try it now by clicking on the little button to the right that says "follow me on bloglovin'". Go on...try it...I would {heart} for you to follow me...

2. Dropbox

I am in L- O- V- E with Dropbox. It is like your own personal hard drive that you can access anywhere you go without every having the carry one of those little flash drive sticks around (I never liked those things anyway). The best part- it's free!! I think eventually you have to pay for more space, but if you like them on facebook or follow them by email they give you more free space! Now that i have been creating for TPT my computer was getting all jammed up with stuff (clipart, borders, papers, products, etc...) - although it is 5 years old and I think it is dying a slow death. I have a ton of stuff in there now and I'm still not full and I haven't accessed anymore free space by liking them yet- so there's a ton of space! Now I can make products or download clipart and click "Save to Dropbox" and it's not clouding up my computers hard drive. Hooray! You can access your Dropbox account from all over- phone, ipad, other computers...amazing!

3. Writing Portfolio

This year I saved a whole bunch of my kids writing. We made a nice cover (which they did awesome on) and packaged them all to take home and impress their parents with all they did this year. They and I loved seeing the progress they made over the course of the year. I will definitely do this again next year, but I think I will make things a little smaller so they can fit in a binder. Having a million 12 x 18 pieces of paper piled up on my file cabinet drove me a bit nutso. Live and learn, right?

4. Bubble Day

Stacy (bne- best neighbor ever) got us some great supplies and we had a Bubble Day! We switched classes (I just read a book and did a picture with my group) and she did tons of fun with bubbles with the kids. They watched a little movie then they each had their own tray of bubble mix and supplies to make loads of bubble with. They experimented with making bubbles with straws, elastics and a variety of math manipulatives. They even dropped pennies into their bubbles and made bubbles inside bubbles. I don't remember doing fun stuff like this in first grade!  

5. Erin Condren Planner

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw- "Hello Lovah!". I am in love with this planner. It is organizational bliss. I haven't written a thing in it yet. I forced myself to be truly done with this year before we can move on to next year. The time has come! I finished yesterday. Time to start filling in!
I know it's pricey, but in my order I got $40 in $10 off coupons for future purchases. I think that is so generous. You got me hook, line and sinker Erin!

I hope to swing by here often this summer!


  1. me some Erin Condren! And...Bubble Day! How fun!!!! I need to give that a try next year!

    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

  2. I need to give Dropbox a go! I feel so behind the times! Love that new planner!

    Glad I found you!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  3. Hi Deidre - I love your blog, and I got your email about meeting in July. I'll send you a real email after my last day of school - June 26th - it seems so very far away. I'm happy for you though - it must be a huge relief, susan

  4. I know I'm a little late here, but I noticed that you mentioned you're launching the Daily Five next year. Will you be sharing more about it? I currently have a Reading Workshop/Literacy Centers in place. I ordered The Daily Five because I keep hearing about it and want to know more.

    Super Sparkly in Second


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