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February 2014 entries

Poetry Out Loud

I had the distinct pleasure of taking sophomore Kelsey Dowling to Towanda today to compete in the Regional Poetry Out Loud competition. This was the first time that Montoursville participated in the program, and I'm extremely proud to announce that Kelsey took 2nd place! Maybe next year, we will be heading to the state competition!

We had a fun road trip, once the freezing rain stopped and we had a delicious late lunch at a local Italian restaurant. Kelsey and I have very similar senses of humor and flair for random photo poses.

Congrats, Kelsey!

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud


Snow Day!

Another snow day!! There goes more Easter break... Ah well. We made the best of it! I graded piles of work, planned lessons, worked on the endless to-do list that comes with the musical, and spent a fun day with the kids! ⛄️❄️

Snow Day!

Snow Day!

Snow Day!

Snow Day!

Snow Day!


Ellie's First iBook

Ellie just made her first book on an app called "Book Creator." Our school's tech person was telling me about the apps the kids use at school, and I added a couple to Gabrielle's iPad mini.

(Yes, I realize my children are very fortunate to have their own iPads. Even more important, my children realize that they are very fortunate to have their own iPads. )

Book Creator allows kids to incorporate photos, drawings, typed text, and even voice recordings. Next week, I am going to have Ellie write a book using her spelling words as a way to review. She loved making her book, which I was able to export to PDF and send to her grandparents. The book also exports to iBooks and can be read there with the sound effects (the PDF doesn't include the voice recordings).

Who says school is cancelled today?

Ellie's First iBook

Ellie's First iBook

Ellie's First iBook


Apology

I am sorry my previous post is not spaced properly. I can't seem to get my iPad or my iPod to agree with my formatting. It may sound silly, but I am always telling my students to keep their audience in mind as they write and to be sure their form matches their content.

I wouldn't read a big block of text and I wouldn't expect you to! :) I wouldn't write a big block of text either. Ah. First blogging world problems.


Apology

I am sorry my previous post is not spaced properly. I can't seem to get my iPad or my iPod to agree with my formatting. It may sound silly, but I am always telling my students to keep their audience in mind as they write and to be sure their form matches their content.

I wouldn't read a big block of text and I wouldn't expect you to! :) I wouldn't write a big block of text either. Ah. First blogging world problems.


Why I Do What I Do

People often say to me, "How do you do it all?" and even, "Why do you do all the extra stuff you do?"

And sure, let's be real: I do more than I "need" to do. But, then today happens. After a hectic day of catching up with a thousand mostly irritatingly trivial tasks, I found myself wondering, "How do I do it all?" and even, "Why do I do all the extra stuff I do?" Then, my phone beeped. A text message. Probably something else I need to do, or a question I need to answer, or a problem I didn't foresee. "Hi Mrs. Connor, this may seem like I'm sucking up but at this point I don't care because my mom taught me to say thank you when someone is nice to you. So thank you for always being there to talk to and to listen to all of our problems. Thank you for just caring about your students. It's really easy for a teacher to not care about their students at all but you show us all love and compassion. I can safely say joining the theater/music program was one of the best decisions I've made so far. It feels like I'm part of a family. (:" Boy was I wrong! Today, a student was having a rough day, and I offered a small gesture of concern. Honestly, we just never know how the smallest things can mean so much to other people. This message made me stop and think. Of course, I replied to my student, thanking her for the reminder to keep my priorities in perspective. Afterward, though, while I waited at dance class for Aidan and Ellie, I replayed my day. Did I miss any other opportunities to truly pay attention to people? Did I listen as closely as I could have? Did people feel like they were important to me? If, on any given day, the answer to any of those questions is "No," then I need to take a step back from the trivia on my to-do list and take care of the things that really matter. Otherwise, how can I truly answer, "Why do you do what you do?"