Sunday, June 29, 2014

june currently reading

currently on my nightstand:
teachers college reading and writing project (tcrwp) summer reading and writing institutes notes

these are the books i'm currently reading or have read this summer.  (you should see the pile of books that are on deck.  i better get going.)  these books are so dang good, and i highly recommend them.

1. home of the brave.  i learned about this book during grad school.  all the tcrwp staff developers loved it, so i thought i'd better pick it up.  what a sweet book!  i loved it.  i laughed and cried.  i can hardly wait to read it with my class this fall.  it's written as free verse poetry (think out of the dust, hate that cat, love that dog), which i think is such a wonderful respite from prose.

2. pathways to the common core.  i like the approach calkins, ehrenworth, and lehman have taken while writing about the common core.  sure, we all have our gripes and complaints, but the bottom line is that we have use it to guide our teaching.  they take each standard, break it down, and then share ways to reach the lofty goals.

3. what really matters in response to intervention.  obsessed with this book.  i think all my colleagues should read it.  i love the way dick allington presents research study after research study supporting why we teach/have the students do what we do (i.e. volume, stamina, matching readers and texts, small groups, etc.).

4. the literacy teacher's playbook grades 3-6.  this book is pure genius.  serravallo has been a teacher and was a staff developer, so she's been in the real trenches of the elementary school classroom.  this book is focused on gleaning information for instruction by using common student artifacts as assessment.  so good.  i've been recommending it to all my teacher friends.  (i know she just published a k-2 edition.)

5. great ways to differentiate mathematics instruction.  this is for preK-8.  small shares two strategies to differentiate: open questions and parallel tasks.  she takes each standard and then shares examples of open questions and parallel tasks to use in the classroom.  she also breaks it up according to grade level: preK-2, 3-5, 6-8.  i know i'll be pulling this book out a few times a week to help my math instruction.

6. tcrwp summer institutes notes.  last summer i attended the two week-long workshops; two weeks total.  i was so busy writing personal narratives and reading responses and then reading 100+ pages a night that i didn't get to really read the packets.  (i had to do all of that because i was taking them for grad school credit.)  the packets were so insightful and helpful.

hope you found this helpful.  if you have any recommendations, please share.  next month i hope to have more children's chapter books read.

**i was able to find some of these books for only several dollars on amazon in the new/used sections.

Friday, June 27, 2014

june 26

before i get to today's outfit {or shall i say the week's outfit}, i thought i'd share a few photos from summer happenings.

straight from new york city, i flew to salt lake city for my cousin's wedding weekend.  i had such a good time just being able to slow down and enjoy my family.  coming from a family of 6 kids {3 of which are married and then from those 3 there are 12 grandkids}, it's a semi-annual event being all together.  talk about crazy and fun.  i'm one lucky girl to have them.
i hope my lack of a tan, new york city skin didn't blind you.
dress: nordstrom via last chance {i should do a whole blog post on my love for/with last chance!}

 here we are!
6 kids, mom, and dad.  {minus 3 spouses and 12 grandkids}
and yes, your counting is correct: 5 girls, 1 boy.
top: f21
belt: h&m
jeans
shoes: clark's

after spending several days in utah, i came home to arizona.  i'm going to be spending a good amount of time here this summer before starting up teaching in the fall.  {who would've thought that at my age i'd be living with the parents again?! haha}  my sister rebekah and i love to buy the same items.  and sometimes we walk out with about the same exact thing on.  this twinning event happened the day my dad had open-heart surgery.  again, feeling very blessed for my family.  feeling double blessed that everything went well and that he's slowly but surely recovering.
 top: tj maxx
necklace: j.crew factory

most days in the summer i'm in shorts/skirt and a t-shirt.  once, maybe twice, a week i do get dressed to meet up with friends or something like that.
top: BR outlet
necklace: nordstrom via last chance
white jeans
shoes: sam edelman via last chance

hope y'all are doing well!  can you believe how quickly june is flying?!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

graduation and family visit

Graduation was such a great event!  I'm a big believer in participating in graduation events, even though they may be boring.  I think it's such a neat moment to celebrate and honor hard work.  My parents and one of my sisters came out for the festivities.  We, of course, explored the city as well.
Last day of class AND free cone day at Haagen Dazs!! 
dress and belt: anthro
blazer: anthro
shirt: soel boutique
jeans: f21
flats: target
necklace: j.crew factory
tee: loft
skirt: soel boutique
shoes: target
 blouse: anthro
skirt: j.crew
bag: steve madden via tj maxx
shoes: dsw
 jacket: nordstrom via last chance
blouse: soel boutique
 tee: loft
skirt: sewed it myself
shoes: sperrys via last chance


 dress: f21

blouse: soel boutique
skirt: zara
video
At the end of the big Columbia commencement, all sorts of New York City songs were played.  It was fun to ease up and dance some.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

why, hello there! (part 2)

Some more...
dress: target
cupcake: sprinkles (happy birthday to me!)
shoes: clark's 
sweater: loft
button up: f21
skirt: loft
boots: nordstrom via last chance 
scarf: h&m
sweater: loft
tee: loft 
Life as a blonde, haha
sweater: loft
skirt: f21
shoes: target 
I have no idea who this girl is, but she sat across from me in the library and I liked her outfit.
video
top: j.crew
skirt: loft
Yeah, Polar Vortex.
sweatshirt: BR outlet 
Saturday brunch with classmates.
Standard winter attire.
video
Freezing winter.
My thoughts on going to the gym.
navy dress and cardi: j.crew outlet
necklace: f21
Yep, just double shouldering it.
cardi: BR
tank: target
jeans
jacket: nordstrom via last chance
top: target

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

why, hello there! (part 1)

I finished up my master's degree.  I tip my hat to those of you who have also completed or are in the process of completing a master's program.  I'm your #1 cheerleader!!!  So different from undergrad.  The professors don't hand out unearned compliments.  So when you do receive one, you treasure it for weeks. (haha, #butseriously)  I'm so glad I did it.  I learned a lot about education, teaching practices, and myself.  I also learned from my amazing classmates; wow, there are awesome teachers in this country.  And it wasn't so bad living in New York City.

I was going through my iPhoto earlier and stumbled upon some snapchat selfies and other random pictures from friend visits that I thought I'd share.  They're as close to outfit shots as you'll get!  (I don't think there are really any new items; I think you've seen most of the stuff.)  I won't bombard you with all of them right now, so I'll spread them out over the next few days.

blazer: marshall's
shirt: anthro
jeans: anthro
flats: target

scarf: bp nordstrom
shirt: tj maxx
skirt: BR outlet
dress: nordstrom via last chance
necklace: j.crew via ebay
wedges: f21 
blouse: bp nordstrom
belt: anthro
skirt: old navy
boots: frye via anthro
cardigan: target
blouse: f21
skirt: j.crew factory 
hat: eastern market in washington, dc
shirt: j.crew outlet
skirt: loft 
dress: nordstrom via last chance
boots: frye via amazon 
sweater: old navy 
blazer: anthro
dress: anthro
belt: anthro
shoes: clark's