Now, in school related news...I am the QUEEN of procrastination! I have always been this way. All through undergrad and grad school as well I would always put off assignments until I had the least amount of time left to complete them. I tend to work well under pressure, so I've managed to deal with this quirk of mine. When it comes to prepping for back to school, each summer I am at home reading new professional books for all the great new strategies and approaches I want to bring to my classroom and my teaching. This summer has been no exception. I started out with a very ambitious reading list, and while I haven't tackled the entire list, I have knocked a few books off of my to-read list. I read Notebook Connections, and Notebook Know-How both by Aimee Buckner. I absolutely loved them both. I found them so practical, and so easy to bring right back to my classroom to enhance my teaching. I am really looking forward to using so many of Aimee's strategies with my class. I also read Guided Math. I have to say I definitely thought the book was going to be different. I think I was expecting a lot more in there to take right back to the classroom, and I found the book to be a lot of rationale and research behind teaching math through the small guided group work approach. I am pretty sure I was only disappointed because I had done a lot of research on this approach on my own towards the end of the school year before this summer, and had already wrapped my head around many of the ideas presented in the book. All that said, I did get some great ideas from reading it, so I was glad that I had it ion my list. I'm looking forward to incorporating this approach to teaching with my math curriculum.
Along with my procrastination, I also tend to get overly ambitious with what I put on my to-do list over the summer. After school got out I needed to purchase a new rug for my classroom as ours was