Friday, June 14, 2013

Fun Friday & Weekly Recap

I stumbled across this fun data table through my Zite feed the other day:
(You can read the original article here)

How Common Is Your Birthday?

This could be a really cool graphic to post in the classroom.  I find it interesting that around major holidays (July 4th, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc..) the birthdays are far less common. I wonder if this is due to scheduling Cesarian sections?  My birthday (November 16th) seems to be right in the middle. 
And now a quick recap of the week.

On Monday...
I celebrated my 13th Anniversary with my husband, Paul! I am so very lucky to have him - he's an amazing father and a great friend. I love how we can still make each other laugh every day!
On Tuesday...
Our old washing machine broke down, and we had to buy a new one. I was determined to avoid those new top-load washers that just "spit" at your clothes instead of soak them, so I bought a front-loader LG.  Happy so far! (Although the slightly creepy chiming has me calling it "Hal".)
On Wednesday...
I finished an incredible audio book -  Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys. I drove around my neighborhood for about 15 minutes just to savor the end.  I'm still in awe of the narrator's skill with handling such diverse characters with complicated accents. Puts my paltry read-alouds to shame!


On Thursday...
I booked our tickets to St. Paul for this September-hooray! My cousin is getting married and my daughters are both flowers girls. It will be their first plane ride.  :-)

On Friday...
All the 5th grade teachers across our district met to learn about our new Lucy Calkins writing program for next year and receive our kits. On the one hand, I'm really excited by what I saw. On the other hand, I dread retooling everything I've invested in so far and I'm concerned about where to find the necessary one hour. Summer reading!
I am very interested to hear from other teachers who are using this program. What do you think?
Swing by Doodle Bugs to link up and share your week!

11 comments:

  1. So happy you stopped by my blog and it's great to see a fellow New Yorker!!! My husband's name is Paul too and we will be married 12 years this July! Your trip to St. Paul sounds like a blast and it will be priceless to see both of your girls as flower girls:)
    I have heard of the Lucy Calkin's program but don't have any experience with it. Is your school asking you devote an extra hour to writing that wasn't in your day before? That would be a steep challenge!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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    1. Hi Holly! We do have quite a bit in common! Where in New York are you? I am not sure how our principal plans to fit in this hour - right now we have about 2 hours to fit in reading and writing, so it might work. Although for an hour of that time I have various kids pulled out. Scheduling meeting is on Monday, so I'm crossing my fingers for some uninterrupted time.

      Corrina
      From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  2. That birthday chart is very cool! Love it! I am reading the Lucy Caulkins books this summer too. We use it as a resource, not as curriculum, so I'm curious to see what it is all about. Glad to be your newest follower!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I'd be interested to know your take on Calkins. A google search has revealed some mixed feelings out there for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

      Corrina
      From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  3. I found that chart to be very interesting. Especially since my birthday is July 3rd and my boyfriend's is July 5th. I think it is interesting data. I am also reading Lucy Caulkins. We have already started a PLC earlier in the year on the books. I am excited to get started.


    Krystyn
    Ms Richards's Musings

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    1. Hi Krystyn! Yes - that chart was really fascinating the more I looked at it. I'm excited to start the Calkins book too - just have to get through my "Word Nerds" book study first!

      Corrina
      From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  4. Happy Anniversary! :) I've been reading a bit about Lucy Calkin. What do you think of her new program?
    ~Brandee
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. Hi Brandee! Thanks. :-) I haven't started it yet but generally hear good things. I might like to start a book study since a lot of teachers seem to be reading it this summer and it would be good to share ideas.

      Corrina
      From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  5. Hi Corrina! It sounds like you have had a busy week. I find the birthday poster fascinating. Cool idea! Thanks for posting. I am so interested to read Anansi Boys now. I have been a big Neil Gaiman fan for awhile, but haven't picked that one up. Did you ever read The Graveyard Book?! Amazing!! I know you will enjoy the Lucy Calkins resources. I love her philosophy. I will admit I had a hard time keeping up with the reading because each lesson is really scripted and a bit too "touchy feely" for me. I'm more direct. Ralph Fletcher is often more my speed. Good luck! I can't wait to here about everything you learn.

    Amanda
    The Teaching Thief

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    1. HI Amanda! YES - I LOVED The Graveyard Book. I hear it's also good on audio. Anansi Boys was the sequel to American Gods, which was also fantastic. But...you don't have to read that one first to understand anything - it stands on its own. Coraline is also one of my favorites. I have some trouble with scripted programs. It's nice to have the ideas but I think we should have professional freedom to do what we think its best.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Corrina
      From Mrs. Allen's Teaching Files

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  6. Love the birthday chart! Did you notice that September seems to be the 'darkest' (most common) birth month! That's a lot of New Years celebrating going on!! :)

    ✿Lynn
    Inside this Book

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