Saturday, October 13, 2012

Elections and Generalizations

I need help!!! I am teaching generalizations to my sixth graders and they are not getting it. Of course, I don't feel very confident in this topic and our textbooks gives a pitiful example. Yes, one example. Does anyone else have any ideas?

This year I am so excited to be teaching SOCIAL STUDIES!! My favorite subject! I am about to take a break from our current topic of study....Ellis Island....to teach about the election. Do you know of a great website for anything election related? Send me any ideas you may have. Thanks bunches!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Destin Days

I am currently sitting at the beautiful, sugar white sandy beaches of Destin, FL on my last night of vacation. We only got to spend four days and three nights here and it seems it flew by. As I sat here reflecting on my short vacation, I also started thinking about my summer vacation from school and got a bit depressed. I had big plans for this summer....lose weight, write amazing lesson plans for the entire year, post lots of wonderful creations on Teachers Pay Teachers, create those wonderful lessons to post on TPT, and this list does not even mention all the projects around my house I wanted to do. Sigh! However, I got to thinking, I have accomplished a lot during this short summer. Mostly spend time with my wonderful family! Yes, most of that time has been working but still, I'm with my family. I hope you all had a wonderful vacation and are getting rested up for a new school year! Love to the bloggy world from the Emerald Coast of Destin, FL.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Independence Day (Late)!!

Well, this summer has been super busy! My husband and I bought a small business (seamless gutters, awnings, vinyl sidings, metal roofing) back at the beginning of spring and my summer has been spent working! (Yuck!) Also, I have too much school work. After this term though, I will only have one class left....SWEET!! My daughter is getting married October 6th so we have been quite busy planning her wedding as well. Hopefully, if I can get my dishes cleaned up from our Fourth of July celebration, I am going to sink a float in the pool for awhile!

Now, on to the Fourth of July topic. I have a grandfather that fought in WWII so Independence Day is rather special to me. I try to reflect on the men and women that have given their time in service over the years! However, I also try to think about the families that are doing without a loved one so that we can sit here and blog. Independence means more than freedom to me. It also means that freedom came with some sacrifice too. We celebrate Independence Day with our two daughters, other family members (our parents) and some friends grilling, swimming and making homemade ice cream. YUMMY! So, here's my questions to you:
1. Do you have a family member that gives/gave their time to the military?
2. What does Independence mean to you?
3. How do you celebrate Independence Day?

Post the answers on your blog. Make a link back to my blog. Then find 3 other bloggers to ask these questions!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Pink Bat

The Pink Bat

I had to watch this video clip for a homework assignment in my IL 652 Organizational Leadership course. I thought the video was so good I had to share it here. It is only about six minutes long and quite interesting! I often cannot see the solution for only looking at the problem. Watch this and think about how many unseen solutions or unrecognized opportunities you have overlooked! The Pink Bat is going to help me when we start back to school.

http://youtu.be/OTiZqtCqe6k

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Internship is Killing Me!

Now that summer has rolled around, it's time to relax! Right? WRONG! I am currently earning my Ed. S. in Instructional Leadership and have been assigned 150 hours of internship. Every morning of my summer break, I have been getting up at the same time I would normally. Plus, I am moving classrooms and have all of that work to do. However, on the bright side, I have enjoyed the work I am doing, I just LOVE sleeping in and swimming.

On a different note, my oldest daughter is getting married in October so we are planning a rustic wedding. If you have any ideas, PLEASE send them my way. Especially if it's going to save me some money! I hope to get some things uploaded on here, especially my school work pics. My kids done some really cute things this year and I still haven't gotten them posted on here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!
Yes, I know it's late but, I am having some internet problems. (Gotta love technology!) However, I wanted to give a shout out to all the men and women who have served or are currently serving to protect our country. There are many mililtary men in my family that have stood on the front lines. I am not that brave. I am thankful for those that are much more brave than me! As soon as I get my internet but up and working I will get back to my bloggy self! Until then, Happy Summer!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Well, ladies and gentleman....this concludes the 2011-12 school year!
                                           The End.

(Yes, I do hear the clapping in the background and all the hoots and hollers....LOL).

Enchanted Tales of Elementary School

Thank you for stopping by! I welcome and appreciate all comments and advice you leave for me! Love, Diane Franks