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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Currently October, yay!

It's time for the October currently already.  If you wish to join the fun go to:

Well, I am ready for the weekend people!  How about you?  Here in the land of enchantment, aka New Mexico, we have International Balloon Fiesta starting this weekend.  It's a major deal here.  People come from around the world to see hundreds of balloons lift off during mass ascensions or enjoy the warmth and soft glow of the evening balloon glowdeo.  I LOVE it.  It's one of my favorite things about this state.
Anyway, we are working on balloon joy right now in class and I will post the fun next week (hopefully) when we get it all wrapped up.

One trick I use in the classroom is taking something that makes them crazy and using it to make the kiddos work harder.  They will be excited about Halloween for the next 30 days- just know it and deal.  Go with it, don't fight's futile!  I get items that would normally ramp them up, pumpkin stuffed toys, bats, spiders, etc and I sit the items on the desk of the quietest/hardest working kiddos to have for a chunk of time.  This works really well for hats but stuffed toys work great too.

Happy October!


  1. I love your trick idea! I will have to remember it!

    Learning to be awesome

  2. I agree... time IS flying. I can't believe it's already October. I can't believe we're already 2 weeks out from ending our quarter! Oy!

    What a great behavior management tip for October... you're right, it's only going to get crazier as we approach the end of 2014.

    Sarah from Mrs. Jones Teaches :o)

    1. Thanks.
      Yes, we already sent home progress reports...phew, super fast year so far!

  3. LOOOOOOOVE your trick.....TOTALLY going to use that! We have such similar posts! I, too, am exhausted, cannot wrangle the passing of time so quickly, LOVE all things fall and pumpkin, and am looking forward to time with my family this weekend. Enjoy the days off! If you pop over to my post ( you'll see how to get a fab FREE Halloween notecard printable. Yippee!

    Thanks for sharing,
    It's Elementary, My Dear!

    1. Thanks. Sleep- so hard to come by. :)