Thursday, April 2, 2015

Currently April

It's that time of the month, and I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her April Currently. I love this time of month so that I connect with others to see what they are up to.

Listening to: HGTV Renovations. Maybe it's because I am a new grad, but I am laughing at these people in distress that they can't afford the $1.5 million house, only the $1.3 million one. It also makes me wish that I had money to do some redecorating over spring break. 

Loving: the nice weather in WI for spring break. Yesterday it hit 70 degrees. I am still in shock. Safe to say, I spent most of the day outside playing with my adorable nephew. 

Thinking: about my long to-do list before 4th quarter starts next week. YIKES! I cannot believe that 4th quarter starts after break. That means I only have a little time left with these fabulousos, and then I have to start all over. Even though they sometimes make me question my sanity, I love this group of students! 

Wanting: ideas for my new current events unit to magically pop into my head. I have some ideas from Pinterest, including Fantasy Geopolitics - a twist on Fantasy Football that my kiddos will love. Does anyone else have things that work in there classroom? I designed this time in my curriculum to go over literacy strategies and really help my students look at the outside world for FUN and a critical perspective.

Needing: Coffee... go figure. I also have to grade a billion projects (okay, maybe not a billion, but it feels close) because final grades for 3rd quarter are due next Wednesday. My students worked so hard on their projects, and I am so excited to see how they turned out. My students are also excited because 5 new pieces of work will get chosen to get put on our "School Best" bulletin board in my classroom. I look for different things for the board - effort, artistic ability, comprehension, team work, etc. When I put work on the board, they get a star stapled next to it stating the student's name and why they got put on the board. Students love seeing who's got put up there and trying their best to get put up next time - even in HS!

Eggs-plain your name: Social Studies and Starbucks ... Well I teach social studies to MS and HS fabulousos so that is very easy. I also LOVE and LIVE ON coffee, hence the Starbucks part. I am not particularly picky about the brand of coffee, but something about Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the fall and Peppermint Mochas in the winter make me crave coffee even more. 

Also, in honor of the Final Four this weekend - GO BADGERS!

And to leave you with, this funny from one of my students. She is VERY intelligent so I am assuming (and hoping) she meant "sign" not "sing," but nonetheless, I laughed for a good five minutes about this. Reason #235523 why I don't want this school year to end - these kids entertain me whether they mean to or not.

So go on over to Farley's page, Oh Boy 4th Grade, to link up with her for this amazing linky party. I can't wait to read what everyone else has been up to.

Much love, Kendra


  1. I live on coffee as well. I just need my caffeine especially in the mornings. My own kiddos know to let mom have her coffee before anything else in the mornings. Lol! We love HGTV at our house. If the TV is on it is usually on that or DIY network. My hubby loves to do a good DIY project {as do I}. Enjoy the rest of your spring break. Yeah for good weather!
    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  2. Hi there:) I found your blog through Farley's linky:) I love that you teach social studies! It is hard to find blogs about social studies! I also love how you incorporate current events into your teaching. Our middle school social studies teacher has started doing that this year and I think it has made a world of difference! I know earlier this year she focused on all of the Ebola outbreaks and linked it back in history to when vaccinations were first created and how much they helped. She also studied immigration and the new immigration laws and linked it back to when people were first immigrating into the United States.
    Enjoy your Spring Break:) And I'm sorry, I have to say - Go UK! ;-)
    Technology Timeout

  3. Found your blog on Farley's link up :) LOVE the name of your blog, mostly because I love Starbucks too ;) Love that girl's answer...maybe they sang it! ;) Have a great week!
    Tales of Teaching in Heels

  4. Glad you are having nice weather for your Spring Break. I just started my break this week and have had perfect weather. Already put the kayak in the water twice this week and plan to take it out again tomorrow.

    I love watching DIY shows too. The only downfall is when we do our own project and it takes longer than a half hour, I always feel cheated that it's not done fast enough! Ha Ha. The magic of TV.


  5. I'm trying to write a U.S. History unit right now. I also wish ideas would pop into my head.
    Happy April!
    Artistry of Education

  6. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, Kendra (That was so sweet!) I think we might be long-lost-cousins! I am watching HGTV with a Starbucks in hand! (Makes typing kind of hard... :) heeheehee)
    Happy Spring... I hope your warm weather continues!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  7. Another Wisconsinite! Yay! Go Badgers! I went to UW Madison (a long time ago) and am forever a Badgers fan. Can't wait to watch the game! I am also a huge Starbucks fan. There is only one here on this island I'm on. Luckily I have a small espresso machine for when I just can't get there. Would you believe they don't have the peppermint mocha here in the Bahamas? I mean, a tragedy, right? Luckily we are headed home in November so I'll be back in plenty of time this year. :) Glad to find you!
    Joya :)

  8. Hey Kendra, I found you on Kim's blog over at Joy In Sixth and I'm always SUPER happy {and slightly homesick} to see a Bucky fan. I graduated from there in 1984 and will forever be a Badger. My family still lives in WI and my brothers went to the AZ game in LA! Can't wait for the big game Saturday. On Wisconsin!

    I'm a huge Starbucks fan ... BEST gift you can give me is a SB card ... I might even be slightly addicted. We're also huge fans of the demo/reno shows and House Hunters. How do those newlyweds get those quarter of a million dollar budgets anyhow?

    Happy Easter!

    The Corner On Character

  9. Hi Kendra! I found you on Farley's link up. Happy to find another social studies blogger! I teach 10th & 11th grade APUSH and Global. Looking forward to reading more from you!


  10. Hey Kendra,
    I liked your about me image... I love your manicure in it! Those 8th and 9th graders have one cool teacher! My eldest daughter is in 8th and I am sure if you taught her social studies she would always come home talking about you!