Monday, October 23, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 43

The Good:
I finished up my official half-marathon plan last Sunday with a run for donuts (#tsbrunsforcarbs). Kane's gluten-free October flavor is pumpkin spice and it was the sweetest way to end my 2017 training cycle!

The Random:
Sometimes, I go to work on Sunday to get ahead or caught up on planning and prep. I love the building being quiet, no line for the copier, and the super large screen for netflix viewing whilst I put papers in to their reading folders.

The Fun:
No secret this fall has been mild (not happy here, I like my cold weather). But I was so happy to finally break out the puffy vest! Just fun to finally be able to put some of my summery clothes away...


   

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Scav Hunt Sunday: Wall and Wharf

Desert:
Tried this amazing vegan Applesauce Cake by Chef Chloe. Perfect for my dairy and egg allergy and easy to add gf flour - so delicous as a desert over the fall Jewish holidays.

Motion:
Love the motion you feel in this Chihuly piece that was at the Botanical Gardens.

View:
 The views around Boston never get old. One of my favorite parts of the Seaport District.

Work:
These girls love to work up on the landing of the stairway.

Read:
Read the writing on the wall.


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pill Boxes in the Classroom

Part of the fun of teaching using math centers is coming up with the centers themselves. 

Our first unit has been place value and number sense. I needed a fun center to allow students to generate a four digit number and then determine the value of a certain digit. Part of reinforcing that in the number: 4,501 the 5 isn't just 5 but 500. 

I had the aha moment a few years ago to use pill boxes as a means to hold dice. It has been a HIT each year!
This is what students would find at the center. A 7 day a week pill box. I put 4 10-sided dice into four of the days. The students simply shook the box gently to "roll" their number.
They then wrote the number down on their recording sheet.
For each number they rolled, one digit was boxed. They had to determine the value of the boxed digit.
Most kiddos caught on super quick. Others needed a tiny bit of help and off they went. 
This center was such a hit and is totally adaptable. You can make up to a 7 digit number, or smaller. The kids loved being able to shake up the box and were chomping at the bit to get to this center in the rotation. Plus, the came away solid in the skill. Win, win! 
   
   
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Apple Picking

But I am so enthralled...
O New England...
La da dum da...

  
O New England...
La da dum dum...

{The Decembrists - O New England}

It's not autumn in New England until you've gone apple picking...so welcome fall!

I drove out to Honey Pot Hill, my favorite orchard, and was amazed at how full the trees were with apples. 

The weather was perfect: a crisp fall day. I wandered the rows of trees looking for the perfect apples. 

I came away with a bushel of Macintosh, Cortland, Macoun, and Empire apples. Plus some Bosc pears for good measure. 

There is really nothing better than a fresh apple, especially one you've picked yourself. Now I can enjoy the big batch of apple sauce and juicy apples as the fall weather really kicks into gear!


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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 42

The Good:
Race photos are in! Love seeing myself running and that smile at the end! The running shot is from around mile 9.5 - looking good!

The Random:
Had a good chuckle over this while apple picking the other day!

The Fun:
We started our geography unit! The kids are loving the activities and learning so far and it's fun for me to be teaching one of my favorite units.





 
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scav Hunt Sunday: Pinecone and Purple

Crunch:
 The crunch of leaves and pinecones is now filling the air!

Skyline:
 Makes my heart skip a beat every time.

Orange:
Orange mums are my favorite!

Vibrant:
I love how vibrant the hydrangeas get as fall begins!

Trip:
A trip to my neighborhood movie theater to see "Battle of the Sexes" - loved it!


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Friday, October 13, 2017

October Randoms v. 1

 sunrise watching...shabbat shalom...tranquil water
white pumpkins...spitting turtle...moose crossing
blue hour...new toms...yellow glass
 reading friends...etrog season...mini pumpkins
full moon...goose berries...boston skyline
chasing unicorns...flat tamar...race ready
half finisher...new medal...latest bling
tomato grid...minimal bowl...pine cone
vibrant hydrangea...canoodling carrots...apple picking


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

52 Frames. Year 2. Part 6.

Still just loving this community and how it's pushed my photography!

Week 36: Unexplored
Week 37: Choose A Color
Week 38: Water
**chosen for 52 picks**
Week 39: Abstract
**chosen for 52 Picks**
Week 40: Blue Hour
Week 41: Food Photography


   

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