Friday, January 31, 2014

Saturday Sprinkles: I Left My Heart In…State Report Art

Is anyone else suffering from end of the month exhaustion?  January is the month that goes on FOOOOOREEEEVEEEERR!  My goodness!  Friday's paycheck could not come soon enough!  I am such a broke joke.  The good news is we all survived and it is time to kick back Saturday style and enjoy some yummy classroom sprinkles.  What was going on in your classroom this week?  Feel free to Link Up anytime!  The Link Up information is at the end of the blog post.    

I will kick off State Reports next week with my 5th graders!  To tap into the student's prior knowledge and to start the State Study, I created an art project, which turned out fantastic!  First, I played Tony Bennett's I Left My Heart In San Francisco.  We discussed how cities and states become special and memorable.  Students chose four states (some students wanted to pick countries that had meaning to them instead) that had special meaning for them or their family.   

When deciding on the four states, students turned to their family for ideas.   A student shared a story about a favorite jacket.  She wore the jacket until it was torn and worn out. She learned that it was sewn by her grandmother.  She chose the state where her grandmother lived and where she visited when she was much younger.  The state took on special meaning because of the beloved jacket that was lovingly sewn by her grandmother.  

All of the work was completed in class, which gave me an opportunity to guide students to do their very best work, such as…… use a ruler to ensure straight lines when writing on unlined paper, checking for spelling errors before tracing in black Sharpie, clearly indicate the importance of the state to one's family.  In many cases, the students experienced a number of do-overs before the project was ready for all the world to see (posted on the window for others to enjoy).

When they worked collaboratively to check one another's work, students learned about each other and about the states.  Often students used an atlas or maps to accurately represent the information.  I learned a wealth of information about my students.  Some had never traveled out of California.  We spread the work over a week.  It is a great project that can be taken out at any time.  The enthusiasm and engagement never waned.  Magical.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Saturday Sprinkles: American Revolution Claymation

Happy Saturday Sprinkles Day!  Do you have any classroom sprinkles to share?  Please link up below!  Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the weekly Healthy Happy Teacher post!

No school on Monday and a field trip Wednesday made the week fly by in a blur.  The hi-light of the week had to be our field trip to the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco.  The logistics of six parent chaperones driving students over an hour to San Francisco makes me briefly question going on the trip.  Now add to that a parent driver canceling the night before, one canceling the morning of the field trip, an accident in Marin and you have yourself one frazzled teacher.   Once we arrived at the Creativity Museum (an hour and a half late), I remembered how fantastic this field trip is for the kids and I let out a relieved sigh.

Two weeks before the field trip, we launched in to the American Revolution.  Students were split in seven groups and each group researched one of the following topics: the French and Indian War, Battle of Bunker Hill, Paul Revere, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Battle of Yorktown, and the Winter at Vally Forge.  Groups created a storyboard depicting their historical person or event.  Class time was spent reviewing historical facts for accuracy, creating clay characters, illustrating a backdrop, and prepping for movie-making. On field trip day, the storyboard came to life in an animated claymation movie.

The Children's Creativity Museum has camera equipment for each group and software to do stop-motion animation.  Check out the videos below and see our creations!  (Sorry, the movies are quick and probably confusing.)  On Friday we had a popcorn party and movie showing!  Students explained the symbolism behind each blob and clay figure.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Student Goal Setting the Gold Standard- Affirmations the Silver Lining

Each day a teacher carefully decides the key topics to be addressed that day.  When a teacher decides to have students set goals; the strategy pays big dividends.  Robert Marzano in his book, Classroom Instruction that Works, provides ten research-based teaching strategies which are key to student academic success.  One of the ten strategies is goal setting.  

Student goal setting is a critical skill to ensure a student’s life success, both personal and academic.  The skill of goal setting requires self assessment, which does not come naturally for students. Most importantly students are taught to value their own perceptions of how they learn and are guided to trust themselves and their experiences.  Students begin to take responsibility for the choices they make in order to take control of their destiny.  The student is no longer in a “teacher dominated” classroom.  Rather, the student is empowered.  


How does a teacher embolden the student to set doable, realistic, make-a-difference goals?  The teacher models goal setting using the think aloud strategy. The students listen to the teacher’s thought processes while he/she sets a goal.  Initially the student is encouraged to set goals in an area of strength.  For instance if the student is stronger in math than language arts, then encourage the student to start by setting math goals.  The student might set a goal to study for math tests, explain math concepts to their table group, and maybe to consistently participate in the math lesson.  Once the goals are created, a system to keep the goals alive is the next important step.  A 3x5 index card is where the student writes the goals, and the index card is attached to the top of the desk.  Students often reflect on their effort to meet the goal and put a check next to the goal to celebrate that on that day they met the goal. When students have not met their goal, the teacher reinforces their commitment by encouraging them to try again. A lapse in effort is not a failure, but rather a chance to do it better next time.  Confidence grows with each check next to the goal.  Students also reflect on goals by talking about the goals with their table group.  Students then are accountable to one another.  Students may track their progress by graphing test scores. Students may set a goal about what they want to learn when studying about the human body, such as “I want to know more about the kidneys and how they work. My grandpa is having a kidney replaced soon.”  Checking in with the student once a week on their progress is a way to connect the dots for the student; a student understands that goals are connected to better grades.  The teaching magic is passing the power baton to the student. 

What inspires a student to step out of their comfort zone and reach new heights when learning is rigorous and struggle is necessary?  What gives the student with low self-esteem the drive to try again after a set back? The answer is practicing affirmations.   Affirmations increase student resiliency and is a key piece of the goal setting process.  Affirmations provide the mental parachute when the student is free falling.  There are web sites that provide affirmations for students.  Choosing affirmations that meet the needs of your students is important.  Some powerful affirmations that have worked for my students are: I contribute to the learning environment in every way that I can. My life is what I make of it and today I make it a great place to learn!  I hear and I know. I see and I can. I DO and I achieve.     


Setting goals and fulfilling the goals gives students needed stability in their life.  Students are mindful of the importance of buying into the learning process, rather than being a complacent bystander.  When students have a plan, the anxiety of a new experience lessons.  Life becomes less about competition and more about self improvement.  Parents also become partners in the process. Explaining the importance of goal setting and affirmations at Back to School will bring them on board.  Also, set classroom goals. When students are on recess the class behavior goal could mean a visit from the playground supervisor extolling your class on just how amazing your class behaves.  And yes, the teacher’s life becomes a little easier when the entire team, parents and students, are tracking and achieving worthy goals. 


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy Healthy Teacher: Sunday Meal Prep and Banana Cookies

This weekend I was productivity central.   Getting out in the sunshine, making time for exercise, and meal prep for the week were top priorities.  Mr. Winemaker and I hiked a new trail that had me huffing and puffing.  A steep incline with gravel made had me almost turning around and call it a day.  Mr. Winemaker is very supportive and encouraged me to keep my eyes on the top-of-the-hill prize.  I am so glad I stuck it out!  When we reached the top a bench awaited us overlooking the entire valley.  We sat in silence and soaked in the sun and quiet.   The trek down was quite treacherous.  Mr. Winemaker held my hand as I cautiously took shuffle steps the long haul down.  Just call me slow-moving Safety Sally.  

My goal for Sunday was to set aside time for meal prep.  I had no idea my grand visions of prepared meals would turn into a 4-hour production.  I went in to cooking beast-mode.  Vegetable lasagna was first up.

As I became more and more tasmanian devil-like with pots and pans and mess piling up, my dear cat Ada slept her day away.  She is the cutest companion and loves her window box.  

Below are two of my current healthy snack cravings.  

After the vegetable lasagna I made Gallo Pinto.  I became hooked on Gallo Pinto while in Costa Rica.  In the mornings before school I constantly run out of time for breakfast.  Gallo Pinto was the perfect solution to early-morning frenzy.  I made up a huge batch and will reheat small portions in the morning.  Delicious and easy as can be.  The protein from the beans will keep my energy level high at school and the brown rice is a healthy rice-alternative.  

My last cooking extravaganza was no-fuss banana cookies.  4 mashed up bananas, 4 cups oats, dark chocolate chips, chopped up walnuts and viola!  Stick them in the oven at 350F for 12 minutes.  My craving for Oreos is at an all-time high.  I am hoping these healthy cookies take my mind off the evil alternative.  

 Meal prep on Sunday was a huge success.  The dishes stacked in the sink is quite overwhelming but I am grateful Mr. Winemaker is such a big help.  I am starting to realize that half the journey to a healthy life is preparation.   I am looking forward to next Sunday and my healthy culinary adventures.  Stay tuned next week for another installment of Happy Healthy Teacher!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday Sprinkles: Pop-Up Creative Writing and 2014 Teaching Goals

Heidy-ho, friends!  Funny, I never say heidy-ho in real life but on this lovely Saturday I am feeling a bit feisty on the blog.  How are you?  How was your week?    Welcome to another installment of Saturday Sprinkles!  Feel free to link up today or anytime this week with your classroom sprinkles.  Sprinkles can be any events that happened in your classroom. Snap a picture with your phone and leave a little blurb.  The link-up is below.  

Two weeks ago, when my students returned from winter break, I wanted them to write a personal narrative about a special moment from their vacation.  The traditional, "Write about your break" prompt bores everyone to tears so I decided to spice up the writing assignment.   My 5th graders use the following words: go, got, went, saw, it, fun, said, and awesome constantly in their writing.  I could list more but these are the worst offenders.  If I have to read one more paper (I say as I shake my fist in the air) with tired words throughout I may just loose my _____________.  

A series of Writer's Workshop mini-lessons, our handy Writer's Workshop folder with word ideas, and a packet I created filled with tired word alternatives helped lay the foundation.  Students were required to brainstorm 10 "pop-up" words relating to their vacation memory.  Their pop-up words needed to include adjectives, verbs, and a few specific nouns, and engage the readers senses and emotions.  Students chose words carefully to paint a picture with words.  Then, each student was given a large piece of construction paper to depict their winter break memory.  Their chosen pop-up words were placed throughout the picture.  The final step was to write a paragraph with the words.  All pop-up words were hi-lighted.  The emphasis on vivid words jumped right off the page!

The pop-up word element hooked my students.  All of a sudden writing came to life in a new and exciting way.  Writer's Workshop time was focused and quiet.  Students were interested in pulling out thesauri and sharing their creative pop-up assembly ideas.  

The day the pop-up writing assignment was due, we had more fun exploring our writing.  First of all, let me emphasize how much my students beg to write on their desks with dry-erase pens.  I started using this technique during picture walks and based on the overwhelming enthusiasm from my students, I bring dry-erase markers out all the time.  Students split desks in to three categories.  The 'C' stands for comments, the 'heart' stands for favorite vivid words, and the '*' stands for word ideas.  Each desk had a pop-up.  Students rotated around the room looking at each pop-up.  Their mission was to leave a positive comment 'C', share their favorite word the classmate incorporated in their writing 'heart', and then see if they could spot another word that could be taken up a notch '*'.  

Students were eager to look at peers pop-ups and share compliments!  Students couldn't wait to go back to their desk and read all the juicy notes left by peers.  Any teacher can sit and grade papers with comments but NOTHING compares to peer feedback. 


When our rotation was complete students headed back to their own pop-up-writing.  They had time to soak in all the positive feedback written on their desks.  Students shared with the class their favorite comments left by peers.  They were beaming! I gave students the option of using the '*' section to improve their writing further.  Most students wrote in pencil and if they wanted could erase a tired word in their writing and exchange it for a word left by a peer.   This was a huge hit! 

When the activity was finished, the baby wipes came out and desks went back to normal.  Students proudly turned in their pop-up and I was amazed at the quality of writing.  I highly recommend trying this assignment!

My last sprinkle from this past week has to be my 2014 teaching goals.  I enjoyed giving time to my goals.  I believe in the power of manifestation--the idea that with enough focus and time, dreams will materialize themselves into situational betterment--and hope by identifying areas of growth/goals I can help manifest many successes in 2014 and beyond!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Q & A The Sprinkle Teaching Magic Way: Are Students Getting Worse?

As an educator I often get asked whether the students of today are different from students of the past.  Are students getting worse from year to year?  Is this incoming generation a mess?  My non-educator friends, people I encounter in the community, and even my students’ parents look at me like I know the real dirt.  They look to me as the teacher on the front lines of what they consider a battlefield.  All of the wrongs of society are traced back to the classroom, the student, and the educational system.   I understand.  Social media paints a very gruesome picture.  The horror stories of cyber bullies, violent video games, and low test scores would have anyone pointing fingers at what’s wrong with children today.   We feel safer when we have an explanation right?  When we can point the blame on someone or something.  Our society is addicted to complaining about what is going wrong.  In actuality children have been blamed for years. In the 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie a popular song ‘Kids’ had lyrics that resonated with frustrated parents, “Kids!  I don’t know what is wrong with these kids today.”  I guess kids back then were doing it wrong and nothing has changed much today.  The props have changed.  Cue the Miley Cyrus song, put a cell phone in a students hand and MindCraft on their computer screen.  I assure you that if given a chance this generation may just restore your faith in humanity.  Below I will list my observations in the classroom.  I will also sprinkle teaching magic tips.  How can we as a society empower this generation to embrace their unique talents?  

Students Today:

Have a strong emotional IQ. They have compassion and empathy for the world.  They understand the need to protect animals on the extinct list.  They want to be part of the answer to global warming.  Their perspective of the world is much broader than any other generation of students. 
The teaching magic: Students are passionate about reading, debating and writing about ‘save the world’ topics.

Have a strong competitive spirit.  Students know that getting attention and recognition is a strong incentive to be the best and to ensure happiness. They see how their parents have had to work harder in the last several years during the weak economy, so they follow their parents lead to be ambitious, hard workers.

The teaching magic:  Students embrace the rigor of the Common Core standards.  To be challenged to think critically, engages them. 

Have the ability to multi-task. Technology has increased a student’s ability to multi-task.  They approach technology with confidence, patience, and enthusiasm.
The teaching magic: Use technology to engage students to learn deeper and connect globally.

Crave boundaries.  Today’s parents are often over whelmed and over wrought because of the high stress, high paced life.  Parenting may not provide the conversations, example, and inspiration to develop the values and resiliency that a student needs.

The teaching magic: Students look to the teacher to provide a safe environment, consistent routines, open communication, understanding, trust.  They honor and respect this adult educator in their life.  They want to please.

Are hyper-vigilant about food and health.  Why this obsession?  Students experience a myriad of TV drug commercials and the ever present trend to eat healthy adds to the health food priority.  Where is the anti-bacterial soap? a mantra of this generation.  

The teaching magic: Students are highly motivated to learn science especially GROSS science.

Have lackluster confidence.  Students struggle with even the smallest failure .  Because they lack the confidence, the ugly bully character trait may surface. 

The teaching magic: We must reverse the stigma associated with mental health.  We must divert funds and provide schools with counselors.  Mental Health needs to be a priority.  Students feel confident when they are given boundaries, rules, encouragement and a forum to share their journey.

Have busy schedules.  They are on a treadmill of events and checking off the many programed activities, soccer, dance, piano, etc. 

The teaching magic: The teacher includes an element of choice in assignments.  The student who is overly programmed is now feeling some power over their life and has buy in.  

Students today have amazing potential.  The points hi-lighted above merely skim the surface.  Instead of comparing this generation to the past and questioning if each year  students are getting worse, let’s pause.  Students will always be influenced by music, technology, “bad” parenting, the economy, and media.  Students will also be influenced by good.  The time we waste questioning and complaining about the system could be time spent taking action.  Pay attention. The interests students have, that we so question, actually serve as the biggest window into their worlds.  I look at it as the more I understand how they tick and the obstacles they face, then the more I can empower them and give them positions of leadership and responsibility.  A shout-out to all the hard working teachers!  Every day teachers meet the changing needs of students.  Students are not getting worse and the battlefields are not in classrooms.  The battlefields are found on TV, in movies, on computers and phones, and SnapChat. Let me ask you a question.  Are you willing to throw your support behind this generation?    They’re right on our heels.  If we remain open and unwavering in our support for these students, they just may hold the answers we seek.  

Are your ready for the future?

I am.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Happy Healthy Teacher Linky: Smoothies, Quick Lunch Idea, Walking

Hi, teacher friends! Feel free to link up your healthy successes each week and let's encourage each other.  Just snap quick pictures on your phone of any weekly health successes.  

I am all about the smoothie!  My typical craving after dinner is ice cream.  My small daily goal is to switch out ice cream for a healthier alternative.  A cool and creamy blended drink satisfies the naughty ice cream-craving indulgence.  My Vitamex blender was such a great purchase.  What a beast of a blender!  My go-to smoothie ingredients include kale, spinach, almond milk, bananas, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, and frozen raspberries.  Each time I vary these ingredients.  I make enough smoothie for myself and Mr. Winemaker.  I enjoy sipping my smoothie from a straw.  Smoothies are a great way to get fruit in my system.  I find incorporating vegetables in my diet way easier than fruit.  Go figure!  

A goal this week was to set aside time on the weekend to prep weekly lunches.  I kick myself as I rush out the door each week that I have nothing healthy to grab for lunch.  There is a delicious Asian restaurant close to work and my 'no lunch fall-back' is takeout.  Not only is this expensive but a restaurant lunch has added salt and bigger portions than a lunch from home.  Today I threw together an orzo salad quickly.  My local supermarket sells ground turkey in a variety of flavor combinations.  I picked out the Mediterranean variety.  I cooked the turkey, orzo, and toasted pine nuts up and chopped up some tomatoes.  I kept the dressing simple and squeezed in lemon, a dash of garlic salt, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.  YUMMY! 

I found some colorful microwave-safe Tupperware at Safeway.  Mr. Winemaker and I will have lunch to get us through for Monday and Tuesday.  Score!  Each week I hope to add in new easy recipes.  No more takeout lunch for me.  Actually this linky is all about reality and balance.  Let me rephrase my previous statement.  I will cut WAAAAYYY back on my takeout lunches and see if there are positive benefits to my waist line.  

I find squeezing in exercise challenging.  This weekend Mr. Winemaker and I got our exercise and grocery shopping in all at once.  Two days in a row we walked to the grocery store and carried our groceries back.  I enjoyed our chats.  I sweated a tiny bit.  I enjoyed getting out and breathing in fresh air.  Plus, carrying heavy groceries back is no easy feat.  I am hoping Mr. Winemaker and I walk more often!  

Please link up anytime this week.  Even just one picture with a quick caption helps us support each other on a healthy journey.  If you aren't sure about linking up this week, consider next Sunday!  See your then!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday Sprinkles Weekly Link-Up: Brain Pop, Color-Coded Math, and Water Bottle Wind Turbines!

Welcome to another installment of Saturday Sprinkles!  I am loving this Linky even if, for now, just my friendliest friend (you know who you are) is my biggest supporter and fan!  

Saturday Sprinkles is a chance to reflect back on the learning that took place during the week.  Nothing fancy or time consuming,  just snap some pictures on your phone during the week, and then post with little caption sprinkles.   The Link Up information is found below.  

On Tuesdays my class goes to the computer lab.  This week we launched our water unit in science.  Before each unit, I plan out which Brain Pop videos will be perfect to reinforce the concepts taught in class.  My students are captivated by Moby and Tim and will laugh out loud while watching their antics  (psssssttttt I even go on Brain Pop to watch videos and brush up on concepts I may be a bit rusty on--  shhhhhhhhh).

  My school's curriculum is very programmed and we must stay on track with one math chapter each week with testing on Fridays.  With such a fast-paced curriculum I want to make sure my struggling math students are supported while highly-proficient math students are challenged.   Plus, many of my fifth graders have no concept of how to study for a math test.  Such is a key skill I want to instill in them before they head to middle school.  My solution involves a green, yellow, and red color-coded system.  Students complete the pre-test in class with their table group.  I stand by to observe and jump in as needed.  After each problem students must reflect on their work.  Did the problem come easily?  Green dot.  Did they ask their table group questions, or have to re-read the directions multiple times?  Yellow.  Were they stumped?  No amount of re-reading, peer-assistance, or blind guesses landed them at a possible answer. Red.  We review the answers in class.  Students who have yellow and red dots ask questions.  Students with green dots teach.  The class runs itself.  We discuss how the color -coded system will help them review and indicate target areas to study. This system has changed independent math learning and reflection for my students!  Test scores have gone up!  

Watch the little clip below to see them in action!


I look forward to getting to know you and your classroom sprinkles!  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Healthy Happy Teacher Weekly Linky

Welcome to a new Linky installment!  Between my Saturday Sprinkles Linky and now this Happy Healthy Teacher Linky, the weekends are going to be bustling on this blog and I love it!  Something to look forward to all week!

Now let's get real.  Every day I struggle with healthy choices and my weight.   I have tried diets, calorie counting, setting resolutions, my fitness pal, and more.  I realized in 2013 that in the moment I will think, 'I am fat and out of shape and my clothes never fit right.'  In actuality, when I look back at pictures of myself I think, wow she is beautiful and glowing.  I am way too hard on myself.  This inner voice of critique and negativity started in high school when I wished I could be as thin as my naturally- thin friend.  I remember I tried the Atkins diet my sophomore year and made myself sick.  If only I had told myself how perfect I truly was and appreciated my body back then.  Beating myself up over the years has only caused me to gain more weight and my self-esteem has suffered.  For once, I want to approach healthy habits with a more relaxed, in-the-now, and lasting approach.  What little choices can I make throughout the week to keep me on the health path?  No guilt, over-obsessiveness, rigidity, or giving up because I am not doing it just right.  Teaching adds another layer of complexity to the healthy habits topic.  Food is my stress-reliever when my job gets overwhelming and out of control.  Snacking and comfort food become standard when I am navigating parent emails, IEPs, testing, and classroom management.  I will reason with myself-- 'you had a hard week just enjoy tv and of course you deserve a bowl of ice-cream.'  Well, a hard week turns into every day and soon the clothes sizes just keep increasing.

I would love for you to join me as we navigate healthy together.  I am desperate for cheerleaders and I would love to cheer you on!   Teachers need to support one another.  Snap pictures throughout the week of healthy choices you are making.   Then link up on Sundays and share your successes, thoughts, and struggles.  There is no right or wrong to this Linky.  A Happy Healthy Teacher post can be food-, soul-, spiritual-, or fitness-related. Ideas… the possibilities are endless.

Let's jump into my week:

For Christmas, Mr. Winemaker gave me a copy of Haylie Duff's Real Girls Kitchen.  A simple, easy-to-follow, and a not-too-many-ingredients cookbook.  A perfect book because I am timid in the kitchen.  Haylie's focus is healthy food that is easy to make and beautifully delicious.  This past week I would lay in the sunshine with my kitty and enjoy planning recipes to make from her book.  For each recipe Haylie shares a back story and this little snip-it makes you feel like you are her closest girlfriend and she is sharing a recipe just for you.

Below is a collage of healthy food I snuck in this week.  The top left picture is a recipe from Haylie's book.  This crustini makes for a beautiful lunch or appetizer.  I forget how delightfully delicious  radishes are!

The other three pictures are perfect representations of my cravings recently.  I could eat kale and arugala each day, every day!  The tough kale texture holds up to a lemon and caper dressing.  Kale is satisfying and filling.  I am not reaching for store-bought salad dressings as much.  Instead I opt for balsamic, olive oil, garlic salt, and lemon juice.  I find the dressings I whip up taste even better then the store-bought variety.

Arugala is another staple in my healthy eating.  The peppery flavor of arugala paired with sweet tomatoes and buttery avocados makes for a great tiny lunch salad.  When I am at home at break I often reach for easy warm-up lunches.  I was proud of myself this week for taking the time to make a small arugala salad.  And lastly, roasted vegetables are a weekly occurrence in our house.  Especially carrots that explode with a bright, sweet, nutty flavor.  Cut them up, drizzle with olive oil, bake and devour the flavors.  Roasted veggies are my new comfort food.

I love my Target jumprope.  Just 10 minutes and my heart is pounding and sweat is dripping.   I will make up every excuse not to exercise and I HATE exercising by myself.  I can easily pull out the jump rope, anytime of day, and jump to my hearts content int he comfort of our living room.  Throw on my favorite tv show and I am set.  Jumping is actually really fun!

Let's face it, I am a cat.  There is nothing more soul uplifting then snoozing in the sunshine.  California is experiencing higher temps at the moment and I am making the most of them.  I love my lounger in the back yard.  With closed eyes and deep breaths, I soak in every bit of that great Vitamin D.

A quick healthy grocery store haul!

Feel free to use the Linky graphic above and link up any time this week!  Also, consider linking up to Saturday Sprinkles! I would love to see the small healthy habits you are incorporating into your busy teacher schedule.  Nothing fancy, and nothing has to be just perfect.  Just share!