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What's Going on in Your Life?

I've been so busy this summer, I've hardly kept up with my blogging!  I can't believe it's nearly August!  We just barely got out for summer vacation!  Here's what I've been up to:

  1. The world is missing one classy lady!  Unfortunately, my family has suffered a great loss.  My stepmother passed away yesterday.  We are shocked because she's been the healthiest 82 year old woman I've ever known, and we expected her to live for many more years.  She married my dad while I was still in college, and has been an amazing support system for close to 40 years.  I became a single mom when my daughter was 2, and she had a huge influence in my daughter's life, bringing her to dance classes, babysitting so I could participate with my theatre groups, and just spending time with the two of us.  She loved people, and was always upbeat and happy, as well as extremely classy. She's a former teacher (just like almost everyone in my family) and had some great stories of her adventures teaching from first grade through college.  She'd recently suffered a bad fall, so my daughter and I went to visit her in the hospital.  She was cheerful and chatty, and anxious to start rehabilitation to get back the use of her legs.  I can't believe she's gone.
  2. Red Sox! I had a birthday last week, and my daughter's gift was a trip to Fenway Park to see
    my favorite team, the Red Sox!  It's been far too long since I've been to a game, and it was worth the wait!  We had great seats, and had an absolute blast!  It might have been a little better if the Red Sox won, but that didn't matter.  I loved the time with my daughter!  
  3. I've been featured in the Organized Classroom Blog's Back to School edition of the monthly magazine.  It's an article on organizing Literacy Centers.  There are loads of other great articles that can be found HERE.
  4. I've also got a page in a free eBook that can be found HERE.  This eBook is back to school math activities for K-2 Common Core.  There are also books for different levels and different subjects focused on Back to School and Common Core that can be found at the same link!
  5. My Latest Product!  I've been working on using my knowledge of how the brain learns and applying it to practicing Math Facts. I'm having a blast putting together all the different ideas that will help kids remember!  Brain Compatible Math Addition Fact Cards should be coming out soon!
  6. School Math Work!  I was working for the district yesterday.  Several of us piloted math programs last year in an effort to find something that was more appropriate for teaching the Common Core than the program we're using now. We had decided that enVisions was the best of the pilot programs, and presented our findings to the School Board. Well, the School Board decided to stay with the program we have, which has been a HUGE disappointment. Several of us that piloted other programs got together yesterday to explore ways to make our present program work to teach the Common Core.  We realize we'll have to cut, suppliment, and rearrange the program in order to do what needs to be done.  It's going to be a heck of a lot of work!
Well, that's what I've been up to.  What have you been up to?


  1. My district has Envisions. We learned at the end of last year that they completely revamped their units to align with common core and we'll be getting those new materials. It's good to know that your group felt this was a good program.

  2. Patricia,

    That must be the version we used, as it was completely aligned with the Common Core. We totally loved it!


  3. Awww Sally,

    I'm sorry for your loss.

    I met a lady named Nora while I was in Maui that did a lot of brain research to teach learning disabled kids. It's so fascinating.

    I'm glad you got to take in a Red Sox game - lucky you!!

    :) Shelley
    The Perks of Teaching Primary

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your stepmother. Hugs and prayers for you and your family! Your sweet words brought tears to my eyes!
    Susan in NC

  5. Sally. My heart goes out to during the immediacy of your loss. What a treasured relationship to reflect on as you conclude your summer. The heavens will shine brighter as you are more closely supervised by your very own guardian angel.

    Thank you sooooooooooo much for taking the leap-of-faith to come to VEGAS for my 15 minutes of fame. It was such a treasured time..... to share it with you polka dots? PRICELESS!!! I am so grateful that we had a few moments in all of the hubbub to connect. Hardly sufficient to start a conversation, but bountiful for a hug.

    Wishing you ALL the best for your new year ahead.

    Debbie Clement


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