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The Week That Was, and That's No April Fool!

Am I giving away my age by quoting that old TV show from the 60s? 
That was the week that was! 
(Click HERE to see IMBD link to the old political satire show.)

But seriously, it was a busy week!  Here are a few things that have been going on:

1. Trying to squeeze in a full week of instruction into 4 days. We had a Professional Development Day on Wednesday, so we had to do it all in 4 days. Plus, I had a doctor's appointment today, so I really only had 3 days... but today was about reviewing important skills. Somehow I got through all I was supposed to, but it was no easy task! After the kids had Wednesday off, Thursday was like a second Monday... it was a little nuts, but we did it!

2. Spring is hiding, but it's slowly sneaking up on us! There were rumors of snow on Wednesday, while we are still waiting for the winter's snow to melt!  It's almost April, and there is still a whole lot of snow out there!  
But I did manage to share a couple of favorite spring books:

I've seen buckets on Maple Trees, and ads for visiting local Sugar Houses!
We've made it past the Spring Equinox. Now the days are getting longer!
I even saw some crocuses!
No, I didn't see them around here, as we still have too much of a snow cover. But I visited my daughter in Boston last Sunday, and there were crocuses growing outside her boyfriend's building.  I was pretty excited to see spring's first flowers! I think she and her boyfriend thought I was a little wacky when I was crossing the street and suddenly shouted, "Crocuses!!!"

3. Staff Development Day- We had a Keynote speaker in the morning. Now don't you think of a Keynote speaker as someone who will speak for about 45 minutes?  We were there for 3 hours.  Yes, three hours!!!!  No matter how good someone is as a speaker, three hours is too long to sit. Yes, he was good, but my mind really struggled!

I think part of my concentration problems came from my nervousness about the afternoon.  I was presenting 2 workshops:


Both workshops went well, but that's because I was well prepared.
Plus, I got some awesome people in both workshops. Great questions, great ideas!

Both workshops were "by request" by the Staff Development committee.

The "teacher blogs" workshop was one I'd never presented before. I shared TONS of teacher blogs, linky parties, and even a few pictures of when I met teacher bloggers.

As we know, one can get "sucked in" to the world of teacher blogs, and have trouble coming up for air! There are just so many fantastic blogs out there! I had asked some of my blogging friends to share some of their ideas about blogging, and here's what they had to say:

Thanks to all the teacher bloggers who shared!

4. Planning for another substitute- Yes, I had another doctor's appointment, and it takes nearly a day to plan for a day out, doesn't it?  This is what I left with the sub: 

I was thinking of leaving the sub this set, but I think I want to save this to do myself on Tuesday: 

I've also been getting other ideas ready for April Fool's Day. I have a couple of April Fool's Day ideas in post from previous years HERE and HERE! I'm probably in the minority, but I LOVE April Fool's Day with the kids!
5. Nearing a million! Yes, I am very, very close to a million page views here on Elementary Matters.  If you are here reading this right now, you're helping me get there! 

Be prepared for a party real soon!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Five for Friday.
 The best part:  It's still Friday!

By the way... are  you in the mood for a little Spring Cleaning?  Click the image to load your shopping cart!


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