Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday To Do List

I just returned yesterday from a visit with some of my family in Texas. It was so hard to leave my adorable niece and nephew (especially since they were both sick and my sister could really use the help). Of course flights were booked and I had to go. Now I'm back to my huge to do list so I decided to join in on Lorraine's link up at Fabulous 4th Grade  Froggies. Luckily (or unluckily as the case may be) I use the reminder app on my iPad/iPhone to keep track of my long list so nothing slips my mind.

Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

Here we go:
  1. Daily 5/CRAFT boards with ocean theme done
  2. bulletin board headers - done
  3. diver for ceiling
  4. classbook poster and headers with ocean look - done
  5. redo templates for daily 5 posters - can use Wise Guys as templates - so generous
  6. make memory jar - found jar and printed label so almost done - done
  7. PHH book bags - painted need to do iron-ons
  8. make scratch off tickets
  9. random acts of kindness jar
  10. big speech/thought bubble
  11. boggle board - have file just need to print and assemble
  12. classroom jobs
  13. absent folder
  14. update welcome coupons
  15. ask me about buttons - bought materials done
  16. student check in pizza tray
  17. labels for table recycle bins done
  18. name sign - bought materials
  19. hall pass sign with ribbon and clips - bought materials
  20. need a writing conference sign with ribbon and clips - bought materials
  21. light bulb jar - bought materials done
  22. set up class blog
  23. figure out class blogging plan
  24. reorganize electronic reading and writing files
  25. make diving related introduction presentations
making some progress :-)

Okay, I'm going to stop there before I freak out. Apparently I need to seriously get to work this weekend since I leave Monday for California. When we return from the week vacation I have two days before teachers need to report to work. Luckily I spent all day in my classroom today so it looks pretty decent except for a couple bulletin boards and little projects. I took some pictures that I hope to share tomorrow.

While doing my room today I was reminded of a purchase that I made a couple of weeks ago, the Desk Apprentice Organizer. I just took out of the box and I'm super excited about it. I definitely think it counts as a fabulous find. Mine is still empty I just need to get it all organized and filled with great stuff like Mel D.

from Seusstastic Classroom Inspiration

The final thing I wanted to do today is link up with Third Grade is the Place for Me's

Having only been at this for a few weeks, I definitely count myself as a newbie. Here are my responses to Janis's questions.

  1. I teach in Georgia
  2. I teach fourth grade - this will be my sixth year doing it at my current school
  3. I have been teaching 17 years. I have taught third through fifth. I was also an instructional technology specialist for four years that worked with preK-5 classrooms.
  4. I started blogging six weeks ago.
  5. There are lots of resources out there about how to do anything you want to know - just google it. Recently I wanted to know how to include my a link back to my blog when I leave a comment. Here was a handy code generator to do just that.
Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Hi Heather!
    Thanks for linking up to my linky party! I am your newest follower! My list keeps longer and longer and I keep procrastinating! :) Good Luck getting through yours!
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

  2. I am a 4th grade teacher too! I found you on the Newbie Blog linky and...
    I am your newest follower! I am a new blogger and love connecting with other teachers!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  3. Hi, I love your blog! And I love this linky party and all of the great blogs that I am finding.

    Diving Into Learning

  4. It's on my to-do list to join the to-do linky. Funny, huh? Thanks for linking up with my linky, too :) I love the Apprentice box and have been thinking about getting it, too!

  5. I'm a newbie and your newest follower. I hope you can stop by my blog for a visit. Thanks

  6. Thanks for the tip on the link in the comment box. I'm going to try it. Being a Newbie myself I'm taking in all the information I can!

    Tales From Rm 17!

  7. Hi Heather....I just found your blog from the Newbie Blog Hop and am now a follower. I would love it if you stopped by my blog and checked it out.
    Adventures In Teaching

  8. Thank you for stopping by my blog! One newbie to another:) I am getting a little anxiety reading your "to do list" and don't even want to write mine out! I want to try kidblog this year too. So nice to see another 4th grade teacher:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. LOL...reading that list makes me feel better about mine hehe....can you tell me more about the Boggle board? I've seen them around but would like to know how you use them? Anddddd....I have passed the Liebster torch to you for a great blog! Check out instructions at
    :) Heather

  10. Do you ever get the notion that 'To-Do' Lists never get shorter...but rather, longer!?! You're doing much better than I am! Just wanted to let you know that I've awarded you the Liebster Blog Award. Stop on by and check it out. :)

    Classroom Capers

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have a very ambitious to-do list. I feel like a slacker! Thanks for sharing your tip on posting the link back to your blog. I'll add that to my list!:)


  12. I LOOOOOOVE that desk organizer! I've never seen it before... but think I might need that in my life! Long to do list, but you are making progress! That's my favorite thing about lists- crossing things off! My to do list is almost done... but that was the list for last week... I haven't even begun to start putting together a back to school list.. I'm scared to do that!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  13. Wow! You have such a long todo list! I can't even begin to sit down and write mine up. :)

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    Ashley @Fierce in Fourth

  14. Thank you so much for your response to my pen pal request! I had many responses and decided to go with the first teacher from an urban area. However, I updated my post to state that teachers who are interested in having class pen pals can leave comments on my post. You can see it at the website below. Post a comment following the directions and someone may contact you! Or, you can wait and read other comments and contact a good match. Thank you again for your interest and try to spread the word! By the way, I LOVE your blog!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  15. I'm a first year teacher so I feel like I have a ton to do even things I don't KNOW to do.


  16. I am dreading writing my to do list! You are BRAVE! I teach 4th grade as well...found your blog through the blog hop!

    Craft of Teaching