Great way to teach warm and cool colors…and patterns too!
My Sunshine Cake for Easter came out AMAZING!!!
Here is the recipe. I used the one from The Pioneer Woman, but made a few changes.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup margarine (softened)
- 1 can (14 oz. can) mandarin oranges, drained, 1/2 cup juice reserved
- 4 eggs
- 2-3 teaspoons almond extract
Combine cake mix, margarine, 1/2 cup juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs, and almond extract. Beat for four minutes on medium-high. Add drained oranges and beat again until pieces are broken up and small. Bake in a greased 9×13 at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
- 1 package (1.4? oz. box) cheesecake instant pudding mix
- 1 can (20 oz. can) crushed pineapple, all juice reserved
- 1/2 cup to 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 ounces frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip)
- extra mandarin orange slices, maraschino cherries, green icing; for garnish
Blend juice from drained pineapples with the vanilla pudding mix. Add powdered sugar and mix. If you are making a 9×13, use only 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. If you are making two round cakes and stacking them, use more powdered sugar to hold the cakes together and to prevent the frosting from sliding off the sides. Then mix in whipped topping. Stir in drained pineapple. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate several hours.
I love shelves! =)
Here is one I recently came across:
Tetris shelves by Brave Space Design.
Comes in all different finishes and colors. L.O.V.E. it!!!
Wow…I’m working full-time and my blog goes by the wayside! Argh! Two days without a post! I’ll make up for it today! =)
My first three days have gone smoothly, except for one major bump.
I am trying to fill in some big shoes. The previous teacher (who went on maternity leave) was well-loved and every day, kids say that they miss her.
The kids are great! Couldn’t ask for a better group! One class even asked me if they were going to put my name on the door like all the other teachers. I said they wouldn’t do that for a long-term sub, so they created a paper sign to put on the door with flowers and everything! I felt very welcomed!
My big mistake? Well…I lost my keys. One of my classes that I’m just supervising is ASB, but I’m the only one with a key to their closet down the hall. The kids had the privilege of taking the keys from the previous teacher’s desk drawer and go to the closet if the ASB President (and teacher) let them. Yesterday, one of the kids took the keys to the closet and never brought them back to me. I’m sure the student happened to put the keys in their pocket while they got whatever they needed and forgot to give them back to me. Do I know who this student is? No. 😦
ARGH!!! Two days in and I’ve lost a set of keys?!?! I taught for seven years previously and never lost my keys. But do I have to do it now? If they aren’t returned tomorrow, they will be changing the locks.
I think I’m going to use a ball and chain for my keys! =)
Update: One of the girls did put it in her pocket and took them home. I didn’t get them back for two days because she was sick with the flu! But, now they are safe and sound in my possession! =)
I’m officially a high school teacher!!!
…well…for 6 weeks anyway. I’m a long-term sub till the end of the school year.
I’m teaching two 10th grade honors English classes and we will be going through the book Night by Elie Wiesel. It’s about the Holocaust, so we will be having some great discussions! Wow, what a tough book to read!
My two 12th grade English classes will be going through the play The Importance of Being Earnest and completing debates. We will be having some interesting discussions here because the author Oscar Wilde was convicted and sentenced because he practiced homosexuality. This 12th grade class is very social, so debates will be interesting too! =)
I’ve subbed at this particular high school all this year and starting to get to know quite a few of the kids.
The other day, the kids were taking a quiz. The class clown made a big deal about making a big mistake on his quiz and he took out his 6 inch, huge eraser. Everyone laughed. As I was quieting the class down, someone asked to use the eraser. The class clown was going to throw it to the person who asked to use it…who was across the room, but at the last-minute, turned and looked at me.
He asked, “Am I going to get in trouble?”
I shrugged, “Try me.”
He laughed (a little nervously), immediately put it back in his backpack, and said, “Wow, that was scary. I’m not going to try.”
After the quiz, they had free-time, so we all just chatted about life and school. It was a good group of kids!
What was great about that experience was he thought about his decision. I didn’t make that choice for him by saying that he would or wouldn’t get in trouble. More importantly, I’m not the bad guy and can continue to have control over the classroom as well as continue to build relationships with the students while they make thoughtful choices.
I LOVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT!!! =)
Here, the traced hands go on top of a finger painting…cool!
It’s an art journal by Mary Art
How cool is this mirror?
I also love the red walls! =)
My mom and I went to the zoo to take some pictures. Here’s what we saw…
The black necked swan…
The double wattled cassowary… (go figure! I just called it a huge bird! 🙂 )
The Asian elephant… his name is Buddy and he’s 25 years old. 🙂
The red apes…
And Reggie, the alligator…
We had such a fun time at the zoo!!!
My parents have always had a zoo pass for the family. One summer when my brother and I were in elementary school and had a friend over…maybe fourth or fifth grade…our conversation turned to poop…what else?!?! 🙂 Our friend had never seen elephant dung, so we made a special trip just to see elephant dung! My mom is just awesome!
The zoo has always had fun memories!
My blinds didn’t work in my classroom and were an eyesore. And because of the school budget, I wasn’t going to get new ones till next year. So, I ended up taking them down and making café curtains (Okay…okay…fine…my mom made them. =) She’s the best!)
My first set of curtains were white and I stenciled black checkered squares and ladybugs on the bottom.
Well…turns out, I wasn’t going to get new blinds for several years. My white fabric was starting to yellow after four years, so I replaced my curtains. I bought white fabric again and sewed on a cute black ribbon with white polka dots that I liked.
White is a light, bright color. I feared that a dark color would close the classroom in. Sure enough, another teacher made curtains with a navy blue and her room felt like a cave. I feared that white would show the dirt, but surprisingly, it held up pretty well. The yellowing of the curtains was because of the fire-retardant chemicals* that were used. Beware of certain colors because they do tend to set the mood. Pastel green or blue would be calming, while red and bright yellow is exciting and lively. Help create the mood you want with your curtains. Also, a busy print would be just that…busy. Find a solid or an easy repeating pattern that would help create a welcoming atmosphere instead of something intrusive.
*Curtains in a classroom have to be fire-retardant. Just look on-line for a nearby place that would do it for you. It does cost a bit (I want to say it was $55-75), but I turned that receipt into the school because I didn’t have blinds and not having them was a safety hazard, especially if we had a lock-down drill.