Thursday, April 17, 2014


At 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, a mass exodus of teachers flowed out the doors of my school... there was no staying until 4:00 or 4:30 to catch up loose ends, grade or work on plans. No, this was the much anticipated and long awaited for moment that marked the official start of Spring Break! I finished organizing the drying 3d grade prints, put lids on the paint cups, cleaned the last of the paint brushes I had thrown in the sink, rinsed out the water containers and neatly stacked them on the shelf above my sink. I grabbed my things, locked my door, went down the hall to say, "good-bye and have a great break!" to several people and got in my car and left without looking back!
               Enjoy these pic's of flower paintings with concentric line design centers that my 1st graders are working on! ( these are still in progress, but they are turning out so awesome I wanted to share! ) If your also off this coming week, ENJOY! If not have a good week where ever you are!      Mrs."C"  :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Learning New Tricks...

Hi all! It's been BEAUTIFUL weather here this weekend! It hit 72 F yesterday! Today is looking like it is going to be just as nice! Life is still crazy but I decided this morning I needed to expand my creative brain and figure out how to knit on three needles. Yes, three needles...( I know this is a blog about Art education and what goes on in my classroom, but I am so burned out from school right now that I am not feeling it at the moment today. I will get back to what's going on in the art room soon but until then...)  I have attempted this several times previously and given up each time in major frustration... 
What inspired this frustrating ambition is the Arm Warmers pattern from Sheila Zachariae . I love Sheila's patterns and have purchased several. Mostly crochet but I fell in love with the knitted Arm warmer pattern and bought it this winter. My love/hate relationship with knitting and my frustration with trying to figure out three needles at the same time had me put this one in the "time-out" pile until this morning. 
I found this site, Creative Bug while looking around the internet. I signed up for my free account and starting looking around... Lo and behold there was a tutorial on how to knit in the round with three needles! I started watching it and had several "ah-hah!" moments and ran over to grab my Nana's double-pointed needles that she used religiously... maybe I could channel her knitting brilliance with them this morning and finally figure this out! 

Ok, so generally I feel this way, but after an hour of starting, screwing up, starting, dropping a stitch, re-starting, I was ready to commit suicide with double-pointed knitting needles! I stopped, called my mother, expressed my frustration, relaxed and tried again when I got off the phone. This time I got it! Yeah! Trying to work with all the needles is as the woman in the tutorial stated, " like trying to knit with an octopus..." I think I am getting the hang of it and how to let the extra needles hang so that I can knit. I'm trying to ignore them, but they are constantly reminding me that they are there! I feel good though, I have a headache,(really, knitting always gives me a headache, never crochet, you'd think I would get the hint...) but I accomplished what I set out to do!

I'm putting them away for a little while and going back to finishing up the Nordic Shawl I started for my Mom last weekend. I am just finishing up the edging. It's mainly gray with pastel accents in the striping. She loves it! This is something that I find very relaxing! Crocheting never pisses me off! Knitting, although I love the look of it and can do it, really pisses me off at times! I find it so much easier to work with one hook! 

I found this meme on Pinterest and it cracked me up! My daughter (and others) are constantly calling my projects knitting! It's crochet people, big difference...   
Well, I'm off to make pancakes for everyone (yum) and at some point today I will load all my grades for school. I'm not feeling it at the moment, as I said I am having major school burn out...
Enjoy(really enjoy) the awesome weather if it is your way this weekend! My daughter said yesterday," The snow is finally ALL gone!" Yeah!!! Sorry winter, I do love you at times, but I was done, ready for the warmth! Have a great week! 

Mrs. "C"  :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Life as a Teacher this year...

So this has been my life as late...    sorry I have not been around much, but life has gotten in the way...
Between my class, " Showing Student Growth in Art " from The Art of Education, (which by the way was excellent! I learned so much and got to bounce ideas off some great educators! I will definitely be back to take another class!), finalizing my SGO data for this school year, compiling and uploading all my evidence for Domain 4 ( as well as filling out the 5 templates for the 5 different sections and writing a summary for each...sigh...) of our new teacher evaluation system here in NJ and 3d marking period grades I have all I can do to remember what day it is! ( picture mindless zombies from the Walking Dead bouncing into things, yeah, that's been me ) As each item has been completed I would literally feel weight being lifted off my shoulders...  :)

When I finished up my Domain 4 summaries on Sunday morning I closed the lap top, got up and began to dance with joy ( Snoopy came to mind ) !!! My 14 year old daughter gave me a bizarre  "What in God's name is Mom doing!?!" look... I said to her, " You have NO idea..." and continued to dance  :)

Grades go in this weekend... next Thursday is the last day of school before Spring Break... 
(sigh of relief...)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Still Here...

Sorry I have been absent of late...  today is a re-charging of my soul day... crochet and reading blogs... it's been extremely busy at school and at home leaving me with very little time and energy to catch up with all of you...

I'm busy at home taking an on-line class at The Art of Education. The class has been very eye-opening to how many different growth models there are out there and how everyone(different states)is using them! I forgot how much work there is in taking a class! We are also starting our Final Assessments for our SGO's for the State. There are still three months of school left so we are hardly at the end of teaching but the district needs our scores so they can put them on our annual evaluations... which raises the question, are the SGO's being implemented so we can see how our students are growing or to judge the effectiveness of the teacher?

Moving on... it is warm enough today to open the windows! I love the smell of fresh air and how it feels blowing on your face! The cats do also! As soon as I opened the windows they came running from where they were sleeping!

Our mountains of snow are starting to melt, actually a lot of it has melted but there is still a lot to go! I am going out to cut branches from my Forsythia today so I can force some of those beautiful yellow blooms in the house! It has actually hit 50 degrees today! ( woohoo!)  That's all I have for now folks... going into the kitchen to bake a couple of loaves of Irish Soda Bread for dinner tomorrow. I have 3 corn beefs to cook tomorrow. That may sound like a lot to those of you who are not Irish or love corned beef, but trust me, they will be gone in the blink of an eye! My husband is Italian, I'm part Irish(my Dad's side) but we all LOVE corned beef! My Mom will take some corn beef, Irish Soda bread and Scotch to the cemetery on St.Patty's day for my Dad  :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend and a Happy St.Patty's Day!
                                                  Mrs. "C"   :)