Five for Friday

What have you been up to this week? I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to show you a few snapshots of my week!

I don't have pictures of what we spent 90% of our time doing, however.  It was state testing week and I can't show you any pictures of testing.  The directions were very, very clear about that.

First up, remember how I told you that winning TOY didn't seem real until it was in black and white on the marquee?  Well, I had to take a picture in front of it to prove it to myself:

It still seems weird.  But weird in a good way.

May?  Where did the time go?  Do you see how that calendar is covering two cabinet doors?  My teaching bud, Charlene, came up with that idea and it is G.E.N.I.U.S. :)  We have very little wall space (triangle-shaped rooms...don't get me started).  So this is a great way to use cabinet doors.  I sliced the calendar in two with an Exacto knife.  It's perfect and has lasted all year without getting torn.

My next three pictures are all about Teacher Appreciation!  Look at what one of my sweeties made for me before the Teacher of the Year news:

And look at all of the beautiful creations from my students this week:

And, this morning, one of my little friends brought me this:

Cute, huh?

So there you have it...the other 10% of my week.  How was your week?


  1. Woohoo! A new blog to follow- and a good one too judging by the award you just received! Wow! Congratulations! And... awwww that little apple pot is so cute!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  2. Wow! Congratulations!! That's so awesome!
    Sorry about all the testing this week. Yuck! Looks like you got some good cards.
    Have a great weekend.
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  3. Your calendar is a very clever way to save space. I love it! I also love that encouraging note from your student. Too sweet!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. I have been planning your teacher appreciation gift all week! :) It will be ready tomorrow! ;)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. Love the calendar sliced in half idea... I am pinning it for next year! Congratulations on Teacher of the Year!!

    Kickin' It With Class

  6. What a great week you had! Those gifts are so adorable and thoughtful. What a lucky Teacher of the Year you are! :)

    Teaching in Room 6

  7. Congratulations on your award!!!! That's so exciting! We are testing for the next two weeks :-/ and we have to put signs up outside of our classrooms that say "No electronic devices allowed beyond this point".... because we're all just dying to take pictures of "The Test", right!?!?! Have a great weekend!

    Soaring Through Second

  8. Yay Elizabeth! Congratulations! You're amazing!(But we already knew that!) That apple is soooo cute!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  9. Congratulations on your award and on making it through another round of testing.
    Thanks for sharing.

    School Is a Happy Place

  10. Congratulations on being named Teacher of the Year! What an honor!

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  14. HI Elizabeth! LOVE your picture next to the marquee!! How awesome is that?!! I'm sure you are so glad that this week of testing is over with. The cards are so precious!!! Happy Mother's Day!


  15. I hope you had a great Teacher Appreciation Week! You so deserved it!! :O)

    Collaboration Cuties

  16. I am sooo sharing the cut in half calendar with our reading interventionist! She is in a triangle room also!
    Congrats on Teacher of the Year!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  17. I just pinned the stinkin' adorable! Congrats on being teacher of the year! I'm sure it's a well-deserved honor. I'm a new follower. :)
    Just Reed!

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  19. Elizabeth:
    Seeing you by that Teacher of the Year sign makes my heart happy! (I think you earned the honor as soon as you figured out that cut-the-calendar-in-half strategy!!)
    Seriously, BlogFriend, I admire you SO much and I am delighted that you are getting at least a bit of the recognition you sincerely deserve...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade