Monday, March 19, 2012

Have You Differentiated Your Instruction? Oy!

We had a meeting today about another 'GREAT' idea on helping us differentiate for our students. I don't know about you guys, but I don't know how many more 'GREAT' ideas my little mind can take! 

Now don't get me wrong, I really do like learning about new things. . . how else would I come up with more ideas for you guys???  I also really think that the common core standards are going to be great . . . I even think that the new evaluations for teachers and administrators is a good idea . . . I guess that my problem is this . . . 

WHEN am I going to get everything done??? I'm already working 24/7 and I feel like I'm getting a little grouchy. G-r-r-r! I even literally growled at the kids today and they just laughed at me . . . THE NERVE!!!

Oh well . . . I'll get over it . . . This video at my meeting improved my mood . . . hopefully it will give you a little chuckle as well!

Hehehehehe . . . 

Maybe this Reflections page will help you out, too! Just click the pic to get yours. I give this page to my kids each week after they have gotten their work from the previous week, returned to them. 

One little boy said he didn't have any goals for this week since he got all of his spelling words right! :)  We brainstormed other types of goals that we might set. Some of the goals we came up with were:

  • Read a little longer each night for our reading log
  • Write more thoughtful comments about our books
  • Use better handwriting when we tell about our books or on our spelling tests
  • Choose more challenging books for our reading log
Have an awesome evening . . . TGI . . . M??? Yikes!

Remember to click the pic!



  1. I totally feel ya, Im so overwhelmed with all that stuff, plus 13 IEPs a year, gah.

    Ms. Rachel’s Room

  2. Hey Hilary, I am a fellow TBTS member. I just wanted to introduce myself to you. I am looking forward to chatting with you and learning lots from Charity.
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  3. lol, these videos are always spot-on- I never know whether to laugh or cry!

    I found you reflection sheet through Pinterest and I am so glad I did- I can't wait to try it out with my students :) I am your newest follower.

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  4. LOL, that was the funniest video ever! OMG, still laughing. Thanks for the freebee.

  5. thanks for the funny video! I am howling! cheers!

  6. Love the video! Just curious, who is evaluating your administrators? Our new teacher evaluations start this year, but no one has said anything about evaluating our administrators! i love your reflection sheet! I clicked on it though and got an error not found message.
    Thank you!

    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  7. Hi HIlary,

    I came across your freebie on Pinterest but it says File Not Found. Could you possibly email it to me?

    Thank you!

  8. Hi!
    I am looking for the reflection sheet as well. I would love to use it this year but when I click on it the file is not found. Can you email to

  9. Hello@
    I am a new teacher in Australia, I love this sheet can't wait to use this.
    will help with parents, and targeting future goals!

  10. I love your ideas! Thank you for organizing and sharing!

  11. I love your ideas! Thank you for organizing and sharing!


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