Sunday, April 15, 2012

Poetry Time

Hello Again!

This week was spring break, and what a lovely break it was. I was able to attend a beautiful wedding for my cousin Beckie and Marques, plan a little, and the best part, to spend quality time with my dad. He gives me so much comfort and guidance, and it was a very special time. I feel refreshed to start anew and finish the school year with zeal and an increase of love for these amazing sailors.

Before we left for the break, that Friday I was able to watch some of them shine with poetry reciting. Below are some videos and pictures of them reciting :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March Book Reports

A few weeks ago one of my sweet students moved to Ogden. Here is a picture of me with her. We all wrote on a shirt for her to remember us and how much we love her. 

A few days ago the class all gave amazing book reports and I wanted to show you all their wonderful fantasy floats. Here you go-enjoy!
 A whole lot of floats :) 

 Dragon Blood is a favorite of a few of the boys in the class 

 One of the most creative floats of the day--"Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring"--a frosted hobbit house and Gandolf!!! 

 The Legend of Zorro--barbie version 

 Alice in Wonderland 

 So impressed with this one! 

 Aren't they amazing!! All of the crew went above and beyond on their floats. I could see them all becoming decorators for the Macy's Day Parade!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Valentine's Day

This post is 3 weeks late, but better late then never. Here are some pictures of the amazing Valentine boxes the sailors made:

Love the Shark--it looks FIERCE! 

Cute :) 

 The cool army tank and the beautiful Paris box 

 Jason, you would like this one :) 

 A better view of "The Tank" 

 This box was the largest, and so creative! 

 RAA! Oh no! A dinosaur! 

 Giving Valentine's is the best~ 

 Anybody for a football game? 

Feed Me 

It was a great day! Lots of love, laughs, and way too much candy, ha ha.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Some Highlights from Today


I'm going to put up another post of all the amazing February Valentine's boxes the sailors made, but that will be on Sunday. Tonight I just wanted to share some highlights that brought laughter and smiles to all those who were there in Room 18. First, we had our New Zealand party, and oh my gosh, the Haka was meant for boys! They loved it: performing it, hitting their knees, yelling, and dancing. The girls loved watching it too. Also, we all loved playing with the poi balls I made this time last year. Crazy to think this time last year I was in amazing New Zealand, teaching year 1 and 2 students, bungy jumped, and ski dived! This year has brought a lot of new and amazing challenges. Each year is just a way to grow more and more.

Another great part of the New Zealand party is the magnum bars I gave to all the class; they loved them! Some had never heard of them and once they tasted the yummy ice cream with chocolate or caramel covering, they were in love and several came up to me and asked me where I got it. When I told them Walmart, they said, "Oh, I'm going there and getting some!" Ha ha, that was so great.

The best quote of the day was during science. I was explaining how organisms are animals (and plants) that have lived or are living on the earth. In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, my class had their thoughts on him, so one boy raised his hand and asked, "Does that mean that Dr. Seuss is an organism?" I affirmed yes, and everyone laughed. That was the best thing I ever heard! It had me laughing then, as it does now. Oh, the amazing and witty things children say. They make my day. 

Finally, yet again, I have the best class. One of the boys in my class was sitting at my desk (one of the rewards) and during guided reading I noticed a little note being passed around, but I didn't say anything, because I had a feeling it wasn't a normal note. It wasn't. A few moments later, the boy who started the note handed it to me and the class all smiled. It was a picture of a flower on my desk (given by a wonderful 4th grade team member), and then a note that said, "Miss Mills, thank you for teaching us," with all of the student's names. It was so sweet! They do these things all the time, and I cherish all the notes. I should make a scrapbook :)

A little happy thought from Miss Mills.

Monday, February 13, 2012

I Love My Job!

I received the sweetest note ever today from a secret student, but I have a hunch who it is. That doesn't matter though, because it was the words that this person wrote that brought tears to my eyes. So I can always remember why I teach and what it means to touch a life for good, here is the letter.

Miss Mills,
    You are so kind. You always are being kind. You aren't just my teacher but I can call you my best friend. You always are there for me and not just me but for us all. I am so glad I got you for my teacher.
from: ? 

That is why I teach. This is why I have the best job in the world. 

Miss Mills

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hawaii and Other Adventures

This week our ship anchored in the port of Hawaii on Tuesday, February 7! It was such a wonderful trip and while there we learned more about Hawaii's culture, and experienced some dance, food, and basic Hawaiian words. It was a lot of work to put it all together, but thanks to Joy, Bethany, Richard Baird, Natalie Jones, and Michelle Coleman it was a huge success. After the party other teachers came up to me and told me how my class told them all about the party and how they are getting ready to go to New Zealand next. Yay!! That was the total purpose of the trip, to show them by having good behavior and doing their best, we get to visit exotic places and have a grand time. Here are some pictures of what we did that afternoon. (Miss Mills was quite pooped after this event, having to vacuum and move all the desks back in time for re-teaching, but thank goodness for planning time) :)

 My amazing roommates Joy and Bethany 

 Thanks to the moves of Joy and Bethany, our ship learned how to do basic Hawaiian moves like the hella and hula. 

That was the most exciting event of the week for the crew, but the day before they had a lot of fun after I showed them how to do a video detailing a weathering or erosion experiment. I can't post up the kids videos, but man, they were creative and very accurate! I was so impressed. Here is my example, and I just want to say, I am totally converted to modeling before letting kids go loose, because I doubt many groups would have had as successful a time as they did if I hadn't shown my example first. Not that I am a master teacher, because I am far from it, but for this time, I helped my students show their true potential.

It was a fantastic week, and there was a lot a laughter and high spirits. Not the best physical week for Miss Mills, because on Tuesday at 5:30 am, she fell and scraped up her knee pretty bad (bad enough that she is now wearing a bandage and wrap 24/7). We actually had two injuries aboard our ship this week, one student is wearing crutches because of flat feet and the pain caused by that, and I am a hobbling old captain. Ha ha. Needless to say, by the end of the day, we just chilled because Miss Mills could stand no longer :)

This next week I'll be on the ball, require some hard work, but also a lot of play, since it's VALENTINE'S DAY soon!! Let's just say there may be a proposal aboard ship, and lots of love. More details to follow.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A New Look

Hello Again!
This week the crew were able to be part of a fashion show...for characters from historical fiction novels. They were so creative and cute. Some of my favorites were Judd Travers from "Shiloh," (the boy who portrayed him even drew a fake beard, and almost got in trouble with another teacher, until I explained the situation, ha ha), Ella, from "Ella Enchanted," Mary from "The Secret Garden," the sweet boy from "Where the Red Fern Grows," (the boy who dressed up for that wore overalls and a orange t-shirt, it was so cute!), a military man, one girl dressed up as a duck, from "Make Way for Ducklings," and I can't remember what book this was from, but one of my students dressed up in a plaid dress with a sweater, and carried a picnic basket with a dog inside. So cute!! And the walks were the best :) Mary, from, "The Secret Garden" had a lot of sass, which is unlike the character, but it definitely left an impression on us audience. She was so spunky, but that is Mary, so I was impressed. It was a wonderful book report fashion show, and awards were even given. My absolute favorite book report yet!

Below are some pictures of my classroom, because, yes, I changed it again. After the Rendezvous all the tables were in different places, and I decided to rearrange to fit what I liked more. Here is what it looks like now:

 I'm actually really proud of this poster-and the kids started to make some great connections with the books they were reading.
 A new place for tables, and some vocabulary sheets for guided reading 

 The kidney table got moved to the back, so there is more space, and I actually like seeing everyone from behind.
 We are in table groups again
Reading Corner!! 

Another thing that happened this week was the old, old, OLD and DEMENTED copier in the upper grade faculty room hit the bucket. It is finished, never going to work again. So, some co-workers decided to give it a proper burial. May it rest in peace. 

So long you evil copier :) You will not be missed 

Though this was super funny, the best part of the week was when I was grading the spelling tests and some girls from my class left me cute notes and pictures. It made me realize again children are so forgiving and worth every sweat and tear. This is why I teach: 
 This sweet girl makes my day everyday with her smile. 

 The note is backwards, but I cherish this note so much. She said, "Miss Mills, you really are the best teacher ever and I really mean that!" It made me teary-eyed. It was exactly what I needed to see that Friday night. 

We just learned how to simplify fractions, and this girl was frustrated with it, but once she got it, she was so excited to share her knowledge. I'm so proud of her!!! (She simplified 6/8 to 3/4) 


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mountain Man Rendezvous

Another term has passed, and along with that comes the next term party. For the first term all of Mapleton School children who didn't get 2 citations went to Trafalga and had a blast. It was actually really stressful for me, but this party for term 2 was AMAZING! For the term 2 party all of the 4th grade was able to participate in a Rendezvous :)

We just finished a unit on the Mountain Men of Utah, such as Jim Bridger, Provost, and Jedediah Smith, which the kids all loved. To celebrate amazing behavior and the learning we just had, the four 4th grade teachers, all worked so hard together, and with amazing help from the principal, the Rendezvous was a success! I had so much fun watching the kids go through the different stations, eat and enjoy company at the trading store, and giving beaver skins to students who wanted to answer a mountain man question. Beaver skins were how each student was able to "buy" anything from the trading store or to do different activities. The stations were nerf guns, buffalo chip throwing, making dream catchers, a frame station, a 3-legged race, throwing beans on a target, walking through a mountainous area (using only construction paper, so creative), and arm wrestling.

I was also so happy that my team members were so helpful with helping me get my room cleaned up and set up for the trading store (Room 18 was a party for sure :) ) The best part was seeing how happy everyone was. Enjoy the pictures!!

 Who Will be the Winner? 

 One student walking through the mountain range 

 Miss Blaisdell is on a mission :) 

 Mountain Men Waiting 

 Lovely Frame 


This was the buffalo chip throwing; one student literally almost pelted me, ha ha 

This day would not have been a success without an amazing 4th grade team, wonderful supportive room mothers and parent volunteers, and of course, excited and full of life 4th graders!