Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pretty Planet

You know it's spring when the weather gets warmer, leaves get greener (is that a word?), and you feel like scraping your eyes out.  Yep, it's that time again!  My allergies are in full bloom.  Hooray!

In celebration of Earth Day (and my little brother's 21st birthday), I made a quick template for some Earth Day haiku writing.  I used this as a minilesson and center activity.  Here's what my kids came up with:

It's FREE!

Speaking about spring, here are some highlights from my spring break trip! :)  My roommates and I flew down to Ft. Lauderdale and explored as much of southern Florida as we could fit in 4 days.

Riding bikes on Ocean Drive in South Beach.
There were palm trees EVERYWHERE!

Watching the sun set in Key West with the roomies!

Gotta love this pretty planet we live on.  Where to next?!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Identity Crisis

A lot of people these days have picked up the hobby of blogging.  I've always joked around with friends saying that if I ever tried to be one of those people, I'd use my last name to my advantage.  "Chin Up Buttercup" or "Keep Your Chin Up" were just ideas that sounded pretty quirky, but the more I thought about it, the more it stuck.  So here it is!  The birth of Keep Your Chin Up.  I plan to use this to blog to write about more than just TPT, however, with my lack of updating I'll just be taking it one step at a time.

If you like the new background here, check out these Julie Song desktops from DesignLoveFest.

In addition to the new name, I have some exciting news!  Right before spring break, the staffing positions for next year were announced at my school.  About half of all teachers have been moved around, so all of the changes are quite a shock. Anyway, I am moving from fourth grade to.... FIRST!  I've heard so many wonderful things about teaching first grade, but also that it is a very challenging job.  Nonetheless, I am thrilled to make the transition.  Any suggestions, tips, words of advice are welcome.  :)