Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dirty Dog

Brooklyn's First Bath!

This week I did a lesson with K on keeping clean and staying healthy. It seemed appropriate after I was out a week with the flu =/

She still isn't a fan
First, as an introducation we watched "Harry the Dirty Dog" via I have really enjoyed finding dog stories to tie into my lessons and add to my brand. This is an adorable story, but it's read by my personal hero Betty White, so I don't mind watching it over and over again.

There is a related activities section and activity guide for each book, but I didn't use them. Instead we used it as an introduction to talk about the importance of being clean. We brainstormed why we thought it was important to keep clean.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Blue Ribbon Blogs

As much as I love blogging, I love reading a good blog.
I have shared my favorites before, but I wanted to highlight some of my favorites today.

First, unless you live under a rock or this is your first visit to my page I adore animals, especially the snuggly, lovable, kissable Pit Bulls. One of the best parts of 2012 for me was volunteering with NashvillePITTIE, which combines my love of education and dogs.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Blue Ribbon Books for Top Dogs

Every month I ask the teacher's to help me pick a "Top Dog," based on the character education word of  the month. (Read more about my character ed program here!)

Since I get to visit the classrooms once a month (if I am lucky) and often those lessons are dictated by teacher requests and student needs, I have been pondering ways to get the teachers to incorporate my words into their lessons and reach all of my students.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Show Off Your Goals

One of my new favorite things about the New Year so far is all of my friends that are starting blogs or making a resolution to write more ;)

For example, if you love dogs you have to follow/add to your Google Reader:

One of my dear work friends, who is a true inspiration for health and fitness, has a wonderful blog:


Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Run. Not too hard. Pray A lot.

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year, New Resolutions


Thanks to one of my favorite new blogs,, Pinterest I found this adorable worksheet for students to reflect on the previous year and plan for 2013!

So, I had my kids in 4th-5th grade fill one out today and we made a super bulletin in the hallway to share.

Happy 2013!

Our festive dog!

I used the cards to spell out the date.

I still have more cards to add!

Some answers were super sweet. Greatest lesson learned "Love is above all." LOVE my kids.

Some were thoughtful and heartbreaking. "Hardest thing about the year: losing my dad" wrote one 4th grade student who lost her father this year.

My attempt at making blue dog festive.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Responsible Communication

I saw this on Facebook and just had to share. Way to go!!

Greg Hoffman is a kid who just got an iPhone from his parents. His mom, Janell Hoffman, wrote these [slightly edited] rules for its use: