Express Yourself

Be who you are and say how you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
--Dr. Seuss

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bringing Back a Classic!

Here is a meme that I made last year. I was emphatic about the idea that students need to search for textual evidence to support their ideas.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Puppy Bowl

I have been reading an article with my students about the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl. I told them that I would attach a video of it on my blog. We plan on watching it tomorrow. I like the idea of a Puppy Bowl since puppies are so adorable. I makes me wonder though. What animal sporting event would mimic a human sporting event featuring felines? I was thinking maybe ping pong or Wimbledon because card like to chase moving objects. This will require some thought.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's Playoff Time

This is one of my favorite sports times of the year. It is the first round of the NBA playoffs. For the next few weeks, there will be an NBA game on ESPN and TNT. I love watching the games and then settling back and listening to Kenny-The-Jet-Smith, outspoken and hilarious Sir Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, and The Diesel-Shaquille O'Neal.  They make NBA commentary fun to watch. I have been watching them for years and years.

This year, I am whole heartedly supporting Houston and San Antonio. Finally, I think the Rockets have a chance to make some noise in the playoffs. The problem, however, is that they have to face San Antonio in the next round. I know. I am counting my chickens before they are hatched, but the Rockets defeating OKC is a sure thing, and the Spurs, baring any unforeseen and unfortunate injury to Kawhi Leonard,  may have their brooms out early. I wish that Houston or San Antonio would play the Golden State Warriors before meeting each other. Who is the stronger team? I would say San Antonio, but the Rockets are no joke. They have plenty of fire power from beyond the arc and the Beard has finally learned to play some defense and share the ball. This year, he has made his teammates better! I could say the same thing about Kawhi. He goes about his business without much fanfare. He just plain gets it done on both ends of the floor. I heart Charles and Shaq call him the most complete player in the NBA, even above LeBron. Wow! That is saying something. I even heard Reggie Miller make the same comment in his play by play last night!

This year, the NBA has my attention long before June and everyone's predicted final match up: Cleveland versus Golden State. Although I would like to see a rematch, I would also love to see the Spurs or Rockets upset Golden State. That would be wonderful. If that happened, then I would have to take my support away from LeBron, Kyrie, and Kevin and cheer for the Beard or Kawhi and friends. Vamos a ver lo que pasa...we will see what happens and how the ball will bounce. Go Rockets and Spurs.

Please click on an article by Skip Bayless. He speaks about the reasons why Kawhi has ascended past the King. Is it is true? You be the judge.  Kawhi-Five Reasons Why

Feeling Rather Silly



Since I now have a few more viewers on this blog, I am going to post more photos of my cat. Some of my students were amazed that I had a blog. They took some ludic reading time today and began to read some of my blog posts. One such student said that she likes my poetry. I read the poem that she referenced. It was about my big kitty Sammy. In his honor, I will post some photos of him. He is such a silly, silly feline.

Raw Score Conversion Scales for 5th Grade Reading and Math

Today the raw scores conversion scales were released for the STAAR Reading and Math for Grade 5.


  • The passing standards for English Reading was 58%. 
  • The passing standard for Spanish Reading was 47%.  
  • The STAAR English and Spanish Math passing standard was 47%.  
  • Students may appear to have performed better in Math than in Reading. Look at the passing standard. It is lower in English Math than in English Reading. Why the difference? We soon shall see.
  • If you would like a more details about the raw score conversions scales click on the Texas Education Ageny-Raw Score Conversion Scales March 2017 .

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Dear Mom


My Mom and I at home in Ohio
My Mom and I love to take photos together.  She loves to smile. Usually I am not too fond of taking photos, but with her it is A okay. This photo was taken a few years back. I am glad I was able to capture her beauty inside and out. I love my dear mother!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dog Teasing Video

Looking through some funny videos, I came across this video that I shared with my class last year. It was about a dog being teased by his owner in a very hilarious way. The dog speaks. It always makes me laugh. The dog is adorable. Enjoy!


Cat Burglar Dusty

I was reading with my students today. We read about this serious cat burglar who is an actual cat. He is a Snowshoe beautiful cat who steals articles of clothing, stuffed animals, towels, shoes and anything he can get his paws on. He burglarizes his neighbors at night. He became famous when Animal Planet had filmed him in his nightly pursuits. They used an infrared camera to record him. You can find his video on YouTube. He was even on The Tonight Show with David Letterman. I researched him and shared his YouTube video with some of my students.  In the video he is known as Dusty the Klepto Cat. I find him adorable.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday
By Maureen Ucles

Lazy Sunday
In April
Nothing on TV
No game
NBA, NFL, NCAA
all out
Listening to the sounds
AC running
Ice cream truck humming
Music box
Ice cream pops
Fudgecicles
Good humor bars
Sandwiches with vanilla or chocolate
Klondikes bars in all their iterations
What I wouldn't do
To be a little tike
Shell out the nickles, dimes, quarters
Breathe it in
Take a bite or two or three
Doesn't matter much to me
Soaking it in
On this lazy Sunday afternoon

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Poem #4

Getting Caught Up

This is poem number 4
I am caught up
Hope tomorrow
Will have more
Vamos a ver!

No Idea-National Writing Month

No Idea

No ideas
cross my mind
pen
just a lazy cat
meowing
rolling
waiting
for
my attention

No ideas
two stanzas long
an enormous beautiful
Tabby
waiting to be petted
behind the ears
under the chin...
no ideas
only
a super lazy
kitty
fourteen
years 
young

idea challenged
am I

Tony Romo-Poem Number Two For 2017 National Poetry Month

I have been lagging in my posting as of late. I could say as of really late. To make up for my absence and to celebrate National Poetry Month, I am posting four poems tonight. We will see where it goes!

True Blue-Ode to Tony Romo

Driving home 
Houston traffic
Four thirty-eight
My wicked fate
Dastardly diesel fumes
Toxic, noxious
Spewing my way
Sitting powerless
Quadrapalegic
Waiting
insane traffic
 parking lot
bored out of my mind
watching the grass grow
 humongous monster
 F-150
Dallas style
Painted in white
blue stars on the back
SHOUTING--
TRUE BLUE!
Cowboys
Fan Number 1!

I wondered
Does he know?
Hasn't anyone said?
Tony Romo has retired!
Tony Romo has retired!
Poor Texans!
Moving to the booth
No more controversy
How boring!
How bland!

My car
Toyota Corrolla
Nothing blue
Nothing true
Football fan
Detesting the 'Boys

Texans need a QB
better than Hoyer
Brock
Anyone?
Not Tony Uh-oh!
Even Tony
with a broken back,
Two collarbones
in the blue and red 
throwing bombs
to D-Hop
(not to the other team)
better than Brock
Now nothing
Prospects? Savage?
Poor D-Hop
B Miller
No passing!

At least we've got
Clowny and Watt
Defense! Defense!


We're moving!
Traffic's flowing
Twenty-five mpr
Five o five
Driving home

National Poetry Month-Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

I need to write a poem
I'm four days past
What's the problem?
Please don't gasp!
I know
I'm making up 
for lost time

Yes indeed,
It's 'bout time
Put the pencil
to the paper
Leave a carbon footprint
Write in the digital
a poem
to start it off
set it ablaze
Hey!
It's National Poetry Month
Gotta move
Grove
Get it going!
Here I go!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Simple Sentences in Spanish





Singular and Plural

My students have been working on article and noun agreement in class. We also have been working on subject and verb agreement. We put it all together in the patterning of singular and plural. They created sentences and then labeled them as singular (1) or plural (+1). I learned about placing the proof above the words from Grammar Keepers by Gretchen Bernabei.

I will post more photos of their books that they made with me.  Here is some of their work:

Spanish Verb Conjugation

Here are some photos of some anchor charts that I made with my students in after school tutorials.



Writing Tools

I have been working with students on the use of Writing Tools. We have been experimenting with different kernel structures. We have also incorporated the use of Looping, Transitional Words, Renaming, and Pitchforking. I wanted to post the photos. I will be posting more photos of this work very soon. I also added a some students work with pitchforking ideas. I found it hilarious how they described my height. They made me chuckle. I also am adding some transitional words and phrases anchor charts.
Here is what I have:

























Spanish Sentence Combination

I have so much to share. The problem is that I don't have too much time to do so. I have to be careful with my time as I have been sick recently. I don't want to get run down and then suddenly get bulldozed by the flu. I missed some work last week due to the flu. My doctor was concerned about the state of my health that he demanded that I take some time off including Friday and the weekend. Reluctantly, I listened to his wise words. I am recuperating from my terrible cough, congestion, and bronchitis. Today, after a three days of doing nothing but resting, I have a little more energy. I am will be finished with my antibiotics soon. Phew!

I have been working hard with students and teachers at my school. I also have shared some of my work and ideas. I will post more later. I just wanted to post some photos of our work with compound and complex sentence structures.

We studied ways to combine sentences.  I had my students study the coordinating conjunctions in Spanish. Each conjunctive has a specific function and relationship with the two sentences. I asked my students to combine a group of sentences that I had written on sentence strips. They had to decide how the two sentences were related and if they could combine them. Then I gave them conjunction cards. They had to think about the sentence to sentence connection and decide which conjunctions would best join the two sentences. They had to test them out to see if the conjunctions conveyed the meaning that the author intended. They then shared with their classmates. I had them work in pairs.

We then studied the opener, sentence pattern of combining sentences with a subordinating conjunction and phrase with a sentence. We spoke about the independent and dependent clauses. They then combined sentences using the Spanish subordinating conjunctions. We, in English terms, AAAWWWUBBICized our sentences. They tried it out by selecting a word that are are comma causers. They they wrote their OPENER, sentence pattern. I learned much of this patterning from Jeff Anderson's Mechanically Inclined and Dr. Joyce Carrol's Acts of Teaching. They really enjoyed it and I think it had a high stick factor. (They won't forget it and the concepts has been solidified in their minds.)  Here are the photos.  (More to come.)