I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Jazzin' Up the Classroom - "Picture" this

Teaching...one day at a time...
Here are some photos of activities, organization, and more that have been helpful and quite a lot of fun!

*2012-2013 School Year Photos*
Final bulletin board of the year - vocation quote designs

Spring Bulletin Board - "Batter Up With the Beatitudes: Go Disciples Go!"

Beatitude on the bat & how to live it in your life on the ball

"Watch our 'poet-tree' grow" - ready for student poems come the start of school! (This year we're sharing it between classes.)

"Welcome to 4th Grade - You'll Fit Right In!" door decoration

News Board waiting for students to bring in and hang current events

Space for cool science stuff

This year's religious theme - "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." The scroll awaits our class prayer (to be written by the students), and the board will be filled with places students feel near to God in their lives.

This wall will house anchor charts for different parts of speech as we progress this year.

Word Wall, mailboxes, and literacy boxes - keepin' it organized!

This year's prayer table is complete with (clockwise) an intention box, a statue of Mary, a Rosary, some religious items, a Bible, and some prayer books.

Making the students feel welcome at Open House - it's a brand new year!

Classroom Jobs - students work as buddies to get it done and to have a built-in sub for absences

Bins to keep us organized (by subject)
Math Monster Geometry Glyphys

*FROM Previous Years*

Honor Mary during the month of May - Mary, our Mother, Pray for Us!

Titles of Mary illustrated after praying a Litany to Mary together as a class.

Religion bulletin board - the Holy Spirit became a puzzle with the students' names & decorations on the pieces

Book bins - best idea ever! = SPACE SAVER!

Poet-tree...Get it? We put up students' "poetic licenses" and original poetry as the unit progressed

Here's an updated version.

our front door - an invitation, if you will...

Based on John Wooden's Pyramid of Success (and the kid-friendly book version with Inch & Miles)

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us!

An Advent prayer chain activity about things we will offer, pray, do, etc.

Learn about vascular plants with celery and food coloring!

Nothing says Christmas like homemade gifts (and gift bags)!

Dioramas for ecosystems

Student-created poetry portfolios - parents helped laminate and bind them for terrific final products that students shared with their families at our Chocolate House for Poetry

Students decorated people cut-outs to show that they can do anything!

teacher desk + news/notes board (which keeps us organized!)

What does a scientist look like? sketch activity

a "scientist" close-up (Sorry it's sideways!)

student book boxes - best LA/Reading organization tool ever!

Flat Stanley is usually a good option to learn more about various places and cultures.

Water-colored planets & moons for studying outer space

Read Aloud is the best time of day - and some students really need to be able to follow along...

Lots of good things on our prayer table

postcard "project" with the help of friends across the USA - it's been great as we've studied the different regions

Creation flip book

The days of creation

Thanksgiving turkey apples - a family tradition passed on to students every year!
a special tri-fold activity (triptych) for the Triduum

State Project trifolds - students each researched a different state, found information & pictures, and then presented in a brief oral report and for their parents at our state research exhibition day!

We invited parents to bring in foods representing their children's states - we had blueberries from Maine, pineapple from Hawaii, "baked Alaska", oranges from Florida, cranberry juice from Massachusetts, and more!

Locker magnet activity - I wasn't in charge of this, so I don't know how to make them (although I am sure there are plenty of tutorials online), but the kids LOVED them and kept them up all year.

Palm Sunday frond cross


  1. LOVE the photos! great job with the pages!

  2. do you have the template for the "i'm possible" people??? might just borrow this idea for next year! ;)