Making Inferences (for my 6th graders)


Finally! I have a little time to post something!
I want to try to share any classroom happenings for those teachers who do not teach Kindergarten or First...there are a million amazing blogs for those youngenz. (which I'm hopeful to teach one day)
So anyway, back to inferring. I noticed before our two weeks of snow days that my students were struggling with inferring and I even did a quick assessment (thumbs up and thumbs down) to see what the students felt like they knew. Out of 18 students only 4 students gave a thumbs up that they felt comfortable with inferring.

I loved Babbling Abby's ideas on teaching her kids inferring. I just ran with it. I kind of copied but that's what teachers do, right?? :)

Hopefully you can click that picture to enlarge it to read what it says. Let me know if you have trouble. On the bottom sheet I used pictures of my son Tryp and my students LOVED that! They love seeing pictures of my "real" life. (outside of school)
I also have Inference Task Cards that I created. If you are interested in these please leave a comment(and email) and I'll email them to you. I made six task cards and split my 18 students into 6 groups of 3 and had them rotate to the different cards. They had to "answer" the task cards like this....
I think the students really benefited from practicing inferring. They all feel very confident with what an inference is and how to infer. YAY! That means I am doing my job...successfully!

Stayed tuned for more posts...about week 16 of my pregnancy and meeting Angie Smith at Bring The Rain.

15 Weeks (Almost)


Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 15 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby B is 2.5 ounces- about the size of an apple. 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 1 lb. (as of last week)
Maternity Clothes: I am at that funky between stage. I hate the belly band. It worked at the beginning but now I feel too big for it. I have two pairs of maternity pants for work. I have two pairs of jeans I can still fit in (they are stretchy). Shirts I wear just make me look like a pudgy girl. I can't wait for it to warm up so I wear cheap sundresses and leggings! :)
Gender: We don't know yet. Won't know until March 29th. We think it's a girl. :)
Movement: Nothing yet. I thought I was feeling flutters a while back but I'm pretty sure it wasn't anything. I felt Tryp for the first time around 16 weeks so maybe I'll start feeling flutters soon from my little apple. They say sooner with your second.
Sleep: I'm sleeping much better than I was at the beginning. 
What I miss: Fitting into all my clothes. 
Cravings: Everything. :) Mainly peanut butter and waffles and creamsicles and extreme tots from Sonic and...I think you get the idea.
Symptoms: Absolutely nothing. This is that part of pregnancy where you don't really 'feel' pregnant. 
Best Moment this week: Hearing another toddler call my baby a 'she'. :) Thanks Grace Johnson you made my day yesterday!

Trying to find something positive...


This is totally just a rant but I have to get it out! (Maybe that's the purpose of my blog...ranting!)

So I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I had another post for another day about Baby B growing in my belly. We think it's a she because she is being VERY dramatic. So...

We went in last week at 13 weeks because I was bleeding. (A no-no during pregnancy but can be normal, that's odd.) I found out that I have a hematoma (blood clot) between the placenta and my uterus. The doctor wasn't too concerned she just told me that I would be bleeding and not to worry about it. I really didn't bleed that much. She said she would watch it closely because if it gets too large it can take growing room away from baby.

So today I went in for my original appointment which was set at 14 weeks. 

They didn't do an ultrasound today (which I didn't expect) but I did expect that she would have wanted to see me again at 16 weeks to check on the hematoma. But she wants to see me at 18 weeks. I am okay with that but she didn't schedule an ultrasound at 18 weeks either to check it then. I'm so confused because she said she wanted to monitor it closely.

THEN I was hoping that I would get my ultrasound (gender scan) at 18 weeks but she tells me that the ultrasound tech gets mad if she sees people before 20 weeks. Ugh. So then I try to schedule it for 20 weeks which would be March 22nd and the lady making the appointments schedules it for March 29th. I said, the 29th? and she said Yes, the 29th.
So now I don't get to see the baby until 21 weeks. Ugh.

On top of that. I was told at the very beginning that I would have a scheduled c-section at 38 weeks. I was very excited about this because I am a teacher and my original due date was Aug. 11th and 38 weeks would put the baby being here at the end of July- fabulous for a teacher! So today I'm told it won't be until 39 weeks and they are looking at doing it on August 8th. Ugh.

I'm probably just making a big deal out of a bunch of small stuff but I'm pretty frustrated about it all. I'm going to assume it's because of these lovely hormones.

I know.

I know I know I know! I should be happy that any of this is happening because some women don't even get the opportunity to experience what I am currently going through. I guess I'm just so excited to find out what it is, even though mother's intuition is GIRL GIRL GIRL. I wish I could find something positive and not be bummed about the news I got today. Blah. At least it's Friday.

Looks (sounds) as though we will have school on Monday after two weeks of snow days. We are losing are "long weekend" to make up snow days. No biggie since I just got two weeks off. I just hope they don't take the long weekend in March because I have cousin is getting married and I would like to be there to visit some of my great family!

OH, something positive. I have only gained 1 lb so far and I'm 14 weeks pregnant! I guess that is just my body saying..."you kept 8 lbs of Tryp's baby weight so I'll be nice to you". :)
OH, something else positive. I have 11 followers! I have only had this blog for a month and I have 11 followers. I am SO excited about that! :)

Okay. Night y'all!



I just have to get it out and my blog seems to be the best place to do so.

I hate loathe my husband's job, tonight.

Normally I love that he loves helping people. He's not the normal police officer or the stereotypical police officer. He's sweet and caring and actually likes helping people. He's only "ugly" when you get "ugly". (Thank goodness that rule doesn't apply in our household...I think I would be seeing a side of him that I wouldn't like. Yes, I'm admitting that I've been "ugly". I can't help it and I blame the pregnancy hormones.)

For some reason though, tonight, I really dislike his job. Tryp wanted macaroni and cheese, awesome! Well I start making it and realize that Hank notified me earlier...we are out of milk...for some odd reason we are going through milk like crazy. It wouldn't happen to have anything to do with a million snow days in a row, would it?

On a normal day, he would run quickly to get milk and drop it by the house. Tonight, he can't. The blame really goes to the fact that we have snow every where. Boo. So anyway I hope that Tryp enjoyed milk-less mac n cheese. I didn't touch it.

Rant is over. The end. Done.

Thanks! :) I feel better!

A Blogging Struggle


That title seems strange. Is it a struggle to blog? For me...not really. My struggle is that I have developed a very strong love for blogs and blog stalking.

The end.

Just kidding.

I've seen crafty blogs, blogs about individuals, blogs about teaching (my fav!), blogs about house re-do's, etc. and as I thought about my newly developed blog about "The Brockmeyer Family" I realized...who wants to read about some family they don't know? My family isn't THAT exciting...well it is to me but you know what I mean. So I thought about blogging about teaching because those seem to be my favorite blogs right now. Then I thought...blogging about 6th grade teaching isn't as fun as blogging about 1st or 2nd grade teaching (my current desired grade level). So I thought blogging about crafts and cooking would be fun but I'm really just a follower in those categories. I find other peoples' recipes and craft ideas and I duplicate them. I don't create something new. So that blog was out.

So as I'm reading about using photoshop on The Pioneer Woman I start to venture around her website. She's amazing by the way. I found this wonderful post. It's a post about things that the pioneer woman (Ree) has learned from blogging. My favorite is #3-

3. Be varied.
Change things up.
Offer a smorgasbord of content.
Unless you’re, say, a fashion blog.
And in that case, you should probably continue to blog about fashion.
But never blog about the same top twice!

It helped me to realize that I don't have to stick to one topic. So there it is. My struggle is no longer a struggle. I am going to blog about EVERYTHING. The crafts I copy, the recipes I cook, my son being a terrible 3, this baby on the way (that has to be a girl with all the drama she has caused already-another post), my goofy fun loving (police officer) husband, my teaching adventures, and so so so much more. It makes me happy. I would like to change my blog title to say something other than The Brockmeyer Family because it's really more about me and my experiences with my family. Any suggestions?

Meet The Teacher


One of my favorite blogs The First Grade Parade is having a link up party. A "meet the teacher" party. Even though my blog is not about my teaching adventures (yet) it is still about me and my family and I am a teacher. :)
So let the fun begin. About me...
There I am! I'm 25 and although I'm not much of a "believer" in astrology. I am a Sagittarius to a T. IF you happen to be curious you could look up some of the characteristics. They sure do make me seem like a bad person though. :) I was born and raised in Garland, Texas. At the lovely age of 15 my mom and step dad decided to move to a little town called Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I now live about 45 minutes from Eureka in a city called Springdale. I just got married to the most wonderful man in the world in October (2010). He works for the Springdale Police Department and does a great job protecting the city!
We met through some mutual friends and it was a blind date that went GREAT! :) I have a three year old son from a previous marriage, his name is Tryp. I am also expecting a baby this August!
I am currently in my first year of teaching. Sixth grade Social Studies and Reading. I am eager to switch to a lower grade such as 1st or 2nd.(We shall see what the future holds) I did not think I would want to teach lower elementary but I enjoyed lower elementary content during college and internship. I graduated from the University of Arkansas.
Woo Pig Sooie!
I have one older brother who is nearly 10 years older than me, he resides in San Fransisco California. I love that fact because I can take vacations to visit him. I've been there once and LOVED it! :)
Now for the Q & A

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?                                             
A:  I would probably be a labor and delivery nurse. I love babies!

Q: What are your hobbies?                                                                                    
A:  I have a lot. Scrapbooking (subsiding), knitting, crocheting, blogging, blog stalking, sewing, photography, painting, four wheeling, mountain biking. I'm sure there are others...                                                         

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?                     
A:  A teacher of course! :)
Q: What are your guilty pleasures?                                                                  
 A: I love Chips Ahoy cookies dipped in milk. I've been doing pretty good and avoiding those (mainly so I don't have another 10lb baby), Teen Mom, 16 & Pregnant, and cheese covered french fries.

Q: What is your biggest fear?!                                                                       
 A: Death. Not necessarily mine but others, like people I'm really close to.

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?                                   
 A: A beach. I would say any beach but Galveston's beach is not that pretty. I love crystal clear/blue water. So my favorite would be anywhere in the Caribbean! I really want to see lots of places though that do not have a beach!
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?                                                   
A:  Think before you speak. This has been the best advice for ME and my personality. :) I'm almost too honest. eeek.

Q: What do you value most in others?                                                                   
A:  Honesty and positivity for sure.

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?                                                                                                        
A: My love to be happy. Truly happy. I want my kids to be able to find those things that make them happy and really go for it. :)     

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?                                                                                                               
A:  I think everyone says Jesus but I really would like to have lunch with him. I would also like to have lunch with the ladies who wrote Daily 5 and CAFE. Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. Would love to pick their brains for a lunch hour. :)
Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
Just one?
How about a few...
I judge people by their feet. (If I see them of course)
It's almost as if you don't have nice clean feet then your not a clean person. This is totally not always true but I get people vibes based on feet. haha. Random.
I can't wait till we get our farm and have piggies! :)
I can never finish a hobby. I start it and leave it and start another one. I go back and forth between projects.

Fevers and Good Food...wait, again??


YES! Remember a couple of posts ago...Tryp was running a fever. Well he ended up being diagnosed with an ear infection, sinus infection, and bronchitus. WOW! He is on medicine and with his terrible terrific three's showing, it's clear that he is feeling better.

In the mean time, Hank manages to get sick and doesn't go to the doctor. Typical male. THEN, I get sick.
I have strep throat. Nothing new...I always get it. Hank finally went to the doctor today when our blizzard hits and it appears that he has strep throat too. I'm going to say that he had it first and I ended up with it. Not that I kiss my husband or anything. ;) We are both on medicine and on our way to recovery. Yee Haw!

I did cook some yummy food while being sick though. My favorite thing in the world...FRENCH TOAST.
This french toast is dipped in an egg/milk mixture then sprinkled with ground cinnamon while it fries. It is then topped with peanut butter and syrup. YUMMO.

I also cooked us Parmesan Ranch Chicken and I got the recipe here. I love that blog as well, she has tons of great crafty ideas and good recipes. But the chicken has alot of flavor so broccoli and rice are great "bland" sides. Try it out yourself. It was fabulous!

Today I made my first fabric flower. I like the layered ones better but this was just the first and I think it's cute. It will look great on a headband! :) I'm seeing alot of these flowers in my future.

And finally the last picture to post. My 12 week belly has shrunk now after becoming sick, hardly eating, and puking. Thank you strep throat, oh how I love you. The baby is still fine I'm sure. :)