Okay...it is almost Spring Break, but what comes with Spring Break is CHAOS with a capital "C"...
What does that mean? It means that most likely in your school district report cards and data are due; parent conferences are coming SOON and if your climate is like that of the Northeastern part of the US, it is raining, snowing or both and your kids are INSIDE for recess and to top it off...there is most likely a FULL MOON! No one really understands this except a teacher! Yesterday my daughter called me a said," My kiddos are really active this week!"  I replied,"There is a full moon, right?" "Yes!" Well there is the answer. No kidding there is something called "The Lunar Effect" and although many articles say there is nor correlation, some say that the light of the moon effects quality of sleep and some individuals may be sleep deprived and this can cause a change in behavior!  Well all I know is when I taught I DID notice a change in the behavior of my students and I simply said, "It is a full moon!" I never really thought about the scientific connection!

 I really don't know for sure that there is such an effect, but who knows?  What do you think? Have you noticed a difference when there is a full moon or do you think it is the power of suggestion?

But all that aside...I am sure it is a Chaotic time of year for teachers. My advice is to keep focused on your goal, embrace the chaos and know that this too shall pass...if anything, you know for certain that you can't change some things, but the moon will definitely change into a new phrase...Keep on Truckin'!
I know there is a lot of discussion these days about the use of technology with children, but this article from time.com really has some fabulous ideas for struggling readers that are worth a shout out!!

Children today enjoy using technology so why not put it to good use to support reading?
Time Article
We have a lot to be happy about whether it is a personal kind of happiness, a business happiness, a teaching happiness or another kind of happiness...Let's share the happiness and love...Valentine's Day is right around the corner...so Let's share that LOVE and Happiness! Let's turn today and everyday into a day of happiness filled with happy thoughts and positive affirmations...Please comment with your happy thoughts or share what happiness is for you...after all we have a lot to be happy about so let's count our blessings!

I saw this quote from Albert Einstein and thought to myself, this is interesting because many times we think of a scientist as extremely logical....a person who always has clear sound reasoning behind every answer, a person who does not leave too much to the imagination, someone who believes in a logical sequence to all events, one whose reasoning and logic is his/her middle name...but then I began to ponder and thought again that yes, scientists are prone to reason, but they also need to have imagination or be imaginative, because imagination helps make knowledge applicable to solving problems and is necessary to learning...you have to be creative and think outside the box especially when inventing and solving problems...your imagination can take you everywhere and anywhere...well said Albert Einstein!!