High Five For Friday! 2-28-14

Welcome to the end of February and the end of week 25. Boy, I can’t for the temperatures to catch up with the week number! Here are the highlights from the past 7 days:

Feedback Oreo (c) Kristen Dembroski

1. The Feedback Oreo – We recently began the Show Me Creative Writing Unit in Language Arts class. Students learn to write short, detailed, language-rich descriptions with specific word choice, sensory details, and metaphor. An integral component of this unit is the feedback or critique process. We begin by doing this as a class to model appropriate language and feedback. My students were doing a phenomenal job with this, so I brought in real Oreos as a treat. The Feedback Oreo = detailed compliment, detailed critique, detailed compliment. Each student walks away with specific ideas of how to improve their piece as well as a confidence boost.

Weekly Cooking (c) Kristen Dembroski

2. Weekly Cooking – The best decision I ever made was to do all of my cooking for the week on Sundays. I make a couple of entrees for me and my husband – we split these up into individual portions for lunch and dinners. I often double the recipes and freeze half. Above, you will see a Vegetable Stir Fry, Egg Muffins, Thai Pad See Ew, Korean Beef Noodle Bowls, and a Chocolate Pie! Not having to worry about meals during the hectic week is a major stress reliever for me and helps me to continue eating healthfully.

PBIS Pizza Party (c) Kristen Dembroski

3. Pizza Party – To celebrate the winners of the PBIS Video contest, we threw a pizza party last Friday. All of the 8th grade staff helped chip in with desserts, soda, and other treats. It’s great to stop and celebrate with the students – it’s a great time to build relationships and reinforce positive behaviors.

Sushi (c) Kristen Dembroski Cupcakes (c) Kristen Dembroski

4. Celebrating – On Saturday night, my husband took me out to celebrate turning in Chapter 4 of my dissertation. We went to my favorite sushi restaurant, then to Gigi’s Cupcakes for dessert. I love spending time with my husband – yay date night! – and I have no idea what is better than sushi and cupcakes!

Money Challenge (c) Kristen Dembroski

5. Money Challenge – Have you seen this on Pinterest? It’s a weekly plan to put away money with the goal of saving up $1,378 by the end of the year. Since I’d like to buy a nice DSLR camera, I thought this would be a great idea. I’ve been putting away the suggested weekly deposit, but I’ve also been putting away some of the larger deposits for the end of the year. I guess I figured it would be easier to make these more difficult deposits when I have the extra cash. Have you ever done a money challenge? I’m wondering how well people stick with it. Seems like a great idea!

Ruffy & Rocket (c) Kristen Dembroski

BONUS 6. Cuteness – The boys got their hairs cut. LOVE them!

I hope you had a fabulous week! I’d love you to send me a link or tell me about it below!

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2 Comments on High Five For Friday! 2-28-14

  1. Katie
    February 28, 2014 at 9:58 am (9 years ago)

    Hi Kristen!

    I LOVE the feebdback Oreo idea. I’ve used a Star and a Wish when giving feedback to students about their writing before but I like this for having students give feedback to each other.

    I’m totally jealous about your meal planning! I tried something similar this week but it was more I went shopping Friday and bought a lot of vegetables, salad, and other healthy food so that I had it all on hand duing the week. I tend to just slurge shop where I’ll go to the store at night and buy something random (and not healthy!). Buying ahead is a small step compared to what you did but it did work pretty well for this week!

    I’m your newsest followerer! 🙂


  2. kdembro
    March 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Katie – Thanks for stopping by! I’m heading straight over to your blog to check it out, too! I LOVE Star and a Wish – so cute! See ya soon! – Kristen


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