The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013


I have been very busy now that school is back in session, but I just had to take a minute to write a quick post and share about my very accomplished daughter...the one who just got married in Seattle! Here is a great article about her in her position as executive sous chef in one of Seattle fine dining establishments. I am a very proud mom!

Meet Deborah Taylor Executive Sous Chef at Canlis


Teach and be happy!

Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fire Drills and Computer Crashes! :(

This week started out with my laptop computer crashing and although I had most of my data backed up in the cloud, I lost what I had worked on for three hours the night before. I went out and bought a new laptop, but now I have a learning curve with Windows 8. So, I have been getting behind on blog updates, product updates and creation, etc.
 Thursday we had a fire drill. Although we are used to having monthly fire drills, teachers and students alike were grumbling a bit as we headed out the door. Why? Because after last week, when a possible electrical fire made us evacuate the building for hours (it turned out to be refridgerant leaking from an air conditioning unit), we did not like the possibility of another long and hot wait out in the midday sun when it's over 90 degrees!

Thankfully, it was not a real emergency, and we were allowed to go back in the building fairly quickly. However, it was a flaming hot emergency for me, for while I was taking roll out in the grass, I stepped in fire ants! Ouch! I have about twenty little blisters all over my feet. Note to self - slip on closed shoes for fire drills. Sandals just don't cut it!
Oh well, at least Friday the 13th turned out well for me. I stopped by Chic-fi-A on my way to school and ordered a biscuit and orange juice. When I pulled up to pay, they said it was on the house! Woo hoo!
I hope everyone had a good week and especially a good Friday the 13th!

Here is a freebie for you!
 Classroom Helpers Super Star Bulletin Board Set

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Have a great weekend everyone!
Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Friday, September 6, 2013

Great Short Week and TPT Sale!

Hello Everyone!
It was a short week, but a productive one! After the three day weekend, my students worked on adjective and adverb clauses, and sentence structure. We also read the short story "Alll Summer in a Day" and discussed figurative language, along with tone and mood. We were able to compare the story to the move (available online), and then we used Chromebooks today to write. My students are starting to get comfortable using Google Docs, and I am excited about having them have use the new technology! They love it, too, and are so engaged. They don't even realize how much they are writing, and are suprised when they check their word count!

If you are interested in any of these activities, I have some products availabe in my TPT store that you might like.

Products for the short story "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury:





Products for teaching sentence structure, adjective clauses, and adverb clauses:








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Best wishes,

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