Looking forward

This school year has been a tough one. But it’s been a very good indicator for me of my skills, abilities and planning. I have the best class in the world. I’m so proud of each of them and I know they’ll end this year strong.

That being said has anyone seen Spring Break wandering around?

My thoughts on this year so far

So I am in 3rd grade. The oldest group of students I’ve ever taught. I won’t lie, I’d still rather the little kids, but this is a good trade off.

Third graders know what they’re doing. Yes, they need to be taught a lot, but most of the house keeping is centered around reminding them of rules and procedures not helping them understand what “working cooperatively” means. I need to release the reigns more for this group. After we solidify them rules, though!

This group isn’t nearly as needy as I anticipated. I have a ton of support from the ESOL team. I have 8 ESOL students in a class of 20. But you know what? Everyone does put forth some effort and you can see/hear that they want to make a go at this year.

This might sound odd, but I think I’m over exposed to tech. We have so many websites that the District has provided, plus free sites that offer support, plus sites that you go to as a teacher. I feel my open tabs bar is over run. (I am sure there’s a percent of bookmarks that we actually use and I don’t use nearly all of them). In this area I think I feel swamped.

My team is great. They know what they’re doing and allow a lose cannon like myself to be myself. There are seven 3rd grade classes, which is a lot, but we all have a full compliment of students. We all get along and support one another. Help is just a quick email or yell down the hall away.

I am much different than I was even last year. I tend to be MUCH more forgiving. I am still prone to be rant-tastic, but it’s nothing like before. Not nearly as sarcastic and over all I think this group is going to pull off something great. I am quite optimistic about this year.

There’s a lot that needs to be done. Lots that hasn’t really be made clear, but overall I have high expectations of this being a fantastic school year.

A super school year must start off busy. I have been running and going so much this year. But I will say this. My class is by in far the absolute best I’ve ever written had. They have so much potential, that I feel the real pressure to lead them to deep learning. Also I have been paired with the best 3rd grade team in the world.  We have so many ideas and concepts.  We’re really going to rock this school year for sure.  

I will be back with a real summary of this year so far. 

Where did the Summer go?

Next week I report back to work to kick off the 2016-17 school year. And all I really have on my mind is “where did the summer go?” These last few weeks seem like a blur.

Though the Summer was quick I am thankful for this one particularly. This Summer I spent more time than I have ever have reading, praying, relaxing and getting myself prepared inwardly for this coming school year. As everyone knows 2016 has been very interesting. (We still have 4 months left!) 2016 is kind of a draining year. I can’t really verbalize it, but I am sure you all know what I mean. I am thankful for so much about this Summer and this year.

It may sound odd and even crazy, but I am looking forward to this new school year. For some reason I have a quiet expectation of opening this school year.  I don’t know anything specific. I don’t have an inside scoop. However, I just am looking towards this being a school year like none other.

What about you? Are you ready for another school year?

My First Year in MCS

wpid-20151002_111731.jpgThis was my first year in MCS and it was eye opening. Here’s my observations from this past school year.

The Sunny Side

  • I totally love my team! I didn’t think I’d bond with a team as much as I did with my last group at my last school. Thank God I met this group. They made my year of teaching fruitful and exciting.
  • I had a fantastic group of students. We all struggled and in some areas we were clearly grasping for a life line, but they were never horrible. Just kids who need direction.
  • Being close to home was really fun.
  • Working in a more diverse school was insightful. It’s very, very easy to get into a mental rut when every person in the building is of the same ethnic group.
  • Supplies and “school stuff” was in abundance.
  • I had tons of volunteers come to read, visit and add to my class this year. Probably because I was only 6 miles from home.
  • Bowties were on point!
  • Jeans passes are a miracle from on High.
  • Meal Prep was on and popping!

Slightly Cloudy

  • I didn’t like my classroom theme. Thinking that I may not do a theme next year, more on that later.
  • Lots of transition. I believe that the last 2 months of school were the most stable. From Day 1 until the late April I had more than 9 students come in and leave from my class.
  • Though my kiddos were sweet they needed a lot more hugs and coddling than I dole out. Sorry kids, Whitaker doesn’t hug.
  • Where did all the grey in my beard come from?

Rainy Days

  • I feel as if I didn’t get a full grasp of the new to me 1st grade content. Coming from 2nd grade I could see where 1st grade was going, but I just don’t think I got it down.
  • I can’t find 1 picture that clearly embodies this year. Augh!

This was a fantastic school year and I can’t think of much that would have made it better. I’m enjoying my vacation and quietly looking forward to another solid school year.

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Another movie review

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Just went to see Captain America: Civil War. There’s not much I need to say to build up, so let’s just jump into my review.

The Good

  • The movie was well thought out. The script was clean and moved well.

  • The LONG list of build up single character/Avengers movies really made the flow of this movie smooth. No time was wasted retelling backgrounds or origins. Let’s just jump into some action!

  • I think the fact that there has been a dozen free standing films before made it ok that they don’t explain several characters. In honesty it only made me more interested in future films or appearances.

  • The cause for the “Civil War” was reasonable. Though it was complex I say again that you could tell it was thought out.

  • Though there wasn’t the huge roster of super heroes fighting the number on screen made sense and it didn’t seem to be lacking a lot of action.

  • There were tons of iconic moments and speeches.

  • The fight scenes were outstanding. The infamous airport fight was spectacular.

  • I feel that the film stuck to just a few comic story lines. I counted really only three story lines that I could distinctly point out.

  • There wasn’t a bunch of underlined symbolism and concepts that didn’t help the movie at all and just basically offend.

  • I bet we’ll see Red Hulk one day.

The Bad

  • I have to point out something. The “You killed my relatives” story plot has been played out. I can honestly think of 8-9 movies that have this as a plot or sub plot.

  • There were parts that were so good that I honestly would’ve sat there longer just to see/hear more. Ex the intro of Spider-man. I kept saying “This seems right. They finally got him right.”

  • Where’s Nick Fury!?

  • There was a scene with Crossbones that didn’t make sense. He wreaked of “Martha!”

  • I do wonder what this movie would be like if every character was available to be played.

  • The “civil war” wasn’t resolved fully, I think MCU can stand to not have complete closure on this issue.  There may need to be some kind of closure or mention of closure if they’re not going to do Iron Man: Civil War.

The Ugly

I can’t say that anything was horrible about this film. I know that many will and have found fault, but as a comic fan I think this one is pretty outstanding.

Overall, as a comic fan CACW made me proud to see. I will give it 4.5 bowties and you should as well.