Another great week. I got a lot done. I still have a ton to do, but this week was productive for sure.
Our math coach stopped by to teach a Math Workshop Lesson. Wow, she’s good. My kids learned a lot.
This was a part of the lesson. Thank you, Coach O’Connel!
Combined our two classes so Mrs. Smallwood and I could drive home the point of using tally makes to capture information then using that information in a graph. Once again, my students learned a lot.
We learned so much we took our learning to the streets. We went out in the hall and tallied up the students we saw wearing certain color shirts. Then we took it to class and made a simple graph using the data.
This week we started working on our AR tests. We’re focusing in on reading the book a couple of times then jumping on line to take the test. Teaching the students to stay with the book and make sure they understand it is a real task.
I wouldn’t be me if there weren’t bowties this week. Got a new Batman as well as Marvel comics bowtie. Let’s just call this Superhero week.
Good friend needed a reminded. Hey, I need this reminder, too.
Startbucks cookie straw and Kill Cliff iced coffee. This wasn’t a good idea. I’ll talk about this a little more on Thursday on a special Whole30 blog posting.
Let’s crack open the sparkling apple cider! My grade level won the best yard (hallway) decoration contest. We have full intentions of this starting a trend. We already started the plan for the next design in a few months.
And as always there were heavy weights lifted. Some didn’t fare to well, however. RIP.
Do I have to say that there was meal prep this week? My dinner swap made this fantastic breakfast bowl. It wasn’t 100% whole30, but it was all the way tasty and nutrient dense.
This week was OUTSTANDING!
I love this group of kids! I’m so very happy to have come aboard. Now let’s review this week in pics.
The 5th grade team thought it would be nice to start everyone’s week with a special card. They were right. That was kinda cool.
My neighbor who’s a 1st year (Shout out to The Most Beautiful 1st Years in the World, Perry and Davis) and I combined classes to help all our kiddos get the grip on how Number Talks work. Ms. Storie is a great teacher! We had so much fun doing this.
I like centers a lot. I did an inventory and I found that I have almost 65 handmade centers for 2nd grade. Since I’m in 1st grade and I can’t use 65% of the things I have from last year I guess all I can do is…make more! So expect an explosions of charts soon.
After Centers time I asked my dear, precious ones what kind of educational experience they’d make for a classmate using these random bags of manipulatives. They might only be a few weeks out of Kindergarten, but they’re pretty bight. They had some neat ideas. I will showcase these new centers when we put it together.
The lunchbox saga has been solved. I scored a great Norchill cooler bag that can hold almost 2 days worth of food along with a 64 ounce growler (The Tank)! That’s a lot of space. Most importantly it keeps stuff cold sitting in my classroom.
We set some reading goals this week. I know they’re afraid to read, but I am going to get them out of that real quick. I’m looking for a creative way to post these around the class so the kids can check off as they read. Maybe to a class total chart as well. That would be cool. Of course having them read to me, write a book report or read to a Book Buddy.
Oh, yeah I wore a few bow ties this week. I think I’m going to give in to the Jeans Friday. Thought I’d be stanch stickler for my tie, but I find myself moving around on the floor, running and doing more now. The tie was to restrictive.
How was your first full week of school?
I have to say so much about the new school I was placed this year. I have to go do my mile run and lift some heavy things, but I promise to get back to you. Don’t mean to leave you hanging, but check back I promise.
This school year started off with very little fan fair. That’s a good thing, trust me. I’m OK with easing into gear and a slow take off to cruising altitude. Let’s look at the current state of affairs.
I have 15 students. Most are of Hispanic descent.
I have more boys than girls in my class. I like my class theme. Whitaker’s Bookstore. The kids seem to like it as well.
Reading and getting everyone to read on level is HUGE and at this very moment almost the only thing that matters.
I have some spirited students, but everyone else knows why they come to school and are ready to work.
My new school is SUPER supportive. Lots of support staff ready to help in any way.
I’ve met almost all my parents. Some don’t speak English, but I have me them.
That being said EVERY parent has brought me a huge bag of classroom supplies. Yahtzee!
My team is six deep. Never had that many co-workers on a grade level. Lots of good ideas and mind share.
The ethnic mix of teachers/students and staff is cool. Not all one ethnic group or even gender. Lots of males in my school.
1st grade is GREAT! They’re so small and funny. Kinda remind me of my own DD2 in size.
The Kinda Big Deal
I don’t feel l have a full grasp on my daily schedule. Praying every second no one does a “walk through” on me.
It’s a LONG school day. 6:25 – 3:45 is a thing for sure. Add in Coaching or Training at CFSC and I’m wore out by days end.
I am not eating enough and sometimes I find myself going long stretches of time sans food. Not a good idea at all.
Though my school is considerably closer to my house. I still have a lot of turns to make so it ends up being 15-20 minutes.
I get paid once a month. That’s odd. But let’s just praise God that I GET PAID!
I can’t use most of the charts I made in my previous school. Can I sell ’em?