One more week with a great group of students. 5 days. 40 hours. I can do this.
I’ve been talking about changing the homework in my class for a while. I am almost ready to reveal the (hopefully) finished product. My students have been pretty good at reading and building their stamina. I think this is going to be a real boost to their understanding of the reading process, comprehension and overall love for reading. I will be dropping the finished product this week.
I am considering changing my homework for my class. I want to see my kids reading more, discussing their reading and overall being empowered through text. Right now the only time I can squeeze in more reading is homework.
My plan is to roll out 3rd grade book clubs in lieu of homework. This is what I see.
Each student/reading group will have a book or chapter to read every night. The next day during their reading time they’ll reply to questions through our class website. We’ll also discuss the book in our specific reading time. Towards the end of the session they can do a project, open discussion or even an Accelerated Reader quiz on the book.
Dear Parents, I want to know what you think about homework and this idea. If you student just came home with a book every night with dedicated pages to read how would you feel? I will not be offended in anyway so please be as honest as possible..
I have been so busy lately. Not really a good excuse, but it’s real. Mentally, I’ve n been to tired to blog. Give me this week and I will get back on my blog grind. I have a lot to talk about, just doing life has been keeping me from posting. Maybe, I’ll do a video blog. Hmmm
This year has really been a mind bender. I’m SO used to resolution/goal setting/Daniel fasting/starting off with the end in mind/blah-blah-blah. This year however, I didn’t do any of the usual. I am sticking to what worked as I ended 2015 and not doing what didn’t work. That just seemed easy enough. Coming off our epic Christmas I have had ZERO interest in over stressing myself. So I’ve kept it all very low key. Let’s talk about it.
- We’re spending a lot more time together. The girls have so much going on that our little moments together are pretty special.
- Family planning time. We have so much going on that we need to spend some time looking at and planning our calendars.
- Um…yeah. We all are going to have to pitch in on household stuff. No reason to fake that any longer.
- I love my little class. We’re struggling to make the gains that we need, but we can do it.
- Each student has a chart of their place on our “gains train”. They all know just about what they need to do each week to get to the end with success.
- I also LOVE my school. I can’t say enough about them. That being said I would like to just stay there, learn how to address the needs of this community and help DES become the school it’s supposed to be.
- I am going to go get my Level 2 certification soon. Why not? I enjoy CF and I want to be better as a coach as well as a Crossfitter. The next certification will help me with the coaching aspect.
- I want to find more ways to meal prep! I know that’s crazy cause I already to every meal and snack that I eat, but there’s some more that I’d like to do.
- I can’t express how much I get out of Olympic lifting. I feel better and I feel amazing going at it on the platform.
- Team Whitaker is in a good spot. That being said there are some areas that we’re not addressing. We’ve skipped them for YEARS and truth be told we just don’t know enough to be good in these areas. So…we’re going to fix that.
- Sometime this year Team Whitaker will increase our streams of income times 2. More later.
- I want my family to be able to properly sort and discuss matters of faith without feeling they’re not properly equipped. No need to wait for someone else to “defend them” they’re able to discuss these matters on their own.
I will expand on all of these more and more as the year moves on. Can you believe that we’re half way through January? Amazing how time flies.
The 1st part of this school year is almost wrapped up like a present under the tree. I can’t say just how excited I am about getting away and recharging, but I am sure you understand my current state.
Also this marks the end of 2015 a pretty good year over all. As with all years it seems to have just flown by, but a lot happened this year. I am going to just highlight a few mostly centered around the shaping of young minds.
- I have a fantastic group of students.
- Lots and lots of good kids here. Most want to do well and just need direction and guidance.
- My co-workers are the BEST!
- Most of my systems have worked out well…albeit I need some more. Next year I need to have a system for systems.
- My centers have been on point all year long.
- The ESOL students have been “getting it”.
- I’ve had a blast teaching science and social studies this year.
- I had some awesome student teacher observers. Hope they get a great classroom one day.
- The support team here is out of this world! Real troopers
- I am enjoying Marietta City Schools. It’s different from APS and it’s ok.
- I’ve had some FANTASTIC class visitors this year. Not sure how I can top the Docs coming in to talk about good back health and getting my babies moving.
- MEAL PREP!
- I haven’t seen as much progress as I thought we’d have by close of 2015.
- Cracking the code and helping them WANT to learn has proven to be a much more tricky task than I first thought.
- I don’t honestly think I get the guided reading/math portion of my day.
The Down Right Silly
I’ve had the best time teaching 1st grade! I’ve had some adventures for sure…
- The student that didn’t like me because I was “brown”. Oh he was brown as well.
- My ESOL student that corrects me every time I try to speak Spanish.
- When I was having a emotional break down over a student leaving my student that consoled me by telling me she’ll do good work, too.
- The kindergartner who told me she’ll behave in class because she loved me.
- The student who gave my co-worker a recycled day card that had been given to her, but it was in Spanish.
- The student that told me that “decomposing numbers” is like when is daddy took the rims off the car.
- My little guy who refuses to put his shoes on correctly. He even will change them back if I have him change them.
On the non-school related front I had such a great year. Many, many new things happened.
- I became a better dad and a pretty good husband
- Started Olympic Lifting and have found a real desire
- Finally got to my goal body fat
- Financially, Team Whitaker got on track this year.
- We’re taking our first REAL vacation this year! Won’t be our last.
- I had so much fun with my BGE!
- I cleaned out my friend stable. Now I feel lighter not carrying around so many extra folk.
I’ll post a pictorial collage later.