This week I made LOTS of head way with both my English as well as Spanish students. They all need help, but in different scales to say the least. I had two readers come in this week. (Had to catch up on the fact that I didn’t have one last week)
Grade level chose Weather as our hallway decoration. I think we did a fantastic job. The kids pitched in a lot and most of all they all loved it.
Please note the rain drops coming down. Get your umbrellas!
I think for my birthday I’m going to cover the building in bow ties, just because it’s wrong.
We’re spotlighting our math skills this week. We pick a strategy to focus on and try to use it as much as we can. We write about it, talk about it, use it and most of all learn it.
Many schools use Accelerated Reader, but my school takes it to another level. We had a kick off to get the kids excited about AR and earning as many points as possible. The school puts out a goal a long with a prize. This year they’re having a school wide picnic with all kinds of fun and games. Let’s see how the kids do.
The goal is 35,000 each grade/class has a part to contribute. I have to get my students to each earn 66 points. That’s a lofty goal considering everything. We read tons of books each week, but getting them to stick is going to be tricky. I’ll keep you posted.
And yes, there were bowties this week as well.
Week 3 is in the books. If this was your 1st or 3rd week, how did it go?
I’m looking for a few guest bloggers. If you’re interested, please let me know.
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?
OMG! It’s time to freak out!
I can’t have a fridge in my class! I’ve spent 30000 man hours trying to find a reasonable cooler I can bring with my everyday. (It’s really that big a deal, trust me.)
This year is off to a great start. I know there will be some hiccups along the way, but I’m very pleased with the start. Now, if I could find a Yeti cooler for sale.
How’s your year starting off?
Yesterday the kiddos were ready to learn. Sure hope they're ready for another great day. Got some good stuff planned for them. I'm ready. I sure hope they come in ready as well.
I moved the small bookcase from along side the big one. This opened my room like "Wow". Not sure why I didn't see this before, but it helped a lot. Today I'm introducing 4 new centers. I'm also to the point that every kid could have their own center. I'm thinking of doing a video of the centers so the kids can see HOW to utilize them. That would be fun and they'll get to post something cool on schooltube. My plans for next week are 75% done.
Now my room isn't as dark. The curtains worked to well. Hot glue and some binder clips make for great curtain pulls. I feel like my room is done now. All that needs to happen now is keep the learning, flowing.
Administration stopped by yesterday to compliment on the class and my work with these children. It's not me, trust. These kids just want to learn. Though their desire to learn is buried under a lot of distractions, they do want to learn.
Didn't get into Crossfit SCobb this week, but I did workout at Basement Crossfit. Though the trainer at Basement is a slacker I got a good WOD in.