Monday, October 5, 2015
Last week only five of my students got to have Fun Friday (out of 27) because they were messing around during Daily 4 time and didn't get their work done. Because I use Reading Street, there are a few things I have the kids do during the rotations that need to be done over the four days we do literacy (because Friday is our weekly test that I am absolutely required to give). The worst thing was, the work was not hard or too much work, the kiddos just forgot their stamina building and messed around.
You could have heard a pin drop in my room on Friday afternoon when all of those friends had to sit out of Fun Friday and do their work instead. Let me tell you, they were SILENT today during our Daily 4 time! :) I was so incredibly happy and pleased. We are doing table points right now because some of the kiddos are uber chatty....and they did such a good job that each and every table was able to earn points during this time today :)
Of course they totally lost it when we switched to writing LOL But our ELMO blew up (literally--sounded like someone had popped a huge balloon in class....may have taken a few years off our lives!) and thus we can't use GoNoodle or any of our brain breaks right now. My student teacher and I decided we may have to pull an iCarly and implement some Random Dancing to get the kiddos some extra movement and brain break so they can transition over to writing. We do have some movement between each but it clearly wasn't enough for them after being so focused during Daily 4. This means until ELMO is fixed (and I have no idea when that will be--last year the CPU went out on mine and it was 5 weeks before it came in after it was ordered!), I may have to get creative to let them move around a bit more so they can keep themselves on track.
Posted by Raye at 7:08 PM
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Loving: My class this year is vastly different from last year. VAST-LY. A couple of kiddos who will definitely try my patience but that's to be expected. The rest of them are pretty sweet. They had some trouble getting their work done due to chattiness during the week and had to finish up during Fun Friday...and instead of hating me for it,they were bummed when I said I couldn't come to the movie night we were having at school. Love them.
Thinking: my youngest two definitely need haircuts....they are looking like shaggy dogs haha I need a trim and that may happen sooner rather than later.
Wanting: I'm so ready to dress up in long sleeves and sweaters and go pick some apples. We live right outside of "The Ridge" so named because there are about seven apple orchards! We just have to pick one and go. I'm craving some honey crisp apples and caramel dip. Yummy!
Needing: It's always about the grad work, isn't it? :) Actually this class hasn't been too bad to keep up with so that's good. But next Saturday I am going to Eastern Michigan University for an NBCT meetup and thus I really need to get ahead on this work so that I can enjoy that day without a big paper looming over my head.
What makes me feel Boo-tiful is my MaryKay makeup. About 18 months ago, when I was still selling Thirty-One, a colleague of mine and I had a MaryKay/Thirty-One party at her house after school. I had never used MaryKay before and now I won't use anything else on my face. I love how it makes my skin glow and look so soft and pretty. I don't use a lot of MaryKay eye makeup (I have been using Clinique this past week and I'm in love!) but I won't use any other concealer, cleanser, powder or blusher. It makes me feel feminine and young.
Posted by Raye at 1:12 PM
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Posted by Raye at 8:20 PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Yesterday was our first day actually putting our hard work to the test and having our full rotation schedule and small groups meet.
Considering I had just settled my first group in and we had a fire drill (!!) AND my projector actually blew up (so loud I thought someone had popped a balloon in class!), it went pretty well. The projector breaking means it'll be a little harder for me to do part of the mini lessons (as I rely on technology for some of them) but the kids rolled with it. Yay for them and for solid procedures.
I only had to remind one student during rotations of the stamina building we had done. The other friends did an awesome job. :) I did discover, however, that there is just no way we can take the time during group to do the first part of the notebook. It just takes up too much valuable time. So I am going to find 10 minutes somewhere on Friday for us to do them all at the same time like we did before. That way it's done and kiddos and I can get right to work when we are at the table together.
I'm very pleased that I stuck with this routine because it went well better than I could have hoped for on our first day of rotations. (Especially refreshing since it's a full moon and my kids WEREN'T insane. Hopefully I did not just jinx myself!)
With a couple tweaks to my plan, this is going to work out very well, I think.
Posted by Raye at 5:39 AM
Friday, September 25, 2015
Posted by Raye at 9:21 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Oh my gosh....if my class would stop socializing so much, I'd love that. Then again, I wouldn't have so many fun stories about them if they weren't so social! :)
My student teacher has been out the past two days for PD at her university and then her big teacher test today. She has been reading aloud a book to the kids and I wanted to save that for her so I read two picture books while she has been out.
Today we read "Houdini was...." which was written by a 2nd grade class after their class hamster Houdini died. The kids loved the pictures and we spent a little time talking about the difference between a hamster and a guinea pig.
I told the kids, who were sitting at my feet at our carpet, that I thought guinea pigs were gross and smelled like butts. That was a bad idea because they roared with laughter for at least five minutes and I thought one of the girls was going to choke she was laughing so hard. So I said, what haven't you ever heard a teacher say butts? And they died laughing again.
Later we were talking about what to do go fire or code red drills. Each class, of course, has a different evacuation spot. When we have the code red drills, we lock the door and huddle by the counter. We were discussing how important it is to be super quiet. I asked them what they should do if someone farts (because really that happens invariably when we have those drills and the kids just giggle--we don't want you to giggle during a drill!). Of course the second I said "farts", they all died again.
Goodness. You can't say farts OR butts in 3rd grade because you'll have a class of corpses because the children all died laughing because the teacher said those words!
Oh they amuse me so.
Posted by Raye at 6:04 PM
Friday, September 18, 2015
Posted by Raye at 8:41 PM