Can't believe tomorrow is Wednesday! I also can't believe that tomorrow is February 1st! It's 2-1-1-2 tomorrow. That was lost on my students and even The Oldest when I said it to her. I had to roll my eyes and explain. It's the same backward and forward. (I know there is a name for that but darn if I can remember what it is.)
My Monday started out with the snottiest of all snotty kids (not in my class) giving me a big ole 'tude in front of his moms (yes I put the s there on purpose). Did they do anything? Nope. His teacher and the secretary both dropped their jaws. And the secretary (who was translating) said "this is why Mrs. Sunny wrote you up, because you don't get to disrespect any adult". If that had been my child, I would have marched them to a private corner and taught them a lesson. Wow.
I was SUPER disappointed to pull up my MAP data and discover that every single one of my high readers went backwards on that test. I was pissed off! We had a big talk about it at the end of the day yesterday. I said "you mean to tell me you started out as one of the smartest kids in the class and you got DUMBER being in here with me?!" I know they were just being lazy when they took that test. They got cocky and thought they no longer had to try. And it bit them in the butt. I pointed out that conferences are NEXT WEEK. And *I* am soooo not explaining to their parents why their scores went down, THEY ARE.
I wrote a note home to one of my families because their child, whom I just adore, has been on a downhill slide the last few weeks being lazy, turning in sloppy work and just not working to his potential. He told me today that his dad was mad at him about it and he got grounded. I told him that I was sorry he got grounded but he can't afford to get lazy, not as smart as he is.
Despite that disappointment, my basic ELL kiddo went up 30 points! He made 2.5 years worth of growth in half a school year! Yay! When I told him, I thought he face was going to crack from that big ole smile! So awesome. Another one of my low kids already exceeded her yearly growth goal. So that was really awesome. It also solidified to me that the high kids were just being lazy -- because if I can get a child who can barely speak English and a child who likely has a learning disability to make those kind of gains, I'm obviously doing something right!
I have cranked up our work with DDI the last week or so. Tomorrow I have to be out at a training I didn't even know about until last week (!!) and I left two quick shots for the kids to do without me. One is with a Scholastic News article and one is with our social studies text. There is a quick shot template so you can make your own and I LOVE making them to match our stories and/or the strategies we're working on. For example, we've started our informational report unit. The topic is transportation. So far we've really talked about the features of non-fiction text that helps us make sense of the text (headings, captions, etc). When I was planning for my sub tomorrow, I saw one of our Scholastic News articles was about George Washington and had a timeline, captions, headings and more. So I whipped up a quick shot and will have them work on that with the sub. Fun for them because they love the magazines but also fun for me because they can practice what we're already doing anyway!
I got to work early yesterday and completely rearranged my room. The only thing in the same position is my desk. Everything else I moved. I will have to take some pictures Thursday. I like it now. I liked it before but after awhile I just need a change. I get bored easily and most years about halfway through I make a big rearrangement like this. I'm happy with it.
I'm off to read and then head to bed to be rested for my super exciting full-day math training tomorrow. Ugh!