Anywhos, here's my Five-for-Friday-on-a-Saturday-as-usual!
(1) Mini-Update on Wall Pops and Another New Use for Them!
I blogged about a purchase that I was super stoked about. And I'm happy to say, the feeling has maintained and flourished over the last couple weeks! These wall-pops turned small-group-table-pops keep on giving me inspiration. We've been in the middle of test prep season and we've been doing a lot of practice passages. Sometimes, I feel like it's too exhausting for my kids day after day to complete so I decided one day not to do one. However, I still wanted some insight into if they 'got' our lesson for the day or not. I posted a multiple choice question about the mood of a poem they had to read on the Smartboard. I had them on a post it write their answer. Then, I had them write down the words in the text that helped them choose that answer. They put their classroom number on it and placed it on the bubble that matched their answer. So if they chose "A", they put their post-it on "A," for example. This took less than 5 minutes, and students got a break from the mundane practice passages.
(2-3) Test Prep Happenings
I decided Friday of last week to have parents write little notes for our testing coming up. It was a random, "It's 7:00 am and I don't have the day ready, but I really want to do this," idea. I looked quick on TpT and found this resource (for free none-the-less) and began to prep it. Our amazingly, awesome, one of a kind, Education Assistant copy lady helped print these and stuff them into envelopes so they could go home. The kids were so curious what was inside the "Top Secret" envelopes! I knew I wasn't going to get them all back. I had 14 send them back with notes done. Some families went all out and it brought so much happiness to my heart. One is a teacher herself and had her 5th grade class all sign one; others attached pictures; others even attached a little candy here and there. I had another 6 send them back, but the notes were blank still (maybe a miscommunication?). And another 7 didn't return any. I then organized my staff. I needed 4 notes per student and had sent out an email to the 2nd grade teachers last year, our EL teachers, custodians, librarian, office staff, nurse, intervention teachers...you name it, I contacted them. I have most kids covered all 4 days now! The staff really helped me out and I know the kiddos will be just as excited to receive a note from their teacher last year, their STEM teacher, or the principal! This one was decorated by one of our EL teachers for one of my EL students she works with. She wrote a very nice note on the back.
(4) Getting Summer Ready?
Have you seen the pin that says if you mix Listerine, vinegar, and water and let your feet soak you will have beautiful, smooth, feet?
They did turn blue.
And not a pretty blue like in the bottle.
But a moldy blue that made my feet look like all blood had been cut off from them.
Let's just say, I won't try it again for a little while (and sorry you had to see my long, frog toes... I've always been self conscious of them).
However, I also completed my 2nd week of AQUA ZUMBA to help get 'summer ready' (to be honest, it's more for fun). I'm loving it!
(5) Super Teacher Moment
Friday was a whirl-wind of a morning. Here was my first two hours of school (and neither of those 2 hours was spent teaching my students):
- 8:00-9:00 am- Lead my first EVER staff meeting on our bully prevention program Olweus.
- 9:00-9:30 am- (and yes, there wasn't any transition time) Parent meeting to discuss going further in the evaluation process for special education for one of my students. It was the first time I had to do a meeting like this, so again, I was trying to be very prepared.
School starts at 9:10 and my instructional coach had to cover my class for the first 20 minutes so I could stay in the meeting.
- 9:30-10:00 am- All School Morning Meeting- I then had to leave the meeting right at 9:30 as I had to act in a staff skit in front of the whole school. On top of that... I was the "lead" in it!
I didn't even really get to talk to my students until 11:20, as the Phy Ed teacher kept my class later so that they could have their full gym time that they lost due to the All School Morning Meeting and so that I could try to prepare for the rest of the day (which was VERY appreciated!). It was such a busy morning, but it felt good to take on some leadership roles in my 2nd year of teaching and balance it all! Even better, I had so much support from others in the building that helped make the day go smooth... I'm truly grateful for everyone who helped me out!
It was a very busy week, as it was our last week before we take our state test. I can't wait for it to be done and we can get back to a more relaxed atmosphere. I've tried to ease any stress and worries, but at the same time, it has been very rigorous and with 3rd grade being the first year they take 'the test' we have a lot of pressure to make sure they are prepared to know what to expect.
Whatever the outcomes, I am so proud of how hard they have worked and believe that the work they've done to become stronger readers is more important than this score they'll receive during the summer. Good luck to all those who are testing!! :)