Sunday, May 29, 2011

Waiting for Superman

When I come back I've got some things to say about this movie.

(5-3-2016) --> Needless to say, I didn't say anything.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

End of World End of Year

Well, thankfully the end of the world didn't happen last Saturday. I'm glad to hear it has been postponed till next October, I met some of my students for next year and would love to get to know them more.

The End of the School Year did come and not a moment too soon. If it had waited even one more week I'm not sure that I would have liked my kids too much. They very much had senioritis (4th grade is the end of Elementary School here) and I was ready to get everything put away for the next year! We had a wonderful water day (Once I get my computer back from being upgraded I'll Picnik my photos and post some of them) and graduation went well. Grumpy next to me kept complaining about the length, but I was happy about it. It meant I had less time with these kids in my classroom when they'd "graduated" already.

I cleaned out my classroom completely. Everything came off the walls, everything got cleaned out.

On Monday the team got together and we actually did day-by-day planning for Math this next year!! I'm still trying to figure out Literacy and Social Studies, but I will!!! I've got all Summer.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Benchmarks And the End of the Year

Wow, we gave our last benchmark of the year today... and my kids did... surprisingly well. I was shocked how well they did in fact. I've got a few students that I know could've done better, but didn't take their time. (Example- Fancy-Hat in the corner fell asleep drooling twice on her test. I had to shake her awake twice to make her actually TRY.)

The behavior is about to drive me insane though. I feel like we're just doing busy work till the end of the week. I hate busy work!! I'm trying to make it meaningful but *rips hair out!!*

One of the older teachers compared the end of the school year to childbirth. You hate it and it's painful, but after a few months you forget how much it hurts and want to have another child (or another class.)

Friday, May 13, 2011


I'm hired for next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't know what grade I'll be in, but HOPEFULLY it is fourth!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Oh Next Year....

I dislike uncertainty. Really, really dislike. However, I'm sitting in the pot of uncertainty again. I have re interviewed for my position here in 4th grade. My principal even said that she thought I did really well. However, I don't know if I'm going to get my job.

I hope so. I had a lot of fun this morning. The teacher next to me and I were talking about how next week (the last week of school) was fairly useless because grades are due the Friday before the kids get out! Within five minutes we'd decided to stage a 2 day Math Challenge of his class vs. Mine. We're going to find math-logic questions, split our classes into 2 groups each (4 total) and challenge them to solve as many problems as they can in an hour. Winner gets.... something! But that takes up at least 2 hours of a fairly unproductive week. Yay! Joy! Happiness!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

PLC Building

I love my team. They may infuriate me at times and make me pull my hair out, but they really show they love me.

As I'm sure you know my position is a little precarious. I have to reapply to stay here next year because I signed a 'limited' contract when I joined the school after this year started. My position has stayed open through the transfers, the RIFs (these people getting an offer before me) and now I'm up against the other 5 limited contracts in the school. My team has overwhelmingly supported me however. They have really, really, really expressed a firm desire to have me here next year.

I'm feeling very good.

Today we sat down at TCT to discuss math for next year. We managed to nail down the concepts we want taught in the first quarter.

It was awesome.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Staying up WAY too late on Sunday Night

I'm trying to figure out how to do my basic math practice and this is what I'm hitting on.

Either or assigned for HW. It's easy to keep track of online and if the students don't do it at home I can always keep the kids in at Recess and have them do it then. I'm leaning towards the Khan Academy, because the students will be able to really move forward. Xtra math can be used as a math intervention more from what I've seen so far.

1-2 pages of grammar type practice a week.

30 minutes of reading either by self or with a parent (outloud, or whatever.) Students will post "tweets" updating on their book progress every week rather than turning in a book log. Students can use an account I've set up to create the tweets.

This way HW will be kept simple and basic.

Well, this is my dream anyway. I'm going to have to seriously look into the Khan Academy and Xtramath over the summer to really figure it out.

Do you use technology for homework? Are there any suggestions for how I can convert parents to this type of work?

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