Wednesday’s are always go go go at school, they are early dismissals for PLC time for teachers. Once I got home today I had to drank myself in to the house. Thank goodness dinner is in the crockpot so I. An just crawl into pjs as I wrap up in a blanket on the couch. Wishing away this tired ache muscles and the start of a yucky feeling in my stomach. I have no time to be sick!!!
What kind of crazy teacher willing gives their student sugar and expects them to produce writing????
This week we have started looking at opinion writing and we used milks favorite cookie to write an opinion quick write. OREO or Opinion, Reasons, Examples, Opinion. My writer’s have never been more focus during our writing time as they were today munching on their snack.
Next week we are going to decide if we are team Sweet or team Sour for a quick write. Since the rest of the week is a bit busy I am spending some quite time at home preping for our taste taste. (We have to be sure of our opinion when choosing a side.
Tonight when I got home my furry four legged baby was at the door to great me. Quickly I unload the groceries from the car. I tossed some ground beef in to a pot before throwing work boots on to head to the barn. I was quite stylish in my dirty work boots and dress clothes from school I might add. After feeding Luther our calf I tromped back to the house theough the squishy wet grass. Once the grocies were put away and the ground beef was drained I tossssd in the fixings for taco soup. And now I wait…..
I wait for my husband to get home from feeding at the other farms. As I wait the smell of the soup fills the kitchen. Tummy grumbles, 11am lunch was so long ago. Must keep busy. Change out of dress clothes in to comfy clothes. The smell has reach the bedroom. The aroma of spices, cumin, onion, and garlic. Tummy grumbles, must stay busy. Setting out bowls and spoons so we can eat as soon as he gets home. Still waiting. Still need to blog today. What should I write about? The aromas from the kitchen? My grumbly tummy?
I wanted to share my little ray of sunshine today on this gloomy Sunday afternoon spent grading informational on demands. A little background on the assignment. This was the post assessment for our informational writing unit after weeks of researching animals and studying components of imfortational writing.
For this student everything clicked together! We studied leads:
“SHOCKING NEWS! Ice closed in on a pod of Narwhals at 2:00pm today! Those poor Narwhals were on their way to Canada…WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT A NARWHAL IS!?!”
We talked about vocabulary:
“Mammal: a warm blooded animal.”
“A pod: a group of narwhals”
Their paper was well organized as we discussed as a class. They even had lots of voice included.
“Narwhals can grow to 13 to 15 feet long! Wow! That’s about the length of a school bus!”
Unfortunately, our on demands are timed and students only have 45 minutes to complete their piece. Because of the time limit they did not get to finish their piece. I wonder how else they would have dazzled me if they had been able to finish?
This morning after chocolate chip pancakes the younger one discovered a lime on the counter. She wanted to try it so we sliced it up!
To add to all the data talk in our district, I have created a goal bulletin board so we can create a classroom goal for our next ELA unit on text features.
After taking our pretest, I explain to my students how the board would work and as a class they set their own goal. (They set it pretty high for themselves so we have lots of work to do!)
I love how people like to say how easy teachera have it. Working only 8-3 with summers and all those holidays off. Unfortunately we know reality of teaching is not 8-3. Teachers are always looking and planning ahead. Not just planning for tomorrow or the next unit but planning for next year.
Much like many other districts, data is a big and growing topic in our district. While on spring break I got to thinking a planning a way for my students to record and track their own data. So I created what look like a great plan. I sent off to print shop and it was waiting ready to go in my mailbox first thing this morning. (I am using this years class as Guinea pigs to try out the plan for next years class.) Since today was a short day due to PLC, after lunch would be a great chance to try it out. Jumping with both feet first I quickly found my first several kinks…. After some input from a instructional coach and some administration I found more improvements…
So tonight it’s back to the drawing board to revise and edit and try again for my 8-3 “job.”
As I spring break comes to an end, I wanted to reflect on my last day. Since I cleaned house yesterday, I enjoyed sleeping in on my last day of break. After a refreshing shower I spent the morning working on a way to have students track their own data for reading, math, and spelling. My highlight of my data was a lunch data with one of my sorority little sister. I had so mu fun catching up with her over a Panera lunch that before we knew it it was almost 4 o’clock! Now I have retired my day by cooking dinner for my husband and writing my blog as he flips channels on the tv after dinner.
So I’ve been trying to finish up this years Mark Twain Nominees. It never fails the chapter right before bed seems to be where I find the saddest part of the book.
Either this year I was reading Zane and the Hurricane. Which was an amazing book. The dialog of the characters made me feel as though I was listening to the story in the middle of New Orleans. Of course I had to stay up late finishing it because the “last” chapter I was going to read before bed ended with a devastating event with pup in the story. Being the dog mom I am I couldn’t leave that kind of cliffhanger overnight.
Well tonight I’ve done it again. I’ve be waiting for what seems like a lifetime for Rain Reign. The last chapter I just read left me in tears for the girl and her dog. Thank goodness tomorrow is still spring break because this teacher will be finishing this book tonight.