My ramblings about teaching technology, working with my colleagues, and everything else beyond that.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Wednesdays are the hump of the week. If you finally manage your way through the day you are officially on the other side and on your way to the wonderfully, relaxing days of Saturday and Sunday. I thought we were managing our last Hump Day before break very well. (As of right...only 4 more school days left!) We made elf yourself ornaments this morning (think: little elf bodies, big kid heads...similar to JibJab). Students were coloring and cutting, we were listening to holiday music. As students finished and I had to help others, they seamlessly moved into Read to Self, Work on Writing, or Read to Someone. I paused and glanced around the room. I was so impressed at how far we have come this year. Yes, there was still one of my favorites crawling around the room occasionally stopping to suck on his finger and observe those around him. But a redirection and a threat of consequence later, he was on task as well (at least for a short time). We moved into our reading minilesson, went to lunch, read aloud, recess, and back to math. Even math went well with students participating - both asking and answering questions. We finished early and had time for an extra holiday read aloud and multiplication facts practice. We packed up, went to specials, and came back for Enrichment block with the guidance counselor. Sounds like a great day...right?!? They day was moving smoothly enough that I had forgotten the 3-4 times we had to practice lining up, or the extra hallway we had to walk to practice our hallway behavior (I'm at the point where I'm done with reminders and harping on behaviors they know - so we're just practicing and practicing...and practicing). At 3:40, announcements came on and I returned to the class to assist with dismissal. And what did I find...a student doing his work on the carpet with obvious green marker all over the white part of the rug. REALLY?!?