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News at Home – 3 day weekend… Sort of
Technically I’m enjoying a 3 day weekend. In reality, I had a 5 hour training yesterday (from 8:30-2:30) so I really only have two days off. Here’s the cool thing. I don’t care. Hell, I wouldn’t care if I had to work tomorrow. Because I just love my job.
Sorry, I feel like I spend every week bragging about how much I love my job. It’s just that I’m in awe and kinda pinching myself still. After the DISASTER that last year was, I still can’t believe the things that I see happening every day at my school.
Some highlights this week:
- My new ESL student raised her hand and answered a question. She was totally wrong, but she’s talking!! And while she hasn’t SAID her letters, she can point to the right one when I tell her to find it. I’m so excited for her growth.
- Only 6/22 of my students still need to become Top Bananas. That means that 16 are! Top Bananas is a program I have in my classroom to have the kids take ownership of their growth. I want them to set goals and experience the joy of reaching them by working hard for them. So their first goal is to to be able to correctly name 40 capital and/or lowercase letters out of order in under 2 minutes. Y’all that’s fast. Time yourself. I bet it takes you more than a minute. Point is, to do that, you have to KNOW your letters. And 16 of my kids have done it. Self – motivated, too. I told them the goal. Gave them rings of letters they can practice when they finish their work early. And then they have to come to me when they think they are ready and say “I think I’m ready to become a Top Banana.” I just love watching them practice, too. They find a student who is already a Top Banana and ask them to help them practice. Or, if they’re already a Top Banana, they find someone who isn’t and ask them if they want help practicing. I love that they’re learning to ask for and give help in a such a kind way. Of course they’re motivated by the promise of a banana split party once we’re all Top Bananas! Would you believe they didn’t know what a banana split is? They were excited about a party, but once they found out a banana split involved ice cream they were super excited!
- We started Ball Words this week. Ball words come after Banana Letters. It’s the same idea, but with sight words. I have every Dolch List on a type of ball (so not my idea, this is a program I found and am implementing) – the first list is baseball. There are 11 lists (so 11 different balls) with 20 words on each. And the way the kids who are already top bananas pounced on those words when I hung up the rings… I think I’m going to have a few kids this year who master all 220 words. That’s 160 more words than the district requires 🙂 I’m so excited to see them grow!!
- I seem to have a student teacher. I say seem because I thought I agreed to have a high school student from FTA (Future Teachers of America) observe me teaching a couple times. But when she arrived this week she had this packet full of information and talking about the assignments I’m supposed to give her and how she’ll need to teach one time. And how she’s coming twice a week for the rest of the semester. Sounds like a student teacher… Right? I worry that she’s been placed for something like that with me, a second year teacher. I’m still learning!!! I also seriously have no idea how I’m going to let go enough to let her teach my class. *deep breath*But she’s really sweet and I think it’s cool she’s getting this chance is high school, rather than waiting until college.
- Parent teacher conferences were this week. Y’all, I’m not going to lie – I dread parent teacher conferences. There’s a reason I’m a teacher. I’d much rather deal with children than adults. But man, these went so well. Unlike last year where I only had a handful (less) of parents show up, this year I had all BUT a handful come. And I felt like I could talk so much more competently about how their kids were doing. It was a reflection to me of how much I’ve grown. Last year, I didn’t know where their kids should be… So my comments were based mainly on behavior. This year I could talk about concerns and what they could do at home to help. Felt really good, like “wow, I’m a real teacher now!” Lol
School is basically my life… So not a lot to add personally. I think I might be getting sick – cough and slightly sore throat – but I’m fighting it with vitamin C, will power, and the positive attitude that “I will NOT get sick!” Fingers crossed it works.
Buffy gave me a scare yesterday – she started limping on her front left foot. I freaked because she’s my baby. Upon closer inspection it looks like she got stung by a bee or a wasp, nothing serious seems to be wrong. Gave her some benadryl and she’s running around fine. Hopefully that’s it and she’s fine!
I haven’t managed to do any blogging since last weekend, but since I’m off tomorrow, my plan is to blog as much as possible today. Maybe I’ll manage to finish October finally?
I made it to the gym on Monday, but that was it. Had book club Tuesday, massage on Wednesday :), parent teacher conferences on Thursday and finally made it to social security on Friday to do my name change from getting married this summer. I’m going hyphenated, Kiko’s request. He’s afraid of me facing discrimination for having a Hispanic last name. But in the classroom the kids are already just calling me by his name, hyphanated is too much of a mouthful. I honestly think it will be on paper only.
Diet sucked. With working until 8 Thursday dinner was provided – chick fil a… And the next morning I was so tired. It was like I never left work. So I skipped breakfast, only to happily accept donuts when they were brought around. And then my training yesterday resulted in Wendy’s for lunch. Bad food week!
Last Week on the Blog
- [9 Oct] Sunday Post | The best job on the planet
- [10 Oct] What I’m Reading October 10, 2016
- [11 Oct] Top Ten Books I Read Because of Bloggers #TTT
- [12 Oct] Just a few HRs I read for book club… ages ago
- [12 Oct] Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen ★★★★½
- [12 Oct] Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell ★★★½
- [12 Oct] Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn ★★★½
- [13 Oct] The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen ★★★★½
- [14 Oct] Profile by J. A. Huss ★★★★★
- [15 Oct] Books From Kinderland | David Shannon
- [15 Oct] No, David! by David Shannon ★★★★★
- [15 Oct] David Goes to School. by David Shannon ★★★★★
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | 3 Day weekend… Sort of
What I’m reading October 17, 2016
Top Ten Characters I’d name (blank) after
MacKenzie Family Christmas #review
Does your TBR ever make you sad?
Home by J. A. Huss #review
Dewey’s 24-hour readathon
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