I got my Scholastic book order today! And I scored on this book order. First, I got $15 worth of free books, with which I purchased:
Fly Guy books! Ten Fly Guy books! My kids love Fly Guy, and I have a few, but ten is much better than what I have. Fly Guy now has his own box (box 15) to live in.
I also got these:
I don’t know why the picture posted like that. I’ve uploaded it three times, and it still posts sideways. Anyway, I got 9 chapter books for free. They’re probably too hard for my class, but they like trying to read chapter books, so it’s good to have them.
I also got a couple of the “I am” books by Brad Meltzer. I got I am Martin Luther King Jr. and one other one (can’t remember which). They look cute and I’ve heard that kids really like them. I need more biographies, so I think they’ll be a good investment.
Other than that, it was a pretty typical Monday. My sub did… okay, I think. He didn’t leave me any notes telling me what he did and did not finish, so that’s frustrating. Worse, I left a math creativity project for them to do. It was a spider where they wrote a number in the center of the spider and then wrote 8 number sentences on the legs showing how to get that number. I bought it from Cranberry Creations on TPT for two reasons: 1) during the math walk through a few weeks ago, it was noted that we don’t have much student math work up and 2) I thought it would be an easier activity for the sub to do than the first chapter 4 lesson. Plus, I hate starting a new chapter on a Friday.
He had the kids take the spiders home. I wrote in the plans to make sure the students wrote their names and numbers on the back of the spiders, but I forgot to write, “collect the spiders.” I’m so used to subs collecting all the work they do, it slipped my mind. It didn’t for some of the other things, but this one…
Luckily not everyone finished, and a few kids still had their finished spiders in their backpacks. So, it’s not totally salvageable, but I am so frustrated about it. I wanted a cute bulletin board to put up that was seasonal and math topical, and because I forgot three little words, it’s turned into a mess.
Speaking of messes, we started RTI today. I sent my groups off to their teachers and, two minutes later, one group comes back saying that no one was there. I called the office and was told that they were aware of the problem and were trying to figure out what to do. They never got back to me. So, the way we are doing RTI now is we’ve grouped the kids into six groups: three groups go to the three second grade teachers and then three groups go to an aide. Not one aide was prepared or told that we were starting. This is after we had a meeting again last Wednesday and being assured that it was going to start on Monday. And also, we were told that we had to start this week or the district might step in and not allow us to try the experiment we’re doing. Well, we’re trying to get it started, and yet the support still isn’t there. Again, frustrated. Mess.
But, overall, the day went well. A good start to the week.