The Winter performance is done!! It went really well. We had a huge turn out; the entire space was packed. That’s good because it’s always nice to see parents supporting their children, but it’s freaky when it’s time for dismissal and a thousand people rush the bleachers to get their kids. But, all the kids made it home, pictures were taken, people were happy, and a good time was had by all.
Don’t the flowers look great? I’m thrilled at how well they turned out, mostly because I was so skeptical about the project to begin with. It was very teacher driven where I had to trace all the patterns, but then the kids cut them out and put them together. I thought it would take a lot longer than it did. I mean, it took time to trace the patterns and then lace the flowers together and hang them up, but they looked so good, I don’t care. It was worth it.
So, now that the winter performance is done, I’ll have time to teach again. Which is good, because, man, I feel so behind. We all do, but it’s hard. I didn’t get to teach math at all last Tuesday, but that’s okay because the test isn’t due until January 18 (I think) and I’ll actually be done way before then. And these kids are just little subtraction machines. I’m still having them do the drawings, because, like I said before, the standard doesn’t say the have to use the algorithm, just that they use place value to subtract. And every once in awhile, they forget to subtract the tens or something, but, overall, I can just give them the practice problems and let them loose.Today, we worked on math for an hour and a half because it was a long lesson with lots of practice problems. Most of them did realy well while I worked with my low lows (who did very well until they got tired, so I released them to work on a easier subtraction/coloring worksheet). A couple of them were doing the problems right, but had a little bit of trouble with socializing, so they fell way behind. So, during the last half hour I pulled them to the back table to watch them while they worked. And it all went well.
This morning was interesting, too. Our tech rep came in and did a short lesson on coding with the kids. The lesson was mostly showing them a video and then having them jump into the program. Of course, this being technology, the first program they were going to do didn’t work because we didn’t have the app, but then I found Kodable and their linked worked. They loved it. They were so engaged in working out the puzzles and had so much fun. So, I put in a tech request for the original app the tech teacher wanted to do and, if I can figure out how it works, I plan to have about a half hour of coding every other week. It’s probably not enough, but it’s what I can do and that will have to be enough.
We also really started out Holidays Around the World min-unit today. We put together our suitcases yesterday and read about Christmas in Australia, but today we really dug into the article and analyzed it. I was afraid they’d get bored once we got to the reading and graphic organizer part, but they really were engaged in what we were doing. I was so proud of them. Of course, we got to the part to add our stamp to our passport and I found that I had copied the stamps wrong. (It’s a photocopy of a stamp that they cut out and add to their passport.) So, we’ll do that Monday. We did get to color the map to show where we went. Monday, we travel to Israel to learn about Hanakkuah. I a taking my menorah to school, but want to get a few more pieces of realia. Hopefully I can find a dreidle somewhere and maybe some gelt. And, bad Jew that I am, I don’t think I have any books on Chankuah. I don’t know if I’ll find any of those.
Also on Monday, we start our animal research. We’re doing group research on reindeer/caribou. I ordered two books from Amazon and got one today. We may not get to finish the project, but that’s okay because animal research is animal research and can be done after we come back from winter break. (five more days!)
Okay. So, I am so glad this crazy week is over. Next week will be crazy because it’s the week before Christmas, but I’m going to keep it as normal as possible and we’ll get though this. And it’s only four days with the kids (and one day of staff development, ug). But it’s going to be a great week. Have a good weekend all!