So, without further ado, here is my currently.
Ah, relaxation, an old friend I haven't gotten to catch up with in far too long. Tonight things just came together and I was/am able to chill. My plans for next week are done, I have nothing going on this Sunday, so I don't have to grade work tonight etc. It's so nice. I actually rushed home today, so I could get started relaxing right away. Unfortunately, I discovered that my cable and internet service was down, which bummed me out a bit since I wanted to catch up on some shows. However, I ended up enjoying watching Julie and Julia and doing a crossword puzzle.
Now, that my service has returned, I am happily catching up on my favorite show, The Biggest Loser. It is so inspiring! Does anyone else watch that show?
Since, I don't think I really need to explain my "Wanting" and "Needing," I will move on to my Pet Peeve.
Right now, many of you may be scratching your heads and asking, "What are "precarious things? How is that a pet peeve?"
Well, I will tell you!
Precarious things are things that are stacked too tall or stood up on end, so that they look like they are going to fall, e.g., a cordless phone standing up vertically.
My family teases me mercilessly by stacking up condiment jars and bottles, salt and pepper shakers, and all kinds of other things. It takes a lot of self-control for me not to immediately dismantle the towers until everything is once again stable on the table.
I honestly don't know exactly why such "precarious things" bother me. I guess I just don't like feeling like things are going to fall over.
Does anyone else in the world share this feeling? Anyone? Anyone at all...?
So, now, that I have shared a slightly weird and embarrassing pet peeve...it's time for Doodle Bug's Five for Friday party.
I am actually going to share five things from the whole week because it was quite a good week.
1. Daily 5 Success!!!! I believe that I have mentioned in previous posts that I am trying the Daily 5 for the first time this year. In fact, it is actually the focus of my Professional Development Plan. My goal for this year is to begin to implement some of the strategies and routines to see how they would work for me and for the kids. So far, the verdict is that...they work great! I LOVE it!
I finally introduced Word Work this week, so the students were switching between Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work. I was nervous to give them the freedom to choose when to move, but they blew me away by doing a fantastic job! On Thursday, they were engaged and focused on their "centers" for 40 minutes!!!
|Read to Someone|
|Read to Someone|
|Listen to Reading|
Cue major adrenaline rush.
Now, I knew that my unannounced observation was coming, but I did not expect it that day. Needless to say, I spent my morning prep meticulously planning and preparing for my reading lesson, so that it would go
perfectly, splendidly, magnificently well. I planned to spend my lunch doing the same type of preparation for math and writing if she didn't show up for reading.
Well, guess what...
She didn't come for reading...or math...or writing. The observation didn't happen. Something came up. Now it's next week...or the week after...or who knows when?
3. Tricky Math- This week's math lessons were quite a challenge for both me and the students. We began learning ways to add numbers to get sums greater than ten. The first technique took 3 days of practice with manipulatives and the kids are still just starting to get the concept.
Here's what the strategy looks like:
Basically, you have to break apart the smaller number and steal from it to make a group of ten. Then, you add the ten and the left over ones. Told you it was tricky.
4. Scholastic Book Club Order- I don't know about you, but I LOVE Scholastic! They have amazing resources. I especially love being part of their book clubs because I get tons of free/cheap books! This week, I submitted a $75 order for one of my students, and as a result, I got $20 of books free! I ended up ordering 6 books with CDs to use for my listening center, since I only have about 3 sets there now. I can't wait until they come!
5. Nonfiction Reading- Today was the launch day for our nonfiction reading unit. To start off the unit, we looked through several fiction and nonfiction books to note the differences. The kids got really into the discussion. Then, the students sorted out the fiction books from the leveled book bins, so that only nonfiction was left. During this unit, I want to be sure that all of my kiddos are practicing the nonfiction reading strategies we are learning about, so fiction books become "dessert books" only.
Here are some pictures from the book sort. The students had some great conversations about how to distinguish fiction from nonfiction.
In celebration of the new unit, I have a nonfiction freebie for you all. Click here or on the picture to go get it.
Well, that's all folks! I hope everyone can fit some relaxation into this weekend. Have a great one!