Second year PBL facilitator in a fourth grade, 1:1 classroom. Midwest native, word nerd, trivia junkie, and outfit blogger.
- Whole district PD day tomorrow and I’m going to sit in meetings and be super antsy all day long. At least I get a break from this week’s string of behavior problems starting to surface in class.
- Antsiness BECAUSE all of my besties will be here under one roof (my roof!) tomorrow night and we have an awesome wedding weekend ahead of us! We haven’t all been together in well over a year. Can’t wait to see compscibarbie, astoldbymissg, chipsalloverthefloor, and nerdydancer27!!!
- The boy who I’ve been alluding to in whisper posts for a couple months now and probably should stop only whispering about (but I’m just trying not to make a big deal out of it…) is going on a week long camping trip with no cell service starting tomorrow and I’m trying not to be sad about it without much success. It’s weird how quickly I’ve gotten used to having someone to talk to every day.
- My town has a huge festival this weekend and the traffic is already horrendous downtown. Small town horrendous, but still. At least I get to eat fair food tomorrow, since we’ll walk over to the food trucks on our lunch break.
Anne of Green Gables. Sassy, headstrong ginger who is super competitive, holds grudges, and has trouble admitting she’s wrong. But is also super optimistic, imaginative, and protective of those she loves. I suppose that’s not quite my life philosophy, but certainly the way I live my life.
I treasure Anne because, despite her faults, she is kind and caring and makes sacrifices. She always sees the best in situations, but can often get carried away in delusions of grandeur or imagined scenarios in her head. I try to emulate the positive traits she possesses, knowing full well I also embody the majority of her negative traits as well.
But if Anne could be successful with all of her faults, I hope I can as well.
My students do a standard Daily Language Review (I believe we use Evan-Moor) for their morning work every day. I occasionally do mini-lessons at my small group table during our task time on specific grammar topics, but then have them find examples of these in articles related to our projects, which we use for probably about two-thirds of our literacy materials.
Despite all of the projects we do, we are still held accountable for the same standards and testing. We are a public school. We try to find a balance and integrate as much as we can, but some things only lend themselves so well to this integration. I still don’t think very much of what I do is “traditional,” but some parts of my day are certainly more so than others.
I’m trying out interactive journals for math. So far it’s been slow going, but I’m hoping I’ll feel more confident with it as we move forward. I’m used to having math in the morning and our schedule was changed, so we now have it in the last hour of the day. It’s been a struggle to get the best work out of my students in that time frame, and the journals have been a struggle mostly because of that.
I’m also having my students turn in papers differently. At first, no one was putting their paper anywhere but the “Got It” folder, but over the past week, I’ve noticed the kiddos starting to become more honest about things. I even had one paper in the bottom folder today for the first time. The check off with the clipboards is also saving time figuring out who has homework that night and so far, I’m getting much better returns on homework (but again…it’s only the third week of school).