Wednesday, April 21, 2010


We are done testing. Woohoo! I can now just simply teach. I can go off script, I stop worrying about how to pull six 100 pound bodies around my little small group table and go over skills.....because it works so well with first graders! 

We are going to go deeply into a novel study. We are going to spend afternoons in the middle ages, pretending we are kings and queens, knights and damsels. Math will take us into volume and area. I am excited again. Those tests really seem to chip away at what makes us so damned good.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Who are you people?!

Since we have returned from Spring Break, I barely recognize my critters. I cannot take all the credit, but I returned three weeks ago determined to raise expectations and I have. I have challenged my kids to be better than they have ever been and they have wowed me. 

They turn in all their work. They listen better, participate better, laugh more, and have been gathering compliments from other teachers like nobody's business. I have not written a discipline slip in three weeks. I wonder who has my real class? I like these guys, and I plan on keeping them. 

Last week I had them trace their bodies and recreate themselves on paper. We hung them around the room, hand in hand, to symbolize their new unity.

It looked sort of like a crime scene for awhile.

After three wonderful weeks, it was time for a real reward. Yesterday I took them to the donut shop down the road. It was fun and they were playful and silly and we had a really good time.