Thursday, January 19, 2012

Small Success Thurszzzzzzzzzzz

I'm mostly awake.
I'm not looking forward to detention hall next week.
But I did give out all the needed detentions.
Enjoyed my training class on ESL learners. We had a 20 min lesson entirely in Spanish and I had a good laugh with my students the next day about how badly I did!

That's it-- tired.
Visit Sherry for some funny posts.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Day in the Life


This will be my first Linky blog about public school teaching after several years (approaching 4 ) as a homeschool blogger. The goal is to share a Day in the Life and like the original blogger I teach 6th grade English - but also 7th grade.
So I'll tell you about Friday:
6:20 alarm went off and I was moving slow but since I was expecting to be observed I managed to dress up a bit instead of observing the allowed 'dress down Friday.'
7:15 With 2 cups of coffee in me I left early hoping to clean up the mess on my desk from Thursday's project and some copying. thankfully DH was up to driving the others to school.
7:25 Started cleaning the desk, updating the agenda and our objectives board and checking emails.
7:55 Had a 5 minute meeting with the Special Ed teacher for my inclusion 6th grade.
8:00 Here they come! I let one boy check attendance while I emailed technology about attachments that wouldn't open.
8:15 sent off my homeroom and welcomed my 7th grade. They are a challenging class! First period is 90 mins. We have Read Aloud/Think Aloud then Independent Read. Both use the same reading strategy. Then we talked about the Intro and Conclusion for their Proposal paper. Only gave out 1 new detention! WooHoo!
One major interuption was a call from the library that 100 pages were printing and was it from me! No, thankfully, but it was a document I'd been struggling to open.
9:45 and my Inclusion class arrived. We had a similar Lesson Plan but they were making a poster to show the conclusion of our sample Proposal.
11:20 sent the second class to lunch. I have 22 mins for my lunch but I sat with the science teacher and we discussed a girl we are worried about. She's in foster care and is changing households and is looking for an adoptive family. She really desrves one and soon! Breaks my heart.
11:45 and we supervised everyone in middle school heading to their special and headed to the one available room for prep/lunch/meeting.
We finally had time to work with the ELL teacher and our Eng Language Learners were allowed to go to specials instead of an extra English class. It was so helpful.
1:00 and my 6th grade homeroom arrive for the same lesson. They were less than quiet for independent read so they didn't get the extra time on their poster I had planned. But that last class is long! 1 till 2:52! And they know it.
2:52 and I was racing for the ladies room!
3:00 and I cleaned up enough to manage on Tuesday.

Later a phone call let me know I didn't need to go to my usual Saturday part time job so I opened the wine and relaxed!
So- What's you day look like? Share it at The Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Small Success Thursday scheduling edition

Scheduling should be easier right now because my husband does it not me right? Wrong! Scheduling at school is hard. Testing, re-evals of reading level, lesson planning, team time etc. But I'm managing and enjoying.
Small Success today was getting one of my target students to write paragraphs!

Small Success was planning dates for DH's birthday gift.

Small Success was time to watch The Indian In the Cupboard with my girls!

If you have a spare prayer-- please lift my students to Our Lord. A couple of them are dealing with really tough situations. Thanks!

Now visit Sherry!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Small Success Thursday 2012!

I actually didn't read Sherry's blog till Friday after work but that's OK. Success #1 is I was able to read not only a reminder about Small Success but her extremely funny Friday post about about Stress and Moms.

So-- a reminder-- Small Success is an effort to have women recognize the little things they get right, finish or even just start. Its important! Too many women let the daily stresses and failures define them.

Success #2- Made it through the week while catching DH's cold.
Success #3- Helped a colleague with an Excel project and got to know her better.
Success #4- Found a bathing suit for Zoë's visit to the Y with a friend today and packed up their summer clothes from their drawers-- before winter is over. Yes! I know, I rock!