Tuesday, January 22, 2008
(I just hope that I am not too late!)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
One thing that really stood out to me was this one statement that she made(again, don't know she was?): She mentions that in a workshop setting, during a mini lesson teachers are teaching a skill, strategy, procedure, some form of information for the student. Teachers don't teach motivation in that mini lesson. The procedures and routines that are run within our classrooms are the motivation. That is why it is so necessary for students to be able to find materials, books, tools, and anchor charts so easily. Our placement of things has consequential effects upon our students. It can either provide more time for reading and writing or take away time for reading and writing. Effective teachers ask, what needs to be display and where will it be most effectively displayed?
It made me ponder these questions:
Are my materials and tools where they need to be?
Are my kids wasting time looking for all that they need?
How can I utilize my space better?
Is my word wall, anchor charts, books, etc. at a place where students can use them readily?
Are my procedures and routines creating a motivation for students to want to read more or write more? Is my environment motivational?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Wednesday will be different. When Kathy Collins wrote her book Growing Readers she gives descriptions of units that a first grade teacher could teach with regards to Reading Workshop. One of the neat things that she does in the book,and I can only assume in real life,is anticipate "he bumps in the road." Now I did not anticipate this bump in the road. Usually after holiday the students are different. Here is what I have decided to do about these bumps:
1. Spend a day going over procedures. All procedures, don't miss anything.
2. Get back to the basics of the workshop classroom. Go over the promise, again, and again. Get out the book Oliver Button is a Sissy, and Molly Lou Melon. Discuss how to be "nice," again.
3. Read aloud, read aloud, read aloud. We have to reestablish our sense of community.
Anybody else got any suggestions?
Sunday, January 13, 2008
This week though I was struck with a blow that stung but after pondering the situation I began to realize that my time will come. This week the blow came not from negative words but, just a sentiment that made me realize that others are just not ready, they are not there yet, and that is something that I must learn. Something I am learning...
I guess that I am learning that my vision is not necessary the vision of others. The optimist in me had her ballon deflated, however, it doesn't mean that it lost all of its air. I still need to move forward with MY vision and if others want to go along for the ride I will enjoy the company. I must only do what I can.
These are the lessons that I am learning...
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday- Full head congestion, slight fever, and I took the afternoon off school. I called the doctor, thinking, "he'll just tell me it's a cold..." Nope, by Tuesday afternoon I am miserable, I head to the doctor to discover- I have bronchitis. Antibiotics and a strong decongestant are prescribed. I feel crappy!
Wednesday- back at school, wondering all the while, "why am I here? why did I come?"
-We have to start on writing nonfiction all about pieces.
-I have to teach quarter past and a quarter till in Math.
-I missed them so much over break, now we are back and I am SICK!
Thursday- Thank God in heaven for antibiotics, I feel 100 times better than Wednesday. Not %100 but I am getting there. Today I reteach my lousy lessons that I taught on Wednesday. Nothing like seeing your lessons bomb when you feel like a person trapped inside the phlegm ball. Crash and burn baby- Thursday, we soared above the cloud cover.
Friday- Yea, we're going to take it easy, catch up on stuff we didn't get to over the week. It should be a great start to the weekend.
When vision meets phlegm, it is an ugly combination!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
1. Vision takes careful planning. Things become intentional when you plan them. You must have future goals, aspirations, dreams in mind when you plan. It takes vision to foresee them and then plan the steps to accomplish them. That is intentional planning.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Here is our dear Aunt Sharon from California. Bless her heart she came and played with my two girls. They adore her and can't wait to see her soon. She is such a positive person in their life who showers them with so much love and attention. We love her visits and hope she will always feel welcome in our home.
Mommy got a new digital camera, Sydni is here tired of my incessant picture taking. Actually this is Sydni the techno girl, she has her MP3 player, her own digital camera that is in her lap, and the infamous Webkinz! Yea, even that squawking McCaw! Lots of noise, just her style!
Just the girls on Christmas. I'm sure they are sick and tired of me putting them together to take pictures. I promised them that the novelty will wear off for me.
Our final picture with dear Aunt Sharon. We were so sad to see her leave. She will be sorely missed by the girls, and the adults too. Merry Christmas to us all, and a happiest New Year!!!!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
So, you can imagine my elation when Santa brought my husband this book, "Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy. Now there is nothing greater than Tony Dungy. He is coaching at his finest, more importantly, he is a fantastic father, contributor to society, and what an amazing football coach. Being from Indiana, loving the the Colts, wow, I am in heaven reading this book! Tony Dungy grew up in Michigan, the child of teachers. This upbringing taught him that he desires to hire other assistant coaches and personnel that are good teachers! He is very inspiring. One of the quotes I came across today left me inspired. I related it to our struggle as teachers, here is the quote: