Good morning and Happy Friday!
This week has been great- nice weather for taking walks outside and kids are loving our new novel unit. However, it’s also felt beyond busy. Excuse the short post today; I’m barely keeping my head above water with end of the year stuff. I forget how busy it gets each year!
one. My coworker Erin has her last day at school today before she is out for maternity leave, and then she moves to Alaska a few months after that. We threw her a little celebration during team on Thursday with some gifts and treats. I’m in total denial that she’s really leaving, as she has been my sounding board for the past three years. We plan on having some pool days this summer to catch up before she really moves. 😦
two. On Tuesday of this week, our school’s ELA and Social Studies teachers got subs for half a day so we could grade our students’ Social Studies Writing Assessments for the state. We divided into teaching groups of 6th grade and 8th grade to assess the writing, and even though it was work, it felt like a nice refresher during the week to unwind and get to talk to coworkers more than the usual rush between classes.
We even got done early before our subs were supposed to leave, and got to go out to eat and take a long lunch break. Be it the habit that we’re in, we were all still done eating in about ten minutes- ha! We are trained creatures to our usual super short lunch times. Days with extended time to talk to coworkers really do rejuvenate me and remind me how important they really are for my sanity. 😉
three. I can’t believe after having 85 degree days this week that the weekend is going to drop into the thirties again. What the heck, Kansas?! I’m hoping Travis and I can get some simple shelves built for my office and maybe even stain and hang them up too. Got to be productive!
four. Last week, my students made mini newscast videos about The Great Depression with some causes and tips to survive through a depression. While their videos might not be the most accurate, they seriously cracked me up. Seeing their little personalities come through made me laugh. I even made Travis watch some of them with me at dinner one night this week, and he was cracking up too.
Of course, some of them are a little inaccurate, but you get the point. We used a site called Flipgrid, and I will definitely be using it again. The kids loved it, and it was a unique way to “present.” Check them out here (seriously, scroll to the bottom ones if you’re going to watch. 🙂 ).
five. Welp, I wasn’t planning on talking about school for the whole post today, but you can see where my mind is. This last unit with our book “A Long Way from Chicago” is my absolute favorite thing to teach, but it’s also a lot of work to keep up with. Lots of grading and some exhausting days, but it’s all worth it when I have students asking, “Are we reading today? I really want to know what happens next.” That makes my heart pitter-patter, especially coming from kids who normally claim to not like reading!
Have a good day!
Question of the Day: What is one thing you hope to accomplish this weekend?