Thursday, January 30, 2014

It Was One of THOSE Days... Nearly Perfect! A Great Example of Why I Love My Job!

Hard to believe how it all came together...

The Hubs and I have been having a bit of a hard time waking up the last couple weeks. I normally hop right out of bed at 5:30, but I just haven't been feeling it lately! I can't really blame it on Winter, since the weather has been anything but Winter-like. And we're not sick, though he thinks we're constantly fighting something off (probably true, given my little germy playmates!) So why is it so hard to get up these days? Perhaps we've been staying up too late reading/working? Who knows? But I've been getting to work a little later every day, which I don't really like!

This morning was no different. I reached for my iPhone to turn off the alarm at the usual 5:30, and thought to myself, "I could honestly sleep another three hours!" The Hubs usually gets up ten minutes before I do, but he was still in bed. And we were both whining and complaining. And it's his birthday today, so we were feeling as if we "deserved" to move slower than usual... Ugh!

Somehow we managed to get ourselves ready for work, get all our junk into our cars, and get over to Peet's for my small almond milk latte and his large almond milk latte (mimics our shoe sizes!) And then we had to face reality. He got on the freeway going north, and I went south. And then it started to sprinkle, which is GOOD! We need rain desperately, and those few little sprinkles improved my attitude and made me feel hopeful. (FINE. It was probably the coffee, but I'm going to stick with my rain story.)

We were supposed to have visitors on our campus today, so I quickly straightened up my room (100th Day debris was all over!), made a couple of copies, and welcomed my darlings into the room. And then... the magic happened.

We had the most amazing day. Ah. Maze. Ing.

During Writing Workshop, students started helping each other to clarify, add details, and revise their "How To" stories. It's only our second day of this unit, and they are totally getting it. They were respectfully asking each other questions and making suggestions, and I was zipping around the room, trying to hear all the conversations! Loved it!

During my modified version of Daily 5/Readers' Workshop/Literacy Block... I met with my most challenging group. Sometimes they make me want to pull my hair. Not completely out, but just until I feel a little pain, you know? Today was different. I couldn't tell you why, but they were polite, they worked well with each other, they were patient and they listened. It was fun and rewarding and productive. Yay them!

Of course, I let them use the fancy pointers for their reading practice!

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I have  a giant collection of pointers for my students to use. I started with a few, and I add a few new ones every now and then. My kiddos LOVE them! I got lots of little wooden shapes at Michael's, and glued them on (free) tongue depressors. Voila! So easy, cheap, and engaging!

After reading we went to lunch, and they walked in line quietly!

After lunch, we played a silly version of "I Have/ Who Has" that I made for the 100th day. They giggled, and helped each other, and loved it! We played twice, then moved on to math, then went to recess. Smooth. Smooth. Smooth.

During the last part of the day on Mondays and Thursdays, parent volunteers come in to work with small groups and we have our "Group Time." Again, everyone did great, and we accomplished so much. One group did some work with the latest issues of Time for Kids, one group did some Marcy Cook Math activities, one worked with me, one worked on the computers, and one played Rhyming Bingo and Short Vowel Bingo. We rotate three times!

I read The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats to my group, and we worked on a printing project.

The Snowy Day

Snowy Day

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And just that fast, it was over, and I was back in my car driving home. With all the freeway traffic, I had time to reflect on today's activities, and I was amazed when I started listing all the positives in my head. I can see all those little smiling faces, and I'm proud of all the hard work that happened today.

Tomorrow? I'm certain it will be another great day! On Fridays, we add poems to our poetry books, choose new books for next week, and have Choice Time.

Yep. I love my job!

Happy Friday Eve, Friends!

 

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