The students love the digital microscope. We broke it out after our germ experiments. We went around the school with magnifying glasses to search for germs, we practiced washing hands and used glo gel to see the parts we are missing. They were so impressed using a black light. I kept asking- are you sure you used soap?? There was a lot of glo gel left on hands. Maybe that explains some of our absences last week?
We are also getting used to our new schedule. I pushed hard last week to get reading rotations started. It is a routine that we will use daily. It has a lot of moving parts, but I believe these kiddos can do this work independently if guided correctly. They will learn more by doing it self-guided.
we made it through our 5s packet in math. Students learned parts that make 5. We will move on to 6s this week.
We have testing this week. It is tedious, but gives teachers good information in direction of reading potential. We have to pull students individually and the test is not timed. Some students get through in about three minutes. Others take ten minutes to get half way through and we both need a break.
We have open house Thursday night at 6 PM.
I will admit that I am very comfortable talking to children and teachers, but speaking in front of parents makes me nervous. Am I speaking clearly? Am I making sense? Did I tell all the important things? Did I forget things? Am I boring them to sleep? Do I come across as trustworthy for their kiddos?
What is on my mind...
-hopefully testing is not overwhelming- both on me and the students
- will the dreambox log-ins work this week?
- will the room temperature be less tropical inside this week?
- never forget those that went before us and died for others on 9/11- hard to imagine it has been 15 years- Do you remember where you were? What do you stand for?