Saturday, February 14, 2015

Five for Friday on Saturday

Thank you Doodle Bugs for this fun-filled and informative linky.

1 – Valentine’s Day fun!  I appreciated a ‘mom’ helper, Mrs. H who just showed up for our party.  I brought out the Eggspert, asked Mrs. H  to think of Valentine related things she would like to draw, and like magic Valentine’s Day fun!  Students came up two at a time to guess what Mrs. H was drawing.  Just like in your classroom the Eggspert instantly engages the students and makes it fun for the audience to watch.
     We took it a step further, we used words from a Valentine word search and played a form of Wheel of Fortune.  This time four ‘contestants’ came up to guess.  These games are certainly worth remembering for other classroom parties.

2 – “This is better than Christmas!”  I just had to laugh when one student made this statement during our classroom party.  I guess when you are 8 years old a bag full of Valentines and candy is great!  It also makes this teacher’s heart do a happy dance when lots of thank you statements and compliments to classmates about the cards they were given.

3 – We started researching Washington and Lincoln facts to prepare for our Writer's Workshop next week.  This assignment was made easier with a buddy.  The buddies didn't have to have the exact same facts but they did need to work together.  I like circulating through the room and visiting with the students as they are learning and working in the many nooks and crannies in our classroom.

4 – Each day different students have an opportunity to lead the class through various group learning tasks.  The girl on the left is looking at the answers on her white board as the class looks at the smart board. She is leading the class through a daily math paper.  Student leaders need to have good volume, eye contact, and be able to tell their friends they have the wrong answer if necessary.  As the year goes on I notice some students really like to be in front of the class while others need lots of encouragement to be a student leader.
     The student leaders are a big help when I have a sub.  I usually leave the name of a student who likes to be in front of the class for the substitute. 
     The girl with the glasses and nose completed her assignment.  I ask the students to take pictures so I can check their answers.  Kind of a cute way to disguise her!
5 – This week I worked through an uncomfortable situation with a co-worker.  It is wonderful to have my faith to turn to for strength.  I searched my notes on my Bible app and found these words: start each day with dependence, let God have control, and show honestly and trustworthiness on the job.  I praise God for a positive outcome.

Stay warm this weekend! (Wind chills are -25 this weekend in northeastern Wisconsin!)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Five for Friday

How can the days get away from a person?  I can’t believe it has been three weeks since I’ve shared what’s happening in my little corner of the second grade world.

Thanks Doodle Bugs for this always fun to read and join linky!

1 - My number one has nothing to do with teaching or second grade.  Well maybe it has a little to do with my sanity.  After a day in a BUSY classroom it is always wonderful to relax with a crochet project.  I love the colors in this afghan!  As soon as I finished this afghan I started on my next project, you'll have to come back again to see what it is.

2 - Our measurement and shape unit has concluded.  I was so proud of the math students when they took the unit assessment, everyone did a great job.

     Students practice math facts everyday.  The Math Race iPad app is super!  Students go head to head answering facts.  Speed is the key to winning!

3 - Buddy reading is always an enjoyable activity in our classroom. Sometimes the children just need to sit back, relax, and giggle over a book with a friend.  Our school has AR so the kids appreciate the chance work with a partner to complete a test.

4 - We were able to fit in some Valentine's Day writing.  The students started with a love monster and wrote about who or what they love and why they love that person, pet, or thing.  We used this site to create our wonderful looking hearts.  
     Early in the week each student made the three heart ceiling decoration. I found that being super organized with project materials really makes the project run smoothly.  Labeling the baskets helps to cut down on questions and confusion.  This organization allows me the freedom to circulate around the room helping students.

5 - Intervention time - the students in our school all have the opportunity to work on a reading intervention program.  The program offers follow up lessons and worksheets.  To work on the follow up lessons, I put the worksheets in my Notability iPad app.  The students complete the skill review with me and then complete the worksheet on the iPad.  I work one-to-one with the students who need additional help.  They enjoy using a variety of colors on their iPad worksheet.  When a student finishes I just erase the sheet and it's ready for another student who may need the same skill.  This entire quick one-to-one time takes just a few minutes.

Have a wonderful weekend!