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!)

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