Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Longest "short day" Ever I have missed TWO blogs in one's killing me...yesterday we had a two hour basically the children came into school and after doing their morning routine went directly to music and then to lunch.

During this time, I was in a two hour meeting that had begun at 10 am. This is a meeting we hold each year, halfway through the school year, where we sit down with specialists in the school and the principal to discuss each child. We went through both third grade classes and spent time talking about each and every child. It is a worthwhile process...we talk about strengths and weaknesses, as well as what we can do to help every child (no matter their ability; high or low) grow smarter...we also assess our own instruction and talk about what is working and what needs to be tweaked.

Needless to say, you come out of that meeting feeling pumped to move the children ahead but extremely exhausted!!

After picking the class up from lunch, we read and discussed an issue of Time for Kids. Then I set a timer and made them reread the magazine for 5 minutes BEFORE I would hand out the follow up worksheet...I feel like this forced them into rereading, which is something children dread...didn't you dread it at their age?!?!! But even after I handed out the worksheet, I saw the kids continue to flip back and forth, rereading portions of the Time for Kids...this made my is EXACTLY what I am hoping to instill in them! And, needless to say, their grades on the worksheet, overall, were much better than earlier in the week!

After that, the children went to Mr. Vogel's room to watch a video about sound.

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