I LIKE LISTS. Actually, I like crossing things off lists. In fact I have been known to add something I completed to a list, just for the sheer joy of crossing it off. I make agenda lists on my board, and my students love to be the one to cross off an item. On Friday, one kid who had the job, drew a line through the entire description rather than put a checkmark in the box and another kid in the class just about threw a fit. “Why? Why would you cross off the whole thing!” I heard him mutter to himself, and I knew he was one of us. For the record, I left it alone and didn’t “fix” the way that he’d crossed out every word, but as soon as that class left, I erased the list and rewrote it. I’m not crazy.
This is the last thing on my list for this evening - unless the Boy gets stuck on a math problem. This blog entry is the only thing standing between me and the ice cream I bought at the grocery store. I’m sitting at the dinning room table that I just wiped down after the early dinner we just ate. The dishes are even clean. Meanwhile, the Husband is working on the laundry — he’s a keeper, btw. Next on my agenda is relaxing with my feet up.
My students are finalizing their TED Talks this week, and they are taking shape. Today students worked on adding supporting facts. One kid told me, “I’m done.” I looked over his notes, and noticed he hadn’t added any research. “So, I’m supposed to listen to a ten year old about why I should shift my thinking about the environment?” I asked. “I’m eleven.” He told me and then he got to work trying to back his argument with some powerful research. I was really impressed with my smallest TED Talk team; my second graders. They are SERIOUS about making sure that they have some FACTS from the INTERNET to support their speech. I was doubly pleased when I overheard one say to another, “Those aren’t even facts! What website are you looking at!” I love that they are thinking about the WHERE of their sources. Of course I also had to tell one student, “Stop looking up pictures of kittens and get to work.” This is a pretty common sentence in the Tech Lab.
It is day 4 of EMAIL WATCH 2019. ANY SECOND NOW, I’m going to get an email with a shipping notice for our yearbooks. You will it has happened because it will be on BLAST on my social media, and no doubt, I will mention it here. There are so few days left to this school year, and my last big item on my list, is holding that yearbook in my fingers.
I hope your weekend was restful in joyous, no matter your situation regarding Mother’s Day. I found a note on my desk this morning with a handful of salt water taffy. It read, “Happy Mother’s day, Mrs. Ellison. You are a good teacher.” Actually it read, “You are a good techer”, but we are working on that spelling part. I love that a student wanted to wish me a happy mother’s day. It really shows the complicated relationship students have with us. Sometimes they look upon us as a maternal figure, or perhaps a big sister. I also love that she recognized me as a person. It is nice when elementary students have the maturity to see us as more than just the giver of assignments. Also, I really like salt water taffy.
Keep moving forward,