NOW THAT TESTING IS IN FULL SWING, schedules have gone a little sideways. Due to testing, none of my 5th graders came to reading class today, and only 1/2 of my 4th graders did. The end result was that I had six students for the last hour of the day. This meant they got some great one-on-one coaching for their TED Ed Student talks. They are shaping up pretty nicely. One of my students just moved from Mexico, and she gave her talk in Spanish, while a classmate translated. She is very shy and it was good to see her really push herself to speak - something that was easier to happen in the small room. Tomorrow, I will have ALL my 4th graders, but the 5th graders don’t come back until Friday.
This often happens toward the end of the school year if you aren’t a homeroom teacher. Parties, field trips, and test interrupt the regular routine. It might seem like that would be an easy day, and on a certain level it is, but on another, you have to take the time to reset your planning. If I move ahead with my regular lesson plans, I would have to repeat them for my returning students, but on the other hand, today is day 158 and it needs to be a day of learning. So we focused on their speeches, and then moved on to our Secret Code Lessons.
In case you are wondering, the secret code that I am teaching them is cursive writing. They 100% love learning it, and are super impressed that I can write in cursive. It is like I am some sort of wizard. Because I had so few students, our practice page included each of their names, which they thought was pretty awesome. “That’s my name?” One of them said in stunned amazement. “I want to write it.” Here’s a strange thing that I’ve noticed over years and years of teaching - the boys in my class with the messiest printing always seem to write the most beautiful cursive you’ve ever seen.
SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS A LITTLE LESS
If you remember, thanks to James Clear Atomic Habitsˆ I have stopped biting my fingernails. Yeah! But the long nails are DRIVING me crazy. I had to trim them for the third or 4th time tonight. I guess a lifetime of short nails has made it impossible for me to fully embrace being a true diva.
And on another random note, now that the yearbook is at the printers, I find myself with far more time than I used to have. Take tonight for instance, I came home and made tacos for taco Tuesday. Then I did the dishes and after that cleaned the outside of the refrigerator and the oven. Then the husband and I watched the first episode of Chernobyl, which is pretty much a bummer of a show. After that I went to the grocery store, and am now baking a cake. Crazy, right? I did leave RIGHT after school got out — our one car living situation makes it easier for me to get picked up then, but still I’ve done a million things, and it isn’t even 8. I feel like I accidentally left before my last class. I told my boss just the other day that I’ve got so much more time on my hands, he should throw some other projects my way. “Don’t tempt me, was his response.”
Don’t be surprised tomorrow if this blog covers a story about THAT REALLY IMPORTANT THING I forgot all about which is why I had so much time on my hands. I bet you will enjoy that. In the meantime, I need to get my cake out of the oven.
Keep moving forward,