FIRST THINGS FIRST, my students did an amazing job on Friday. I was really proud of them! All that practice and thought really paid off. We ended up doing four “shows” as various classes and important folks came through our room. I was so pleased how it all worked out, and I think their connection and understanding of the unit was deeper than if we had simply read and completed the worksheets in our text.
Now, we are starting our second unit, and I really struggled with planning. Going back to a unit without some sort of art connection seemed unbearably dull. Looking over the unit’s lessons I didn’t feel much inspiration, but then I started to think a little deeper. It was only when I came up with a plan for an art project to accompany the unit, that I was able to get fired up about the lessons. I’ve spent the late afternoon today, cutting out all the pieces for the art project that we will be working on. I can’t wait to show it to my students tomorrow, so that they have some sense of where we are headed.
One of my students moved away over the weekend. We are all pretty bummed. He is a 4th grader who has been with us since he was a tiny kinder kid, and poof - just like that he is gone! My reading class is now down a student, but two others were absent so the room seemed really empty.
AND it is supposed to be 101 tomorrow. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I mean, come on already! That is way too hot for late September! I am really ready to feel those cold winter winds. We are all crossing our fingers and hoping that we have a fire-free fall. The weather lately is all too familiar.
I’m pretty content as this new week begins, and our new project begins to take shape. There is plenty of work to do every day, and I am enjoying each day - one by one.
Keep moving forward,