I Want You To Read That One…

My new student, Nu, had a special request that I don’t mind filling. Last week I read them The Hungry Thing, all the while preparing them for the sequels, The Hungry Thing Returns, and The Hungry Thing Goes to a Restaurant.

The books teach rhyming and it’s interactive. It’s the perfect little book for my class. They love it. Apparently Nu really liked it too because as I was asking the students which book they wanted me to read, he asked for the sequel to The Hungry Thing.

Just two weeks ago when he first came into my class, he wouldn’t sit down. The second day he disrupted to class so much, security had to escort him out of the room, and he’s only 7 years old. Now only two weeks later he is requesting a story. I love it, love it, love it.

Here’s to continued success!

Blend This!

Today my University supervisor came to visit. It was in the middle of the OCR block. She got a chance to see my students in action. I got a chance to see my students in action!!! I was so pleasantly surprised by how well they did. It didn’t even seem like a special ed. class. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean it in a good way. They were amazing. I couldn’t believe it. The only hints I needed to give them was the name of the S/S card and they got it.

This was an extension of the Voyager lesson that my assistant does with them in the afternoon. In the afternoon, after my assistant returns from lunch, I work with the students on Vocabulary Development & Comprehension, while she works with them on Word Study & Phonemic Awareness. We work on a rotation schedule. She works with one group while I work with another. After 20 minutes, they rotate.

It’s working out swimmingly. I didn’t know that it was working quite so well until I heard them blending today. Let me just tell you that I was very, very impressed. They were simply amazing. I will continue to work on explicitly teaching the S/S cards (I will post on this later in the week.). It is working out like a charm. I could not be more proud of them.

As always, here’s to continued success.

I Know That It Gets Better!

I know that it gets better than this, I’m just waiting for it to happen. I’m talking about planning and execution. It seems that if I do great planning, I have trouble with execution and vice versa. I feel like it’s taking forever to become proficient. I know that this is only my second year, but I need to get better at what I’m doing. The way things stand now I feel like I’m doing my students an injustice.

Yet, miraculously, my students are progressing. How is that? Is it beginner’s luck? If so then I need to go and join a poker game because I am on a roll. My main problem is that I need a systematic way of doing things and I need organization. George gave me ideas on storage and helping to have the classroom run itself.

I’ll never say die, but I feel a little discouraged in regard to establishing various systems. I have much help this year though. I’m just impatient. I know that things are going to get better, but it just seems so slow going. I guess I’m just going to have to be patient.

As always, here’s to continued success!