Downtime and Lesson Plans

Dear Readers,

I’ve had sufficient time to rest. Now, that I’m pretty much through taking 4 naps/day, I’ve moved on to working on lesson plans for the next 2 months hopefully.

At my new job, I only teach Social Studies & Reading. In fact, I’ve only been teaching Social Studies & Math because my students weren’t transitioning. However, when school resumes in January, I will be working with 6th, 7th, & 8th for Reading in the morning; and my own class of 7th graders in the afternoon for Social Studies.

The book I’m using is Creating America. Even though I’ll be using a 7th grade Social Studies, the book is pretty similar to the 4th & 5th grade Social Studies books I used at my last job, so I didn’t have a problem using a similar format for the MUST DO Packets. The chapter is split into 4-5 sections and each section takes a week. I’m just about finished with Chapter 2. I just need to make the tests and I’ll be finished with a month’s worth of MUST DO Packets. I plan on making MUST DO Packets for another two chapters, which would be about 3 months worth of work.

After that, I will move on to Reading. I’ll write when I finish because then I will be sighing a big sigh of relief. I will, theoretically, have much free time at home since lesson planning will be out of the way.

Vacation, Finally…

Dear Readers,

I have a lot to say. It’s been a long week. Some of it has been good; some of them has been bad. Either way it goes, I’m happy the week is over and I’m off for 2 weeks. Hallelujah and Thank You Jesus. I’m still winding down and have a lot to say, but I need some time to gather my thoughts. I will write shortly.

Bye for now!

He Said…

Dear Readers,

I have a short but very funny story to tell. Like to hear it, here it goes. I was reviewing my Social Studies packet with my students so we could prepare to do NOTHING in preparation for the vacation, when suddenly one of my students said. “Miss, I can’t believe I’m listening to you right now!”

I mean he was honestly upset that he was listening and behaving while listening to me talking about African Societies.

“Well,” I said, “Thank you for your comment and also for listening, but give me five minutes and we will be finished for the year.”

Thankfully he listened and we were able to finish. And that is the end of my story. Short but sweet!

I am going on break and will write much more about my experiences; especially about a totally inappropriate teaching moment.

A Long (But Good) Week!

Dear Readers,

This week seemed to be an especially long week. I had a couple of moments when I wished that Calgon would take me away. However, I also had some incredibly fantastic moments. The tough moments were frustrating, but I made it through. So, I will just concentrate on the incredibly fantastic moments.

Here are the incredibly fantastic moments:

  • One student who’s known for stealing gave my scissors back to me,
  • A student that’s been absent for almost 2 weeks returned to school,
  • A student gave me a hug,
  • Only 3/12 students were sent out of the class all week, as opposed to 6 students on one day during my first week,
  • All of my students love my classroom economy system and have bought into it ,
  • Three students apologized for their behaviour,
  • All of my students “got” division,
  • Last, but definitely not least) My toughest student came to school in a foul mood, accepted a hug when I offered it to him, and didn’t disrupt the class as much as he used to.
  • He then sat down and completed all of his work. He wasn’t sent out of the class once. In fact, he was the only one that was well behaved enough to buy from the classroom store.

That’s all I can think of for now, but that’s plenty. All in all, I guess the good trumped the bad. I’ll keep you updated! Bye for now!

Doing Work…

Dear Readers,

Last Tuesday I had an absolutely terrible day. I really felt like quitting. I felt like Moses as I questioned God if I was where I’m supposed to be.

“Are you sure I’m supposed to be at this school, Lord?,” I asked as I questioned God. “There are many teachers who are more qualified than I to do this job and reach these kids. Besides, they are resistant to learning, they insult each other any chance they get, they fight, etc., etc.”

I could go on and on but I’ll stop there. Things would have been a lot easier if I would have stopped there because I made my day so much harder by feeling sorry for myself and lamenting my rotten luck on getting this particular set of students when they’re really not all that bad. However, if I would have stopped to count my blessings, I would have realized that they are rebelling precisely because what I am doing is working. I mean, what more proof do I need- the same kid who complained on me less than 2 weeks ago for reading to them asked me to read a book today.

So, over the break, I came home, got over the little pity party I was holding and decided to go back with a fresh and renewed attitude. The only problem was that I got the Sunday night blues and didn’t want to go in to work this morning. Since I knew that not going wasn’t an option, I squared my shoulders and went in anyway. Once there, I made my copies, sat down, said a little prayer and waited for the kiddos to come. Ya’ know what? Once they came, it wasn’t that bad. Since my assistant was absent, I made sure someone was in the room with me, then got them started with their MUST DO Packets which they happily worked on.

So, Dear Readers, instead of throwing any more parties (pity, that is!), I will instead count my blessings. Won’t you do the same?

The Best Complaint Ever, Part 2

Dear Readers,

Do you remember last week when I wrote about one of my students who was upset and complained to the Director of the school because I was trying to teach them & reading to them? Well, today, as I was writing the agenda on the board, he asked about Story time.

“Miss, how come you don’t read to us any more?,” he asked.

I told him that the class is too rowdy and noisy and no one  can hear me read.

“Okay, so if we’re quiet, you’ll read to us?,” he asked.

I told him that I would, so he proceeded to shush the students. Now, let me make it clear. This “kid” is the tough guy of Middle School. For him to shush the kids so that I could read Lulu’s Hat by Susan Meddaugh was really saying something. So, although I wasn’t planning on reading it, he shushed the class and got them quiet, so I read two chapters to them. Guess what? They were actually quiet.

How’s that for progress?