Tuesday, 28 April 2009
I am the luckiest person in the world as I am experiencing my “firsts” as a teacher this year. Today was one of those “firsts” as the TDR’s celebrated their third nine weeks awards. I’m lucky because I’ve been able to watch as the students have matured from being timid and unsure to self confident amazing young scholars. They all have worked so hard these last nine weeks and have so much to show for it! I have learned just as much from them as they have from me and I will carry that with me forever. So bring on the last nine weeks of the 2008-2009 school year… it’s going to go fast but its going to be a heck of a ride!
Friday, 24 April 2009
Last night a students from our class was honored at Sandalwood High School. She is of Armenian heritage and when she came to Chets Creek last year she was able to take advantage of services for children who are learning English as a second language. She is one of 262 students at our school that speak 21 other languages besides English! It is like having our very own mini-United Nations. She has an opportunity to work with Mrs. Bort, who is a native Spanish speaker, each week. Mrs. Bort chose her to represent all of Chets Creek for her academic achievement this year. Last night she received a medal as the "Chets Creek Second Language Learner of the Year!" We are so proud!
Thursday, 16 April 2009
The TDR’s started a new Reader’s Workshop unit on poetry this week. A lot of deep thought and visualization goes into poetry, but if you were to take the time to stop in and see our kids at work you would soon realize that our 1st graders are deep thinkers. It happened to be very stormy outside when we started the lesson so we read poems on the earth, sea and sky. We were able to get the children to feel what was going on around them and connect with their inner artist. One amazing student wrote the following poem titled The Wind.
The wind is waving the leaves and the vines.
The wind is strong going in days and nights.
The wind is cool and cold.
The wind is straight and wirley and curvy
and uply and downly and pointly and
upsidedownly and rightly and lefty and dently.
He clearly used his schema, his senses and his emotions to immerse the reader in how he was feeling at that particular moment. Wow! Wow! Wow! As a teacher I couldn’t be more proud. Way to go TDR’s!
Chets Creek had their annual egg hunt last week and the TDR’s were hunting and gathering with the best of them! The students participated in arts and crafts which included making bunny bags (for collecting eggs), decorating egg cookies, and creating eatable bird’s nests among other fun activities. Each egg was filled with candy and hidden by our wonderful room moms. (What would we do without our awesome room moms?) Mayhem ensued and the playground mulch went flying as the TDR’s raced to find their eggs. All in all it was a great day and I gained about 20 lbs from eating too many chocolate eggs…but it was soooooo worth it!
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Prior to spring break the TDR’s started our “NEW” persuasive writing unit. The children have been given the task of writing persuasive letters about their own “real-world issues/concerns.” Much to our delight the students came forward with an outpouring of ideas such as field trips once a week (for more in depth learning), a Nintendo DS (for educational purposes of course), a new trampoline because the old one is broken and a safety hazard, a puppy (to teach them responsibility) and many more. I have to say I liked the idea of McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza being delivered once a week. We created our own TDR Post Office inclusive of stationary, stamps, envelopes, etc. Over the next two weeks we will be addressing and sending these letters out to the principal, moms and dads, teachers among many others. So the next time you go to the mail box beware…persuasion is in the air!