I believe I am seeing spots...or maybe my eyes are tired from all the assessing I did this week! Eek! DSA, Running Records, Kindergarten Screenings, data entry, and phone calls for test scores, but I believe we've got a good feel of where our students are at this point. I feel very good about all that got accomplished while my colleagues have been working to build a positive learning community among their classes. I enjoyed the one-on-one time with the kids too to reconnect after not seeing them all summer. It is a nice way to get to know the new students too. It was a busy week, and here's what most of us look like Friday afternoon. Relate??
|Notice crossed eyes and hair disheveled, but thumbs are up!|
Of course, we all had first day jitters Monday (I did not sleep well Sunday night despite my letter writing post.), I went through the schedule I don't know how many times. After all, we were lazy in the summer, and I even had to dust off the alarm clock since it hadn't been used for a bit. We all got where we needed to be on time. What a miracle! Here is my sixth grader gearing up for her first day. Where does the time go?? She was so excited to where her glitzy shirt (but I think she was a bit hot by the end of the day.) Oh well! She had a great first day, and she even let me curl her hair. It's the little things that make you happy, right!
In the middle of the week, I shared pictures of my classroom. I have had so much fun decorating a full size classroom. I went with an animal print theme..."We're getting Wild About Reading!" It's been wonderful being able to spread the children out and use the space for paired work and for children who just need room to spread out. I've gotten a little spoiled I'm afraid. My pride and joy is my library. I'm still working on leveling the books. They're all sorted by theme and author.
On Wednesday, my sister tagged me for the ALS challenge. I debated uploading the video clip, but I believe it is just too embarrassing to share. I didn't quite make the 24 hour deadline, so I donated to Susan G. Komen in honor of a close family friend and to Autism Speaks in honor of my nephew. Here he is when he was little. Just look how precious he is. My sister and brother in law are amazing, and he is one special guy.
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