Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

How can Thanksgiving be here in less than 36 hours?  I guess we've spent our whole fall counting down days until this or until that, so that now here we are --- starting the holiday season.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Yesterday was my first full day in the classroom without the sub.  The kids were wonderful.  We got through the reading, re-started math and even did some writing.  While that may not sound like much --- I have 4 reading levels and 4 math levels and (on paper) 4 writing levels.  The reading program here is scripted, so that means a different lesson for 4 groups --- 3 groups have only 1 person in them.  Math is better but it's still 4 lessons.  I did rearrange the topic order so that every group is basically dealing with the same concepts.  I also have an aide during those two subjects but it takes 2 hours to get through reading  and then another 70 minutes for math --- add P.E., lunch, buddy reading, writing, music, and play practice and the day is gone.  We think that when our head teacher returns --- the Mister will get to come back into our classroom and help out as well.  He plans to start science and social studies in January.

The Boy and the Mister worked hard over the weekend to re-do the classroom.  The theme is Dr. Seuss.  They put up all new bulletine boards, washed the desks and put on new nameplates, moved books and materials around the room, cleaned, and brought 4 of the 14 tubs of "stuff" I thought I needed in the room.  By Sunday night, we were all exhausted but very pleased with the end result.  The students responded well to the changes on Monday.  I think it's going to be a good year here in Perryville.  I am thankful for such a nice place to live and work!

Our school hours are 9-4 ----- teachers start at 8.  The kids are eating breakfast now.  I've got to get down there for morning assembly.  We make announcements and say the Pledge of Allegiance.  It's a good way to start the day ----- Have a great Thanksgiving.  Thanks for reading about our lives!

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