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September 9, 2011

Room Decorating

by stryson

As I mentioned back in this post,  I quite enjoy my door decor right now. I finally got a decent picture of it today.


I also mentioned in this post that I got some neat activities for back to school, including a project involving t-shirt cutouts and a clothesline. Not every student’s shirt is finished and up yet, but it definitely looks cute so far!

Some of the kids took it more seriously than others. Naturally, some of them also have a little more inherent creativity and artistic ability than others, too. I really think the cheerleading shirt in this shot is particularly cute:

We had a little bit of Battle of the Sexes going on in my vocabulary class.

On that cute note, let’s have a resounding TGIF. I’ve made it through the first week unscathed. After working late this evening, it’s officially time to kick back and recharge. Have a relaxing weekend!

September 6, 2011

Welcome Back

by stryson

Happy back-to-school! (I realize some are returning tomorrow, and some have already returned, but today was our first day.)

Also, happy Wear A Dress Tuesday. I was going to take a picture of my cute back-to-school outfit, but then I got poured on. When did New Jersey start having a monsoon season?

I can’t wait to be past all of the beginning of the year hullabaloo and just get into teaching. I’m staring down several weeks of placement testing in my reading classes, and I’m chomping at the bit! At least I can dive right in with my computer classes.

While I’m pulling each child for individual testing, I’m having my younger guys complete these “Getting to Know Me” boxes. They’re cute! I have a couple of other activities lined up for when they finish, including this clothesline project. In addition to being ice breakers and keeping the kids busy, this’ll make my room look festive for Back to School Night.

Anyone have some particularly good back-to-school activities? Please share in the comments.


March 20, 2011

It’s Sunday Afternoon

by stryson

… the time when I usually find myself thinking a lot about the week to come. Moreover, it’s a Sunday afternoon in March, wherein I’m usually stressing about the week to come. I find myself here, the Sunday immediately before parent-teacher conferences begin, and I don’t feel stressed. I may change my stance by tomorrow afternoon, but for now, I’m content with the way the week is shaping up.

I’m looking forward to working on a Social Studies project in earnest. I’ve started working on a play with the kids – we combine both third grade classes on Thursdays and Fridays, and I’ve written a play for them to perform about the Statue of Liberty. If it goes well, I’m considering expanding the play (which is currently about 4 pages long) into a longer piece about U.S. Landmarks. It’s heavily inspired by a play I was in when I was in fourth grade, which was called, “Look at New Jersey.”

I’ve been trying ever since I became a teacher to find a full copy of this play.  It was a brilliantly written overview of New Jersey for children. (The 4th grade Social Studies curriculum in New Jersey is all about the state.) To this day, I can recite New Jersey’s 21 counties in alphabetical order and locate them on a blank map thanks to this play. (I was the narrator – I had to point them out on an overhead projection.) There were appearances by Samuel Morse, Thomas Edison, Bruce Springsteen…. and adorable songs about immigrants and tomatoes. A friend’s response via facebook at least gave me a name to search for, though a search at the time turned up fruitless. However, I decided to try searching again while writing this post, and I have a lead! I sent an email to the man who may or may not have been the author of that play. (He is billed as “Mr.” on the program, which my friend still had, so I’m not certain if I emailed the right guy!)

I digress. In any case, I’m excited to face the week when there are fun things on the horizon, like putting together a third grade play. Now’s the time to enjoy it; standardized testing is going to take up the second half of the week, and that is usually draining. No! I refuse to think about anything except the sunshine outside and the fun prospects for the week.