Wow! Where does time go? It was about a year ago that things were starting to wind down to our baby girl being born. Hard to believe that that whole experience has been almost a year ago now. More on that at a later time!
It has been fun the last couple of weeks to eat out a bit more than we normally would. Not that we can really afford to eat out (I mean, who can), but it is fun to be out with the kids. I mean look at these two crazy little boys. How can you NOT love them.
The last couple weeks have been a real challenge for me. I am not sure if it is my personality or the hormones of 11-12 year-olds, but our classroom has felt a little off. I am currently working to adjust some of the weekly assignments and have stopped doing other things that were extremely time consuming and not effective (such as a parent newsletter. After 12 years of making a monthly newsletter, I have decided to stop making them. It will free up a lot of time for me to do other things, especially with my kids at home, and I didn't feel it was being utilized by parents and students). I have also adjusted out weekly word work to try and tie in more grammar based skills- like part of speech, dictionary skills, antonyms and synonyms. I hope to start looking more at root, prefixes and suffixes.
Our monthly theme for our Values Board is this one:
I am excited. I am going to have the students write a statement about their dream- what they want to be/hope to accomplish, and then have them illustrate it in any manner they choose- draw, cut out pictures, clip art, etc. I am hoping to get a large variety of designs. I think the students have enjoyed doing these each month.
But, like everything else, it get routine and then the kids view it as "boring". I am sick to death of dealing with the words "bored" or "This is boring" or I am bored". Maybe it is because I put a lot of work into my teaching, but to hear a student say that is truly a slap in the face. If only he/she remotely knew the amount of time and thought and effort that went into a day's worth of lessons- and that goes for ANY teacher, even if they are a simply turn the page kind of teacher (which I am TOTALLY not!), they wouldn't be so eager to choose to be 'bored". I realize that somethings are just not as exciting to learn. However, attitude is 99% of the battle.
Enough of the rant. And, enough of this posting.