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Archive for January, 2012

(not that I want to be)

I was scoring writing last week so I read a number of writing samples written by grade three students.  My group thoroughly enjoyed reading stories, narratives and letters written by grade three students.  My favorite letter was written by a little boy who was describing a Barbie.  He had a sister and couldn’t understand why she wasn’t asking for this Barbie for Christmas.  At this point in the letter he wrote “if I were a girl (not that I want to be) I would ask for that Barbie for Christmas.”  It doesn’t matter how old a person is, they can still write with a lot of voice!

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I Can Live With That!

In Science today we were testing the weight of towers made from paper.  I had a student walk down the hall with me to pick something up.  It was a cold day here, not many students were at school and I was complaining about how tired I felt.  I jokingly asked this student if she would give me a piggy-back ride.  She said she couldn’t.  I asked why and she said because I was too heavy.  She then went on to tell me that she thought I weighed more than 1000 grams! (That was the greatest weight the students had to use)  I told her that usually I’m sensitive about my weight but I could live with someone telling me they thought I weighed more than 1000 grams!

Are you Ukranian or Native?

My students are forever saying funny things and telling me funny stories.  I remember these stories long enough to tell a couple of people but after a few days I can’t remember what made me giggle inside or roar with laughter.  So I thought it best to record some of these funnies in this forum.

Yesterday my class was in Gym for the first period of the day.  I was working in the classroom when two of my students walked in late together.  We greeted each other and they told me of how they met up with each other along the way and walked the rest of the way to school together.  As they were putting on their shoes they continued their conversation.  Student one, “I wonder how many Native students we have in our class?” Student two, “Yah, I wonder how many Ukrainian students we have in our class.”  Student one began to list whom she thought were Native students in our class and counted.  She stated her final tally to Student two.  Student two said “Hmm, I thought we had more Ukrainian students than that.  I think Julia* is Ukrainian because she is going to Texas to visit her grandparents in a month to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas.”  Student one, “Oh, okay.  I didn’t know that Julia* is Native but that makes sense now.”  At this point the two girls had their shoes on and walked out the door.  Sometimes I feel like I’m having conversations with people who aren’t understanding me but I’m usually aware that we may be talking about two different things!  Obviously not with these two!  As a side note, Julia* is neither Ukrainian or Native!

Time Flies

It seems like forever since I have blogged. And yet, it’s not because there is nothing going on or that life is boring by any means! I’m not sure why I haven’t been blogging. Maybe because life has been too busy and I haven’t had time for this. As I look around my classroom I realize that I haven’t had time to keep on top of organizational issues on a tangible basis either! I am having trouble keeping up in many areas and it’s bugging me like nobody’s business! I miss blogging though.
For the second year in a row I am teaching a new grade. New curriculum, new age level, new teaching methods, new programs, but similar kids – I’ve moved from grade one to grade two to grade three with the same bunch of kids. And these kids still have great needs that I have blogged about in the past.
I’m finding that I no longer have a balancing act – all of the balls seem to have fallen on the floor. I try to balance work life (time to plan, assess,organize, learn), home life (time with my kids, time with my husband, time with my dog, time to clean the house and make meals) and my health (time to exercise, time to relax). I also have other duties and expectations from other people with organizations I am involved with and commitments I need to fill. It’s so easy to say yes to help others but so hard to say no to keep my sanity. And yet, I feel like I am letting so many people down with everything I seem to be forgetting.
This post is how my mind is working and how I am feeling lately – cluttered and unorganized. When I started writing this post my intention was not to write about what I have written about.  I guess the beauty of a quick write is to write about what is deeply bothering/worrying you or what you are thinking about and then reading it to find out what your thoughts are. Hmm, I need to add blogging as one more priority in my life and see what has happened? – I’ve added one more committment! But it’s a worthy committment that I have neglected!