This week, I got to meet my student teacher, and she’s absolutely wonderful! It will be so nice having her around the next couple months. I made a little gift basket for her as a welcome gift. Nothing says welcome to teaching quite like a pack of Flair pens! I also included everyday essentials such as hand sanitizer, erasers, sticky notes, and of course-chocolate! I also included a 3-ring binder with class information. I purchased the a student teacher welcome kit from What the Teacher Wants, and it was so useful.
My students wrote introduction letters, and this one cracked me up! Talk about voice! I can just hear this little girl talking whenever I read this.
Monday and Tuesday were Snow Days for me, and then on Wednesday we had a two hour delay, which was wonderful. When I got to school Wednesday morning, my classroom was freezing! Literally. I checked the thermostat, and it was 32 degrees inside my room. Come to find out, my heater was broken, so I didn’t have any heat. I certainly didn’t stay inside my room, so I was able to use someone else’s classroom yesterday and today. That’s fun. I didn’t realize how much I needed my stuff until it wasn’t there.
Fortunately, I was able to ad-lib the first couple lessons of my fraction unit. We spent a little time learning how to partition different shapes into equal pieces. I learned that shapes like circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles didn’t give my students any trouble, but when I threw in hexagons and trapezoids, my students started having trouble. They wanted to draw horizontal and vertical lines that were equal distances apart, but were not truly equal pieces.
We’ve also started learning how to identify and write basic fractions and got to play a little fraction game where students had to model fractions. I’m very excited for tomorrow, because now that I’m back in my room, I have two really fun activities planned! Hopefully I can share them this weekend!