Thursday, January 9, 2014

Quick Pictures

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.

I also got to meet my student teacher, and she's great!  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!
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.

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!

I love the welcome basket idea. I used to do something similar for my student teachers when they were leaving - something special in a basket with post its and pens and fun school supplies. I don't have student teachers at my current (alternative) school and I miss that experience.

Lori said...

Such a nice way to welcome your student teacher! She will be so grateful for all of it. Love the voice in the introduction letter- so cute! She won't be forgotten!
Lori
Conversations in Literacy

Sarah said...

What a cute idea for your student teacher! I was in that boat just 4 years ago! I love the writing of your little one! Too cute :)

Sarah
Teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

Sherrie Nackel said...

What a great welcome gift for your student teacher! Very generous of you. You included such great items. I will have to remember this for when I have a student teacher again.