I have a confession to make…
I think that I may be I am addicted to Doodle Bugs’ 5 for Friday linky party! I love being able to sit down on Friday mornings and reflect on my week and everything that I was able to accomplish (or move to the back burner). It always makes me feel like I was super productive during the week, and thankfully this week I actually was fairly productive didn’t have to push many things to the side.
1. First of all, this week I read “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key” for my Diverse Learners class. Let me begin by saying that if you have not read this book then you need to get to your local library or Half Price Books immediately! Seriously. Basically, the story is told through the eyes of a young boy who has difficulty controlling his impulses due to his ADHD (I don’t think the author ever mentions this as a title for the difficulties he has). Of course I felt a lot of sadness for Joey as the story began to develop and as details about his background were explained, but in the end he is placed in the hands of a caring case worker who helps him to get the correct medication (not that I am a proponent of medication). But, more importantly he helps him learn that he must find ways to control his impulses and engage in correct behavior. Jack Gantos does a fantastic job of providing a realistic story line, and I think this book would be such a great read-aloud for younger students, or independent reading for older students. What better way to shed light on ADHD and other diversities for all students in the classroom than great literature??
2. I am excited to say that, as of Wednesday night, the Donor’s Choose project that I started last week is now completely funded! It is a huge relief to me to know that my classroom library will be stocked with a wide variety of non-fiction books. I am now working on a list of various fiction books/genres to purchase for my library. I even inspired one of my friends and cohort member to start a Donor’s Choose project of her own! She will be teaching Kindergarten at a sister charter school next year. I had originally planned to provide a link to her project so everyone could check it out, but her project just received full funding!
4. I know I’ve posted a lot about our bedroom decorations, but if you had to live in the small “bedroom” that was in our old studio apartment for 2 years then you would be excited for a fresh start, too! Since we decided to do a modern western theme in the room, we were on the lookout for bedding that would fit perfectly. I started searching on Etsy for modern quilts and found LastStrawArts. She had an awesome duck silhouette quilt and made a custom one for us in the colors that we wanted! We decided to go with a gray top, yellow backing, and turquoise accents to match the night stands we found last time we went to Canton. The quilt finally came in today and I am so excited for everyone to see the end result! You can visit her Etsy store by following this link: LastStrawArts.
5. Finally, this week I started working on my “Meet the Teacher” night presentation and handouts. I might be completing this a lot sooner than some teachers and many may have one from previous years, but it is also part of my final project for my Learning Environment and Professionalism class. I also volunteered to give my presentation in class next Wednesday so I want it to be as close to the real presentation that I will give to my first grade parents in August as possible. I have decided to include these sections in my presentation: About the Teacher, Daily Schedule, Classroom Procedures/Consequences, Big Ideas, Homework Policy, Field Trips, Volunteer Opportunities, Communication, and Testing Dates. First grade in Texas does not take state testing, but my school does do MAP testing at first grade. I will share my project when I complete it! Do you use PowerPoint, Prezi, or something else for your “Meet the Teacher” night? What other information do you make sure to include at your “Meet the Teacher” night?