Isn't this great?! I soooooo needed a snow day. Hope you all are cozy and warm and with loved ones snuggled inside today. Still in my PJs. Must go as we're headed outside to play in the snow! NUTS, huh?!
I just wanted to pass on some sad news- Sue's mom passed away this morning unexpectedly- Sue was actually in Nebraska this weekend visiting her when it happened. Services will be held on Friday at 11AM. I just wanted to let everyone know so that we can keep her family in our thoughts and prayers!
It's GREAT to be part of LPS again. It's GREAT to be in the company of some FARTS. It's GREAT to be building new relationships with passionate professionals. It's GREAT to be in the classroom. It's GREAT to be learning more everyday about the students through their writing. It's GREAT to be part of something bigger than me.
I hear you're at Centennial. The mom of one of my students just started there, too. The principal called me and we talked for a long time. I'm glad she hired you and hope it's a step in the right path (whatever path that may be)!
So, I guess we are having an epidemic here at Alice Terry... 103 kids out today sick. In my class of 18... I have only 6 kiddos here today. I started with 3 so my class has DOUBLED in the past 3 hours. DONT FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS! Miss all of you!
Thursday, May 21st (from the Denver Airport): In Littleton, CO the powers that be are closing Lewis Ames Elementary School. In a time of too big to fail, we also have too small to save, I guess. So this sweet little, high performance school asked me to come and mark the final days in song. This song took shape in a meeting with teachers and staff and was recorded in a classroom. Here's number 21, "When You Think You're Done, You've Just Begun".
I love this song and had to post the site. I hope it works...if not , here is the address to the site---http://www.reachwithme.com/52songs/number21.html
I watched a video online today about a gentleman that is a stunt man for his chosen profession.
He speaks at length about the rigors of his job such as rappelling down buildings, planning how to explode different types of vehicles and being lit on fire. He also talks about a couple of his risk-taking role models who worked with less safety equipment than a table chef at Gasho's. Eventually he plans on skydiving from the edge of space (after a corporation sponsors him). You can even track his progress visually here if you're interested.
While he was explaining his job and how it has changed/evolved over time, he message intertwined with what I perceive is our shared experience as former teachers at Ames.
I feel like an educational stunt man this year: The best of what I/we have created and experienced so far as a teacher is constantly tested in my new environment. What worked for me in Room 17 and was reliably effective in the intermediate hallway does not always work for me in my new space. An experience (Mr. Sprat) or positive reinforcement ("Gimme five!") that resonated with past classes has been shelved in favor of Mr. Time Efficiency (let's enter through the gym and save ten minutes) and "Pound It!" (when the knuckles of my hand impact another students' knuckles gently). More on the "fist bump" here.
These moments are great and definitely keep my differentiation/adaptability skills sharp, but they also remind me how much I still need to learn in order to provide the best instruction possible for kids.
Thankfully, just like Steve Truglia (the stunt man), I've discovered that I can lean on my new colleagues at my new institution for guidance and support (just like I did at Ames).
(insert virtual fist bump here)
By the way, click here for the stunt man video, then skip to 14:39 and watch to the end. You're the orange one on the left... :)
Thought I'd check the blog to say "Hi" and let you know I'm thinking about you all. I imagine you're all busy as can be with school and families. Conferences are coming up and I feel like I don't even know my students well enough yet to say anything of value. Does anyone else feel like that?
There's been more sadness--unfortunately, a 5th grade student at Franklin became very ill from pneumonia (not H1N1) and passed away last night. It was terribly sad for the staff and students who knew her. For those of us who didn't know her, it broke our hearts to see the pain that everyone is feeling. Why is it that grief seems to be reoccurring far too often lately?
I think it's about time for another get together; maybe after conferences are over we could figure out something fun to do.