One Week Down
Today marked the end of my first week in the classroom, second week of Institute and third week in New York. It is hard to believe I have been in NY for three weeks and that the second week of institute is complete. I’ve decided to compose a list of highs and lows for the week to capture the essentials.
- The first week in the classroom was great and a welcome relief from the days that were previously jam packed with lectures.
- Academic intervention time each morning is wonderful. This only started on Thursday and it is already my favorite part of the day. I have a group of three students that I will work with daily throughout summer school. We complete a short word study exercise and then jump into guided reading where we search Bud, Not Buddy for inferences.
- The countdown is getting me through. We chose to create a weekly countdown in our suite. The countdowns only last a week and makes Institute seem much more manageable.
- One of the nice bus drivers searched for my lunch box at the station, found it and returned it to me. Inside I found just what I had been missing.
- My class is meeting mastery goals. Today all but one of my students mastered my daily math objective. Who knew I could effectively teach 7th graders to categorize numbers? I am so proud of them and I was thrilled to put a star by so many names on our tracking poster!
- The gap is scary. Grading my students’ diagnostic tests made the reality of the gap that much more apparent.
- 5:00 alarms, 6:10 bus rides to school and 4:15 humid bus rides home are tough. By the end of the day I look like a hot mess.
- Losing my lunch box was big time low. The lunch box happened to be carrying my keys and ID card…see “Highs” for further details on this almost disaster.
- The printing lab and its slow computers that make printing a real challenge each evening.