Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First time Ever!

So, I'm typically a mid-December to mid-to-maybe-late January kind of tree person.  But after Thanksgiving at home with all the kids, it struck me that if we wanted to have everyone around to decorate, it would have to be that weekend.  Or on December 24th.  So, off we went to tree shop!  We found a wonderful one at the CSA where we get all of our produce, got the requisite m&m's and the Christmas music flowing, and the rest is history!  So grateful that we were all together to do this.  As the kids get older, I realize that these moments are pretty precious!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I have to admit that I'm enjoying the time at home for Thanksgiving break.  The kids are all home!  We hosted some of my family for a great Thanksgiving day meal, and then relaxed on Friday.  Can't say I was too much in the mood to do the Black Friday thing.  I get it - the savings, the adventure - but I just like sleeping in on Friday.  Getting to sleep in is such a luxury in the teaching world!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What an interesting adventure this week.  I introduced my students to a new genre today, one that they don't usually go for.  Middle school students, and especially 6th graders tend to love fantasy and realistic fiction.  So, today we talked about mysteries.  And they responded in a sort of lukewarm way.  Now, without patting myself on the back too much, I have to say that one of the things I do well is matching kids up with books. But they just weren't all that excited.
   So I took them to the media center.  One of our librarians spent about ten minutes showing them books they could read.   And this transformation was amazing.  The kids kept coming up and showing me which book they'd checked out.  And since then, some of my most reluctant readers have been showing me how far they've gotten, or why they like the book so much.  
   Nothing warms a teacher's heart more than seeing kids excited about learning!