So, instead of whining about all the boy drama (hard to believe, since in sixth grade, it's usually girl drama at this time of year) I was challenged by on Friday, I've decided to do something fun and link up with Reagan, from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits.
Tar Heel State we were off and running. The kids still come back to the vocabulary they learned, and they had fun created the puzzle person for a book they read.
I wish I had pictures! I have two huge tubs of pillows and stuffed animals that my students have access to. They love to curl up on the floor with a pillow and a good book. And it's surprising how many of them cuddle up with a stuffed animal too! It's pretty sweet to see! There's no question that my bookcases (and all the nooks and crannies around them) are my students' and my favorite spots in the room.
My go-to signal is "Let me have your attention in 5-4-3-2-1." I use that when my kids are all talking in groups or there's a lot of commotion in the room. They know that they need to have to 5)get to their seat or just stop where they are, 4) have nothing in their hands, 3) bodies facing me, 2) no talking, 1) eyes on me. We practice it a couple of times at the beginning of the year and we're good to go from then on.
My students arrive around 8:10 and my first break is at 12:50! I know! It makes the afternoon really short and the morning flies by! I need my little coffee maker for a quick sort-of pick me up, although I'm drinking decaf at this point. That and a piece of chocolate after lunch and I'm good to go for the day!
So that's it for me. Hope you have a great Sunday and a good start to next week!