Wednesday, April 11, 2012

3 Praise Reports and 2 Complaints...Fair Balance?!

So, after my lengthy lapse in blog involvement, I am back! A little older, a little wiser, and a few less days on my potential life expectancy. Here's what's new:

Since my last installment, I have taken my class on a field trip. I was so nervous! Me + 24 11-year-olds + my mom as my chaperone....terrifying! Well, good news. We survived and we had a blast! We visited the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC. It was a bit young for my kids, but we enjoyed the workshop on Simple Machines and an IMAX movie about Forces of Nature. Here's a link to go check them out!

Also, second praise report. SPRING BREAK. It was wonderful. I spent a lot of time on the couch and in the sun. 'Nuff said.

Third praise report. I did a really cool interdisciplinary project linking Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and our science unit on Simple Machines. My students were given the challenge to create a new "crazy" food product idea, design a machine on which they would produce their product, and then write a persuasive advertisement to sell their product. Their complex machines had to feature at least 4 simple machines. Surprisingly, my kids really took off with this project. I got some of the CUTEST submissions! If anyone is interested in my project packet (I am not sure how to post it here), email me and I will be glad to send it to you for your use. My email is evansh1001@gmail.com.

Now, for the downside. The uh oh. The words from the ne'er-do-well. The whining. The complaint.

DUN DUN DUNNNNNN.

Okay. Well my issue is debilitating. We are 22 days from our EOG assessments and, lo and behold, my class is not ready. I know they're not. And since I have only been their teacher since February, I know it's not totally due to my inability to adequately teach. But I can't point fingers, because it doesn't do me or my class any good. So I'm scrambling at the last minute to teach main concepts, especially in math. But at this point...what strategies work? Intense test prep is dreadfully boring...any tips?!

Also, another complaint. Behavior! My gosh! I am dying with how disrespectful 5 of my male students are. One of them told me today that I was "ratchet," while another thought it was funny to stick his pencil in the electric pencil sharpener everytime I began to speak, even when I asked him not to and had already sent him to the office for being noncompliant. I'm literally drowning and at a loss.


Anywho, I've unloaded my update and I have relieved some of my stress. My team teacher went to the E.R. yesterday with chest pain and body numbness, and they told her it was due to stress. I don't want to end up like her, so I am trying to be proactive and healthy.

Hope you are all well! God Bless you as you enter the end of school year fun!

-Hannah

3 comments:

  1. Hang in there Hannah! Just relax and believe that you are doing the very best with what you have, as much as you can! :) Hugs from NY

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  2. If you need any tips for getting them ready for EOG, hit me up. I have been teaching 5th grade in NC for 6 years now. I have a few things that I can share via e-mail w/ you.

    If you have a smartboard, go to smarttech.com and sign up for their smart exchange. There you'll find a ton of ideas and interactive things to use in your room.

    As for behavior, I would just start the phone ringing. Have the kids start calling parents when they are being totally off the chain. When parents start being interrupted too often, then the kids will get the hint. After 3 days, you'll have it under control.

    Find me on facebook @ Melanie Miday Stern and message me... I will then send you my school e-mail so that I can send you those files. Hang in there.... it will get better!

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  3. Hannah,
    My first year in 5th grade was really rough, too. I know it's hard to really know now, but it does get better. I am finishing up my fourth year teaching now and it is soooo much better.
    As you experience the severe disrespect from students, you learn more about how to deal with it and what will work best for you. After my first year, I read so many management books...the ideas really helped me find my style. So hang in there and do what you can. We're teachers, not magicians! :)

    The Science Penguin

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