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

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


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!