Friday, October 18, 2013

Five for Friday: Back 2 Teaching!

It's Friday, it's Friday, it's Friday! I really shouldn't be so excited because I have a TON of work to do this weekend to get ready for conferences. Nonetheless, it's time for some Five for Friday brought to us by Doodle Bugs Teaching! 

After two weeks of being away from my second graders, I'm back in the classroom. I missed teaching, but knew it would be a rough road ahead... and... it was! Somehow my little second graders forgot their expectations! How that happened, I just don't know (*sarcasm*)! 

Even though their were some rough spots in my week, I had a lot of fun teaching my kiddos an anatomy lesson to share exactly what happened to my knee. I get teacher excited when my kids OoOoOh and AaAaAahhh at things I show them.

I knew my kids would want to share every self-connection they had to my injury, so I planned a narrative writing lesson on a time when they got hurt. Since my kiddos were in the classroom while I dislocated my knee, they were experts at helping me write my personal narrative. They then got the chance to begin their own personal narratives describing a time when they got hurt. They had some great and graphic stories to tell! 

I'm enjoying wearing my new slipper shoes to school! Since my knee is aching like crazy and throwing off my balance, I can only {successfully} wear flat shoes. Believe it or not, I don't own a good pair of flats. All of my practical shoes have at least some platform. Honestly, I'll take any excuse to buy a new pair of shoes! These Ugg slippers are so incredibly comfy! The sheepskin lining is like heaven for my feet! I love teaching comfy!

Oh man, I'm teaching regrouping! It's hard! I'm pulling out all kinds of strategies to help my kiddos learn this new skills. Some of them totally get it! Some look at me like I'm speaking a foreign language. This is where guided math groups come in handy! We've been using our manipulatives and practicing regrouping like crazy! 

Please share your secret to success with teaching regrouping! I'd love to learn a new strategy I haven't tried!

Last, but not least, I'm going to leave you with a little story that made my day! As I was walking down the hall, a first grader with his mom walked by my classroom, pointed and said, "this is the classroom I want to be in!"      
This just melted my heart!!

How was your Friday? Will you be working in your classroom this weekend like I will??

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