Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wow, has it really been almost 2 weeks since I posted last? It has been a crazy couple of weeks, I can guarantee you that! We are nearing the end of our 1st 9-weeks and I am starting to look back and wonder where it went. I need a break too..so much going on. We are moving on and trying to help our friend "D/Mario" deal with his Dad's death. He is back at school but struggling. The police caught and arrested a suspect..so at least that is done.
We are right int he middle of a big Social Studies unit project too. My boys are struggling a bit with the research, so to take the heat off, that is what we are focusing on. We are talking about sources and how to write bibliographies and trying to find alternatives to G@@gle (we use Nettrekker a lot) ...since it typically doesn't filter out all the junk when they search. They are enjoying it (I think)..and learning a lot about the Explorers. We have a 4 day weekend coming up too (at least the students do..teachers will be working both Friday and Monday). My plan is to organize my classroom and de-clutter. I also want to Lexile my class library. We'll see how much gets done. I am excited about the in-service on Monday because we have a consultant coming to begin training us on 6+1 Traits for writing. I have been doing a little research on my own and it looks so cool. I admit it, I am not a good writer and I suspect I am an even worse writing teacher..so I can use all the help I can get.
Well, I better close this for now..Monday folders, and lesson plans are calling my name.....until next time.