Here's a quick look at my (short!) week:
I know this picture probably looks silly, but I did take it on an amazing day for our school. We were recently named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2013! I was in the middle of Writer's Workshop when my principal came over the intercom and asked everyone to turn their projector systems to Channel 5 for an important announcement. Then my principal and AP appeared on the screen and asked us to watch an important message. When I saw Arne Duncan's face pop up, I knew we were going to get incredible news! After the message played, our admins popped back up wearing blue wigs! We have been celebrating ever since! :) This is a big accomplishment for our sweet school. Around 70% of our students receive ESOL services, 98% qualify for free & reduced lunch, and 90%+ have met or exceeded standards on state testing for the last 2 years!
I am still in love with Morning Meeting! One of the things we've added recently is a Celebrations and Changes chart. My Morning Meeting Director (a highly coveted class job!) asks the students to close their eyes and think of something we are doing well as a class and something we need to change. She/He reminds them to try and tie it into the 7 Habits. When she prompts them to open their eyes, they can share their thoughts and I jot them down on the chart. If something is repeated during the week, I give it a check mark. The kids LOVE seeing things move from the "change" side to the "celebrations" side!
We wrapped up our unit on plural nouns... finally! I swear it took a couple of weeks (maybe 3!) to finally get all of those spelling rules down! The positive in all of that is that I was able to fine tune my singular and plural nouns unit. There are lots of new activities, and printer-friendly black and white versions of just about everything! My kiddos really like having a copy of the anchor charts we fill out together in our mini-lessons. It makes a great resource when they are doing homework and need a reminder!
The charts above are from mini-lessons on thesis statements and writing about the reasons behind our opinions. The kids had to write about whether or not our school should get a pool. Totally an imaginary idea, but they had a blast!
Last but not least, I'll just share my view for the night with you. This little man has been all up in my business. :) Herbie, meet the blog-iverse. Blog-iverse, meet Herbie.
Go link up at Doodle Bugs! I'm off to see what everyone else has been up to this week!