Pages

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five for Friday!

What's up everyone? Did you have an amazing week? I did....and the weather was beautiful today here in Chicago!

Today I'm linking up again with Doodle Bugs for their weekly Five for Friday. Here are the top five things that made my week!



Active Engagement Cards

When I had my own classroom, I had the colored post-its with the numbers taped to the kiddo's desks. That way I could instruct them in what order to take turns (orange first, then yellow, blue...etc) and also call on students randomly by drawing numbered sticks. I could also group them by color - all pinks meet together at table 1, oranges at table 2...etc. Now that I don't have my own classroom, I finally figured out that I could just make cards to pass out to the classes I coteach in for the same purpose.

On the back of the card are stickers - this is just another random grouping configuration. The colored numbers work at tables, but the stickers are used when kids need to get up, walk around a little, and form groups of three. So I'll say, "look at the sticker on the back of your card and find your partners to discuss ___."

Just a way to force equalized participation and I'm so glad I have my engagement cards back in my life!


Hands up - Stand up - Pair up & Heads Together


I taught close reading in fifth grade all week - here are two pairs of kiddos meeting together to share their summaries of our article. To find their pair, students stand up, walk around the room with their hands up, (do a high-five when they find their partners) and pair up. Then, the boys shared their summaries, and decided if they included all important information.

We also talked about where our eyes should be - on the card, and it would probably be good to have heads together - that would show we're all thinking about what is being read.

We have to have students engaged for student achievement to increase - two ways here to get that done and get kids up and moving around!


Why is phonics so...fun?



During our RtI group this week, we did some word study around syllables and whether or make the vowels long or short. I find this so interesting, and even better when the kids are like, "Ms. Brezek, I just don't get it!" But then, after we do a few more, it clicks and then they do get it. And...then they can explain it to one another. Kinda nerdy, but I heart phonics rules!


Pranks


This boy is a third grader in the class across the hall from me. He's such a great kiddo, and at the end of last week, as a joke after school when he was running laps in fitness club, he wiped his hand on me saying he was all sweaty (in reality, he put his hand in the water fountain!) He laughed and laughed, and I told him, "Don't you worry, K, I'm going to get you back!"

Maybe two days after that, he jumped out from behind a corner and scared me. So that was that. I had to get him back!

This morning, I asked his teachers if I could empty his locker into a box and keep it in my room. They laughed and said, "Yeah, maybe then he can clean it out!" So I did, but when he came to school, it was so anti-climactic! He didn't even notice - just put his coat, and backpack, and gym shoes away and went to class. I stopped by and asked his teacher if he said anything, and they said no. So she asked him to go get his science book. He came back in and said, "Ms. B - It's not in there. I don't have a science book!" Still...he had no idea.

A few hours later, I stopped by his locker and moved his stuff around - hung one of his shoes from the hook, put his He-Man in the other shoe, moved his backpack. Then...the next time he went to his locker, he (finally) noticed. "Ms. B! Something's wrong with my locker! My stuff is all moved around!"

She replied, and I can hear this conversation unfolding as I am sitting in my office working on an anchor chart, "K, do you think someone is messing with you?"

And I can just see it: he face lights up with recognition, as if a lightbulb is lighting up above his head. "Ms. Brezek," and a smile washes over his face.

He comes over to my office and asks me and I act like I know nothing at first, but then, in a sing-song voice say, "Yep, I got'chu K! I win! I told you I'd prank you back!"

Only problem now is that his teacher told me he has his heart set on getting me back again....so I'll get back to you about what happens next! But....so fun with this kid!


Taking a shot at University teaching!

My former principal teaches at Dominican University. Last spring, she had me, along with a few other teachers come present their content areas to her TFA cohort. When she asked again for this spring, I said, "L, do you think I'm qualified to teach my own section? I'd really like to try and teach at the University!"

Within two weeks of that conversation, I had met with the Dean and a lead teacher and next fall I'm going to teach an elementary Language Arts methods class, all of my own, to a new cohort of TFA teachers and I'm so, so excited! It's a job that I'm so excited to do, and I get paid a little bit to do it. All that money? Vacation fund!



Well, that's all for me here. How was your week? You should write a top five and link up!

Have a good weekend!

13 comments:

  1. Michelle, your passion is an inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  2. i love mrs.brezek im katelynn delgado she is right across the hall from me im in 3sb

    ReplyDelete
  3. Assignment Planet offers finest Assignment Writing UK with unlimited discounts.

    ReplyDelete
  4. As the United States rolls out the first doses of covid-19 vaccines, Vaccinating teachers may give a shot in the support to efforts to reopen schools, providing a wider social benefit, advocates argue. But workers in other fields that are critical to the economy, like 24/7 essay writing cultivation and law implementation, may be more likely to be part of populations at higher risk for thoughtful disease if they contract COVID-19, health ethicists have warned.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I stopped by means of his locker and moved his stuff around - hung one among his footwear from the hook, positioned his he-man inside the other shoe, moved his backpack. We also Best Serviced Office For Rent Dubai mentioned where our eyes need to be - on the cardboard, and it might possibly be appropriate to have heads together - that might show we are all thinking about what is being examined.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I ended with the aid of his locker and moved his stuff round - hung one in all his shoes from the Buy A Dissertation hook, positioned his he-man within the different shoe, moved his backpack. I can listen to this communication unfolding as I'm sitting in my office running on an anchor chart.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is just every other random grouping configuration. The colored numbers paintings at tables, but the Can Someone Do My Essay For Me stickers are used when youngsters want to stand up, stroll around touch, and shape corporations of three.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Active getting to know is the system of related to all college students in activities that inspire them to expand deeper know-how of content material via working with and Cheap Assignment Writing Service reflecting upon the cloth being offered. There may be nobody “correct” manner to acquire energetic getting to know in the lecture room.

    ReplyDelete
  9. We make sure that our employees have considerable experience in the field of Write My Essay Cheap so that we can provide our clients with the best content. Also, since they come from various fields and backgrounds, we can produce content for you on almost any topic. Just let us know what you require, and we will get working on it right away!

    ReplyDelete
  10. As the United States reveals the principal portions of Coronavirus immunizations, Vaccinating educators may offer a chance in the ERP Companies in UAE help to endeavors. it may conceivably be suitable to have heads together - that may show we are altogether pondering what is being analyzed.

    ReplyDelete
  11. SAMBUCUS ELDERBERRY GUMMIES | 3-in-1 Immune SUPPORT:Give your immune system a boost with vegan Sambucus Elderberry gummies. These immune support gummies are deliciously sweet and packed with vitamins and antioxidants Vitamin C & Zinc.

    Source: Sambucus gummies

    ReplyDelete
  12. I lived in New York for several years and just moved to Illinois. And check out the study chapter students who seek cheapest reliable essay writing service US they usually require reasonable prices. They require professional writing assistance from experts who charge low and lesser rates in exchange of assignments. No matter how technical or complex the task is, they compose it impeccably charging low prices from students. Such professionals understand that students have a tight budget and therefore they cannot pay more for their assignments and written tasks. If you require assistance from such reliable and professional experts, reach out to them today and avail the discounted offer.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Vaccinating instructors may supply a shot within the assist to efforts to reopen schools, supplying a much broader social advantage, advocates argue. I can listen to Diesel Trading Company In Dubai conversation unfolding as I'm sitting in my workplace running on an anchor chart.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...