Friday, November 8, 2013

Five for Friday- Nov 8th

It is finally Friday! 

It's a 3 day weekend for our students. We have staff development on Monday. I am so excited! 

My youngest turns 4 on Sunday. I am also excited about that. I am not one of those Moms who gets sad that their kids are growing up. He's the fourth...  the oldest, well he is 22 and still lives at home. I don't think he will ever leave. 

Tangent.... How about my 5 for Friday

Our 8th graders played their last home game this week. The coach came up with "Teacher Night". We wore a players jersey all day Tuesday and then went to the game and hung out on the sidelines during the game. They LOVED it. 
This was my player. He was actually one of my advisory kids two years ago. 

Mc Teacher Night
Ever heard of this? It's a fundraiser where teachers "work" at Mc Donalds and a portion of the sales goes to our school. I was the order caller when the food was prepared. 

Mc Donald's is fast paced and busy! I am glad I don't have to do that on a daily basis. One of the workers told me, "I am glad I don't teach middle school on a daily basis!" I thought it was fair. 

End of a grading period
Holy moly we are busy trying to get grades in and assignments completed. Parents are emailing me asking how their kid can improve their grade. Why wait until the end? How about doing the work when it is actually due? (Oops, different soap box)
This week, I enlisted my students to do some grading. I gave five kids at a time a paper that was not their own, had them grade it and write the number missed at the top. I wrote the grade and entered them in the grade book by the end of class. It was awesome! They even got their paper back before the end of class. It was a win, win! 

This week my teaching partner created a real life formulas station for our students. She got real pictures of various shapes and students had to find the area or perimeter or sides of the shapes. They enjoyed the activity a lot. They especially liked the pizza and Doritos for some reason. 

And then today, first thing, I had a student bring me this sweet note. She is not one of my advanced students. She is in my one regular class and she started off struggling quite a  bit. But she has made an effort and it is showing. I taped it to my closet door! 

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  1. What a sweet note! Things like that make it all worth it!
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  2. I really like the idea of wearing a football player's jersey. I think our kids would LOVE this idea, too. Thanks for sharing it! Oh yeah, grading papers in class... love, love, love it! Especially near report card time... what a time saver! Aren't kids' notes and pictures the best? I got one this week from my toughie. He drew a really cool picture and brought it to me, saying, "I made this just for you!" Melted me! Loved your Five for Friday this week!

  3. I love those notes! Middle school football under the lights, it must be Texas:)!