So Many Colours
A Day

60 minutes before the bell - gathered student records and paperwork for the morning.

5 minutes before the bell: Student: I’m probably going to be really irritable all day, just so you know. Don’t make me do anything”.

First hour - met with another teacher to explain the Identification, Placement and Review Committee process that she has to prepare for. (IPRC)

Second hour - worked on my own IPRC packages. Organized one. I have 30 to go. Still have to do the photocopying for the first one.

20 minutes - ate something.

20 minutes - met with another teacher about questionnaires that need to be filled out for a psychoeducational assessment for a student who is reading at grade 1 level - in grade 4.

 Just before mid day - completed reading assessment with student. 

Met with admin about a referral I need to complete. Spoke with a parent about needing to phone her later (she was in school picking up sick child) to discuss an upcoming IPRC.

Now 2 hours before end of day bell: Actually got to hide in my office to try to complete paperwork for one of the IPRCs. Got most of it done. Interupted by phone call from principal of another school board, asking about one of my students who is moving. Spoke with her for 20 minutes. Phoned a psychologists office to discuss an upcoming assessment. Spoke with my VP about a meeting after school. Helped a teacher scan a document, and upload it into Kurzweil (how many times have I shown people how to do this?). Met with principal about an upcoming meeting.

15 minutes after bell - meeting with parent, two teachers, two admin, special ed itinerant teacher and mom. This lasted over an hour and a half.

Home.

Your assistance, please!

watchjuliateach:

As part of my interview tomorrow, I have to teach a 10 minute vocab lesson for fifth or sixth grade.

This should be easy for me, but I’m blanking.

What works for you? I want to show them something outstanding. Nothing too crazy, but nothing boring either.

Do you need a theme? If not I would pick a topic that fits with social studies or science. Find a rich picture book for that topic. Do a read aloud with students stopping to discuss the concept words (I would have them marked with sticky notes before hand). Write the words on an anchor chart as you go. Then you can cut the chart into strips to give to partners. They can create a Frayer model for their words. http://www.worksheetworks.com/miscellanea/graphic-organizers/frayer.html

Then for a later lesson they would share their words and create an inquiry wall for their learning.

smithsonian:

“I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe.” —John Coltrane
Pictured: John Coltrane’s Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone. More about his legacy and what is widely considered to be the best jazz album of all time, A Love Supreme

My son has the extreme privilege of being able to play a Selmer Mark VI sax in his high school band and jazz band. He is desperately trying to figure out how he can buy it. 

smithsonian:

“I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe.” —John Coltrane

Pictured: John Coltrane’s Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone. More about his legacy and what is widely considered to be the best jazz album of all time, A Love Supreme

My son has the extreme privilege of being able to play a Selmer Mark VI sax in his high school band and jazz band. He is desperately trying to figure out how he can buy it. 

explore-blog:

What an amazing story: Beloved children’s book illustrator Eric Carle spent his life fascinated by a photograph of him at age 3, embracing a little girl whose name he never found out. His most recent book, Friends, was inspired by that enchanting and mysterious photograph. Now, 82 years later, Carl and his little friend were reunited.

On Easter Sunday, almost 82 years after the photograph was taken, Eric Carle learned his friend was not only alive. She was ready for his call. Her name is Florence Ciani Trovato; at 85, she’s a few months older than Eric, and shares his vibrancy. 

Read the full story here, and treat yourself to his wonderful Friends.

explore-blog:

What an amazing story: Beloved children’s book illustrator Eric Carle spent his life fascinated by a photograph of him at age 3, embracing a little girl whose name he never found out. His most recent book, Friends, was inspired by that enchanting and mysterious photograph. Now, 82 years later, Carl and his little friend were reunited.

On Easter Sunday, almost 82 years after the photograph was taken, Eric Carle learned his friend was not only alive. She was ready for his call. Her name is Florence Ciani Trovato; at 85, she’s a few months older than Eric, and shares his vibrancy. 

Read the full story here, and treat yourself to his wonderful Friends.

So glad we were able to find Fair Trade chocolate for Easter this year. Sshhhhh - don’t tell. It’s a secret.

So glad we were able to find Fair Trade chocolate for Easter this year. Sshhhhh - don’t tell. It’s a secret.

Complete doofus.

Complete doofus.

Snowing

So it is snowing again. Buses were cancelled, which meant my teen age son was home, my husband had no students at his school, but my school was full - we have no buses.

I am so done with the cold. But the biggest impact for our family is our heating bill. For the 2 months of December and January, our heating bill was 50% more than it was last year. For the months of February and March, our bill was 100% more than last year. We have cancelled plans in order to be able to pay these bills. It will have a huge impact on our budget this year.

when a student gives you attitude because you actually require her to complete her work

listenlearninspireteach:

wincherella:

nerdismysuperpower:

All the time

Story of my life!

You have no idea.