I really enjoyed doing this post last week, so I figured I would try it again. It really puts me in a great frame of mind as I start gearing up for the coming week.
1. Marty McGuire
On Wednesday, we finished our first chapter book read aloud of the school year. This isn’t the first time I have read Marty McGuire aloud to a class, but it is the first time that I have read it to third graders. IT WAS A HIT. My students were all about this book from page one until we finished.
2. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
On Thursday, I read my class Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. It was perfect. We had a great discussion about Mr. Tiger and our quick-write based on one of the images in the book was our best quick write of the year.
3. One. Step. Closer.
After two weeks of teaching third grade I was feeling very overwhelmed. I felt like I was struggling to click with the age, and I worried that I was doing a terrible job (I can be a little dramatic on Friday afternoons). After three weeks things are starting to click and I know that I can do a good job with these kiddos. I’ve loved them from day one, but after day 14 I feel like I’m finally starting to “get” them.
Things are clicking, and it feels so darn good.
4. Football Game
I have been attending Parma Western football games since I was four. I played for Western. My dad played for Western. My cousins, uncle, and brothers have played for Western. Western football is part of how we became the men that we are.
On Friday, I attended my first football game as a teacher of the district. It was amazing. Hearing students call my name was wonderful. In the third quarter, I had a great conversation about writing with two fourth graders. I have no idea what their names were, but they promised to bring me their stories when they finish them up. I’ll try and learn their names then.
5. Author Visit
We ended our week with a visit from author Janet Tashjian and illustrator Jake Tashjain. There is nothing in the world quite like an author visit. The whole day is magical and the electricity in the air is something that I wish I could bottle up.