Today was a weird day. I got a lot done at school, but I felt like I was going in circles and not really accomplishing anything. Is it because there is only one more day before Spring Break? Is it because I have a ton of things that need to be done but don't know where to start? I really just felt out of sorts. Ever have days like that?
Right now I am working on a lesson plan for my first graders to help them write a complete sentence. We have been working on a 4-square (we call it 5 square) graphic organizer for weeeeeks. Now it is time to take what we have in our organizer and write a paragraph. Half my class decided this meant to copy exactly what was in organizer on to the paper. Half the class wrote half way decent sentences. Problem - not enough modeling and guided practice. Tomorrow we are going to work on it one sentence at a time. I will post my lesson plan and the organizers I created (with the help of some wonderful teacher bloggers out there) to make writing sentences a more concrete process. I will share some pictures of the students working also. Tomorrow is also one of my evaluations for the year. This one is completed by the principal. 2:00 pm on Friday, the last day before Spring Break. Whew! I told him that it would be fine though. I can do this. The kids can do this. I will just keep telling myself this.
Did you see the mention of Spring Break? Yes, it starts on Monday!!!! I love my school. I love my teachers. I love my students. I still need the break to rejuvenate and recharge to finish the school year strong. I don't have many plans. I just want some time to do the things I like doing - blogging, reading, more reading, maybe a visit to the zoo (Memphis now has dinosaurs!).