Wednesday, September 17, 2014

America's Got Talent

My younger brother got me obsessed with this show a few years ago. Tonight was the finale of season 9. The winner was a magician for the first time ever. I was sure it was going to be a singer who I couldn't stand because of her old fashioned style. She ended up being runner up and I know she will go on to do great things. All 6 of the acts in the finals were incredible. Big Brother will be finishing next Wednesday. Then I'll have no TV shows to watch. I better find something so I don't consume my nights with nonstop school work!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting Much Better

I'm getting much better in all senses of the word. I started to feel sick on Thursday night. Sunday and yesterday were my worst days. I was coughing, sneezing, had a runny nose, and a sore throat. I went to bed early last night, took NyQuil and felt a million times better today. I'm still a little congested, but nothing like I was this past weekend or yesterday. I'm also getting much better at staying on top of things. I don't feel nearly as overwhelmed as I have been. I haven't stayed at school until 5:30 or so like I normally do. My new goal is to leave by 4 each day, which I think is very doable, unless I have a meeting in the afternoon. I also find myself not yelling at kids like I did last year. My mentor this year is very big about me not yelling at kids. Although I mostly don't agree with her on that, I am trying my best not to yell and it's making me happier. Overall, my experience at my new school has been 587349847 times better than last year!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Saying Numbers

I'm spending about a quarter of the year this year on place value and rounding. Part of that is how to say numbers, write them in expanded form, and write them in word form. I try very hard to teach my kids that they do not say the word "and" in numbers. The number 467 is four hundred sixty-seven, not four hundred AND sixty-seven. The and means decimal point. I will be teaching that later in the year. It's very hard to teach my kids this when adults all over the place say and in their numbers. Even on videos that are supposed to teach kids, adults say and! Seriously? I hear it all of the time in sports and in other news stories. It's not that difficult. When you deal with money, you say $26 and 15 cents. Why? Because there's a decimal point after the dollar amount. There's no decimal point in the number 529. Do me a favor and say your numbers correctly for your kids sake!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Eating Challenge

I've always wanted to try an eating challenge. I was looking at a menu today of a place that I go to when I'm in Raleigh. It's right across from PNC Arena so it's convenient. I'll be seeing Tom Petty there this Thursday. I will not be trying this challenge for two reasons. One, I'll be incredibly full and feel sick during the concert. Two, it's gross! It's a 2 pound burger with a pound of pork on top, a large amount of slaw on top of that, a pound of fries, and a gallon of sweet tea. The sweet tea kills it for me. I don't like tea. Plus, a gallon of any drink in one hour with that much food is not easy. I would feel soooo sick if I even tried. No thank you! Maybe I'll try another challenge another time.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Special Guest

The afternoon after I taught the kids about 9-11, I got a parent call. Her first words were, "I heard you taught the kids about 9-11." My thoughts were, great, a parent complaint already. "I wish you would have told me. My step father was one of the first responders when the plane crashed in Pennsylvania." She then told me the story. I thought it was so cool! Her step dad emailed me pictures and she came in yesterday and explained the pictures to the kids. Then we got her step dad on speaker phone and he answered the kids questions. The kids weren't very excited just because they still don't understand the significance of 9-11. I was so excited. I had never talked to anyone who played a huge role in the clean up of 9-11. He found the driver's license of one of the hijackers! How crazy is that? That was by far the coolest lesson I've ever given. Too bad I appreciated it more than the kids.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Teaching 9-11

I made the choice to teach my class about September 11 even though I know none of them had been born yet. My logic was simple, I was taught about WW 1, 2 and many other events when I wasn't born yet either. Kids need to know about this horrific event. It was not easy to talk about. It was also very hard for the kids to understand, but they asked some good questions and I thought the lesson went extremely well. Tomorrow, I'll tell you about the exciting aftermath of teaching them about 9-11. Today, I had a special guest talk about the events to the class. More on that tomorrow.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

3 Parents

We had curriculum night tonight. That's when we go over what we will be teaching the children all year. It's different than open house because at open house, we typically just give them paperwork and go over our homework policy and stuff like that. All four 4th grade teachers combined in one room to house all of the parents. By all of the parents, I mean the 3 that showed up out of about 80. No, I am not under exaggerating. 3 parents showed up. It was frustrating to put so much work into it when no one showed up. Oh well.