I also feel really sad and upset today. :( We had our staff meeting this morning and after a big build up (choose a theme song as if you were a baseball player, a video montage of all our pictures with the song "Wind Beneath My Wings", learning that our school met and exceeded our API and AYP goals by over 20 points), our principal proceeded to tell us what Program Improvement looks like. I talked about this in an earlier post but even though our school is fine, we have been mandated by the District to teach Language Arts for the first two and a half hours.
Here's the bad part: I can't even do Daily 5. I can't even use my supplemental materials. I HAVE to use Houghton Mifflin the entire time. I am not allowed to pull small groups, especially READING GROUPS during this time. It is AWFUL. I asked if I could use (for example) a short vowel activity that I created because the workbook page only had two problems and mine has ten and the answer is NO. My team had a private meeting with her because we JUST. DIDN'T. GET. IT. I mean, do you? It got to the point that I had to ask (maybe beg is more like it) if it was OKAY for my early finishers to READ A BOOK. My principal said (and I quote), "For how long?" When I said, "um . . . (thinking what number in tarnation is she looking for me to say!?) . . . about five to seven minutes and then I'll call them back to the carpet for the next lesson," she said, "Well, as long as it's not for any longer than that."
ARE. YOU. DYING? ..........................................
I had to stop and smell the soup for a minute. Sorry about that.
I still don't know what I'm going to do. Here's my schedule:
8:45-10:25 Language Arts
10:55-11:25 Language Arts
12:10-1:45 Oral Language, Math (and twice a week I either have Library or Computer Lab, plus Wednesdays we get out at 1:57)
2:00-2:57 Science, Social Studies, ELD, Pack up, etc.
Where do I pull reading groups if I am not allowed to during my Language Arts block?
Okay, I need to stop. I just keep re-reading, shaking my head, smelling the soup . . . I just have to stop.
On a bright note, I took some pics of my classroom. Here's a little tour. At least I have control over that (for now).
This is the view from my door.
Back to School bulletin board. We will put writing on those red rectangles.
This is where I do most of my teaching with the kids on the carpet. Notice the ugly TV? We just got cords that connect from our computer to the TV last year. Yep. It was a big day.
Calendar (which I guess I am not allowed to do anymore) and another bulletin board which will have some sponge painted bears. I have no idea when we'll sponge paint them, though. Maybe they will take them home for homework???? (that's sarcasm)
This is my writing center. Which I was going to use for Daily 5. And now I think I will use it for . . . um, let's see . . . the Look, Don't Touch Center. There is a table right in front of this but I didn't get it in the picture. I also forgot to take a pic of my Library. Oops.
Another bulletin board - (and that's the table by the writing center) we make first grade faces using yarn, buttons, etc. The faces go above the yellow rectangles and we put a little half sheet of writing (all about themselves) on the yellow paper. (I like to have the rectangles up and ready to go so that I can just staple. It takes me FOREVER to figure out spacing . . . and yes, I take pics to remind me but every year, I have a different number of kids or I make the bulletin board the wrong size or I'm just a perfectionist. The list is endless)
View of the whiteboard. We have lots of storage behind the whiteboard! :) And did you notice TODD? (aka Terribly Old Decrepit Dinosaur, aka THE OVERHEAD) That's my technology. All of you smartboard and
Well, I'm going to wrap this up. I have no clue what I'm wearing tomorrow. I need to go figure it out.
Thanks for listening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
PS Did anyone watch The Bachelor Pad?????? It was FANTASTIC! Vienna is DRAMA and I can't stand Casey's voice. It drives me crazy! But I love it!! :) :) :)