Both of my meetings went fine today. This could be because I read Philippians this morning and here is a verse that spoke LOUD and CLEAR to me and basically said, "KRISTIN, PAY ATTENTION!"
"Do everything without complaining and arguing so that no one can criticize you." Philippians 2:14
So I smiled a lot. I nodded. Our Leadership Meetings always begin with grade level reports. This is when we're allowed to complain or congratulate or commiserate or what have you. But after reading that bible verse, I had to rethink first grade's position.
So, instead of saying:
"That PTT meeting last week was
I said, "First Grade is really hoping that we'll get to see some modeled lessons from the experts utilizing the engagement cube with our mandated curriculum. Is that a possiblity?"
Kiss my brain and all that.
The School Site Council Meeting???? I don't really remember it. I did take notes because the prinicpal asked me to so I'm sure I paid attention somewhat.
I also survived the rain. I had a nice day with the kiddos. Really. No one tried to kiss anyone today so that was already a big improvement over Friday.
We had a kissing bandit. And he did not discriminate. Girl, boy, blond, brunette, spikes, ponytails, jeans, dresses, whatever. Kiss kiss.
One of my girls (a TEACHER'S kid!!) told me right away that she did NOT like it. I asked her where he was kissing her. (On the cheek? On the lips? On the neck? On the swings? On the grass?)
She said he was kissing her back because she was always running away from him. Of course.
We also started our Assessments today.
Kill me now.
The worst part is that the one-on-one portion involves distinguishing between short and long vowel words. For example, I
And I'm either spit on with a rapid fire response of "CUT!" or I'm sitting there in agony while they look back at me like I'm an actual crazy person for asking them this. I can see inside their heads and they're saying "Vowel? What's a vowel? When is it time for recess?" It's usually one or the other.
It doesn't matter that we go over this and over this. They're not listening.
They're supposed to sound out EACH word first. And then thoughtfully give me an answer. The correct answer.
I am definitely going to eat that Snickers ice cream candy bar.
Here's what we're going to do tomorrow to help out with this short/long vowel situation. Because that's what it is. A situation.
Short-Long Vowel Sort
So we'll sort our long and short vowels. I am a big fan of pictures when it comes to this. Number one: my struggling readers have no struggle. Number two: they actually have to "hear" the vowel when they look at the picture. If that makes sense.
Feel free to grab it if you want it.
I'm off to begin watching my Reality shows while eating a Snickers candy bar and blog stalking. I can do all three. I'm good like that. :)