Ewww. That is definitely not a good title. And it doesn’t reflect me at all. But I have to talk about both so I combined them. But don’t fear. This will not be a post filled with big educational jargon. It will still be me.
First, I forgot to offer the Houghton Mifflin Theme 6 Weekly Assessments that I created. Oops. My bad. I think vacation and P.J. got in the way.
Theme 6, Week 1
I keep running out of time on Fridays to give these tests (or maybe I conveniently wait to give them because I don’t want to grade any more of anything on the weekends). I just give them on Mondays and it’s been working out fine. And dandy. Let’s fill in another bubble, shall we?
So the assessments part of this post title is out of the way. Check. Or fill in the bubble underneath it. This is a test. Stop looking at your neighbor.
Synthesize. Synthesize. Synthesize.
Makes me think of Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum. But that’s a whole lot friendlier than Synthesize.
Synthesize was the topic of our PTT yesterday. Do you have PTT? I think it stands for Professional-Teaching-Time. But I could be wrong. For all I know, it could mean you Poor-Tired-Teachers, now you have to go to a meeting and-sit-and-listen and not get all the things done you wish you were getting done in your room. The way our school does it, we meet with our Principal and the whole staff every other week and on the alternate weeks, we get to be with our teams.
I won’t state the obvious and tell you which week I like better. Remember this is a test. Figure it out on your own. I can’t give you all the answers. Stop tapping your pencil. Who’s doing that?
So . . . yesterday’s PTT was thrilling. We discussed the Engagement Cube again.
Do you know about the Engagement Cube? We went to a PDD (I think that stands for Professional Development Day but it could also mean Please Don’t Daydream) with an excellent speaker named Jon Antonetti. Seriously. He’s HILARIOUS and it felt like we were at a comedy show. I loved him. I wanted to go on the road with him.
So now we try to implement his engagement cube with all of our Mandated Curriculum.
Uh huh. Ahem. Cough. Clear throat.
So . . . yesterday we focused on the side of the cube and it’s Bloom’s Taxonomy. And we had to go through all this stuff I won’t go into and the word Synthesize kind of threw us for a loop. Us being the K-1 teachers. This could be because we use words, such as “Shhhh” and “Stop talking about his underwear” and “Who’s humming?”.
We asked the guest speaker to define Synthesize and do you know what he said?
Wait ………….. for …………… it…………………..
He said, “Tell me what it means to you.”
What? I mean, you’re the guest speaker. Speak. Teach. Do something. (We had been writing on chart paper the whole time while he walked around)
I didn’t mean to say what I said but apparently, it came out. I asked my group afterwards and they said, yes, I said it, and they were glad, and for me not to feel bad. But I inevitably felt bad because that’s just the way I am.
I said, “No, no, no, no, no.”
And then I said, “We need a definition and some examples.”
And then I have no idea what he said because we didn’t get it. Really. We didn’t.
But now I’ve found out that it just means taking two or more different pieces and creating something new. For example: students learn long vowel sounds and also digraphs, and they put the two together to generate long a words with digraphs. Shape. Choke. Three. See? We found that on google.
Anyways, this whole running diatribe (ha! look at that big word!) is to tell you how disappointed I was with yesterday’s PTT.
And I really want to know if any of you have PTTs or other weekly things like this. Please tell me it’s not just me. PLEASE.