I don’t say OMG.
I don’t say d*****t.
And I don’t say WTF.
And I don’t have 24 kids (I wish!).
This is pretty darn accurate.
And it cracks me up!
Because we went on our field trip this week!
We went to the Heritage Museum of Orange County and toured the Kellogg House. I highly recommend it. We have been going there for years now. It’s hands-on and there’s really no way in the world that you can lose a kid. And that’s super important to me when it comes to field trips.
Because, once, back when I first started teaching, I lost a kid. Really. We had gone to the Long Beach Aquarium, and that place is huge, and keeping the kids together was impossible. I’m not kidding. It was extremely difficult to have your kids stay in one spot, looking in one tank, when right behind you, or to the left of you, or even on the other side of the museum, was a shark or an octopus or a jellyfish or something else that required a six year old’s attention, rather than their teacher who was trying to read the pamphlet about the current ocean creature.
So yes, I lost a kid.
I found him.
But he was lost before I found him.
So I really really really enjoy the Heritage Museum. A docent is in charge and all I have to do is follow her from room to room. I do have to caution you, though. The docent can make or break the field trip. Really.
Some docents are all about providing an authentic experience and they are funny and real and energetic. And some docents are . . . bored. And other docents simply do not like children.
Our docent was fine. Not rip-roaring, but not bored, and she seemed to like children. At least some of them.
We all made it back in one piece, and on time, so I consider it a HUGE success.
I don’t have a picture of this, but this week, we also created our classes for next year. We fill out information on each student ahead of time in order to do this.
We call it Pinks and Blues.
My principal calls it a party.
She provides snacks and drinks and we “play cards”. By that, I mean my team and I make four piles (A, B, C, D) and we create four second grade classes. We take every measure to make the four second grade classes balanced and equal.
It is exhausting.
And every year we say we will get faster, we won’t get hung up on the small stuff (for example, students with the same first name in the same pile), and we will be the first ones finished.
We also laugh a lot while we eat cheetos and fritos.
I’m just happy to say I have that crossed off my list.
It’s good. I read the first half in a couple of hours.
When I say it’s good, I mean it’s entertaining. I’m interested, I want to know how she fared in prison and what it was like, and I want to know the behind the scenes stuff with the other NJ Housewives.
So if you’re looking for something light, or for something to read this summer, here you go! 🙂
Did you see this? I am so excited about this! I wanted to start guided math before the end of the year . . . and I started trying to figure it out . . . and then school and standards and tests and District Assessments and Open House and our Field Trip and blah blah blah . . . I got overwhelmed and, needless to say, I’m still teaching math whole class.
So this step by step guide is going to come in super handy and is exactly what I need for next year! My summer project will be prepping everything (centers, daily journals, etc) so that I can seriously launch guided math on day one of the 2016-2017 school year.
Well, our first week is only three days so maybe Day 4.
We only have three full weeks of school left (WHAT IN THE WORLD?!) so we are using these printables for homework for the month of May.
We are sending home a combination of the Language Arts and Math pages as a review!
Enter below for a chance to win one! 🙂
Have a great weekend!
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