I am so happy it’s Friday! It was 104 degrees today . . . we didn’t get ANY recesses, not even the morning one. 🙁 I felt so bad for the kids AND me! But my firsties are still amazing and we had a great day together. However, I am melting.
I can’t wait to look at all of the freebies! I am going to offer up a couple of word family sorts. We just finished working on the -at, -an, and -am word families and next week we will be working on short i word families. For those of you who “get” to do The Daily Five, maybe you can use them for word work. I am not sure how I will incorporate them this year but I used them last year as a Phonics Center. THIS YEAR . . . is different. And I am very afraid that I am going to get into trouble. Not for blogging when I was supposed to be teaching. Not for talking on my cell phone when I was supposed to be teaching. Not for sitting at my desk with my feet up when I was supposed to be teaching. Nope. I am afraid that I am in trouble because I gave a Spelling Test during my two and a half hour Language Arts block and at our grade level meeting with my principal, we (AS IN the principal) agreed that since the Spelling Tests we created are “supplemental”, we have to give them during our Universal Access time. And folks, it was well past that time. I don’t know about you all, but I am STILL going over procedures and routines and everything takes sooooo long with these babies. And even though my spelling test covered the -am and -an word families that were taught during the Houghton Mifflin block and also covered the two (yep – just two) high frequency words that were taught during the HM block, I —- GASP!!!! —– I called the high frequency words —– can’t believe I did this in front of the principal —— SIGHT WORDS. (just in case you didn’t know, I cheated on HM with that. No fidelity whatsoever)
And then, a little bit later, RIGHT AFTER our inside recess time (so fun – wish you could have been there), I had to take a moment to explain to the class that when I say “snack time”, I actually mean “you can eat that in the classroom NOW”. The majority of my kids got it but I had a couple who wanted to know when we were going to have snack. (Which I just don’t get. You’re playing blocks with your buddy who is eating a bag of chips or a pudding cup or string cheese, and no bells go off in your head? Seriously?) Anyways, as I’m taking this moment, my ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL came in. And she actually said she was just seeing what I was doing. Yep. I think she was checking to see if I was teaching math during our FIDELITY TO THE CORE time. I wasn’t. So, being quick on my feet and everything, I said, “Oh, we are just about to grab our reading anthologies and REVISIT THE LITERATURE from this week.” (good buzz words in HM) All true. Really. I am not joking or being sarcastic. But now I’m sure she’s thinking that I was just wasting time.
I think I’m in big trouble. My partner does, too, because SHE gave her spelling test at the wrong time, too, and our principal passed through. And then when the Assistant Principal walked in, she was doing whiteboard work which did not match her lesson plans. I really just do not understand what has happened to my career. I barely recognize it. What is it that I do again????
SO . . . I have absolutely NO CLUE when I’ll ever use these again. But maybe you can!
Be sure to copy the words on colored copy paper so that the kiddos have no confusion when they get their materials.
Short a word families:
I think I am the only other person who knows EXACTLY what you are referring to in Big Brother. I was LIVID with the hot mess last night! I am SOOOO over Shelley. I told my husband that I just don't think I can watch it anymore I am so angry! Ok, maybe I'll watch it just once more! 🙂
Jenn Bates says
I was SO shocked when Shelley flipped! She seems to be losing it. I am SOOO sorry to hear what you are dealing with professionally!! Thank goodness my district is starting to back off fidelity to HM and GASP we have even been told that we can use other materials!!! WHAT? We are professionals who might know what we are doing? I have been very fortunate to have a principal who trusts us and have been doing my own thing all along. She came in today during Daily 5 and my kids were ALL silent and on task and she gave me a thumbs up. I hope things improve in your situation.
Finally in First
oh' boy says
sorry you had a bad day….sounds like your admins are Evil Dicks…for those of you NON BB watchers you might want to look that up… tee hee hee
Lori Faas says
Kristin thanks for the freebies….hope that you have the confidence that you are a great teacher no matter when you give the spelling test!
I almost want to cry when I'm reading your posts! This is so sad! You are a professional–you are doing what your kids need! They need a brain break so they can focus later. They are 6 and 7 years old they need to learn how to work with others through play! I know I'm preaching to the choir. I'm so sorry your principal doesn't see the value in play or your professional choices! Thank you for the freebies! I will be using in word work in my class…I only hope that you too can use them soon!
Rambling About Reading
I'm a new follower – first of all, thanks so much for opening yourself up to other teachers; both emotionally (man, you are dealing with a lot of garbage) but professionally as well (thanks for all the freebies!).
Your name post below cracked me up in a big way…
I love your ideas! :o) Thank you so much for sharing!
I don't know if it was ok to laugh out loud while reading your post, but I did. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your heart, struggles, and efforts with us.
The reading program at my school uses the term 'service words' for high-frequency words and I call them 'sight words' at least 50% of the time! I hope you have a good week and can relax on Labor Day!
Thank you for the freebies! Hang in there!
First Grade Frame of Mind