Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ayo, i'm tired of this lack of internet.

i have to back-blog about 9/11 real quick (more to come), i had an excellent anniversary of the event in my classroom. students whose lives hit up against that event with such close proximity that we all pushed back the chairs (and the lesson plans) just to talk, just to remember what it felt like. colleagues told me that the students were too young to remember, but i begged to differ, and though it was important that we talk. what if my class was the only time that day that they got to speak about it. it's much different to be teaching IN the city again, unlike last year, in the D, when students were more disconnected from it. ever since that day, I, in my second hour, has been glued to my class like glue. can't get him out of room 318.

yesterday i introduced them to zines. they freaked out at designing their own pages, or pimping their pages, as i called it. today, we're speedreading, doing a comprehension check with a sequence comic strip. creative assessment is my thaaaaang, girl. i keep gettin kids' phrases stuck in my head, this morning S told me "that quiz was O.D., miss" (translation "that quiz was awesome"). anyway, can i just brag about the fact that i got breakfast in bed today? i am a spoiled lady to have a man who will get up at 5:30 to make sure i have breakfast by 6am. more to come soon, just waiting for the internet to grace me at home.

so excited to begin the int'l poetry guild project with ICS. i've framed all of our technology projects into "tech thursdays", so we can have the time and space to get our work done. we have three online projects this term, and i'll have to tell you about them later because it's lunch time, and my ELL students come in for extra help. i love having lunch with my students. i need to make the first round of parent calls tonight, maybe Carlos will be my translator... most parents don't speak English and now is the time to really strengthen my Spanish speaking skills.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I repeat that I love to read your blog. I'm so excited for your kids to do zines. Maybe that is something I could work into the history classroom somehow, one day?

I identify with you about strengthening Spanish skills. Today I subbed for a second grade bilingual class. The students were so adorable, but only some of them spoke English. One student hurt another at recess, and while administration took care of disciplining the student, I felt awful at the end of the day when I couldn't communicate with the hurt students worried mother.

Anyways, the day made me realize that speaking another language is such a benefit to a teacher. I never thought much about working with ELL, but now I'm super-interested in it. I already have quite a bit of Spanish in my head - so why not increase my utility to students by learning to speak it fluently? Just some thoughts after a very Spanish-filled day.

Como se dice "I LOVE LOLO" en espanol? hehe ;)