Friday, April 13, 2007

Fabulous Teaching Week!

I had such a fabulous week!

The grade one team started a unit on Master Painters. I started with studying van Gogh. The students are loving learning all about him. Really using effective teaching strategies and trying new things out. They really connected with the content and are thinking far beyond just the content that they are learning. Making connections from the paintings to themselves! I started using a Schema file and they are really getting it too! OMG!

One of my happy teaching weeks for sure!

On top of that, I had 2 lessons that were observed by the VP too. Made it through with a smile.

I LOVE my job!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Nice Beaver

Walking around, looking at various vendors at the One of a Kind Show this year, I walked near a vendor with some neat t-shirts. I went closer to investigate. I read the t-shirts out loud to get the full effect.

Suddenly, a woman turns her head around with a look of shock.

The shirt I read said "Nice (beaver)" (an image of a beaver followed the word nice).

This was the first time a woman had ever looked at me like that! I quickly reacted and said that I was simply reading the shirt...

Lesson learned: don't talk about how nice beavers are near females

Looking up

I was standing outside my new building, still under construction, admiring its beauty, when a construction guy came up to me and asked if I was a supply teacher. I was totally not expecting that. I told him yes, I used to do that, and he listed off some schools. They were all high schools, so I told him i only work in elementary schools. He had recognized me, not because I was not his teacher, but rather, I was the teacher next door to his brother last year. Sounds a little confusing, yes. I taught in a school with two kindergarten classes. My teaching partner taught this little boy and it seems, I was introduced to his older brother somehow.

All this, just standing on the street, looking up at the sky. It's a very small world.

Pedometer Results - March 2007

This month, I recorded the numbers of steps I took on each day using a pedometer.
I took a total of 288049 steps over 31 days, which average out to 9291.90 steps per day. Not too bad considering experts say you should take about 10,000 steps daily.

I've found that I typically do a lot of walking on one day, then do almost no walking the next. Staying at home means I sit too much!