A morning doctor's appointment confirmed that my hand WILL be okay, even if it isn't feeling so okay right now. I'm still a little swollen and very tender, but I'm managing. Being away in the morning meant a very short amount of time with my kiddos since I have planning at the end of every day. During our art block we got started on our door decorating for Bullying Awareness Week. We are going with a fish theme this year: "There's no room in our school for bullies." I found the idea on Pinterest but there was no link, only a picture. Here's our finished product. My photo is hard to read because I couldn't make the words any bigger and still fit in all our little fish. Each of them has a friendly message in the top bubble. I think it is pretty awesome! ☺
Ladies and Gentlemen, we've fallen off the rails.
Okay, I may be exaggerating just a bit, but these past couple of days have been tough! I'm sure that my nearly week-long absence has contributed - that's FOUR different guest teachers in one week. And did I mention we have snow? Yeah, that could be the culprit, too.
Whatever the reason, these past few days have been a real challenge. I've found myself repeating over and over, "Boys and girls, please watch your volume." I don't have the energy for this over, and over, and over, and.... yeah.
Remembering a great little trick I once saw on Pinterest, I put this up on the board today:
Each time the volume creeps up beyond an acceptable level I simply walk over and remove a letter. I don't need to say a word. When three letters are lost and only "NO" remains there is no talking. BAM! Instant change! They are watching, they are reminding each other. Wow! Awesome!!
So... I dusted off last year's rotation board but found that the pieces had really taken a beating. They were all splitting (since I'd laminated them before cutting them out) and really do need to be replaced. To make the job a little easier, I invested in these great little punches from our local craft store. (You can see something similar to what I purchased HERE.) They didn't work so well once the pieces were laminated, but that may be because I chose the nice, heavy 3mm film and it is thick. At least I only have to cut the circles once! If you'd like to grab these for your classroom you can find them HERE.
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When this song was displayed at the front of the gymnasium, these now seventh-graders became ten again. They all started waving at me across the gym, and when the song played they sang along. They high-fived me in the hall remembering with me. It nearly brought me to tears. In fact, later on in the evening, as I recounted the day to my husband, it DID bring me to tears. This was one of the most awesome teacher moments ever. Ever. ☺
One more thing... I hit a quarter of a million views of my blog today, and that is totally AWESOME, too! Have a great weekend!
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