Here I sit, on the first weekend of no lake time, wrapped in a blanket, drinking coffee and very content. As much as I will miss the lake later this winter, today, it is comforting to be nesting and enjoying home today. I have time to clean and and grade some papers, to watch football and grade some papers, nap and grade some papers, binge watch something and grade some papers. You're seeing a theme here, right? It's the end of first quarter next Friday, so grading papers will be top priority.
I tried something new for me this week--I created learning stations for editing and revising in my Creative Writing classes (Shout out to two of our Instructional Coaches for letting me talk out what I wanted to do and for checking in with my kids while I was gone the first day). They seem to be working well for most kids. I mini-conferenced with them all on the second day and most seem to like knowing exactly what I wanted them to do. And the checklist--they loved the checklist. I'll be writing a blog post about this process later in the week. So if you want to know more about this, check back!
This was Demonstration Speech week in Speech classes. Holy Cow. Some kids blew me away. One of my "at-risk" kids demonstrated how to create glass objects to use for jewelry, etc. He had the entire class mesmerized. Never underestimate the power of a student's passion!
Well, it's time to start grading some of those papers. Hope all of you had a week full of celebrations!