This is Your Life. Do What You Love!

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I have the worlds best job!
  First of all, I would like to mention that our school works on a 4 day school week.  I LOVE this schedule!  The students are in class from 8-4:10 everyday.  This is pretty LONG day, but the extra day off is AMAZING!  Most of the students in my K/1 class live on campus during the week in Cottages(dorms).  The students are able to go home on the weekends and get extra time with their families. 
That being said, I am at work today.  Teachers are required to work one Friday a month, and today is that day. 

 While I am sitting at my desk catching up on my LONG list of projects, I am staring at this poster.  It is one of my favorites.  AND SO TRUE!  I am so happy that I have a job that allows me to love when I am at work and also love when I am not at work.  Life is Good.

We  do a modified version of The Daily 5 here in my small classroom.   I wanted to share with you our modified Listen to Reading.  My students are all deaf and therefore, we “listen” with our  eyes.

Our library carries a supply of Signed Stories.  Students are able to load the videos and watch them independently.  They have a copy of the book and are able to follow along with the story and the signer on the video.  THEY LOVE THIS CENTER!
A little Word Work or is it Work on Writing?
I noticed this week that my students were having some difficulty with differentiating capital and lowercase letters. In their writing samples I noticed some students intermixing capital and lowercase letters in their words.  I threw in this quick mini lesson that covered both abc order and matching lowercase and uppercase letters.  I took a photo of each of the students final product ( after we fixed any errors).  Now when we conference about our writing, we are able to reference our own photo and discuss which letters we need to use at the beginning of a sentence, and which letters to use in a word.
Matching upper and lowercase in progress.


Who loves technology?  I DO!  Well, most of the time.  Every week I introduce 5 new sight words. I use the smart board to set up group practice with our target words.  I use the interactive games in the smart board system.  This matching game is a fan (student) favorite. Each word is connected with a picture that helps us remember the word.  Students have to match the word and the picture.  They can play this game over and over again….did I just say review and review again??? YES! 

Another favorite?
This game flashes a picture. Students click on one then they are given 3 word choices. 
They click on the word, then new pictures flash.  OOHHH I love technology. 
Unfortunately ALL the games in this program stopped working this week.  The tech dept. is “working on it” and I am in a state of PANIC!  Yikes! 

I teach science in the afternoons and as I have mentioned before, we have been studying weather.  We completed our unit with this fun activity of weather patterns in the United States.  We added the final touch with some GLITTER!

Check out our weather patterns.  Did we get the weather right in your neck of the woods?
I hope you enjoyed my Five For Friday!  I truly have the best job!  I hope you love yours as much as I do!  Thanks for reading!


2 Responses

  1. WOW! What an amazing experience to get to teach in the school you teach in. Not only would it be extremely rewarding teaching children with a hearing impairment, but you also get Friday's off! That would be incredible! It would be a long working week, but the Friday off is totally worth it!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

    1. Alison, I just checked out your blog and noticed you are in Australia! Wow. Do you follow a similar schedule as we do here in the US? School Aug-May, similar daily schedule Mon-Friday? I'm curious.

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