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“Hit hit my head with his knees!”

Today was One Of Those days. I’m tired, slightly grumpy and decidedly worn out. 

The weather here in my non-disclosed urban location has been fantastic for the past handful of days and I look forward to it continuing (I’m a warm weather kind of person). I don’t know for sure how much this has effected my students as much as ME – I want to be out side doing lazily enjoyable things like reading with my sunglasses on and drinking iced tea. What I don’t want to be doing is being asked so many questions at the same time!

Something I really hope I’m able to nip in the bud a little bit (I think some of it will always exist) is calling out/coming up to me/asking questions before I can even explain. I have a mentor who would say all kinds of stupid wonderful things about this complaint, like “They are showing you they don’t know what to expect,” and I am sure she is right but today I just want to take a nap.

Tomorrow we place students for next year. I have no idea what to expect, except that it will be a highly animated conversation. I am getting this clue from all the side conversations and agreements people are trying to make with me. My class this year has a large special needs population and everyone wants share an opinion. One one hand, THANK GOODNESS because I want all the input I can get, but I am also weary about it all. I feel like I don’t really know the right decision, but I don’t want to be railroaded, so I need to decided what I truly think would be best and just trust that I’m right. 

I am kind of excited to find out what students I might have in my class next year. I’ve even had a few parents request me (which likely says more about their feelings of the other open third grade option than me), which feels nice. I am guaranteed to have an “easier” class – if things stay as they seem I will have just one student with an emotional behavior disorder (instead of SIX! SIX! Inclusion!). 

But for now all I really want is to sit down with a cold drink, even if my son is climbing all over me while I do it. 

Do All The Things!

This post is an attempt to keep all those random thoughts about things I want to do either FOR next year or BEFORE next year in one place. I’ll be updating as I think to.

Things!

+ Organize my computer files into clear folders with clear titles for each document/pdf so they are easy to find

+ Put things like big maps and other all-year wall pieces in the hard to reach places to leave easily accessible wall space clear for rotating anchor charts

+ Assigned reading spots! Good ones as reward.

+ Organize computer bookmarks

+ Organize classroom library to mimic school library

+ For Readers Response instead of notebooks, make books out of printable ebook I have

+ Guided reading set up and binder

+ Plan pre-assessments for beginning of the year

+ Hanging shoe holder things