January 12, 2013
Five for Friday
Joining the party for Five for Friday!!! You should go join too :)
This week was a WEIRD week. I'm not sure why, but it was odd.
My Random Five
1- We (six teachers and two administrators) drove four hours (one way) to get some YPP training.
I was NOT excited to leave at 5:00 am, but within the first twenty minutes of the training I knew the drive had been worth it. Don't you love trainings like that?? I will definitely post more about YPP. Does anyone else out there use this assessment tool??
2- After going to the aforementioned training I looked at my YPP data and realized my students are lacking on passage comprehension. We do comprehension frequently but I need to step it up. So starting Monday I am going to dedicate the entire class period to working on comprehending different kind of passages using this book.
This will take place every Monday and I will incorporate annotating and fluency along with comprehension.
3- Google Drive Baby! I am finally diving into this wonderful tool and loving it! I teach a computer literacy class and created a simple document where a group of 4 students had to collaborate via a Google Doc.
My students were absolutely silent, but having conversations with their peers while doing their work. Seriously awesome! Now all I need are laptops in my room so I can utilize it with my ELA class more. HA!
4- I LOVE cold weather. I also love warm weather. Fall is my FAVORITE and so is Spring. I am very thankful to live in a place that has four distinct seasons. On Thursday night, my 3 year old woke up because the blizzard outside was amazing fierce! The wind was blowing so hard. I walked in to the front room at midnight to see my husband cuddling my little girl. Such a precious moment. I took a picture, but it was just white.
5- Puzzles are the best indoor winter activity at our house. We have one on the counter right now and my three year old and I are having some serious bonding time. Anyone wanna come over and join??