This week the crew were able to be part of a fashion show...for characters from historical fiction novels. They were so creative and cute. Some of my favorites were Judd Travers from "Shiloh," (the boy who portrayed him even drew a fake beard, and almost got in trouble with another teacher, until I explained the situation, ha ha), Ella, from "Ella Enchanted," Mary from "The Secret Garden," the sweet boy from "Where the Red Fern Grows," (the boy who dressed up for that wore overalls and a orange t-shirt, it was so cute!), a military man, one girl dressed up as a duck, from "Make Way for Ducklings," and I can't remember what book this was from, but one of my students dressed up in a plaid dress with a sweater, and carried a picnic basket with a dog inside. So cute!! And the walks were the best :) Mary, from, "The Secret Garden" had a lot of sass, which is unlike the character, but it definitely left an impression on us audience. She was so spunky, but that is Mary, so I was impressed. It was a wonderful book report fashion show, and awards were even given. My absolute favorite book report yet!
Below are some pictures of my classroom, because, yes, I changed it again. After the Rendezvous all the tables were in different places, and I decided to rearrange to fit what I liked more. Here is what it looks like now:
I'm actually really proud of this poster-and the kids started to make some great connections with the books they were reading.
A new place for tables, and some vocabulary sheets for guided reading
The kidney table got moved to the back, so there is more space, and I actually like seeing everyone from behind.
We are in table groups again
Another thing that happened this week was the old, old, OLD and DEMENTED copier in the upper grade faculty room hit the bucket. It is finished, never going to work again. So, some co-workers decided to give it a proper burial. May it rest in peace.
So long you evil copier :) You will not be missed
Though this was super funny, the best part of the week was when I was grading the spelling tests and some girls from my class left me cute notes and pictures. It made me realize again children are so forgiving and worth every sweat and tear. This is why I teach:
This sweet girl makes my day everyday with her smile.
The note is backwards, but I cherish this note so much. She said, "Miss Mills, you really are the best teacher ever and I really mean that!" It made me teary-eyed. It was exactly what I needed to see that Friday night.
We just learned how to simplify fractions, and this girl was frustrated with it, but once she got it, she was so excited to share her knowledge. I'm so proud of her!!! (She simplified 6/8 to 3/4)
Can I just say, I HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!