Floating down the Delaware

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jan 12 2009

Day 81…

Today was just one of those days.

Every once and awhile you have those days where nothing seems to go right. And I mean nothing.

Today was just one of those days.

Every morning my kids get morning work to do before school starts. School starts at 8:30 but kids are allowed to arrive as early as 7:30. To fill the time before school starts our kids eat breakfast and before being allowed to play, have morning work to finish helping to warm up their brains. Morning work on Mondays is always tough and painful – it’s the first day back from a weekend and most kids have forgotten to put their school brain in, arriving in my classroom still thinking it’s the weekend.

But today was just one of those days.

Morning work for today was an enrichment activity from our math curriculum. We’ve been working on comparison number stories figuring out who has more or less of something and how much more. Today my kids had to count different amounts of money and figure out who has more money, and how much more money.  Yeah, I never anticipated that every single one of my students would magically forget how to count money over the weekend. Every single kiddo had problems counting dimes, nickels, and pennies something we’ve been doing since September.

Morning meeting was spent playing a count by 5s, 10s, and 1s game to help reinforce counting by money. Normally it takes us about 2 minutes or so to get to 100 by stop and start counting by 1s, 5s, and 10s. At one point it took us 8 minutes to get from 1 to 100.

8 minutes.

I’d love to say it got better from there, but it didn’t.

Literacy was just one giant mess of everyone forgetting our short vowels and the bossy e trick, math was a disaster with more word problems and figuring out what words tell us to subtract and which ones tell us to add. At one point we went around the circle repeating all together means to add, and when I asked a kiddo what sign we use when we hear the words all together, I just got a blank stare.

It was just one of those days.

Lunch was painful. Science was painful.

Fingers crossed tomorrow is better.
It really can’t get any worse.

3 Responses

  1. nbroadsmiths

    the moon is full, they’ve come off a weekend of excitement w/the eagles win and the little bit of snow they saw and it was, after all, a monday. don’t get too discouraged, mariel: remember that you’ve moving them 3 or 4 steps forward and they will inevitably take 1 step back now and again.

    it WILL get better b/c you’re a great teacher and you have a classroom full of great kids who want to learn. in the end, that’s what’s important, sunshine!

  2. Yes life is a roller coaster. today had a student make the same watering mistake I had corrected him upon yesterday. one would think he would remember.

    Hope Monday was the low point for the week, but if it wasn’t… hang in there

  3. Michelle

    I just wanted to say thank you for the blog. I have my final interview next week and am hoping to be accepted into Camden, NJ. Your blog is inspiring, truthful! It definitely is helping me understand what a truely wonderful experience this can be for me. Keep up the great work!

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