Not a lot going on in the world of education but I am keeping myself busy these days!! Maggie has started gymnastics, I am soo proud of her, with my old coach. I assembled a file cabinet by myself. Driven to new orleans gotten my windshield cracked and fixed. And still planning great lessons for my students!! ;)
Today I had an oops moment in the classroom, it was hilarious!!! (New teachers don't be afraid to laugh at yourself) A student was begging to go to the restroom I wasn't letting him because it was not restroom time but he was persistent so i gave him the hall pass and let him go. It was a good thing because he was waddling like a duck down the hallway. Well i never noticed that he didn't come back when that class period was over, I didn't notice that he wasn't at lunch and I didn't notice his stuff was still in my classroom until the end of the next class period. I sent a boy to check on him and he was still in the restroom 2 hours later!!! We cannot figure out why he never came out and asked to call home. When we finally got him out of the restroom he said he fine and went on to his next class!?!?! It was really weird but soooo funny. I am lucky he was ok and I have got to start being more observant!!
Oh yeah and one more thing went well today!! The principal just happened to peek his head in the door while a really good lesson was going great all the students were engaged!! It is always nice when someone gets to see your lessons going the way they are planned because in middle school, especially in inner city schools, it is hard to carry out a lesson exactly as planned. If there is not a behavior issue then it is a reteaching issue so new teachers stay flexible. On Tues. the principal stuck his head in the door for a few minutes and I was carrying on my lesson as planned in the printed lesson plan but as I was passing out the worksheet I realized that it wasn't as great as I thought it was, so I had to quickly think on my feet and not let the children know anything was wrong and quickly find another ticket out the door for them. luckily i had some other resources readily available and no one ever knew the difference. This is good advice too, keep a short assignment at hand just incase you need to run out of the room for a minute.
Now I know it sounds like the principle is in my room a lot, but if you are teaching in a big city in a big district, chances are people will be peeking their heads in all the time. Our principle does not tell us how to run our classrooms or how to teach, he simply likes to make sure that everything is running smoothly in case a district official decides to do a walk through.
Anyway got a little off track with this one but hope someone somewhere might get something helpful from this. And by the way leave comments for me. If you agree or don't agree with things I've said, i would love to hear what everyone else thinks!! :)