Planning ahead

23 Mar

“Wow! You sure have a lot of energy this morning,” my teaching partner commented as I handed here the prototypes of the revision centers our students will visit when they return from Spring Break.

“I had three cups of coffee at the staff breakfast this morning, ” I confessed. “I also have an idea for a rubric they can use to evaluate their work at each station.”

My teaching partner puts up with a lot from me in the morning. I am naturally a morning person, but today I was over the top. Although I was grouchy and draggy last week (what is it about the week before the week before Spring Break?) this week, I became happier and more energetic as Spring Break neared.

“Do you want me to print them?” she asked.

“They aren’t quite ready. I want to make them pretty – maybe add a border or something,”  I replied.

We had brainstormed a list of “issues” we’d noticed in their writing overall and narrowed it down to six, because we both have six tables in class.

  • paragraphing dialogue
  • punctuating dialogue
  • writing numbers
  • commas VS periods (run-on sentences)
  • verb tenses
  • showing elapsed time

I showed her my idea about how to assemble folders. Sometimes, having been an elementary school teacher really makes you better equipped for organizing things like this in middle school.

Later that day, with the rubrics and each center’s direction printed, I got out my Sharpies and wrote each center’s name in bubble letters on the front of a folder. While the kids worked, I colored in the bubble letters. The coffee had worn off and I was ready for Spring Break to begin.

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6 Responses to “Planning ahead”

  1. arjeha March 23, 2019 at 6:57 am #

    It’s amazing what we can do with the help of caffeine. 🙂 You got a lot accomplished. You will be all set for after Spring Break.

  2. rosecappelli March 23, 2019 at 7:43 am #

    Sounds like you’ll be all set when school resumes. Enjoy your break!

  3. Ms Victor Reads March 23, 2019 at 9:40 am #

    Go, you, that caffeine jolt gave you the burst you needed.

  4. jumpofffindwings March 23, 2019 at 11:14 am #

    I agree 100% that having an elementary background “…really makes you better equipped for organizing things like this…” and not just in middle school but in the high school and even college classroom. This is what project-based learning requires, too. The kids are lucky to have you!

  5. Brian Rozinsky March 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

    From your words, I can clearly picture the percolating of caffeinated you in the opening paragraphs of this slice.

  6. josepheferro March 23, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

    In spite of all the preparedness, you are probably still going to be doing a lot of thinking over spring break. You seem like the type of teacher who never turns her brain off! Your students are lucky.

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