Friday, September 26, 2014
Posted by Raye at 5:44 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Posted by Raye at 1:33 PM
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Posted by Raye at 11:42 PM
Friday, September 19, 2014
Posted by Raye at 7:50 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Posted by Raye at 9:00 AM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Praying really does work. As you may remember, I have been nervous about our class sizes. 4th grade is overall low (I have 16, Mr. 4th Grade has 19 and Mrs. 4th Grade has 20). They originally had us at 20 each and my thinking was, we are only 5 shy of that, pretty please leave it be.
I had remembered Mr. Principal telling me last spring that we had 3 4th grades because they (district level) were concerned with test scores. This group is LOW overall. We have a few high kiddos but most are 1-2 (or more) grade levels behind. I have prayed and prayed that they found a way to keep us small...mostly because getting half a new class 4-5 weeks in is so hard for everyone. But partly because this group IS low and they need the support of a smaller class.
This afternoon, Mr. Principal said it looks like I may gain just a couple of kids but he thinks otherwise they will leave 4th grade as is. It would put us at 18, 18 and 19 so much more balanced. It's not set in stone yet but this is what we think will happen. I will be so thrilled to have only 18!! I have never had such a small class and I know I can rock it with them if we stay small.
So cross everything that by tomorrow this is the decision they finalize. It will be so much better to gain 2 new students than 5 or more.
Posted by Raye at 6:29 PM
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Posted by Raye at 11:09 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I love, love, love my teeny class but sadly, I don't think they are going to leave it. I doubt they could justify it budget-wise....although who knows. We're only 5 students shy of the projections they made for 4th grade. Gosh it would be AH-MAZING if they left us be. I could take these kiddos places, for sure....Alas, it occurred to me yesterday that this has happened to me every single year that I have been at my school. Every year, I've had kids moved in or out (most often it is not in my favor). I should be used to it but I'm not. It really stinks for the kiddos to have that kind of movement. So cross your fingers for a miracle :)
I have so much I'd like to get caught up on tonight. I've been doing pretty well trying to keeping up but I'm trying to use a new app on my iPad for grading and it's not working so well for me. I used it before but the updates are not working for me at all. It's frustrating me but I'm gonna have to work through it.
Posted by Raye at 7:39 PM
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Posted by Raye at 11:13 AM
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Posted by Raye at 8:05 PM
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I'm scared friends. I have 16 hot bodies. Yes, I already lost one friend. :( If things don't change with numbers....some scary crap is gonna go down.
I shouldn't fret about something I can't control...but oh my word, I don't want to move kiddos around. It's so hard on them and on the staff. I'll do it if I have to and with a (fake) smile but I don't have to like it.
If they gave me 2 kiddos from Mrs. 4th Grade, all three of us would have 18. That would be PERFECTION. This group needs small classes, they are so low academically it would be beneficial to have small classes. Budget-wise....*sigh*
I hate this transitional stuff. It's hard to know if I should even bother teaching anything because I could get 10 new kids in a few days.
Aside from that, these two days have been soooooo awesome. I will cry if my class composite changes because it will be a challenge for many reasons--mainly with so many behavior kiddos potentially coming to us (I gotta hand it to Mrs. 4th Grade, she is holding her own with them all!).
The last time I had an awesome start to the year and then a crazy transition was the worst year of teaching ever. I would prefer not to repeat that. Pray that I either magically find 4 bodies for my class or they decide to look at data and leave us be so we can really get these kids where they need to be.
Posted by Raye at 5:12 PM
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Today was the first day of school. I only had 17 kiddos! Wouldn't that be an awesome class size? Unfortunately if more kiddos don't show, crazy things could happen and I could gain 10 kids. :/ I really hope that doesn't happen because I LOVED my little bitty class today. Only one friend who needs a "come to Jesus". He will find out fast I SO do not play.
I feel bad for our new 4th grade teacher. We were so strategic with how we placed these kids last spring and it seems like my tough ones and Mr. 4th Grade's tough ones left but hers didn't :(
We always get more kids on day 2-3 so hopefully I'll get more kids and they will be able to leave our classes alone. I really would hate to go down to 2 4th grades and increase our classes that much. Mathematically we could do 2 4th grades with 27 and 28 each :/ Praying they don't do that. This group NEEDS a small class size.
Ah well. Whatever happens happens...I just hope it doesn't :)
Posted by Raye at 6:27 PM
Monday, September 1, 2014
Listening: Kiddos are watching iCarly reruns in the next room. I'd prefer some silence but with two tweenagers in the house, it's not gonna happen!
Loving: I love the start of a school year, it's really a chance to start fresh and renew oneself. Tomorrow is our first day!
Thinking: Man I have been driving myself IN-SANE trying to make sure I have remembered everything, printed off the stuff I need to copy tomorrow, etc. I hope after all the crazy effort it pays off lol
Wanting: Not that I want more grad work but I wish I had more hours to get it all in today. My hubby is coming home and I have only seen him an hour in the last week. Needless to say I am going to want to be with him but I have work due tonight.
Needing: I seriously need to do my nails. My friend sells Jamberry so I'm good with materials I just have to put them on!
3 Trips: I have never been to Vegas but would love to go some day and definitely have Ireland on my bucket list. It'd be pretty cool to see the Grand Canyon too.
Posted by Raye at 2:25 PM