Monday, October 16, 2017

Couldn't Have Done It

Before the extended weekend ends, I really want to thank Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Alderman, and Mr. Schmid for coming with us on our field trip on Thursday. This was the first year where it was my turn to split my class up among two other classes, and it is because of these fine folks that I was able to do so and not feel like I had to go completely crazy. Still, it was kind of a wake-up call for how controlling I actually am.

If you have pictures from that day, please send them to me. I was able to get a lot of photos throughout the day, but unfortunately I have some gaps in there.

It was an extremely successful day. All of the kids learned how to work as a group, conquered their fears, and we just had a fantastic day outdoors, followed up by repeated games of Silent Ball, capped off by the topping off of our shape bottle, ensuring a movie day this Friday. It's a good time to be a part of Area 51.

Everyone have a great week!

Outside Time Without Extension

Well, I hope everyone has had a good break over the past few days. The best part of having fall break split up the way it is, on a Friday and Monday, is that we get two short weeks in a row.

This week, we are going to have a few days before we have our Unit 2 test for reading. There really isn't a way to study for this one, but the kids will be allowed to use their notes. It's all about the application of those notes and their reading comprehension. This test is going to be on Thursday.

On Friday, 5-1 will have its movie day! The kids have earned it. Yes, they may wear their pajamas and bring in stuffed animals. They talked me into it, because I have never done that before! By the way, this isn't Hidden Figures. This one won't be quite as educational, because they deserve it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Battling the Epidemic

On Tuesday, I will be sending home a permission slip for your kids to be allowed to watch a movie called Hidden Figures on Tuesday, November 21--the day before Thanksgiving. I have to send home a permission slip because it is rated PG instead of G. Still, I want to show this on the day before Thanksgiving for a few reasons.

The first is that we have studied space and the space program pretty extensively during the first quarter of the school year. This movie is about the women who were swept under the rug during the early days of NASA due to the fact that they were not only African American, but they were (and are) African American women.

I assure you that, while this movie doesn't go beyond the "D-word" or the "H-word", it does go a long way toward showing the inequality shown toward people in the 1960's. What's more is that it really shows that it is not only okay, but awesome for girls and women to be good at Math.

These women proved their place among Hypatia of Alexandria, Mary Cartwright, Grace Hopper, and Madame Marie Curie in the world of female mathematicians. Actually, they proved their place among all mathematicians of both genders. It's a shame they haven't been recognized until now, but thank goodness they now have.

On September 22, NASA opened the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility, named after one of the real-life people in this movie.

We should all be thankful for not only the fact that we live in a world where everyone is important, but where everyone can be recognized for their contributions. And we live in a world where it is no longer uncool to be intelligent and to make use of that intelligence in making the world a better place, or at least a more educated place. It wasn't always that way.

Thank goodness for that.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Happy Birthday to Dalila!

Dalila is one of 5-1's lifeskills students who is with us at the beginning of the day and during silent reading. The best thing about he during silent reading is that her reading isn't quite silent, but the room is punctuated by extremely happy discoveries marked by her laughter and her words. Her favorite book by far is Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks.

It's hard to believe that Dalila is already a fifth grader. I've been saying hi to her for what only seems like a few years, but now she's in my class.

The only bad part about her birthday is that I didn't get her picture in time for the blog. I was going to take it during the field trip on Thursday, but she ended up not coming to school that day. I will insert her picture as soon as I have it.

Happy Birthday, Dalila! You definitely deserve it!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Blocked At Every Turn

Well, I was looking at the upcoming schedule today (I know, exciting way to spend my fall break!) and I realized that we have Officer DeWald coming to talk to the kids with his yearly visit regarding Halloween safety tips on October 27--they day I had planned the second part of our chapter 2 test (quest) for Math. I'm going to just move it up to October 26, because I don't want to prolong chapter 2 any more than I feel like we already have.

Probably not a huge deal for any of you out there, but I just wanted to let you all know.

Hope everyone's having a great break.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Something In the Way

Well, I will talk about the awesome trip to Camp Jameson before the end of the weekend, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share this with the kids who weren't at school at the end of the day. You know what it means! Next Friday will be a movie day! Good job, guys!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Backwoods Survival

For tomorrow:

  • have a completely disposable sack lunch! We're not bringing home any leftovers. 
  • I have all of the permission slips! Wooohoooo!
  • dress appropriately for the weather!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

All You Have To Do Is Win

If there's one word that would best describe today, I would have to say "accomplishment". We were really pretty productive today. The kids are wrapping up their projects for Social Studies involving the explorers, we did some work with conjunctions in writing, and in Math, we reviewed for our quiz tomorrow.

By the way, for Math, I told the kids that all you have to do is win. In other words, I don't care which method you use to solve a problem, just as long as you are able to solve it. I think this alleviated many of them. They do have one piece of homework tonight for Math.