This was my last happy week. You see, next week, we will begin preparing for the IOWA exams that begin on Friday. The week after that, students will take the IOWA exams and have “Spring Day” on Friday. The week after that is Spring Break. And you know what kind of learning happens after spring break…
In language arts, the munchkins finished their “How-To” book. It was a struggle for them because they didn’t include quite enough detail…
For instance: How to make cup cakes “First, go to HEB. Next, buy cupcakes. Finally, take them home.”
or: How to make cup cakes “You will need frosting and sprinkles. First, make the cupcakes, then put icing on them. Then put sprinkles on them.”
I kept telling them. “But how do you MAKE it?” They got so frustrated, but by the end of the class, they had written out all the proper steps to draw a kitty or make a boat or even make cup cakes.
In math, we began practicing addition again. The idea is that students will slowly gain automaticity. We took a pre-test at the beginning. There were 100 problems and the students tried to do as many as they could in 3 minutes. The said it was impossible. I told them that it is probably impossible for a first grader, but older kids could do it. They still didn’t believe me and challenged me to do as many as possible in 3 minutes.
I finished in 1:12 and enjoyed the adoration of first graders for at least 8 minutes before they got enchanted with Spiderman again.