Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tell Me Something Good

This was my first week back after winter break. Why do the short weeks always seem so long? We spent the week inside while it was raining (Thank goodness! We need it!), reviewing what an "inside voice" is, and testing. Testing, testing, and more testing. I'm done with my DIBELS testing. Now on to DRA's.

Actually, my kids did very well. I don't know about y'all but I am really honest with my kids and we have very frank conversations. I told them I had to test everyone on several tests and that even though I knew it would be hard that if they could work quietly we could get through the tests faster. They helped me come up with a goal of when to finish each test. We decided DIBELS could be done Friday and if I can get through 4 or 5 DRA's each day next week that all of those would be done. I just love this group!

*SHOUT OUT! * We worked on writing with items from Susan Moran's Writing through Winter pack. Click on the picture to head to her Teachers Pay Teachers store.


I was so impressed to see how much of the Phonics Dance hunks and chunks my kids were using in their writing. They were also so kind to each other. Several of my firsties read each others papers and pointed out errors- in a NICE way! "Kate, you have a capital letter at the beginning of the word snow and it's not a proper noun." "Oops, thanks Andy." I was amazed. No one got upset. Everyone helped each other. They really are sweet!

But it was still a LOOOOONG week. So I thought this would be the perfect time for a little Tell Me Something Good. Tell me something good that's going on at school and something good that's going on in your home life.


Something Good from School: One of my first graders broke her arm! Yikes. She's got a cast all the way up past her elbow. Thankfully, the cast in NOT on the hand that she writes with! Hallelujah!

Something Good from Home: We have decided to go to Seattle for Spring Break! It's my happy place!

I would love for you to link up and share some of the positive things going on in your life!

10 comments:

  1. My class did great on DIBELS 20/24 benchmark! We had a popcorn party they had a great time!!

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  2. Wow, I hope I can get finished with DIBELs as quickly as you did. I have a very noisy class this year, so I'm a little worried. They gave us 10 days to test, but 4 of those days I was or will be at workshops. I only have 3 days of testing time left and I haven't start ORF on any of them. It's not looking good.

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  3. All of my students have increased their reading levels by 2-4 levels!

    Tonight we are going out to eat!

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting this linky :) It led me to your blog and I am now a new follower! Your blog is adorable!

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  5. Jennifer, thank you SO much for the shoutout!! I love your tell me something good for school. At first I was wondering how the little girl breaking her arm was a good thing..... then I read it wasn't her writing arm - ha! That is GREAT!

    Have a happy Sunday!

    Susan

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  6. I feel like my class is the same way. I can just be frank with them about what is going on. I had to do a project for my grad school class and I had to give the kids a test. So I just told them that I needed to give them a test for my class, and they were ok with it. We hunkered down and got it finished and they were so good about it. I love my group of kiddos this year too.

    I also use the Phonics Dance in my classroom, and I love it! My students do too! :-)

    Blooming in First

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  7. I needed all these positive posts today. Thanks for hosting!

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  8. Thanks for the linky party! I needed to think about and focus on the positives in my life today. It's amazing how abundant they become once they are your focus.

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  9. Thanks for the linky! I'm a "cup is half full" person by nature, but it still does my heart good to share it with others! Love your blog, and I'm your newest follower!

    Michele
    The Lightbulb Lab

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  10. So glad I found your blog! Also, this linky is so fantastically positive. Love it. I'm your newest follower!

    ~Steph

    Sparkly, Quirky Lifebox

    The Quirky Apple

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