This week we have reviewed for part of our math benchmarks, taken part of it, and written our writing prompt for the language arts benchmark. I've had good moments and bad moments. At some times I was REALLY frustrated with students because they weren't doing things that I know they can do. One girl (who is an amazing writer) put in hardly any ending punctuation. Ugh! And she's normally one of my strongest writers with always a strong voice present. Another girl used the time passed mark (thanks Ruth) twice and did it correctly. Now the question is, do my co-workers know what that means and will they grade it accordingly? Time will tell.
We also worked in reading workshop this week on summaries and will continue into next week. I am hoping to lead back into non-fiction and picking out the main idea of paragraphs and supporting details. Hopefully, I'll still have hair left (if I don't pull it all out before then). After our poetry unit is finished, I'd like to work paragraph writing into their workshop...hoping to prepare them for third grade. We'll see...time will tell and they will direct my decisions.
But most of all, I truly do love my class. The good times and the bad times. They were REALLY talkative today, but I still am so blessed to have the group I do. I am just amazed at how well they mesh together. It truly is a community and while many people can't wait for summer, I am not looking forward to saying good-bye to this class yet!