Today was our weekly assessment day. I can only say that I am totally
I actually think a couple of things helped them out. First, I had a chance to conference with a few of them and reassure them. Then, I had a frank discussion about what the test meant for them. I told them that it is to prove that I am teaching them things that they need to know. I have so many that truly just give up if it takes too much work to answer a question. I also told them that it's about confidence and believing that they deserve to pass because of how hard they have worked. I also acted like a fool this week (characters) so maybe they became somewhat relaxed...who knows. Next week's assessment will set the bar, for me. But it was definitely encouraging.
I'm working on a characterization poster for Monday. Our week not only includes summarizing, but plot and character traits as well. There are so many good ideas on Pinterest, but I haven't found anything that has met my needs. When I finish the poster, I will put it on my blog.
So, ending the week on a positive note is a good thing, all things considered. I don't know that positive notes ended every one's week...but life goes on and we will, too. It makes me think of a quote I found on another blog...
"H.O.P.E. is the little voice you hear whisper "maybe" when it seems the entire world is shouting "No!"--Kathy Jeffords
I found out that the acronym HOPE stands for Help One Person Everyday. No one has ever said my kids can't do it, but a few have made implications with their comments. With that in mind, I wonder...if I don't have HOPE for my own, will you??
It should be all about our future...the students...
::steps down from soap box::
On a personal note:
My son came in from College Station today, so I'm excited just to see his face and have a conversation about non-school related things. Really, he just comes here to sleep. He has way too many friends to check up on in this town! So his visit has "distracted" me, as well!