What a great day! My quarters were so relaxed today!! It was our last "fun day" for a couple of weeks. Monday we go back to our regular schedule (minus the test prep...Yipee Yoo Hoo!!) But, for the day, I let them have some free time. Not all of them, mind you...I had a few that still had work to finish!! ::shrugging shoulders::
One of the things they did was use my normal teaching materials to play school. I LOVE watching them do this! I was so surprised! A couple of them used an old chart tablet to make some anchor charts!!! (They got it...they really got it!!) I just HAD to take some pictures!
One thing I found interesting. Some of my girls were writing names on the board for talking. (Yes, I know...they have obviously remembered that talking results in a warning by putting your name on the board...) My girl is an ELL. I was stunned when I saw what she wrote:
Hmmmm....do you see what I see? What she meant was "people in trouble" ( I do NOT write that on the board...hahaha!!). But, what she thought and heard was "people introuble". Wow. Just...wow. I never realized, though I should have, that ELLs sometimes hear things in a much different way! She's a fourth grader, so seeing this took me by surprise! It's common with primary kiddos. This will definitely be on my mind when I reflect and plan for next year!
On another note, we received an email from our district on information that was released by TEA. We will get raw scores at the end of May. I don't understand exactly how we will read them...I think we will only find out how many questions there were and how many each student missed. Now, the good thing is that I will see what I need to work on to be a better teacher. Here's the kicker...we won't get the final scores until January of 2013!!! Yes, you read that right...2013!! These kids will be half way through their 5th grade year!!! Geezy sneezy!!
I do have one concern that I'm not sure how to address. My homeroom has 13 ELLs. My partner's homeroom has 14. Now, she is a former bilingual teacher, so of course her class is listed as ESL. I teach language arts, I am certified to teach ESL, but on my roster, my class isn't listed as ESL (the individual students are, though). Make sense?? (nah, not to me either.) Anyhoo...when those scores come back and, IF they are not too hot, anyone looking at my scores will think I have a standard classroom that didn't do as well as the others. What should I do about that? It never bothered me not to have my roster listed as ESL because I knew, my team knew, and admin knew that my kids were ELL. But, when I think about future job opportunities, I wonder how this will affect me. Selfish, I know. Not extremely important in the scheme of things...I'm not planning on moving any time soon. Just curious...
Have a fabulous weekend!!
"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."--Oprah Winfrey