Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Monthly Update

I didn't get the grant. But as you know I was already preparing myself for that, so I'm ok. And, only one person from my building got it, and only 12 out of 60, or 90, or 500 or something in the whole district got anything. I mentioned that I'd be interested in housing one of our new Smartboards. The whole school shares them, but they need to be kept track of by a teacher. I didn't think anything would come of it, but this afternoon the tech person came into my room, wheeling the Smartboard behind her. I'm very excited because I'll get to use it all the time. Until someone complains about the new girl having all the technology that she doesnt even know how to work, and they take it away. But I'll enjoy it until then.

It looks like the staff is going to be stuck with me again next year. I got the unofficial word that I get to keep my position. I came very close to getting bumbed to a kindergarten class. Can you imagine me in a kindergarten class? It's so weird how they just move people around, on a whim. I know it's a very specific process and not really a whim, but it seems that way sometimes.

We're just finishing up Bridge to Terabithia. We took all the kids to the theater to see the movie, which was cool. I cried, of course, and admitted crying to anyone who asked. I was surprised at how many of the kids admitted to crying, too. One boy told me that it takes a real man to admit to crying. They crack me up. I had to make one student stay back from the field trip because of behavior. I hated doing that. It really upset him and I'm afraid he's giving up on school. I hope I'm wrong.
We just finished a unit on government and are now watching National Treasure. I don't feel too guilty showing a movie, it's only the 2nd one this year. Plus the quarter ends this week and spring break is next week. We might not even see the whole movie, with field trips and assemblies and tornado drills that are scheduled. And then when we come back we can really focus on the achievement tests. Yay.

I have a whole bunch of stuff that I want to do over spring break. How much of it do you think I'll get to? I'm a little jealous of my co workers. I keep hearing about vacation plans. They'll all come back nice and tan and I'll still be a big fat beached whale. Oh well.


Blogger Mrs.B said...

Well, that didin't last long. Apparently i won't be keeping it in my room after all. Oh well. At least I got to use it once.

3/21/2007 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger schell said...

What's a smartboard?

3/24/2007 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Mrs.B said...

A smartboard is an interactive whiteboard. It's kind of like combining a dry erase board with a computer and putting it all up on a big screen. The only thing we've done so far is play around to get used to the touch screen and our daily edit. But hopefully I'll do a lot more this month. They're letting me keep it for one month and then another teacher gets it. Unless it changes again tomorrow...

3/24/2007 10:43:00 AM  

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