During the nine weeks I worked with the students on a Colonial America Integrated Unit, I introduced geometry (triangles, area, surface area, and volume), and we did a lot of fun one day lessons (pinch pots, puff mobiles, all about me couplet poetry, superimposing photography, and so much more). One of the highlights of the nine weeks was the opportunity to go to JA Biztown. This is a curriculum where the students learn all about economy, communities, markets, budgeting, writing checks, balancing checkbooks, and so forth. The curriculum ended up culminating into a one day field trip where the students worked in various jobs within a community, they also received paychecks and then could go and spend their money at the various businesses. It was a relevant and engaging curriculum that offered the students with an incredibly relevant learning experience. It was so much fun to see the kids get so excited about learning.
My last day in the classroom was so special. Kelly got the students to sign a book for me that was what her classroom motto is based off of. She also got pizza for us for lunch, and a cake for the kids and I to share. After cake, the kids and I played a game where they passed around a ball and said what qualities I had that made me a great teacher. The kids said things like, I was smart, funny, understanding, nice, kind, always smiling, and even fashionable (not sure why being fashionable makes someone a great teacher, but hey...I will take it!!!). At the very end I told the kids thank you for all they did and I told them that I probably learned more from them than they learned from me. At that point one of the students Maddy (she is a cute little 4th grade girl), looked at me very seriously and said, "I don't know Mrs. F...you really taught me a lot about Colonial America." It was so funny!!!!! As the students left at the end of the day I was able to hug each one of them and say goodbye. It was such a great day! Definitely the best day to be my last day!
So the next 6 weeks will be the beginning of the end. I will have the opportunity to work in a 2nd-4th grade classroom at Clackamas Web Academy. I have met with my new CT, Tracy Grant and I am very excited to work through a unit on Force and Motion. I see a lot of fun activities for me and my students in the future!!! And the best part of all this, is that at the end of the six weeks I will have my Masters and be done with school (well, school with me as the student at least) FOREVER!!! YAHOO!!!!