Friday, May 10, 2013

Positive Fridays - Week of May 6th, 2013

Wow another Friday is here.  We only have 1 Friday left in school for Brevard County.  After today, there are just 8 days of school left.  What an incredible year where I again touched so many lives.

Last Friday through Tuesday I continued subbing for my friend's special 2nd grade class.

  • I continued to have such amazing support and help from several teachers at the school when I needed anything.  They are an amazing staff!
  • I received several cards and pictures from the children, as well as smiles and hugs.  
  • They worked really hard on Friday on their District Writing Test, which I hope they did well.  The majority wrote 5 paragraphs, which made me so proud!  They also completed a reading and spelling test.
  • Monday and Tuesday we worked hard on D'Nealian so they would be ready to transition to cursive in 3rd grade.  We also worked hard on basic addition and subtraction, regrouping, and counting money in Math.  In Reading, we worked on r controlled vowels for e.  Finally, in Social Studies we learned about how to be a good responsible citizen.
  • Several other children ran up to give me hugs or had nice things to say to me.  The nurse and a few parents wished me a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • I was sad to leave them, but I know they are in good hands and I hope they keep being sweet as their teachers needs that after having lost her mom.
Wednesday, I got a call from one of my favorite schools to sub in 6th grade because the teacher had just had a baby!
  • I scrambled and got there right when school was to start!  The children had activity first, which gave another teacher time to help me with plans.
  • The children were respectful, cooperated, and worked really hard for me.
  • They worked on Math for the day, which was a review of many skills learned this year.
  • We also had fun playing softball, listening to a spring concert that some of the 6th graders were in, and practicing for their graduation.
  • One girl in another class said, "I know you have only subbed for me once, but will you come to my graduation?"  That was so sweet coming from a 6th grader, I sure will do my best!
  • The 3rd graders who sang some songs were so excited to see me yelling my name and waving at me.  It made me feel so good.  Then one child pulled me up on stage with the other teachers for a special song for Teacher Appreciation Week.  That was extra sweet to be included in that.
Thursday, I worked at the same school, but in a 1st/2nd grade combo class.
  • The highlight of today and the year was a concert that I won from The Learning Station.  I had my choice of schools, which was no easy task.  This school I have subbed for every single Kindergarten class, a pre-k class, and a couple of 1st grade classes this year and subbed for those grades a bunch last year so I felt it was the perfect choice.  We danced, sang, and moved for an hour straight!  Don kept the children so engaged.  They were still talking about it at lunch!  I will post about the concert more in depth this weekend so please check back!
  • I was thanked again and again by children, teachers, and the principal for picking their school for the concert and told how much fun they had.
  • We worked hard on reading comprehension, playing math games, doing some fun riddles and rhymes, and learning about contractions.
  • One girl gave me a run for my money in the morning, but in the afternoon I sat with her to get her working and she changed her attitude from I hate all subs to "I like you Mr. Hopkins" and gave me hugs, held my hand on the way back from recess (she took my hand in hers), and picked me for her partner when they had a partner activity.  I know I touched a life and made a difference in that little girl!  That's why I love teaching so much.  I can reach the difficult children too and I was able to do that in less than one day!
I received a call to sub in a 4th grade class from another favorite school of mine where I have also been treated so wonderfully by everyone for today.  I will be back to blog about it tomorrow.

If you have any end of the year positives to share, I sure would love to hear how you are making a difference in children's lives.  Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

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