Friday, May 3, 2013

Positive Fridays - Week of April 29th, 2013

Happy Friday everyone!  2 1/2 weeks of school left here in Brevard County.

Last Friday, I called in to sub in 6th grade at one of my favorite schools for 4 1/2 hours.

  • I was thanked for coming in at last minutes notice by the secretary who said she printed out the list of who was available and saw my name and called me first!  Now that means a lot to me that I am liked that much to be the first one to call.
  • The children worked on a reading comprehension page and a fun word search.
  • Many of the children had kind things to say to me, which doesn't always happen in 6th grade.  I was told I was a cool sub by one student, others said I was their favorite sub.  It feels extra special to hear those sweet things out of 6th graders!
Monday, I worked a half day in 2nd grade for a class that I have done a couple of half days with at another favorite school of mine.

  • The children were super excited to see me when I walked in the door.  So many of them cheered and said my name with smiles on their faces.  
  • The teacher was also happy she had me as she knew they would be taught and helped!
  • The children had activity, lunch, and recess during the half day so I didn't have a lot of time with them. They did learn about goods and services in Social Studies.  Listened to a story on the computer while they followed along in their books about inventors and worked on some spelling work.
  • I saw one of my favorite 3rd graders, who yelled my name and hopped up and down!  Now that's excitement I like to see!
Tuesday through Thursday (actually also Friday and Monday, which I'll blog about next week) I subbed for my best friend's 2nd grade class at another of my favorite schools.  Sadly this was due to her mom was rushed to the hospital up north and in critical condition.  I'm so sad to report she did pass away.  I know that's not a positive on a Positive Friday post, but it's the reason I got to sub for them.

  • The children were so excited to see me on Tuesday, calling my name out and many came over to give me hugs.  
  • All week they had nice things to say to me and even told me Thursday they will miss me when I'm gone.  
  • Several other children each day saw me and called out to me, including children I've never subbed for that have just seen me around the school. 
  • I was pretty much left to do what I wanted with the students and told to just continue in the books and really work hard on writing.  I am thrilled that this group of children (despite being the inclusion class, low academics) nearly every child wrote me 5 paragraphs about their favorite summer activities!  Some were children who generally write a couple of sentences.  They told me you made this so easy for us!  I loved seeing the light bulb pop on like that!
  • They also had fun with an art presentation, read some stories (including one with my last name on it), worked on counting money, subtracting with regrouping, and phonics sounds ar, are, and air.  
  • They have been mostly quiet during work time and one parent who was eating lunch outside saw my group walk by and told me I had the quietest group who walked by!  I like to hear that!  They were also very respectful toward me.
Leave your positives in the comments.

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

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