February 16, 2014

It's That Time Again...

Time to join Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for a ...

It's another four day week. Tuesday is really Monday, so I guess I have two Mondays this week. LOL!

Ms. Murphy, my student teacher is doing an important lesson this week, one for her big student teaching project. We have to video bits and pieces of it so she can submit a video along with detailed lesson plans, photos, and student work. This is not only a university requirement but also a state of Ohio requirement for all prospective teaching candidates. PHEW! Student teachers have MUCH more to do today than I did 30+ years ago!
Ms. Murphy showing-off one of Deb Hanson's craftivity lessons that she lead.

Because Ms. Murphy is concentrating on her special lesson, I actually get a chance to teach, really teach, this week. My eighth graders and I will be finishing up a lesson about nonfiction text structures. We had started this a while back but due to calamity day interruptions and lessons taught by Ms. Murphy, we will be finishing it this week by completing a craftivity from Deb Hanson and playing  Scatter with task cards, creating a magazine, and completing an assessment all from Teaching with a Mountain View.

Here you see the craftivity in progress. These are almost finished!

This week is also the Science Fair. My sixth graders were required to participate. I'm anxious to see what projects they have completed. I know the topics but not the results. We lost a lot of in school time for development due to all the calamity days so I am a bit worried that they weren't really prepared well. I've been fielding text messages and emails from them this weekend so I know many of them are working on their projects. I have to wait until Wednesday to see them!

Speaking of sixth graders... I think we're going to be able to complete our snowflake craftivity combined writing combined video this week... more about this as it unravels.

On Thursday my family is coming for dinner. We haven't had a family meal in like FOREVER... again due to all the bad weather. It's hard to plan anything. I'm going to try a new recipe: Dr. Pepper Crockpot Chicken. My friend Diane makes it all the time; her family RAVES about it, so I'm giving it a go.

I'm still debating about what to serve with it... any suggestions?

I'm looking forward to my week. This is the last of the four day or shorter weeks, unless... well, you know... if the white, fluffy stuff falls again... shh!

Be sure to stop by Jennifer's blog to peek at more bloggers' weeks!

Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6


  1. That chicken looks delicious! We had roasted asparagus this weekend and it was wonderful. Made me think that spring might actually arrive someday.

    Thanks for linking up!

  2. I was talking to a new teacher recently, and I can't believe how much more they have to do. (I am in Ohio as well.) At least we know they are truly dedicated if they are willing to go through this process!

    Have a great week!
    Fit to be Fourth

  3. Love the photos of your students working on their craftivity! It's so rewarding for me to see my resources "in action" in a classroom in Ohio! :)
    Crafting Connections


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