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Week 1 of Summer Blog Challenge: Relationships

Hello there!  I am so close to summer vacation that I can almost taste it!  My vacation officially starts on Friday, June 25th, while my students' last day is Monday, the 21st.  I am ready to start writing in my blog again so I can link up with Hot Lunch Tray for:

Background Information

We started school in a hybrid model way back in September.  I had 2 cohorts:  Cohort A had 10 students, and Cohort B had 6.  Having cohorts enabled me to get to know and help each student individually.  Students went home at 1:00 p.m. every day to eat lunch so there were no special classes:  those were held virtually during at-home days.  On Wednesdays, we all stayed home and had a virtual class altogether.  

The students and I all adjusted to our new schedules.  We started each day with Morning Work and Morning Meeting.  The kids had recess and could enjoy playing together.  I loved getting to spend time with each student because we made strong connections.

March Arrives:  In School Learning Mandated!

Two weeks before April vacation, we all went back to school 5 days a week all day.  This first week was a HUGE adjustment.  The kids were all tired and hungry.  Plus, they wanted to go to the bathroom all the time ~ just like at home!  It was tricky.

Luckily, I had attended a Responsive Classroom

training years ago and implemented Quiet Time.  Quiet Time occurs right after lunch recess.  I put on quiet music.  The kids can finish work if they have any.  If not, they can read, draw, color or use their Geoboards.  Amazingly, Quiet Time became a welcome relief!  Many kids brought an extra snack to have so that they wouldn't be hungry for the remainder of the school day.

Next week is the last full week of school.  I think my relationship with this group of students is strong.  We all worked and adjusted together.  I am concerned about academic gaps.  We will be doing A LOT OF REVIEW in all areas next week.  Plus, I still need to teach about magnets and the second part of the American Revolution.  The bottom line is that we are all a team, and we will get the work done!

Currently: Awesome April!

Happy April Everyone!  I hope you are all doing well and having some sunny weather!  This week my 3rd grade students and I are back in the classroom full-time!  Now it is time to join Anne in Residence for her monthly link-up:


Last weekend I have spent a LOT of time planning for this week.  It is a HUGE change for the kids; they are going from two part-time days in school and three part-time days online to five full-time days in the classroom.  Luckily, the weather looks good for next week so we will be able to go out for recess!


I am craving my first ice cream cone of the season in my favorite flavor:  maple walnut.  I love ice cream, especially when the weather warms up!


Everyone I know these days is discussing the Vaccine.  Which one did you get?  Did you get both shots?  I got the Pfizer vaccine, and I get my 2nd shot this coming Saturday (April 10th).  There seems to be no way to predict one's reaction to the 2nd vaccine.  What was your experience?


I am enjoying being able to use my right arm and fingers.  It has been 5 weeks since my surgery to repair my broken wrist.  I am able to remove my brace when I am in my house and when I am sleeping.  I am so thankful and grateful to write and use my right hand to some degree.  I can lift one pound with my right wrist.  Wow!  I can ride my Peloton and stand up with the brace on, of course.  Last month was full of challenges and successes as far as the arm goes!


I am already preparing for next week.  I have to gather all my materials and lessons.  I find that if I am well-prepared and organized then I can concentrate on the kids' learning.

Well, that is all my news for right now.  I hope all is well in your neck of the woods!  

Currently ~ Marvelous March!

Hello there!  Welcome to another installment of Anne in Residence's:


Twelve days ago I slipped on black ice and broke my right arm/wrist.  My orthopedic is making all my decisions.  I had surgery on Wednesday, and I am making good progress after recovering from the day after the surgery.  I am going back tomorrow to find out if I will get a cast or a split as well as to see the occupational therapist.


I imagine spring.  The sun is warming up, and it is so much lighter later in the day.  I want to feel the sun on my face!


I am not making dinner.  Luckily, I discovered Lasagna Love, nominated myself, and enjoyed lasagna today for lunch.  Lasagna Love  includes volunteers who make lasagnas for people who need a lasagna for whatever reason.  You can nominate anyone, including yourself, if you have need of a free lasagna.  They even deliver the lasagna to your door!  What a great idea!


I am reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle right now.  It is a good read because it is inspirational and honest.


My new favorite clothing:  ponchos!  I found these on Amazon, and they are cozy and warm.

As much as I love typing and adding pictures, this is it for this month!  Every day gets easier but ...Here is some good news:  I am learning how to eat and write with my left hand.  I can still learn and adapt!

Happy March everyone!  Stay healthy and well!  Thank you for visiting the blog today!

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