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Archive for August, 2010

(gotta bendy ruler) Tuesday

Posted by willkay on August 31, 2010

If there is one thing harder than getting out of bed for the first day of school, it is getting out of bed for the second day of school. However, everyone managed it, managed to get dressed, managed to do their hair correctly (well done the 6th grade girls), and get into school on time (although some of us only just made it [I’m looking at you Gerardo]).

The morning started in the usual way: line up, hellos, value of the month, and then it took a whole new direction. Instead of the usual marching-up-and-down-the-playground, Professor Rodolfo took the students through some stretching exercises. Unfortunately, this was obviously a shock to the system for some students and instead of stretching their bodies, they just used their mouths instead.

Onwards and upwards. First lesson of the day was maths. Time to blow the cobwebs away and start doing mental arithmetic. For some it was easy to get back into the swing, for others it needed several minutes before they were firing on all cylinders. I type this in full knowledge that I, the maths teacher, managed to get the second question of the day incorrect. Oops.

Sometimes it is easy to forget that it isn’t just the teacher who has to learn about his new pupils, the students also have to be prepared to work in different ways for their new teacher. And, let’s get it right, without talking too much in the third person: that Mr. Kay does things in a weird and wonderful way. After an hour of Estimations it was time to move on to the spelling lesson. Again, I do this in a totally different way: I start with the spelling quiz. That way, in my opinion, the students know which words they can already spell, and which words they need to practise. The English lessons was broken into two parts, with a visit to the art room in the middle. Actually, it wasn’t a visit, it was the art lesson. After that, we returned to working in our spelling workbooks. Well, some of us did. One student suddenly discovered that he had a bendy ruler – a ruler that bends. This seemed to fascinate him to such a point that he spent several minutes just looking at his ruler. The ruler needed a song. So, a song was written, and sung, and in that way we went out to recess.

Spanish after recess, followed by geography. We finished off listing the countries of South America, and then went on to The Wonders of the World: Ancient and Modern.

A really good day! Much was achieved, much was accomplished, and much was learnt. Well done to everyone. And the reward for all that effort? Look what turned up in school at the end of the day…

Homework:

  • Writing Assignment: My Holiday (due on Friday)
  • Maths: Reteaching 1-1 Nos: 1 – 10
  • Spelling: Workbook pages 3,4

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(here we go again) Monday

Posted by willkay on August 30, 2010

Hurray! We’re back at school. A new year starts with a brand new 6th Grade. Still in the same classroom, although there are some changes – and there is one big change to come. The window at the back of the classroom has gone, and I have a second bulletin board. Also there is a brand new door, so there is no chance of being locked in the room classroom because we are unable to open the door. The fan has been moved (it’s been taken out of the corner) to the middle of the classroom (eventually). This should allow for a better circulation of air. And, the whiteboard has gone. Yes, the nightmare of my life has been disappeared. No more writing on a board that refuses to erase. However, there is nothing in its place…yet. Yes, at the moment I (we) am (are) awaiting the arrival of a brand new digital SMARTboard. I am incredibly excited about this. I have never used one before, however I have seen videos about how to use them, and we have a new teacher (hello Miss Alexandra) who has used one and is willing to train me in its use. So, that’s me very excited and desperate for the new year to begin. What about the students?

Back to school is that double edged sword: it means the end of the holidays; it means the renewal of old friendships. You get to meet up with your classmates and talk about the holidays. You get to choose a new desk. You spend the day with your feet in agony because of the new shoes your mum bought you. And, above all else, you get to move up a grade. In this case, you move into the sixth grade, the top of the school, the sixth grade with all that it entails. And that was the first shock of the year – sixth grade means that you have to be ready to be in the Honour Guard at a moment’s notice. Fortunately, six students were up for the task and an Honour Guard was formed for this morning’s assembly. National Anthem sung, flag saluted, new students introduced, new teachers introduced, and into the classroom.

It is a long, hard morning when you haven’t been in school for seven weeks. The desks are hard, the classroom is warm, the teacher just goes on and on and on and on and on about all the ways he wants you to work, all the things he wants you to do. The timetable was interesting as it now includes Yoga. Every Friday morning the sixth grade will be yogaing yogarising yogaed doing yoga. Otherwise, it was the same old mixture of Maths, English, Spanish, etc.

After a long introduction to life in the sixth grade, we spent another long period of time discussing writing assignments. In the sixth grade, I expect a lot of reading and writing to be achieved, so it is important to set the ground rules early on. Afterwards, History followed by recess (hurray!), followed by an hour and a half of Spanish, and then Geography to finish off the day. Somewhere we managed to cram in a conversation about bravery (the value of the month).

A good, but tiring, day. I wouldn’t say it was long, the time seemed to fly past and I don’t feel that I got half the work done I wanted to do. However, it was a good day. Everyone left happy. Roberto (the new student in the 6th grade) informed me that it had been fun and he would come back tomorrow, which is always a plus in any teacher’s book. And no one cried. Well, I say no one cried but Mariana (one n) gave it a good try when some nasty teacher told her there was no recess in the 6th grade!

Homework:

  • Writing Assignment: My Holiday (due on Friday)
  • Geography: 7 Wonders of the World: Ancient and Modern.

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Welcome

Posted by willkay on August 30, 2010

Hello to those of you who are here for the first time.

This is my blog, my day-to-day writings about what has happened in the sixth grade classroom.Here you will be able to read about what we have done during the day. I also post the homework. Please feel free to comment at the bottom of each post if you wish to ask questions or add to what I’ve said.

I also have a Flickr page, where I post pictures that are taken during the day. [Click on the link to go there.]

And there is a youtube page, where I will post the odd video that I might have taken. [Click on the link to go there.]

Enjoy.

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AWitL Vol VII

Posted by willkay on August 19, 2010

AWitL: 19 august

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AWitL Vol VI

Posted by willkay on August 18, 2010

AWitL: 18 august

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AWitL Vol V

Posted by willkay on August 17, 2010

AWitL: 17 august

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AWitL Vol IV

Posted by willkay on August 16, 2010

AWitL: 16 august

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AWitL Vol III

Posted by willkay on August 15, 2010

AWitL: 15 august

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AWitL Vol II

Posted by willkay on August 14, 2010

AWitL: 14 august

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AWitL Vol I

Posted by willkay on August 13, 2010

AWitL: 13 august

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