The coriander (cilantro) is growing! I’m excited about this because my avocado seeds have failed me – although Castelina is trying her up most to split and grow, the other two seem to have given up totally. But, the coriander is growing!
Well, that was a week. Five days ago, I was sat here at the dining room table, staring at a bunch of maths exams, wondering where it had all gone wrong. Today, I’m sat at the same table, my mark book beside me, with a very happy grin on my face. From the ashes of the maths exam had risen the phoenix of success. The Spanish exam, the English exam, the Science exam, the History exam – in each case there were a healthy number of tens, and over half the class achieving a 9.0 or more. This is more like the sixth grade. This is more like being a sixth grade teacher. The exams have shown real effort, and a real desire to learn the facts. Today I offered not to do a Geography review, and was met with a resounding NO! These are students that want to achieve, want to do well. Monday was a blip, part of the learning curve. I know it’s silly to say it, but I’m looking forward to marking Monday’s Geography exam – but I am really looking forward to marking the maths exam. That’s the maths exam on 24th October!
The morning started with a staff meeting. We discussed the Halloween celebrations – the theme is FOOD! The teachers are all expected to turn up in costumes that depict food. Hmmmm, wondering how to make a giant taco costume now. Might have to borrow Aleksei’s piñata. We discussed the Christmas Extraordinary Assembly. Hmmm, it appears that I have to choreograph the dance. That’s going to be interesting. And then we wrote nice things about each other.
Now, it is going to be difficult to describe the rest of the day, because I didn’t see the sixth grade to teach them, until 2pm. Let me explain. We got into the classroom at 9:15. Miss Claudia didn’t want to wait until after recess, before they sat the History exam. So, I agreed to invigilate the exam. The class asked for some extra time to study, I gave them 15 minutes, and then they sat the exam. At 10am they went to art class. I visited the art class at 10:30 to take pictures.
I then left. At 11am I went back, to pick up my group to discover that they were all sat in a circle telling stories. The class asked if they could stay and continue telling their stories, and Miss Lilian (no, not that one) was happy for them to stay. And they never came back…
After recess there was a Spanish lesson. And then, well then Professor Marvin had the music lesson that the class missed on Wednesday. And so, I only got to see the class for half an hour! We managed to cover most of the Geography we have studied this month. Let’s hope enough sank in before Monday’s exam.
- Geography: exam Monday
- Read: bring a book into school
- Reading Log: numbers for The Wall of Fame