I woke up this morning after a night full of dreams. In my dreams I was snoring, sooooooo loudly that I could not sleep. This meant that when I woke up I was not very rested. Mind you, at least I woke up! maria had not slept all night because someone was snoring soooooooo loudly that she could not sleep. At first I thought that I was snoring because my beard had grown so thick during the night that I was unable to breathe properly. This was not so. My beard wasn’t the problem. my nose was the problem. I have the sniffles. [Although, according to maria, I don’t have the sniffles. Sniffles, I am informed, are cute. I have the growling, roaring, thunderous, monsters! So, we can probably guess who didn’t get much sleep last night, and is in a grumpy-pumpy mood!]
I know what you are thinking now. You are thinking: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Not on a Tuesday! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Tuesdays are the new W*dnesd*ys! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Mr. Kay can’t go into school on a Tuesday with very little sleep. The students might kill him! He might explode! Well, it is nice of you to be so considerate and worrisome over my lack of sleep. However, (shush – don’t tell anyone – whisper quietly – but) I had the most awesome of starts to the day. The students were quiet at morning line up, they exercised, they did nothing to annoy me, they went into the classroom, and ALL the homework diaries were signed! (I know.) AND (wait for it) everyone had done their homework. Whoot! It is just like teaching a sixth grade. Be still my beating heart!
There was a good news/great news moment at morning line up. Good News: no school on October 28th. Well, no school for the students. There will be school for the teachers. Hmmm, not sure that that is good news. I’ll have to go away and think about that. Anyway, there is definitely Great News: there will be a trip to the Long Beach Aquarium on November 1st. This is very exciting and I am really looking forward to it – maybe not the six hours in the coach with 42 sixth graders, but the actual aquarium? Looking forward to that. All of this means that it is going to be a very strange couple of days at school:
- Friday October 28th: no school
- Monday October 31st: Halloween
- Tuesday November 1st: Trip to the Aquarium
- W*dnesd*y November 2nd: Day of the Dead (no school)
In totally unrelated news, maria crossed the border today to go buy a wedding dress (or at least a dress to get married in), and she managed to pick me up a costume for Halloween. And no, I’m sorry Diana, she did not go for the “Bacon and Eggs” costume!
We rushed through the maths lesson.Once again everyone seemed to understand what was going on, although some students still decided to go off on their own route when it came to doing the exercises in their books. Then it was off to yoga. For the students that appeared to be a certain amount of colouring in, for me it meant I got time to mark and correct maths, English, spelling quiz, and some geography books. In Science we finished off body systems and moved on to the make-up of bones. I also remembered a video I had seen over the weekend. It shows how a spore has adapted to reproduce (and therefore survive). This spore takes over the brain of an ant, forcing it to climb up a tree, and lock itself in there with its teeth. Then the spore grows out of the ant’s head, to reproduce and burst into thousands of other spores, hoping to take over more ant’s brains, and thus continuing the cycle. Now this is truly horrific.
After recess, while the students had PE, I spent time with Professor Richardo. We planned out the next month’s maths lessons for the fifth grade, and we discussed some of my ideas for teaching English. It is always good to get time to sit down with fellow teachers and discuss teaching methods. Just because I am a teacher it does not mean that I know everything, and I am always the first to accept that I can improve in my teaching. So, I enjoying discussing teaching, I love seeing it from different angles. The Spanish lesson seemed to take up some of my time with sorting out confrontations and accidents. Not so much fun.
And then the final lesson of the day. We started rehearsing for Thriller. It was my intention to take some photos, maybe some video. However, I think we’ll leave that for another day. At the moment I can assure you that we are fully prepared for the first ten seconds! We know the first ten seconds. We are really good at the first ten seconds! It’s the next 3 minutes 20 seconds that we aren’t too sure about. Oh, and when I say we, I mean me. However, the first ten seconds look awesome! [Don’t worry Miss Lilian, I promise you, we will produce something that will make you happy/proud. We are the sixth grade…and if there is one thing I can assure you of, we can all move like zombies! I can teach that much :^)]
- Maths: Reteaching 4-4 Nos: 16-20 Practice 4-4 Nos: 19-24
- Writing Assignment: Book Report
- Read: 20 minutes
- Homework Diary: signed
- Permission Slip for Trip To Aquarium: signed