Grinches and Duct Tape
We are really getting down to the wire, and the students are working so hard, despite the excitement over having a two-week vacation following an afternoon of partying tomorrow! My grade level partner and I knew that we still had some rather key assessment data to collect, so we made some plans last night and implemented them this morning.
We brought our two classes together, encouraged them to keep on keeping on, and let them know that we had brief math assessment we needed them to do. She explained to the students that it should only take 15-20 minutes, and then, after everyone was done, we were going to let them celebrate the hard work they’ve done for our combined class sessions by watching the Jim Carrey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (According to my intense research, this movie, which seems so new to me, is older than any of my students. Crazy!) This was a great motivation. We were able to have the students take the quiz and then, while they watched a movie, we graded and discussed the results so that we can start making plans for when they return in January.
Yeah, we’re just that awesome.
At the end of the day, we had our last school assembly of the semester. A couple of weeks ago, each student in the building was given an age-appropriate homework grid, that contained fifteen tasks that, upon completion at home, could be turned in for the opportunity to help duct tape a teacher to a wall in the gym. The tasks for the intermediate students included things like doing jumping jacks during a commercial, watching a movie with their parents, reading for pleasure for 30 minutes, and other simple tasks. I believe there were close to 100 students in the building (about a third of the student body) who completed their homework grids, and so there was no risk of the activity not working. One of my colleagues took a picture and posted it on Facebook. If I get permission, I’ll post it on here, too. But she looked kind of like this:
Except, of course, the teacher was on the wall, not the ceiling, and she didn’t have tape over her mouth. It was pretty awesome, though, and the students all loved being a part of such a crazy, fun event. Now we just have tomorrow morning and we are done for the semester!
I may post from time to time during the break, but I won’t make an effort to post every single day. I will keep track of the visitors to my blog, though, and the bizarre search engine terms that bring people here. For example, “how my colleagues with naturally curly hair and a straight unibrow (although that may just be glasses) stole christmas.” I cannot for the life of me come up with any rationale for why anyone would be searching Google, Bing, or Yahoo! for results to such an oddly specific search query. As an interesting aside, though, one of the blogs on my sidebar, EPBOT, also shows up on Google through this search term. That’s… that’s just weird!