“Wow! Adding and subtracting mixed numbers is actually fun when you know what you’re doing!” (Said at the end of our guided math group when she finally understood the process of regrouping fractions, turning improper fractions into mixed numbers, and reducing to simplest form.)
“Hey, Mr. Valencic, do you know what stevia is?” (Asked in the middle of a reading test that had absolutely nothing to do with stevia. At. All.)
“I’ve only read the first Harry Potter series. I haven’t read the second one.” (Said when we were discussing Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Star Wars. She got her main characters mixed up.)
“You’ve never seen Star Wars?!” “Well, I think I’ve seen about five minutes of the first one?” (Said during the same conversation as above.)
“I read books on my own!” “Oh, really? Name the last complex book you read.” “I just finished The Hobbit.” “You read that for class. Name the last complex book you read for fun.” “Double Fudge. Wait, no, that’s not complex. Um… I don’t know!” (Also said during the same conversation as above.)
Welcome to fourth grade at the end of the year, my friends. What random quotations have your heard recently?
Wow. I know I have decreased my blogging frequency this year, but I just realised that it has been over two weeks since I last updated and that is pretty bad, even for me.
It has been a really busy two weeks. In addition to everything we have had going on in my classroom, I am in the final weeks of my master’s degree program (graduation is on May 14!) and I have been spending a lot of time after school working on collecting artifacts from my internship, writing reflections, and doing a massive online training module that is required for my principal’s endorsement. (Speaking of which, I am 99% certain I’ve mentioned this at least once in the past two years, but my master’s degree is going to be in educational administration and I will be receiving my principal’s endorsement so that I can one day move from the self-contained classroom to the principal’s office. I am not sure when that is actually going to happen, though.)
So, what has been keeping us so busy over the past two weeks? Here are a few highlights: (more…)
I’ve mentioned quite frequently the amazing resources we have in our community as a result of having both a world-class university and a top-tier community college right here in our backyards: the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Spurlock Museum, the Staerkel Planetarium, the Pollinatarium, the Arboretum, and the Krannert Art Museum, in addition to many others. (more…)