I have had a wonderful break so far!
It started last Saturday morning when I flew out to visit my 8 month pregnant sister and my nephew. I even got to be there for his 3rd birthday! His dad is deployed right now so we made the most fun that we could with a Mickey Mouse birthday party with just his aunt and mom.
Beware if you ever sit next to me on a plane- because I will talk your ear off and we will be like old friends by the end of our flight! I always "size" people up before I start chatting them up to determine if they just want to be left alone or not. My husband is the type that would prefer to be just left alone. (Perhaps that is why I am forced to make friends across the aisle!)
Well- on my first flight I made a friend with a car salesman and a school secretary. :)
On my way back was the best part and shows you what a small world that it truly is!
I saw a woman in the Dallas airport that I thought that I recognized. Then I said to myself- "No- that can't be her." Then I boarded the plane and walked all the way back to my 27A seat. Almost immediately I started chatting my my 27B seatmate- who was a lovely guidance counselor on Spring Break as well. I noticed the girl that I thought that I recognized came and sat in 26A (right in front of me). I thought surely this can't be the girl that I thought I knew- because she would have said something to me and noticed me. So- I keep chatting away discussing everything from the little carts that they push down the aisles to Phoenix to our jobs. As soon as I said the name of the district where I worked- the 26A lady whipped around her head and yelled, "I thought that was you!" It was one of my favorite student teachers from 2 years ago! I loved her so much! She is the sweetest person and my first graders adored her!
When I accepted the job in my new district- she was the first person that I called. I wanted her to have "my room". I get really attached to people and in the case of my old classroom- sometimes objects. It was tough for me to leave my district and I didn't want just ANYONE taking MY classroom. I wanted her to get the job so bad. Unfortunately she didn't. :( However my replacement is a very nice man. He even came to my house and I loaded his car up with a bunch of starter materials since I owned everything except for the desks- I took everything when I cleaned out my room.
Now I'm home with just enough time to finish up my Summ. first grade math assessments, cleaning, trying out the new Tracy Anderson workout DVD that I ordered and relax.
I'm making 5 different assessments so I can give them as a baseline in August and then quarterly to measure their progress. In Ohio we have to write Student learning Objectives next year. For this we need an assessment that covers all skills like these. We will have to give the test at least twice a year but we haven't yet decided how many times that we will be giving it. So- I'm making 5 of the assessments that will have the same type of questions. I'll post them most likely tomorrow since I've already worked on them for about 40 hours already. I just have about 5 hours to go! :)
Here is a peak at one: (I'll give more examples and show the recording sheets tomorrow.)
If you are on break- yay for you! If you already had it- I bet you are well rested. If it hasn't came yet- good luck with your count down!
Have a terrific Thursday! :)