As I type this memo, I am thinking about the Facebook posts that I've read lately from my friends. Many of them have taken on the challenge to write what they are thankful for each day on their status updates. It's pleasing to read things like this to me, so I suppose I'll add to the mix. I am thankful for what I get to do each day in the classroom. Without wonderful parents and kids that try to give their best effort, my attitude would definitely be different! I feel that many focus too much on what's wrong (news, media, etc.) that we forget to stop and smell the roses.
I am thankful that we were able to successfully teach some reading strategies this week on cause and effect with the story The Gardener. The students were able to take the test online, so I'm also thankful for the technology we are able to provide for the students so we can be as paperless as possible. A spelling test was also given. Results to these can be viewed on PowerSchool each week.
In social studies, we finally finished up our unit on pioneers with the simulation. The students worked extremely hard on problem solving and writing skills. Although only one wagon train "survived" the trip to Oregon, much was learned about what pioneers had to go through. We finished up this week discussing the voting process and the branches of government.
Next week, the students will be working on a book report project. Presentations will be given on Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th of November before Thanksgiving break.
Thank you for all you do,