As our district asks us teachers to take on more and more in terms our literacy instruction, I find it so admirable that our principal wanted to 'walk in our shoes'. He and I prepped after school on Friday to help him establish his teaching point in kid-friendly language, design a template for his anchor chart, and find mentor texts and guided practice texts. I sent him home with a pad of anchor chart paper, a few markers, and our reading mini-lesson protocol, and let him take it from there!
It took us nearly 45 minutes to get all his materials organized, and then I said to him with a smile, "And Brent? That's just the mini-lesson for reading. Then there's 3 guided reading groups to plan for (minimum), in addition to teaching math, social studies, handwriting, guidance, writing, and spelling. Oh, and then return 3 parent emails, cut the birthday treats, correct the math tests and record them in your gradebook, and somewhere in there go to the bathroom and eat lunch. And then repeat for the 179 more days in a school year?! :)" Of course, I said it in a kind, humorous way, but I DO think the picture was clearer for him as to how much we do in a single day. If anything, I'm thankful to know our principal will have this mini-lesson experience in the back of his mind as he moves our professional learning community forward in a way that honors all of us!
Mr. T's lesson today was on dialect. He discussed that we can infer a lot about a character based on the way s/he speaks. Dialect is what we notice when individuals speak differently as a result of where they live (region), their social class, or how much education they've received.
Today we also started our holiday craft for our families. Parents if you're reading this blog posting, pretend to be totally surprised when you get your fabric wreath! ;) We listened to the Polar Express sound track and definitely enjoyed a little bit of the Christmas spirit. To be continued tomorrow...