Back in my RCAA days I did a passion project example. My topic? Stage Fright. I learned a ton! But when it came to the final product-- I failed. Big time. I could NOT sing in front of adults. Just the thought of being heard by my two co-teachers made me want to cry. I never performed the song I wrote ("A Whole New Term"), and I felt like I let down the student who accompanied me (sorry Michael).
Fast forward a year, and I'm teaching 5th grade. Guess what you absolutely CANNOT be afraid of with 10 year olds? Making mistakes. I made tons. Every day. Every hour. Mistake after mistake. Learning opportunity after opportunity. In the end, I learned more in one year of 5th grade than I probably did in the previous three years put together.
So, to my 5th grade darlings (and all the darlings I was too afraid to sing in front of), here is a sneak peak of "Not a Show." I sang this COLD. Like-- I turned on the iPad and just went with it. No practicing. No previewing the lyrics.
Frankly, my voice stinks. It cracks, I mess up on lyrics, and I think I laugh at one point. You can hear the air conditioner on in the background. You know what doesn't stink? Learning. And after practicing this the first time, I'll work on it some more (maybe get some help from the choir teacher). Then I'll record it again. And again. And eventually--- BAM! It'll be awesome.
I teach at Whitehorse Middle School in Madison, WI. This is CRAZY to see written in black and white. A couple of weeks ago I didn't even know Whitehorse existed. As I update my contact info on my website, It just started to become real. I AM an 8th grade teacher again.
But I'm also NOT a 5th grade teacher anymore. OUCH. All. The. Feels.
On Monday Patricia will be joining our class IF Wendell's Warriors can raise 1,000 gold pieces. Good luck, students!
December was a JOY in 5th grade. We finished all of our classwork for 2018 and got to celebrate. Our white elephant gift exchange was exciting to experience. The gingerbread houses were sticky and adorable to make with our buddies. We also managed to get the first edition of our class newsletter hot off the press at 3:05 PM. A big thank you goes to our photographer/ main writer who was determined to have it complete. I am beyond blessed to have such a top notch group of kids to work with each day! They were even understanding when Dunkin' Donuts was too busy to fill our order and I had to cancel our Pulse Leadership Group meeting.
Our newest newsletters from the class and Lincoln are below. Enjoy!
The night before school starts always feels like Christmas Eve did when I was a kid. I can't sleep with anticipation! Especially this year; I haven't started September in 5th grade since the 1990s. I have the hair to prove it (see photo below). I included the welcome letter from open house. It was fantastic meeting all of you last week. Parents, if you haven't yet, join remind.com! Instructions with the class code were sent home.
Get a good night's rest, and I'll see you bright and early!
Ms Palumbo had to go get her wonky hand checked out today. Since she can't stop working, she made a video about this VERY cool job.
I'm doing a project this term! Check out this page to see the progress.
Kudos to Zhoe, Michael, and Elias for exceeding their math goals last term!
A little throwback action for you: Here is a picture of my eighth grade graduation party. My mother ordered a singing monkey. No joke. And you thought your parents were weird!
It's important to be yourself in life, unless you can be a Mush. Then always be a Mush!
A little Throwback Thursday action for you:
Ms. Palumbo needs a place for her random thoughts. She's putting them here!