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.
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!
I'm doing a project this term! Check out this page to see the progress.
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:
BRRRRRR. Beloit has quite the cold snap going! As I looked around my classroom today, I realized 30% of our kiddos were missing. That's one in THREE!
It is a good time for a quick reminder of attendance policies. Click here to read the district attendance policy taken from our most recent SDB Family Handbook.
We miss you when you aren't here! Please make every effort to get to school.
I made a place for us to look at our academic standards. Check it out!
A Shortcut makes it so you do not have to type a whole word or phrase. For example, I type “spal” and “firstname.lastname@example.org” comes up on my iPad. This is a huge time saver!
Students have learned all kinds of note taking strategies this year. Many of these are in a good 'ole fashioned notebook. Your advisors still need to see these notes, however. Here is a demonstration of how to upload notes on your google drive.
Ms. Palumbo needs a place for her random thoughts. She's putting them here!