I was up very early this morning and decided to create a screencast for my lesson today on blogging for your Personal Learning Plans.
It's Friday morning of project presentation week, and I'm taking a second to blog in this Zen, calm, quiet space in my classroom. We are partaking in a guided meditation to help us manage the stress that being rock-stars puts on us.
The presentations I've watched so far this week have been fantastic. Parents should be proud of the hard work their students are putting in. I know I am! If I haven't said it recently:
PARENTS: Thank you for trusting me to teach your children this year. I'm so grateful for having them in my advisory and my world. Each day they remind me how lucky I am to have this job and I know that is largely because of the other people in their lives who love, mentor and parent them.
It has been a really busy several weeks at RCAA. We are staying warm and plugging through. Our Avon fundraiser could have gone better, but we did have a few big sellers to carry the rest of our team.
Parent teacher conferences went well. For those I have to reschedule, I sent a note home with your student yesterday. I will be doing make-up conferences on Tuesday night.
It was a snowy Wisconsin morning in the 30 degree range. All three RCAA advisors accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge that was brought forth yesterday during an ALS presentation.
Project presentations have begun! Students who volunteered to go this beautiful Monday afternoon have impressive products. Click HERE to view the presentation schedule for T1.
There are a LOT of questions to answer each term. One of the things that help most is sharing resources with each-other. I've tried to help by making documents students can collaborate on. I've also shared links to help with current social studies projects. Here are some helpful places to review:
Conferences are in full swing! I hear a lot of giggling, so things must be going pretty painlessly. If you are not able to make your scheduled conference time, please call to reschedule.
RCAA had a float in the homecoming parade last Friday. Students walked with our truck and handed out white flags for peace.
Today RCAA students explored the Rock River to find examples of humans helping and hurting nature. It was a brilliant morning for a short walk. Today was also our spirit day to dress like country folk. Yay for jeans, braids, boots, and plaid!
Ahoy! Today was national talk like a pirate day. Mr. Jobb made it the whole morning doing so, and nearly lost his voice. It was also election day around RCAA. Two officers and three representatives were elected to student council after our assembly this morning. All candidates did a wonderful job giving speeches. We are proud!
We are currently discovering what happens at the Sewage Treatment Plant by listening to our guest speakers. It's a bit disgusting, but really interesting. This will help us further answer our guiding question: How does Beloit affect the Rock River?
Today was the first RCAA game day! The amazing Mrs. Watson gathered materials, stole items from her poor husband's closet, and spray-painted trophies in preparation of an exciting event. Fun was had by all. More photos and video to come.
PS: I know the slideshow is sideways for some photos. I can't fix it!
Woo hoo for a new school year! Things have been a bit wild the last couple of days, but it's clear we're going to have a marvelous school year. Your advisors (and a few students) were relaxing after 3:00, and someone noticed the chocolate covered bugs among Ms. Watson's critter collection. Of course they were opened-- and eaten. YUCK! I refused to partake-- even when Tommy offered me five bucks.
Tomorrow is a noon dismissal day. Don't forget to set up a ride home!
Ms. Palumbo needs a place for her random thoughts. She's putting them here!