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.
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:
Mrs. Watson and the student council did another fantastic job organizing Wolf night.
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.
Kimberly will be appearing in The Good Person of Sichuan at the BMHS this weekend and next (Click HERE for details).
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.
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!
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!
Ms. Palumbo needs a place for her random thoughts. She's putting them here!