It Just Takes Time

Today, my lesson plans just went out the window.  We were met with the excitement that one of our caterpillars emerged from its chrysalis over the weekend.  When the students came in this morning, they noticed it immediately.  The classroom was all a-buzz over the development.  They were very excited.

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Later that morning, we were reading our National Geographic Explorer magazine.  The story we were reading was about animals who use their colors to communicate.  We just finished reading about the mandarinfish.  The mandarinfish uses its colors to warn predators to stay away.  Its colors tell predators that he is not very tasty.  In fact, if a predator were to eat the mandarinfish, it could be its last meal.  That is because mandarinfish are poisonous.

I tried to connect this fact to one that we had learned about our Monarch butterflies.  We learned that the Monarch butterfly also uses its colors to warn predators that it is not very tasty.  It was at this particular moment when the second of our butterflies decided to emerge from its chrysalis.  One of my students raised his hand and said, “The butterfly is coming out!”  We all hurried over to our butterfly habitat.  I grabbed my iPad and filmed the whole thing.  You should have heard the excitement in my classroom when this happened.  It was amazing.  And, I got the whole thing on video!

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We noticed how the new butterfly’s wings were not very big at all. . . compared to the first one.  We noticed how huge the butterfly’s abdomen was.  That’s because it needed to get the blood circulating out towards its wings.  This whole thing happened right before recess.  When we returned from recess, the wings had expanded.  I used this time to have the kids talk and write about what they observed and noticed.

Later that evening, I got to thinking how things happen in their own time.  After a rocky start to the school year, my students are finally getting themselves together.  Expectations are being met.  Behavior is improving.  Just like a caterpillar emerges from its chrysalis when it is ready, the same holds true for my students.  By the end of the year, I hope they emerge as capable third graders.  Not all students will get there at the same time.  Until then, I will practice patience and nurture their development as we go through the year.

Weekend Work

Weekends are for relaxing and taking a break from work, right?  My Saturday started out that way.  I decided to sleep in and read my People magazine.  Now that school has started, these are things I rarely get to do.

After reading my magazine, I was going to get up and tackle the “work” I brought home with me on Friday.  Friday is a minimum day at school in that the students leave at 12:55.  You would think I could get a lot done on a minumum day.  Typically I do.  However, for one reason or another, time just slipped away from me on Friday.  In fact, I did not leave school until 5:00 P.M.  I could have kept on working.  I swear I could find fifty more things to complete.  I decided to bring things home to finish (cutting student photos, stapling packets for Back To School Night, making labels).

I had every intention of starting my mini-projects, but my friend texted me to see if I wanted to go shopping.  That sounded better than what I had in mind, so we went shopping.  When I got home, I was exhausted, so I took a little power nap.  My family went to the beach, but I told them I had work to do (I missed a fun day at the beach.).  I was just getting ready to cut those student photos, when I noticed I had forgotten the pile of work I meant to do. . . at school!

At this point, I looked at my cell phone.  That’s when I saw I had a message on my voice mail.  It was another friend of mine from work who left a message.  She had a couple of questions regarding work.  I called her back, and in the course of the conversation, she mentioned she bought a wireless printer for her classroom that was on sale at Target.  I had wanted a new printer for my classroom, so I hustled to Target to buy one.  I stopped to install it in my classroom on the way home (I thought I could also pick up the folders I had forgotten from Friday.).  That took a few hours.  I was trying to get it to work wirelessly so I can print things from my iPad.  I did not have the appropriate numbers or password to do that, so I had to install the printer using a USB cable.  I decided to let the tech person at work figure out the whole wireless thing for me on Monday and headed back home.

Arriving home, I started cutting those darn photos.  My phone alerted me to a text message stating that the Charger/Cardinals football game had started.  I had to watch that, so I cut the photos and stapled my packets while watching the pre-season game.  My family returned from the beach, and my husband barbecued chicken for dinner.  I took a break from “work” and enjoyed my family for the duration of the evening.

Now, I am posting to this blog well after midnight.  So, I have officially skipped another day of blogging consecutively for 30 days!  Grrr.  I am not doing so well with this challenge.  I will most likely blog again this evening.

What have I learned from all this?  Well, for one thing, I should turn off my phone so I don’t get distracted by it.  Secondly, I shouldn’t bring work home!  I should enjoy my weekends away from work.  Lastly, spending time with my family is a lot better than doing schoolwork!  I am going to try really hard to live by these lessons.  But, not this weekend.  I still have work to complete.  I will begin next weekend!

The Sound of Words

I was just looking back at my posts and I realized I had not posted anything for Monday, August 12. For the life of me, I do not know what happened on that day. I could have sworn I posted something. I was disappointed that I could not keep up with my 30 day challenge to post on this blog. I contacted my friend, Kim, who gave me the challenge in the first place. She told me not to beat myself up over it. She encouraged me to keep going and maybe post two times in one day to make up for the lost post. So, that is what I am doing now.

I have been paying attention to the sound of words. I have 2 favorite words right now. They are dinkles and dongles. I like these words because when I say them they make me chuckle. The sound of those words makes me laugh. And, when I say them out loud to other people, it makes them laugh, too. Then, they want to know what dinkles and dongles are.

I did not make these words up. If you were wondering. . . dinkles are shoes. They were named after Dr. Harry L. Dinkle, world’s greatest band director. That is according to the Dinkles website. My daughter, who is in the marching band, had to get measured for dinkles today. The shoes are made of leather, and she will have to wear them with her marching band uniform. They come in a few colors. Here is a picture of what they look like. Do you think they look comfortable?

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A dongle is a cable that connects two devices with different connector types. A dongle is like a bridge that allows the two devices to communicate. If you connect your iPad and a projector system with a dongle, you will be able to project whatever is on your iPad to a screen for all to see. Here is a picture of one type of dongle. This one can be used with an iPad. There are different types of dongles. It depends on what devices you need to connect.

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I have been going around saying these words as often as I can much to the dismay of my daughters. They just think I am silly. I think when you like the sound of a word, you should use it often. Pretty soon, the novelty will wear off.

All I know is-just don’t get your dinkles and your dongles mixed up. Now, that would really be silly! (I can’t believe I just used the words dinkles and dongles in a sentence. And, I just did it again!! )