Join Date: Jun 2005
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Crazy busy but wonderful at the same time. I love the kids, and the staff is mostly awesome as well. It's been a little nuts because I inherited a mess. The room was a mess, the files were a mess, and even some of the IEPs were a mess. But I'm working with 2nd and 3rd graders (my favorite age) and we are doing push-in / inclusion style services (which is so great for kids), and I really get to see how the kids are doing in gen. ed. and work with their teachers.
Funny story -- I had an informal observation from the vice principal during a math lesson. The concept we were working on is the relationship between addition and subtraction. The task was to use linking cubes to make an addition problem, and then use the same cubes to make a subtraction problem. I had all the cubes in a bowl in the center of the table, and told the students to pick 2 colors, and get 4 cubes in one of the colors, and 3 in the other color. And then the lesson went to hell.
One student positioned herself on top of the cubes, body blocking all of the other students away, and picked out all the purples (like 20 purples). I pulled her aside and explained that she didn't need that many, the biggest number we were using right then was 4, so the others had to go back, and that she needed a second color. She got mad and said she only wanted purple. I explained that what we were doing really needed 2 colors, and that yellow is very pretty with purple. Meanwhile, another student took 2 of every color, and another student drew pictures of the cubes in his book rather than getting any cubes.
Eventually, I managed to have all the students have 4 of one color and 3 of another. I asked how many cubes they had altogether, and the first student said, very loudly, "Now that you took all my pretty purples away?"
but everything has pros and cons