If I'm going to be completely honest in this blog I have to admit that I screamed at my class yesterday. Of course I'm embarrassed and ashamed. Part of it is due to how the classroom is structured with our ELMO (like an overhead projector). It's by the door, NOT in front of the class. I often work from the whiteboard with our worksheet or whatever displayed onto the board. However, when I want to show my class something and manipulate objects like I did during the math lesson I have to stand at the corner of the room which does not help at all. Mind you, math is at the END of the day, after lunch, specials, language and snack. AND yesterday was one of the first warm days in Oregon in a long time! All day long, and especially through math, kids just kept talking and talking and talking when I was talking.
During 1st recess at 9:30 I was cool, calm, and matter of fact about it. SEVEN of my 28 kids spent 2 - 3 minutes practicing a rule. I told them not to worry about it they would remember next time. I had SEVERAL of those same kids during different parts of the day who were reciting rules again...and again!
To make matters worse I have three kids with a communication disorder and the aid who is in charge of two of them was out sick and her position didn't fill! These kids are pulled out for about 75% of the day to have 1:2 instruction.
During a brief 'time out' while the kids had their heads down a LOT of the kids were playing with the velcro from their name tags. Next thing I know I'm taking all of their name tags off and throwing them in the garbage.
I just WISH I had started WBT so much earlier than the last week of March. I plan to use this summer to plan, prepare, and study WBT as much as I can!!!
Not ot mention, as the year closes, the kindergarten assessment packet is HUGE, so there are plenty of unstructured times while I'm trying to assess.
Will hope, pray, and PREPARE better for today.