5 reasons why I'm currently exhausted!

Well it's official.  I've fallen off the bloggy train and have lost all sense of when I last posted anything!
It's been the craziest start to a school year EVER!! And I'm so not even nearly caught up.

My 5 for Friday is going to be a recap, which will serve to show you just WHY I'm exhausted.

Firstly, it's 11:11pm Saturday night.  Step one in making a tired teacher is to stay up too late. Sure it's Saturday, but I have to be at church early tomorrow!! So just why am I still wide awake at this hour?  And why is this not a new thing this week?  BECAUSE IT'S SO MUGGY!!! ARGH it's horrible!! Give me days upon days of snow that barricades me into my house over this unbearable humidity.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE summer.  Best time of the year!  What I don't like is the two month block of time after summer break where the weather ACTUALLY gets nice, and I'm no where near the river at my parents place to go swimming.
It's now 11:15pm, and the current temperature is 23C - or 70F.  TOO MUGGY!!!

Two - We have ERO coming to our school this week.  For those of you not in  New Zealand, ERO stands for the Education Review Office.  Because education is nationalised in New Zealand, there is one central agency that comes, on average, every 3 years to every school in New Zealand.  They basically check the school strategic plan, and see if what we are teaching in our classes lines up with that plan.  Now I'm not one to just fluff up my teaching for the sake of an observation (I'm quite happy for anyone to come to my room at any time and take a look at what I'm doing.  If I'm doing something good, awesome.  If I need to change something, great - I get a chance to change!).
However, this week I've also had two days out of my room.  One day I was out of school at a funeral, and the second day we were relegated to the tech rooms while the network upgrade people put the new school server in the office off my room.  No real issues with my kids, just a wee bit annoying when we can't do our regular programme.
I did have planned to do lots of presentation type activities that we could stick on the walls, but only one was completed to my satisfaction...

Here we are working in our temporary home - the conference room
Three - as part of the ERO visit, their focus is seeing how the children are aware of their current achievement - and more importantly their next steps.  Now I'm 100% all about this!  However, because this week was so mixed up, I'm not nearly as far through getting my kids acquainted with their levels, and next steps as I would have liked at this point in time.  So I spent today *Saturday* in my class putting up the displays I WAS going to put up with my kids over the past week.  They are rubrics, and goal setting displays, and national expectation benchmark displays.  All important things, just things I would have preferred to work on with this kids, rather than do all by myself and then have to double back and go over again with them.
Check it out though! (I will do some posts about the different things you see another time, this post is already long enough!!)
Tracking wall for basic facts (and other number knowledge)
Stage 6 (year 5/6 expectation) targets
Earlier targets.  I have kids who range from before these targets, to nearly achieving all the stage 6 targets.  HUGE differences.
Reading corner.  Our "Response to a character" wanted posters, based on the book "Enemy Pie"
Reading expectations on display, ready to set some goals on Monday
Everything my kids need to be able to do by the end of the year! EKKKK
Another shot of my number knowledge targets wall
Writing rubric - that took absolutely FOREVER to assemble
We will now learn how to assess our writing against the rubric - and give ourselves a level!
Four - After all those displays, I also unpacked my kids stationary, and left my room in a mess.  Will have to go back again tomorrow just to tidy up!!




Five - Technically this was last week, but I've not posted in that long that I'm posting now anyway!  My friend Carrie was up in Auckland for Spaceup unconference.  Anyway, last Friday we headed along to the lantern festival in the city centre.  It was amazing! Such beautiful lanterns!!
This guy was my favourite!!
Here we are after about 20 failed selfies, with an awesome photo!
Right - I'd better get to sleep, it's now almost midnight and I still have to get up early to play at church tomorrow!!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 5 for Friday!


1 comment

  1. That sounds like an exhausting week! Just a tip: When I create a bulletin board that has a lot of pieces, I will often glue parts down on to a background page and have the whole thing laminated. That way, I can roll it up for safe keeping and display it when needed in very little time. :)

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