Friday, May 4, 2018
#MyFavFriday - It's MAY!!! EKKK
I swear, May is both the fastest and slowest month of the year! The time literally flies from May 1 until the AP exam, then slows to a crawl until the last day.
Due to the walkout, we had to add days to our year, so we have exactly one month left of school. As each day goes by, I fluctuate between "I'm so ready for summer" and "I'm going to miss these kiddos so much!" But until that last day comes, I am determined to enjoy every moment with my kiddos, so with that said, let's move on to this week's favorites...
My Favorite Forensics Lab:
My Favorite "A-ha" Moment:
My Favorite New Review Strategy:
Skills Checks and Flipcards) and with this year's walkout, I knew I would need to maximize the impact of the reduced review time. On Wednesday, I ran across an idea that sparked a memory of reading about One Sheets at Julie R's blog and I knew I wanted to try it this year. Yesterday I assigned each group to an AP topic and they created their One Sheet. Today, we started Topic #1 with a group presentation over the One Sheet, then spent the rest of the hour working on Free Response problems. I loved how the One Sheets turned out - the kids were required to go back and review content from the class, plus with the group presentations, they aren't listening to me talk AT them.... that's a WIN! :)
My Favorite Surprise of the Week:
This morning I received a message from a former student asking me if they could pop by during my lunch. I've not seen this young lady since she graduated in 2012 and it was so good to sit and visit with her! She shared a bit about her life since high school and we spoke at length about the time management skills needed when balancing a career and grad school. It wasn't until after she left that I realized that even as busy as she is, she still took the time to reach out to me (and her other former teachers) prior to the walkout to see if she could do anything to support us, including coming up to clean our rooms or grade papers. It really made me pause yet again to recognize how blessed I am by my students, current and former!
I hope all y'all have a great weekend - it's another marathon grading weekend for me as I work through Mock AP Exams... :)