Happy first Monday of 5th grade land.... said no one ever.
I found a years worth of bell ringers off of TeachersPayTeachers (click here to view) when I first started teaching. I've used them every year. I love how the bell ringers are broken up into categories:
Movie Clip Monday
Vocabulary in Context Tuesday
What if? Wednesday
Social Media Slip Up Thursday
Figurative Language Friday
This is my 4th year using this video. Every year the response is the same: silence. 5th grade land is apparently different than high school land. From this video, I was able to gather that they not only got the message that I wanted to convey, but one student found another message. After the clip, G immediately raised his hand and asked, "What about the potato salad? Did it get mashed?"
Turns out the thumbnail of the video is about potato salad.
The more I think about it, G really understood the message. He followed up with, "we can be potato salad friends - potato salad goes with everything."
I loved it.
I loved every second of it.
I'm tired. I'm covered in 5th grade cooties. My feet HURT.
But I loved it.
As expected for the first day of school, we did a lot of procedures. If you've talked to me at any point this summer, you would know that my biggest fear about starting 5th grade was that I would forget a procedure. For some reason, that thought consumed me. No matter how many check lists I made, I remained anxious. Well, I did forget a procedure and the kids didn't know otherwise. Nothing blew up. The "Teacher Gods" didn't come down and burn me at the stake. Everything was ok! * I say this because I want to work on this. This constant worrying over things I can't control. I want to get to a point this year where I'm ok with not being perfect.
* If anyone has an idea for how the kids can put up their clipboards, let me know. Every kid has a number and their number is on their clipboard
It's not quite finished yet, but here it is so far!
I met a lot of 5th graders today. It was a combination of pure weird antics and wonderful moments (the line was easily blurred). Today I communicated to a student in "our own language", and I talked about Harry Potter with quite a few students. More importantly, I got really excited for this year.
Today I began to clean out my teacher desk. The teacher before me left some pretty interesting gems: