Tomorrow is a day to celebrate ME. .. . ME! That's because I am Patty and haven't you seen the signs everywhere? St. Patty's Day! And don't you feel lucky knowing just WHO that Patty was?
Now you do! Consider yourself lucky!
I am not usually that conceited, but since it was the name my mom gave me and since it's on the calendar, I'm going to take it!
Look at this little leprechaun who came to visit me early this morning! Isn't she just adorable? I don't think I've posted many pictures of her lately, because I don't want to be one of "THOSE" grammas!!!
We just finished another 4 day week because we had a PD day yesterday. (professional development - we all call them different things!)
We listened to a video with Eric Jensen. He's a pretty neat guy. His gig is all about poverty. I get it. . . I teach it. . . I am trying to get my kids to see their way out of it.
Some of our teachers went to a reading conference last week and listened to Richard Allington. He's a reading guru. . .who doesn't really like Dibels. . . well who does?
He said that in a typical 12 years of school, if a child doesn't read during the summer and try to keep current with some math, they will lose about 4 years of learning.
Does that sound amazing? 4 years! That's like just leaving school as an 8th grader and trying to survive. I know about summer slippage, but I never thought about adding each summer together and seeing what that totals.
We as parents and teachers need to really reinforce that with our students and their parents each spring so they don't have that summer slippage. Sometimes a strong statement like that will be enough to make them see that they need to be firmer with their kids and make more of an effort to read with them during the summer.
If you have stayed here long enough, I want to share what I just made. It's only $2.00 on my TPT store.
There 8 sheets like this but each one is different. I'd love for you to look at them and see if they are something your kids could use.
Next week is a five day week. . .whooo ooooh! I don't know what I will do with that many days! Then the following week is another 4 day week because Good Friday is at the end. .. And it will be a Good Friday indeed, because I will be in F.L.O.R.I.D.A. Yea! Look out beach babes, here I come!