After teaching social studies for years, it is funny to find myself in a mostly MATH classroom every day! I always said I wasn't a math person, but I find it is not bad...not bad at all! If I posted this on Facebook, Joy from LHS would "like" it! The only bad part is trying to make these kids, who struggle daily with math that is far below their grade level, understand that they CAN do it if they patiently try and work to build their skills. So many of them are frustrated to a point of what seems like no return... There are times when you sit working one on one with a student in my room and when the bell rings to note that your time is up you just want to give them a hug and tell them to keep trying...it will be fine... I've got a couple who I know may never get it...may never pass that danged standardized test. But, they plod ahead day after day with the thought that maybe...just maybe, it will happen. Some of my kids try soooooo hard but seem to fall flat each time a new skill is introduced. It was great this week to see a couple of them get to new skills that, when explained better, were concepts that they "got" and could be successful at. It is awesome to see them smile and say "ohhhhhh, NOW I get it!"
Also on the school front, Matt is loving preK. He's come so far in this 3 months! His speech is better. He is progressing past the not-sharing, getting in arguments at school stage and becoming an easier going kid. After suffering for so long with the separation anxiety due to being taken from his parent (mommy OR daddy) every 8 weeks for years, his potty training is finally progressing to the point that he can wear undies most of the day.
Check out his first "school pic" below!
And the whole class shot!
And, did I mention that I'm the new President for our local GFWC LaBelle Community Woman's Club???