[room 212] a few color updates
February 14, 2013
I thought I’d take the chance this week to update you on a few things happening in Room 212. Since this year everything has been deemed “tales from the pencil box”, I’ve decided to color-code my updates.
Red: Red is for Valentine’s Day. Oh, right, today is Valentine’s Day. I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day and other such silly holidays because all it does is throw the students off and for some unknown reason, they all expect some huge party and celebration. However, I plan on having the world’s shortest celebration with as little lovey dovey stuff as possible.
Orange: Orange is for the tigers we’re hoping to see on Feb. 25 as we make our way to the zoo. We’ve only been on one field trip so far this school year — PetSmart, but kindergarten has invited my class to join them on their trip to the zoo so we’ve decided to take on this challenge. I know it’s going to be a tough one with behaviors and all, but totally worth it especially since we’ve been learning all about these great animals!
Yellow: Yellow is for the manila envelope I send our pen pal letters out in each week. Recently, we started a pen pal program with another self-contained class at another school in the district. The students have been writing to one another once a week. It’s great that they’re getting the chance to use their writing skills in a real life situation, and, of course, making new friends.
Green: Green is for positive growth. Our students recently took their winter benchmark tests. Yesterday, all the teachers sat down and analyzed the data. I’m happy to report that all my students are doing well and showing growth. Since we’re just over half way through the school year, at least 50% growth thus far is the goal and since the majority of them are way over that, I’m pretty happy we’re in the green!
Blue: Blue is for the painters tape that I’ve slowly been peeling away from the carpets, walls, and tables. In the beginning of the year, I had put up painters tape everywhere to teach the students boundaries. I’m glad to share that much of the tape on the carpets has now been removed and the students are still doing well in terms of boundaries. Yay for weening them off of extra supports!
Purple: Purple is for all the craziness that I anticipate happening in the future. More updates from Room 212 later! What a year it’s been so far!