Monday, October 22, 2012

Conferences, Sorts and a Suicidal Snail!

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Is there any job crazier than being a teacher?  I just don't believe that there are a lot of other professions out there that require you to utter phrases like, "The snail is not trying to commit suicide,  he just doesn't know how to get back in the tank."  The truth is... I kind of think the snail is suicidal.  I understand him getting out a couple of times... but he is now making a habit of it.   He gets out in the one little open part of the tank where the filter sticks out.  I don't know how to stop him.   It might be the weirdest thing I have ever worried about. And I do worry about it - a lot!

This morning I wanted to get to school a little early.  It is conference week so I wanted to get a little ahead of things and one of my teamies was out,  so I wanted to help her sub.  I walked into my room, and was immediately thrilled not to smell our sneaky snail dead.  I walked over to the tank to feed our fishy friends and realized we had a big problem.  Our tank was about 1/4 full, and the rest of the water was in a trash can the custodian had set below the tank to catch it. FREAKING FANTASIC!  My boxes had been moved,  but one entire box of books was soaked with nasty fish water.  It seemed the seal at the bottom of the tank gave and left me this early morning gift. Thankfully, the fish (and suicidal snail) were all still in there swimming (or attaching themself to a wall).  I had to search the school frantically looking for something to put them in.  I found a tank in the science lab and spent a great deal of the morning telling my kids to get back to work as I transferred our friends to the new tank.  There was one casualty. I did not get ahead of things.  I did not help my teammate's sub.

Conferences are going pretty well.  I have 4 done.  Out of 22.  It is going to be a long week, but I will be happy to have them over.

Today we reviewed past, present and future.  We are using C-Scope this year for social studies for the first time.  Our test is Friday and looking over I realized that we had not really talked about the word "historical" and it was in the first 4 questions on the test.  Whoops!  So I whipped up a little sort to use with the book, Now and Ben.   The kids LOVED the story and did a really great job on the sort.   They even used the word historical a few times throughout the day (TEACHER SCORE!).  I put the sort up as a FREEBIE on TpT  - so go grab it if you can use it!

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I hope you had a fabulous Monday!

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