Sunday, September 27, 2015

Week 6: So Much to Do and So Little Time to Do It...

Week 6 was fast and furious, so much to do and so little time to do it... 

Mystery Skypes are not new to me, but as I assisted Mrs. Collin's class this week I experienced  a first... the class we were skyping with were having internet issues, so we conducted the Mystery "skype" via cellphone! Kuddos to Mrs. Collins class for being so patient and kind as we worked through the issue. Once we got started they determined the location in just 15 minutes!
 Collin's Class Mystery Skype #1...Kansas!

I also assisted Mrs. Oyler's class this week with their first Mystery Skype. We did not encounter any issues, it went great! The class was awesome too! 

Oyler's Class Mystery Skype #1...Arizona!

I visited Ms. Gifford's class as they began a National Hispanic Heritage Month project. The students were each assigned a country that has Hispanic origin. They are researching that country using their ipad,  drawing the country's flag, then listing facts on the back. Thank you for inviting me, it was amazing! 

This week I worked on planning and organizing a new addition to Parent/Teacher conferences on SES campus. I used the Canvas app to make posters for all the teachers, signs for the hallways, and name plates for the extended teachers that will be in Library to visit with parents. I am very excited to see it all unfold Tuesday! 

The ELL programs are going really well. It is exciting to see the progress the students on Nance and Southwest campuses are making each week. I am looking forward to the first Parent Night next Wednesday evening!

My week ended as it does each Friday with organizing and producing the Southwest Weekly Recap...

Thank you for allowing me to share each week as I grow and learn,
Mrs. Hime

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week 5: Organized Chaos

Some say that I am OCD, I say I am extremely thankful for that trait in my new position. This week I made a Skype lesson in Skype Education, set several classrooms up with skype accounts, received and answered skype emails for those classrooms, scheduled several Mystery Skypes , and assisted one class with their very first one.

Ms. Pruitt's Class 1st Mystery Skype...Missouri!

I created a bulletin board outside of the library/Media Center to showcase the awesome innovative and techy things the Southwest teachers are doing in their classrooms. 

September Highlights

On the ELL side of my job... I passed English/Spanish dictionaries out to students so that they and their families can use them at home and published the SW ELL Newsletter September Edition. Our ELL students at Nance and Southwest are soaring! They are like sponges, I love the look on their faces when they connect the "old and the new". 
This week ended like the previous four, producing, editing, and publicizing Week 5 Weekly Recap. 

Week 5~ Southwest Weekly Recap

Organized chaos, I love it! 
Have a Fabulous Week 6,
Mrs. Hime


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Week 4: Goals: Set, Achieve, Repeat

Before the school year started Mrs. Gaunt and I set goals for the ELL program on Nance and Southwest campuses...this week few of those goals were met, and it feels good! It's that excitement you get when your class masters a standard... I had wondered if I would gets those same feelings that I loved as a classroom teacher...and I did!

On Southwest campus I actually met one of my goals last week when I was able to deliver each teacher's ELL binder to them one week ahead of my goal date. Inside each binder were their student's LIEPs grouped according to the pullout schedule they are on (two or five times a week). We also began the ELL pullout program on September 8th as planned. The collection of HLS forms is also going great, I believe there are only two that I am lacking, goal date is October 1st! YIPPEE!

On Nance campus after looking at data we decided to regroup and shift our focus so that our program will  reach the students that need it the most. We were able to begin on a smaller scale on our actual goal date of September 8th, and begin the full program on September 9th. We will see three groups of eighteen Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade students each morning. They will go through three centers that focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It has been a long time since I worked in lower elementary, it's scary and challenging, but it will allow me to learn and grow!

I published the September Edition of SW Innovation & Technology News on Tuesday. This edition focused on ways to connect globally such as Dot Day and Global Read Aloud.  We had several giveaways too, it was very encouraging to see more teachers participating!

My week ended as it has the past four, with the Southwest Weekly Recap, you can watch it here. 
Keep up with my days, weeks, or the whole year on Shuttercal, it has been amazing so far!

I am off to set more goals, achieve, and repeat!
Mrs. Hime 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Week 3: Maybe you are the one meant to hear it...

Week three began (and ended) taking pictures, labeling them, and making books for our first year immigrant students on Southwest campus. I can not wait to begin working with them next week! 

ELL binders were completed,  loaded on a cart, and passed  out to each homeroom teacher at SES. While passing them out I was the recipient of a very kind gesture by a third grade student. He came out of no where, offered to hold the door open for me (and my cart), and walked me down the hall. I was able to share  his outstanding behavior with his class, give him a Caught Ya coupon, and make a phone call to his place of residence to praise this young man. 

I had several very productive meetings this week with reading teachers, first grade teachers, and ELL assistants. I also attended a superintendent's advisory team meeting, Footsteps to Brilliance meeting,  and spoke at the Kiwanis club. 

I have really enjoyed being able to shift my roll  to serving and assisting teachers with instructional technology and ELL issues. I have been amazed at the wonderful response I have received from the awesome staff at #CPSREDS. 

My week ended with producing Southwest Weekly Recap, once again the students were outstanding! Kuddos to Mr. Fowler's homeroom for brainstorming such awesome questions for the interview with Mrs. Quintero! 

I am documenting my days, weeks, and year on Shuttercal, take a look, it has been amazing!

Thank you for allowing me to share as I reflect upon each week while I learn and grow, 
Mrs. Hime