Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week 17: Everything Else Pales in Comparison

As I began to write my blog post I could only think that everything I did this week pales in comparison to the relationship that we build with our students. Last year I taught an amazing little boy that lost his life last night. I have been thinking of him today as I got ready to meet my co-workers and visit with his family.  He was purposefully placed in my third grade classroom,  I feel so blessed that I was able to be in his life,  I learned so many things about him that I will always treasure. 

My week was a busy one. I hosted SES Students of the Month in the Makerspace to complete the first student project. I had pre-cut MAKERSPACE letters out of cardboard and the students decorated them. They did such a great job!

We hosted visitors from Altus Public Schools this week. This was the first time that I was able to be the host, I am usually the teacher that they come to watch in action. It was wonderful to see all our teachers doing such amazing things in their classrooms and feel confident enough to share! 

I am enjoying the many "behind the scenes" things that I get to do in my position. It is always a "feel good moment" when I know it helped someone or something at our school. I also had a few meetings this week, I know they are necessary in order for growth to happen, but it is probably the least favorite of the many things my job entails. 

Due to Christmas Programs this week, I produced the Weekly Recap on Wednesday afternoon. I always love interacting with the students and learning about our awesome teachers! 

Friday I had the opportunity to travel to Alex Public Schools and work with second thru fourth grade teachers as they integrated technology in their lessons. Some of the things we did were: Mystery Skype with North Dakota, put written reports into 30hands then QRcodes, and work with OSMOs. It was a wonderful day! 

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

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Week 16: Innovative Educators Make Innovative Students

Week 16 began differently than any other this year...Monday morning (7:00a.m.) I sat down to place all the orders for the Makerspace, at approximately 1:00p.m. they were complete.  Friday morning, we began receiving some of the orders, it was so exciting! 

There was a lot of action in the Makerspace this week too. Our awesome staff at Clinton Public Schools are so talented! They have been carpenters, electricians, and painters this week. TV's were hung, walls and shelves were painted, and more electrical sockets were added. Our Wednesday faculty meeting even began with a fun activity in the Makerspace. It's good to be a Red Tornado! 

Random Acts of Kindness are in full swing at Southwest! Thank you Ms. Brickhouse and Ms. Tucker for allowing me to be the recipient of one your class projects. They made my day! 

Southwest December Innovation & Tech Newsletter went out this week, also Thursday afternoon I hosted a "Blogging 101" session. I am always so encouraged as teachers enter the room...there was a lot of sharing, connecting, learning, and growing (hopefully new bloggers too!).  I am so Blessed to work with the BEST! 

Friday afternoon I got to teach fourth grade! Mrs. Clark won the November Tech Challenge and her prize was a half day off while I subbed for her. Two of my former third graders were in her class, that was a special treat for me! 

The ELL side of my job is amazing! I am at Nance two mornings a week. I love center time, the kiddos are progressing so fast! Southwest's program is running so smoothly. Ms. Jamie is doing a fabulous job! I can not wait to see the progress each student has made as we meet next week to go over data. 

It is hard to believe this was the 16th Weekly Recap. The students did an outstanding job and we learned a few interesting facts about Mrs. Clark too! 

Thank you for allowing me to share my journey as I learn and grow each week, I love my job!
Mrs. Hime