It has been a long week. . .

It has been a long week for me. This is the first week without teaching. After being with my students during the internship, I know that I am right where I am supposed to be. Teaching is my passion. I am passionate about knowledge and providing my students with opportunities for excellence in their educational journeys. More importantly. . .I am passionate about my students.

I want to once again extend my sincere gratitude to the administration, staff, parents, and students of Dadeville Elementary School for welcoming me into their school. I was a wonderful experience!

I will continue to blog. I will be sharing links to interesting educational articles and learning games. I will not blog every day, but look for me to post a couple of times each week. I will be working as a substitute teacher until the end of the school year. I am excited about what the future holds!

-Misty Wilson

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats
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Sharing Brings Happiness

Erial Campbell shows off our diagram about Stone Soup and the First Thanksgiving.

The class is on Day 4 of Lesson 9 (Stone Soup). Stone Soup has much in common with the very first Thanksgiving. Today the class completed a diagram showing the differences between the two and the common theme of sharing. They did an excellent job!

The DES third grade is still working on subtraction using regrouping. Remember: If there is more on the floor. . .go next door!

In Social Studies we are starting Chapter 4. This chapter covers explorers like Christopher Columbus. We we also be discussing Thanksgiving and the founding of our nation during the next few weeks.

DES 3rd Grade Homework:

Reading: Study Spelling, Vocabulary, and the Study Guide (the guide was completed in class today)

Math: Page 153-154 #1-27 (students were given 45 mins. to complete in class/they are to finish at home if they failed to do so in that time frame)

TESTS:

Lesson 9 Reading Test Wednesday

Multiplication Test (0-5) Thursday

VETERANS’ DAY:

We will be off Friday in honor of our veterans.

DES 3rd Grade Homework

During my internship at DES I will use this blog to keep parents / guardians updated on what we are doing in class. Today we took our Lesson 8 Assessment in reading. On Wednesday we will begin a new lesson in our Story Town curriculum. The lesson is Lesson 9 / Stone Soup.

I will post a list of new spelling and vocabulary words for this lesson very soon. Your child will be bringing a list home. Students should read part of the story each day as well as study their spelling and vocabulary.

Tonight’s Homework:

(Students were given time to complete these assignments in class. If they did not finish, they were to finish the assignment for homework.)

  • Language / Grammar Page 85 #25-40
  • Math Page 148-149 #1-29 and Study Multiplication
  • Social Studies Worksheet
  • We will have a multiplication test on Friday (0-4 facts)

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your child’s educational journey!

StoryTown Resources

I love the Harcourt School Publishers’ StoryTown curriculum! I have enjoyed using it in my 3rd grade class during student teaching. It is full of  opportunities to expand upon the base curriculum. It is linked to core standards and provides ample opportunities to integrate Language Arts with other areas such as Social Studies and Science.

My cooperating teacher implemented using PowerPoint presentations with each lesson of this curriculum some time ago. The PowerPoints are excellent tools. They stimulate the visual learner and hold the attention of those who tend to be less attentive. I wanted to design a way to insure that my students were following along with the lesson at all times. I also wanted to hold the students accountable for answering QODs (Questions of the Day) that lead into each day’s lesson.

To accomplish this, I designed a Learning Log for Lesson 8 of the 3rd grade curriculum. It proved to be a success the very first day. The Learning Log accompanies five days of lessons. I will use it for an assessment totalling 100 points at the end of the lesson. It worked so well that I plan on designing similar Learning Logs for other lessons.

I have attached a copy of the Lesson 8 Learning Log (I hope it works!). I will post others as they are designed.

StoryTown3rdLearningLogLesson8

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
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John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

Are you a teacher?

What’s your name? Are you a teacher?”

I am several weeks into student teaching and I am still answering those questions in the hallways. The students in neighboring classrooms all want to know who this crazy lady is! The students in my 3rd grade class are excited to share, “That’s Mrs. Wilson. She is our intern!”

I am proud to be their intern. I have a classroom full of unique personalities, faces, and skill sets. The are all so very different. These little ones have one important thing in common. They are my students and I adore them. I desire the best for each of them. I delight when they have an “aha” moment. I comfort and encourage them through their educational struggles. I rejoice with them in their educational victories!

To answer the questions:

I am Mrs. Wilson. Yes, I am a teacher.

*I created this blog to chronicle my journey into the world of professional educators. I also hope to use this blog as a parental communication tool when I have my own class. I will be adding links for lesson plans and activity ideas. Check the blog for new links!