After one week with my kiddos, here is what I know:
- Fourth graders buy into my cheesy stories way more than fifth graders. Additionally, they are much more likely to shout “YESSSSS” and do a little fist pump when they get to move their clip up the behavior ladder and they actually put on their invisible detective glasses 100% of the time when going on word hunts.
- Two times more girls in my classroom than I’ve ever had equals two times the drama.
- Three of my eleven students have no concept of letter-sound correspondences. And they’re fourth graders.
- Two of my eleven students cried when I asked them to do single digit addition (again - fourth graders).
- If I somehow relate every story and word problem to roller coasters and/or Great America, IA will be the most participatory member of my class.
- The average math diagnostic score in my classroom was 16%.
- My four girls drew me a picture today in which my eyes and mouth are hearts and my T-Shirt says “Best Friend” and I am holding hands with all of them, so I guess I have four new best friends.
- Of our 15 basic sight words, my students can read an average of 8.
- It is possible for a student to fall asleep in class and start snoring in less than 5 minutes.
- Starting fresh is hard, but this I know for sure: these kiddos are capable of greatness.
Former Assembly Member Coto at the opening of San Antonio’s new $18 million campus
If this is true, what is the message to kids when their school is falling apart?
Today, my 4th and 5th grade students scored an average of 16% mastery on their diagnostic exam comprised of 1st and 2nd grade standards. We have some work to do, but we will get it done. I can’t wait to see how much they learn and grow this year!
11 kids. 10 families met. 9 desks. 8 breakfasts served. 7 Read-Alouds. 6 class rules written. 5 criers. 4 “you’re the prettiest teacher ever” compliments. 3 bee attacks. 2 successful days. 1 happy Ms. J.
By the numbers…
- 75%: Students who improved on their state test in reading
- 75%: Students who improved on their state test in math
- 50%: Students who were proficient in one subject
- 1: Student who scored perfect in math. That’s right. 600.
I am the proudest mother hen of them all.