I must apologize for my abrupt absence. So much has happened in the past few weeks that blogging has taken a backseat.... or I guess it's really further back than that. Maybe it's been stuck in the "way back" of my mom's old station wagon... you know what I'm talking about. You used to sit there, facing backwards, waving to people in the cars behind you too.
Anyway, the long-term position I covered has now ended, so I'm back to the day-to-day grind of looking for work. I have been fortunate that I've been working MOST days in the school where I completed the long-term thanks to my awesome principal who gave me a plug during a staff meeting (I was told by several coworkers that this is the first time any sub has ever been given her stamp of approval. It helps that her daughter was in my class and loved me.)
I did spend one day working in another building and HATED it. I forgot what it's like to be a nobody again. The kids test... oh do they test, and the staff mostly ignores me. It's pretty lonely, I have to admit. So, I tend to hold off on accepting jobs in other schools as much as possible. But, a girl's gotta work!
On my last day with my kiddos, we played a review game about what they've learned about me. It was a great way to end our time together. I was overwhelmed with letters, cards, chocolate, candles, and Starbucks gift cards from my thoughtful students. Every time I walk into the building now, I'm mobbed by my kiddos asking if I'm subbing for one of their teachers. It's a great feeling!
Also, in my absence, I forgot completely about my Bears Victory Freebie, which I owe you all for yesterday's win in Atlanta. I am so jealous of all my friends who went down for the game. One of my friends had amazing tickets for $160. It was cheaper to drive down there for the weekend and the game than to attend here in Chicago. Plus... they had beautiful weather. I guess that explains all the blue and orange in the stands yesterday.
If you click here, you can download a social studies freebie I did with my kiddos during my last week. It's called Dumpster Dive, and it's a lesson in how archeologists use primary sources (in this case garbage) to learn about the people who left the item behind. My students LOVED this activity, and I hope yours will too.
Since I'm late to share this, I'm going to leave it up for a couple days. Hey... maybe you'll get lucky, and I'll forget to take it down!
I promise I'll try to be better for the next win! :)