Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mrs. Floyd's 6th Grade (2nd Period)

Mrs. Stahl (Middle School Principal)

Here I am with the school sign!

Well, my time here at Meyersdale has come to a close. Unfortunately, we ran into a slight situation this past week, and things didn't quite work out as expected. Mrs. Floyd's daughter ended up with the flu last Tuesday. She was hospitalized for two nights with complications relating to her asthma, and Mrs. Floyd, of course, stayed with her. Then, she ended up with the flu too, along with her husband and other daughter. It was a long, miserable week for her family, and as a result, she couldn't come to school and spend time with me.

Her classes were covered by several different substitutes. We tried to do some neat things without her, though. We spent some time working on subjects and verbs....I think I finally got that stuff figured out! Then, we worked on a short story project that involved visually representing the elements of fiction found in a story they read in class. The kids also had to write paragraphs about how they compare to one of the characters from a story in the unit. It was a lot of work, but some of them turned out really neat!!! We also worked on spelling and vocabulary a lot with the substitutes. The hard work must have paid off, though, because most of the kids passed the quiz with flying colors!!

On my last day here, I got my picture taken with the whole group. They're a fun bunch...that's for sure. I also took a picture with the middle school principal, Mrs. Stahl; the secretary, Ms. Hetrick; and the curriculum coordinator, Mr. Kretchman. I loved getting a tour of the whole school, and the kids really liked seeing me in the hallway. Everyone was so nice!

Today, I packed my things for my next adventure. I'm heading to Everett! I can't wait to see what great lessons the kids are learning there! Thanks, Meyersdale! I had a great time!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Well, today I arrived in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, and it sure is cold outside. We even had snowflakes falling earlier today. I think we're expecting several inches of snow overnight tonight. Wish I would have brought my winter jacket with me!

I'm visiting Mrs. Floyd's sixth grade classes here at Meyersdale Middle School. They seem excited to have me in their classroom. The school is organized into three buildings, even though all three are connected by hallways. There's an elementary building, a middle school building, and a high school building. The middle school is for grades 6-8. Mrs. Floyd teaches English in the middle school. There are about 240 kids in the middle school, and 9 regular education middle school teachers. It seems like a great place to work and to learn! The kids and staff members are so friendly.

Today, in Mrs. Floyd's classes, the students are taking quizzes on their vocabulary words. They are also practicing answering PSSA questions. Next week will be more exciting. The students will get to spend more time with me, taking pictures, posting to the blog, and reading about my past travels. They will also be starting their next unit...Treasure Island. I can't wait to read about all the pirate adventures that take place in that book.

Well, I guess I should go for now. The students are almost finished with their quizzes and I want to see how well they did. Check back next week for pictures of me hanging out at Meyersdale.