You can tell that grades are close to being due based on all the creative challenges and tasks that I have taken it upon myself to start and finish this week. I would just rather make another center or create a helpful poster on attachment practices than assign grades to a second graders hard work. But that's part of my job so I will ... but not before I hang full length mirrors underneath my dry erase board to students can watch themselves building strange and creative structures out of the scavenged blocks from 4 different thrift stores I found over the weekend.
Below is one of those projects that I found myself tackling. I stamped out a prompt on a legal size of paper to kick start creative writing and or creative illustrations. They now live in my Drawing Center as another option for kids to play with during Centers. I also copied off a few how to draw penguin sheets for those particularly reluctant students.
A few of my more timid starters seemed to enjoy having a starting point. I'm excited to see what kids do with them.
I had to leave work in the middle of the day due to my daughter coming home sick from school this week. There is such a sense of panic when you have to leave work for an emergency and not having anything ready to go. The same thing happened to me last year (I predict this will happen more as my kids get older) and I was really unprepared. This year I was smarter.
In the past I always spent A LOT of time writing plans, because I had the time. And I still write it all out if I know that I'm going ot be out. But, in an emergency situation it's great to be able to pull out plans that are written with supplies that are already gathered and walk out at a moments notice. In the beginning of the year I put together easy to follow plans that any sub (or classroom teacher) could follow. I put the directions, as well as flat supplies in manilla envelopes and store them in an old milk crate.
The lesson plans are easy to grab for me or a sub. Which is great if I have to call in at the last minute and I can't make it in to set everything up. I also always keep my Art Everything binder in the crate. The binder contains all the information that a sub would ever need; emergency protocols, allergy information, where things are around the room, etc.
The lesson plan envelopes have a cover sheet explaining age level appropriatness and has a space for subs to mark off which class completed the activity so lessons do not get repeated.
What about you all? What do you do in those deperate emergency situations that you literally have to pick and leave within 10 minutes?