Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
We had another friendly little competition during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each homeroom tried to bring in as many coats as possible for donation. We tracked the daily results on a prominent bulletin board and watched the magic unfold. My homeroom (Washington) not only brought in the most cans for our canned food drive but won this one by a landslide. All in all, our school brought in almost 600 coats!
It has been pretty amazing to watch my kids rally around the spirit of helping others. They kept coming back to the fact that they love joining together for good and cheering each other on as each can and each coat was brought in.
This morning, we took a bus from Harlem to the West Village to deliver the goods. Bag after bag after bag was unloaded and thrown down the assembly line of kids, stretching from the bus to the drop site.
We couldn't have asked for a better day for the kids to truly undertand how much these coats are really helping people. It was 13 degrees plus wind chill, and merely standing outside for a few minutes was challenging as the kids unloaded the bus.
10 feet in front of me I see two of my students. Almost in slow-motion, one slips on some ice and crashes on his backside.
"Ohhhhhh, I think I broke my butt....well just the right side. I guess that's why I have two."
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Long story short:
1) Our school is having a coat drive and our homeroom has brought in so many coats, it's not even funny.
2) Ainsley volunteers some time each week with an elderly woman who has lived on the Upper East Side for 50+ years. She is helping the woman clean her closet of clothes she hasn't worn for decades.
3) I brought this one in this morning which has to be from the early 80's.
4) Connect the dots -- Ms. Justice, my homeroom partner decided to have an impromptu fashion show in the middle of class. Hilarious!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
- Riding the 3 train back to Harlem from Lincoln Center -
Ms. Moore, the 6th grade reading teacher, and I took the kids who have read 50 books on a field trip to the Upper West Side. They each got a gift card to Barnes and Noble and were treated to lunch a block away. The coolest part of the trip was seeing each kid, furiously peruse each aisle for titles, genres, and authors they were most excited to read.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
A: "fo drizzle"
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Kids earning the fewest amount of demerits each month get to go a special trip of some sort. This month, we went to a local bakery where the kids got a chance to dive headlong into a sugar frenzy and let loose a little.