Man, time has been flying. I can’t believe it’s almost October. I’ve almost completed my second month at school. It’s absolutely insane. I’m so busy, I can barely think straight. I have a lot I want to update on, but for now, I’ll choose one thing: Storyboards. I did this with my practicum class last year, and the kids seemed to enjoy it. I changed it up a bit with these kids and added in the factor of choice. We spent last week reading 3 different short stories from our Literature Books. We discussed the stories and their regards to theme. So this week, I had them choose one of the three stories to do a storyboard on. I gave them a long piece of white paper that we folded together so that there were 8 boxes. I also handed them a rubric. They were to diagram the dramatic structure to plot with their story. The first box had to have a title. The other 7 boxes they were to use the 5 parts of plot to diagram it. We discussed that sometimes there’s a lot going on in the exposition or the rising action so that could take an extra box or two. If it had a big climax, they could use that as well to fill their box. They were given choice in the matter. We worked on it for 2 full class periods. I asked they used at least 2-3 complete sentences per box. There had to be a picture per box. No pencil in any project (we use that as a school rule). It had to be neat and colorful as well. The kids really enjoyed this project. It also showed me that they understood the stories, and that they understand how stories follow this structure.

Here are some student samples:


The All-American Slurp


Dog of Pompeii






Ghost of the Lagoon





Week 5

I’m ready for this week to be over and it’s only a 4 day week, and day 2 of that week. I’m just so exhausted. It has been the week from hell thus far. As a new teacher and the youngest teacher by about 15-20 years at my school, I’m being volunteered for everything. I really don’t mind, but it’s definitely starting to get a little overwhelming. We had grades due today which had me freak out even more as I’ve devoted 90% of my days now to getting all these grades done and finally in!

I’m also starting up this Reading bowl at my school for the first time in 5 years, and I have about 50 forms for kids who are interested. We have our informational meeting tomorrow for both the kids and their parents, and to add onto my work for the week I’ve been working on my handouts for that. There are so many kids wanting to join and I can only take 10 to make a team. So that’ll be fun. It’s going to suck to cut 40 kids.

On top of grades, clubs, and other things I’m being volunteered for, I’m now in charge of our Language Arts field trip that we’re supposed to take. They want a price estimate within the next couple weeks.

In a totally off subject, I changed my hair color from blonde back to dark brown and my kids yesterday were all too honest. I got lots of “Ms. S, No offense, and I still love you, but I liked you better blonde.” Then I had to tell them that I’m not naturally blonde, which they didn’t believe, and trust me when I say I do NOT look like I could ever be a natural blonde. It was so funny. During homeroom I had kids coming in my room from all over as gossip “spread” about my hair and they wanted to see. They’re so cute. I love my kiddos even if they tend to drive me crazy sometimes.