Today was Day 9 of my 10-day Tangram residency. This was my last day for classroom visits. I saw PK through 2nd grades twice and worked with grades 3-5 for three classroom periods. It was a whirlwind visit. My first class was Ms. Jones’ Kindergarten class. I was still trying to work through a hoarse voice so it was challenging to try to communicate with this group of overly energetic students. They were so different from Friday, chit-chattering and wiggling around.
Following Ms. Jones’ class, I went next door to Ms. Robinson’s Kindergarten classroom. It was like the two kindergarten classes did a personality switch. This group was calm, collected, and cooperative. It was fun sharing my Anansi tale with them. Deriving inspiration from the story, they created the “She be the Queen Bee!” slogan for Ms. Robinson and Ms. Brenda. Of course, I had to invent Tangram crowns for the ladies. They looked terrific! Gosh I had a blast in that class today. Ms. Brenda even wore her crown to lunch later that day!
When I finished with Kindergarten, I headed to Ms. Giroir’s PK class. The students were excited to see me and I was excited to see them. They are so cute, like the girl who says, “Ms. Dianne is a special guest visitor!”
It was then on to Ms. Guidry’s 3rd grade class. When I arrived, they were presenting a school project to their class, The Mouse and the Motorcyle poster by Beverly Cleary. The posters were fantastic and I enjoyed seeing the many faces of creativity.
Ms. Guidry had to help me corral this normally tame group of students (it must have been the morning donuts with all that sugar). Once they organized themselves, they did a good job of rehearsing. I can’t wait to see them perform tomorrow. I hope they will all perform without their scripts. They do such a good job of working as a team when they focus.
After lunch, I went to Ms. Walker’s 5the grade class. She is good at controlling the students and they were ready for me when I walked in. The students worked very well through their last rehearsal. We finished early and they were able to hear my story, “The Ghost of Mabel Gable.”
Ms. Creecy’s 4th grade class was next. We had time to run through the script twice. The students did a fantastic job. I love Nelbert’s beat.
Ms. Mauer’s 4th grade class was last. With Ms. Mauer absent, the students were difficult to settle down, even with two other adults in the room. We did not make it through the rehearsal although there were some students did a fantastic job. I hope they pull it together for the show tomorrow!
After the last class let out, 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Hoadley, invited me to see her new bulletin board, “Wild About Tangrams.” It was so cute!
Here is a closeup of one of the Tangram pictures.
It was such a bright, positive ending to my day, seeing a young, enthusiastic teacher so excited about the Tangram Tales lesson plan that she created a bulletin board showcasing her students’ work. Yay, Ms. Hoadley’s class!
On Tuesday, January 27, 2009, it is my last day in my 10-day residency. The upper grades perform for each other, the lower grades and parents. I hope they are ready to perform without their scripts! Good luck, students! Break a leg! Make your parents, teachers, school, and community proud.
Until next time,
Happy Tales to You!