Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Outdoor fun!

With the great spring weather, I've been itching to be outside just as much as my students.  Two days ago I took my 4th graders outside for a sidewalk chalk project.  It was beautiful outside and the kids had a lot of fun!

Here are a few pictures that they drew:

Afterward they were allowed to do a free draw chalk in another sidewalk square.  Being outside at this time of the year helps in the craziness that the end of of the school year creates.  That summertime itch sure is growing in all of my students and we have one month left!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Somehow at the end of last year I got roped into taking the place of a teacher who was leaving, in her duties as class sponsor.  At our high school, the sponsor stays with the same class from Freshman year until they graduate.  I was just jumping in and somehow the timing was just right and I landed right into Prom planning year.  The class already had most of the money we needed raised through various fundraisers and such prior to this year, so most of that work had already been done for me.  However, planning Prom is no small task, especially when I am only in the high school building for 3 hours a day and I teach during that time.  Being between 2 buildings and teaching like normal on top of prom was quite the challenge.
We started planning and chose a theme at the end of September and started having meetings shortly after that until it was Prom time.  Prom was early on the calendar this year and was on March 24th.  I am SO glad it is over and out of the way!
For my first year in charge of a class and having never planned a prom before, it went VERY well.  Yes there were bumps in the road and issues to be worked out but my class of kids were GREAT and such hard workers!
Our Prom theme was based on Titanic and officially called "An Evening on the High Seas".

I know many schools have their own prom traditions.  We have a Promenade in our auditorium so that all parents and the public can see all of the couples and take photos.  It's sort of like a fashion show in a sense where each couple is announced, they come out on stage and smile for the camera before walking off.  Here is how we decorated our auditorium for Promenade:

Here are a few pictures of how we transformed our commons/eating area into Prom:

This black ship was originally my idea.  Some of them were skeptical at first,
but ended up being executed by a handful of my girls. 
When it was all done, they were SO PROUD of how it turned out. 
I made sure they took pictures by it so they would be able to remember forever! :)

We have a dinner catered for all students before the dance begins,
so we had tablecloths, and decorations and all.

Although it was a long and exhausting experience, I wouldn't trade it for anything.  My kids took ownership in the ideas and execution of everything and I just helped to get it all done.  Because they took ownership in it, they believed in it and wanted it to look good.  With the time we had to get everything done with our state basketball tournament and spring break taking place the 2 weeks prior to Prom, it all turned out so well.  I am SO proud of my kids and all of the work they accomplished!  Overall everyone had a blast and it was GREAT!