Saturday, March 5, 2016
Recapping Reading Week
In college, reading week was this glorious time before finals where I had no responsibilities (other than a few hours at a desk job) but to read and study for finals.
As a teacher, the concept of "reading week" is an entirely different beast.
To start with, we have a week of spirit days. Now don't misunderstand me, I love spirit days. I don't love the spirited attitudes that accompany these dress up days. Because of the surplus of extra fun activities, many students (not just my own rambunctious class) were extra off task and defiant. It made for a long and exhausting week.
Our school tends to take celebrations to the extreme, and that's okay. The kids need to have fun in elementary school. Our reading week activities include:
Book bingo (We get blank boards and a list of titles the week before reading week. I had students help me fill it out. Three books were called each morning during announcements.)
Mystery Readers (Students have to guess which staff member is reading the poem or short story aloud over the intercom. Students submit their guesses on blue colored slips of paper. One winner from each grade level with the correct guess wins a prize, which is usually a left over poster from the book fair.)
Spirit days (Not only did I give students points on class dojo for participating, but they got pink colored slips of paper to submit. Once again, one winner from each grade level was chosen for a prize.)
Assemblies (Each grade level got at least one. Ours featured a local published author who did an amazing job interacting with the kids.)
Lunch with someone you love (families are invited to bring students lunch and eat together in the courtyard.)
Guest readers (Everyone from high school students to the air force to news anchors to families came in to read picture books to the classes. We had our principal and a fellow teacher's husband (he's in the air force) come read to us Friday afternoon.)
Read around the pod (teachers switch classrooms and read to one another).
Book picnic (Students brought blankets or towels and we read outside on Friday afternoon. It was mid seventies and gorgeous.)
No wonder I'm exhausted!
Our spirit days included:
Monday: Ties & tutus day. I borrowed an electric blue one from a friend and rocked it with jeans and an eagles shirt (our school mascot). I had twenty minutes of playground duty, so not only did I start my day with already hitting my 10,000 steps (thanks fitbit!) but I got lots of compliments. I should wear tutus more often!
Tuesday: Dr. Seuss day. I snagged a solid red shirt from Target, wore jeans and the electric blue tutu again. I didn't want to ruin my shirt, so I attached a paper plate from my classroom (a Christmas one no less!) to a lanyard. With the help of a black sharpie, I became Thing 1.
I also had crosswalk duty. I got a lot of questions asking if it was spirit day... I didn't really know how to respond to that one. Do I normally look ridiculous and wear tutus on normal Tuesdays?
Wednesday: Disney day. (Also, Marvel and Star Wars day!) This was the day Ms. C and I had our Disney themed lip sync battle for students who met their reading goals.
Can you guess which Disney princess I was?
Would it help if I said I carried around a dinglehopper (fork), yellow fish, and red lobster?
Thursday: Dress as your future self day. Not only did I rock a Hogwarts alum shirt that I snagged at Target, but I also completely dressed another teacher. She wanted to be Wonder Woman, so I lent her a cape, crown, shirt, and the blue tutu. (Yes, I do just have those things laying around.)
Friday: Pajama day. I rocked black yoga pants and an oversized pink shirt that said "I was made for taking naps." (Another stellar Target find!)
I really failed at taking pictures this year!
To make things fun for teachers, we were entered in a raffle for free books each time we participated. While I didn't win, I really like and respect the intermediate teacher who did.
Reading week was great, our librarian put a lot of hard work into every detail, but I'm really glad it's over. It's time to get back on track with learning.