Well, I wanted to get the new videos for representing decimals in pictures, comparing decimals, and decimals as fractions loaded before the test on Friday. Unfortunately, it has been a busy week. I am so sorry. Since I didn't get them loaded as promised, I will not have any of those skills on the test this week. Instead, I will put them on next week's test and focus on written form, expanded form, place and value (review and mastery of prior skills). I will try to stay more on top of things from now on. Sorry for any inconvenience :)
The first three weeks have really flown by! When I look at the county's pacing guide, I start to get a nervous feeling in my stomach. There is a great deal to teach in a small amount of time (20+ skills in 9 weeks). I will have to start combining skills if I am going to get all my required objectives taught on time. Fortunately, most of the skills for the first nine weeks combine nicely, like a big pot of stew. I will just keep adding the ingredients and stirring the pot. It will be fast paced, but we will practice so often that students will have no trouble picking up the necessary skills. They are proving themselves to be eager, intelligent, well-prepared students, and I am very excited to teach them.
I was absent last Friday due to illness, so I will be playing a bit of catch-up myself this weekend. I will try to have the week's video lessons posted as soon as possible (definitely before the test on Friday). I am also going to grade as much as I can, but all graded papers may not come back this week. Some may carry over to next Monday. I'm sorry for any inconvenience. This is one of the struggles of having 120 students. However, the rewards more than make up for long weekends of grading, I assure you. Thanks for your support and understanding. Please contact me if you have any questions :)
Tonight the fourth grade teachers will be hosting a parent meeting in the school's cafeteria from 6:00 to 6:30. Please plan to attend! Each teacher will be explaining specific information about her subject area that you will not want to miss. Though at times it is unavoidable, we ask that parents or guardians only come to the meeting, but, again, we realize that sometimes it cannot be helped. Please enter through the back cafeteria entrance (there will be signs). We will be handing out door prizes throughout the night, so make sure you sign in. Thanks so much! I hope to see you tonight!