This weekend was a weekend of writing lesson plans. Not the fun and exciting lesson plans that I worked on last weekend for Dr. Seuss Day:
- Lacing ten beads (or “Truffula seeds”) onto a pipe cleaner with a colorful pom-pom hot glued on the top (better known as Truffula trees) and then skip counting by tens.
- Writing something the Lorax would say in his speech bubble and then puffy painting the Lorax with a mixture of shaving cream and glue tinted orange (adding tufts of yellow yarn to make a handsome mustache.
- Creating a new addition to your McGrew Zoo by drawing a picture of it, naming it, and writing two interesting details about your creature
- Writing in alternating colors of red and white on a Seuss hat rhyming words and then water coloring, in red paint, the strips where the white crayon was used to watch the words “pop” out at you.
- Using random recyclable items, create a creature that lives in our classroom, and name it Wocket-in-my-Pocket-style, writing its name on a name tag.
No, this weekend was spent writing lesson plans for the edTPA. I will keep my opinion of this assessment that I “get” to do to myself but if you want to learn more you can read about it here or here. Regardless of what I think about it, the edTPA is a very large, high stakes portfolio of sorts to “prove” that I am qualified to become a teacher in the state of Washington. I must past it to get certified.
The people who will be grading my edTPA care not for Truffula trees or the Lug and the Wug and the Zug that happen to live under our classroom rug. They look for a central focus, academic language, discourse, differentiated instruction, student engagement, learning targets, student reflection – the list goes on and on and is assessed using 18 handy rubrics.
Part of the weekend Husband took the kids out of the house so I could work. The rest of the time, I created crafts to keep them busy.
Today they worked creating crazy Seuss hats (their school celebrates Dr. Seuss Day tomorrow), their workspace cluttered with fun bobbles and whatnots.
Today I worked creating non-crazy lesson plans, my workspace cluttered with papers, an amazing amount of electrical cords, and a random Seuss inspired bracelet Carter made for me.
I do not have an office, nor a desk. I use my mom’s old sewing machine table which is tucked in the corner of our living room. It used to suffice for my computing needs but I find that I am rapidly outgrowing this workspace of mine. It is cozy and I make it work.
I can not tell you with certainty the level of quality of my lesson plans, the first solid drafts of these five all important lesson plans.
As for the Seuss hats, they turned out wonderfully.