Winging it on the first day

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  1. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

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    Ok, so y'all know how it goes when things don't go quite as planned. First day today and every piece of electronic equipment in my classroom died. So much for my wonderful smart board introductory lessons. So much for the lessons I had planned to use the document camera with. So much for the computer testing we were supposed to do today. So much for all the copies I needed for today (that's why I arrived at school at 5:00 am to get ready) Oh well, we went to plan B. Pushed back all the desks and had a camping day. We pulled out games and manipulatives and spent the day becoming a family. We were able to do our diet coke and mentos experiment for science! Who sings that song "That's life..."
     
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    I know what you mean! Maybe half of our students came today, because apparently the bus barn forgot (we're a charter, and had communicated that we were begining earlier than public), our computers don't have their data ports yet, so we couldn't do our assessment, we aren't sure who has my assessment book for reading. But, it was a good day, and I feel like I've been eased into it.
     
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    It sounds like you made lemonade! Good for you! My first day last year was a hot mess, at least until lunch. I came in to find that someone had left a sink on in the lab upstairs and my room was in about 2" of water (for the second time in a calendar year, mind.) Then a cockroach crawled into my shoe. So I spent the morning teaching in the department chair's room. Not really how you want to start things off . . .
     
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    Best laid plans huh?! It sounds like you really made a great situation out of what could have thrown a lot of people!!!!!
     
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    That would be Frank Sinatra. And let me give you my favorite lines from the song:

    "I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
    A poet, a pawn and a king.
    I've been up and down and over and out
    And I know one thing:
    Each time I find myself laying flat on my face,
    I just pick myself up and get back in the race.

    That's life."
     
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    I want to hear it Alice! I've never heard of it.
    Post the link.
    Thanks,
    R1
     
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    I bet the kids will remember this first day for sure! Probably much better than the activities any of us plan for the first day :cool:
     
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    That's the worst thing about modern technology, it's not always reliable. I'm sooo glad you had a good day in spite of it all.

    Alice, I love the song, and isn't it just what we have to do.
     
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    It sounds like you really made it work! I bet the kids will remember this day forever! What a great opportunity, even though unplanned, to really seal together your classroom community!
     
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