Saturday, August 18, 2012


Okay, so Week One wasn't really a week at all.  It was only 3 days long, but it's done!  I have a great class this year.  Academically they are probably one of the lower classes I've had in a long time.  This is fifth grade and only a small handful are reading at grade level.  Most hover somewhere around mid second grade level.  Some, I found out quickly, can't write a complete sentence.  When completing a 3-2-1 writing activity, "J" wrote that his one worry for the year was "my tech ram".  I'm usually pretty quick at figuring out inventive spelling, but I had to sit and think about that one for a while.  It turns out that "J" is worried about his teacher's arm (I've been in a sling for almost 4 weeks and I have 6 more to go!).  The same child also wondered, "wt i my tech las nam?" He wants to know what his teacher's last name is. I guess he thinks Tanner is my first name?  Obviously, "J" and I will be spending a bit of quality time together as we take this journey through fifth grade.

On a lighter note, I have a student with a rather heavy South African sounding accent.  On his registration, it says his name is David, but when I greeted him at the door, he introduced himself as "Dah-veed".  I am very careful to make note of exactly how students' names are pronounced.  I've had some tough ones over the years and I think it's important to take the time to get it right.  But by the time I had greeted everyone, I had forgotten exactly how he had pronounced it.  Dah-veed?  Dah-vid?  So I knelt down by his desk and asked him to pronounce it for me again so I could say it correctly.  He said, "My name is Dah-veed."  "Dah-veed?"  I repeated.  He looked at me like I was hard of hearing.  "No, it is Dahhhhh-veeeeed."  "Dahhhhh-veeeeed?"  "No. Daaaaaahhhhhhh-veeeeeeeed."  We continued to go back and forth like this several more times.  At this point I'm feeling bad, but I am not willing to give up.   So I try again, "In English, I would pronounce your name as David."  His face lit up in an enormous smile!  "Yes!  That's it!  It is Dah-veed!"  "Thank-you David, I think I've got it now."


  1. Oh, Lori! You've got your hands full this year. Best of luck for a successful year!


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    1. Thanks Megan! Students like "j" challenge us to become better teachers. I have a feeling I'm going to learn a few things myself this year.