Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Peek Into My Week - Mar 17 - Mar 21

Next week is going to be short but crazy!  We ended our third quarter on Friday, so we will be having Parent Teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday - that means half day craziness.  Friday I will have a sub because my hubby is having a procedure to reduce his migraines.  He has tried everything from physical therapy to meds to botox - with no relief!  We are really hoping this works!  With 6 boys to keep after - migraines are just not a part of the plan!

I am linking up with Mrs Laffin's Laughings to share a few things we have planned for next week:

Animal Presentations

The students have been hard at work putting together their animal research reports and boards.  We will present them this week.

We used this Animal Research Project from forkin4th.
Animal Research Project {Common Core}

When I hold conferences, I try to have the student run the conference if possible.  I have them complete the sheets below which I found from Lesson Plan SOS.  This really helps them guide what they tell their parents and I have found the students to be VERY honest.  Their reflections usually match their grades closely, and light bulbs seem to go off in many of their heads about their work habits.

They are often tougher on themselves then I would be, but that is often a great teaching point in itself!

 I also ask them to write a short note to their parents telling them one thing that they are proud of this quarter and one thing that they are still working on.  It works great for the conference and is also as a mini-assessment.

I also found these forms from Ms. York's class that I think I might use this year.
Do you have your students write self-reflections for conferences?  Do you have any other tips for having successful conferences?

Due to the short week, we will be reviewing fractions - St. Patrick's Day style!
Wacky St.Patrick's Day Fraction Fun

Equivalent Fraction Task Cards - St. Patrick's Day Freebie


  1. I love the student reflection idea for conferences!! Also, I hope your husband gets relief from the migraines. Those are the worst!! I'll say some prayers!

  2. I can't wait to see the animal research reports! They look so cute! :) I love your idea of students running conferences. I typically do that too for the second round of them. I like the idea of having them fill out some forms to go off of for conferences to have talking points. That's a great way to set goals for the end of the year. Isn't it amazing that they are harder on themselves than we would be??? Have a good short week!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  3. I hope your husband is feeling better soon. Has he tried acupuncture? I haven't, but I've heard it is amazing. Thanks for sharing your plans about student led conferences. I love the accountability! This sometimes speaks louder to parents than any words a teacher will say.

    Thanks for linking up! Good luck this week!!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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