Oh...my... what a week! We had SO much fun to wrap up the year. Field trips, field day, sno-cones, all school picnics, bubbles, chalk, tie dye, awards. It was such a fun and busy week!
We took a "field trip" by walking to our local park. Late last week we tie dyed shirts. Have you ever tie dyed shirts with first graders? My hands were blue all week and I felt the need to explain to everyone I met in public that I wasn't a dirty person... just a first grade teacher. I think the kids actually faired better than me because I actually remembered to make sure they had gloves on.
We played some old-fashioned games...3-leg race, egg in the spoon...
One thing I hope is that they leave my class knowing they are "good" at something. All of them are good at something. Artist, diplomat, friend, peacemaker, comedian...sometimes what they are good at is not assessed on paper. They may or may not read a passage in under 1 minute but they are still a GOOD reader. They may or may not complete a timed math facts test in a minute, but they are still smart. They don't have to always be the best, the fastest or the smartest to be successful.
I have had kids who don't pass the tests. Their graph doesn't look like steps. They don't go up or if they do they have some really shallow "stairs". But, they might be the ones who don't follow "the path". They may follow their own "unstandardized" path to success. Whatever their path, I wish them luck and I will be cheering them on from the sideline every step of the way.