Today I…

I’m not one to resort to a form slice so early on in the challenge. These are typically reserved for those days when I have nothing left in the tank but need to eke out a slice. Using a format for a day 2 slice is unheard of for me, but I can’t settle on just one idea for a slice today. My day was frenetic and nonstop, so this format fits perfectly.

Today I, along with the Grade 5 team, introduced the PYP Exhibition to the Junior School faculty, sharing our excitement about this upcoming culminating experience that will see our Grade 5 students taking ownership over their learning. We have made some interesting changes to this year’s Exhibition that we hope will result in a better experience for the students. One of our changes is that we’ve decided to do the Exhibition outside of the Programme of Inquiry, as a seventh unit, which will give students more agency over what they choose to explore.

Today I led four grade level planning meetings, where we continued to flesh out the Grade 1’s new unit in which students will inquire into ways people learn about the past, historical evidence, fossils, and the importance of preserving and learning from the past. We discussed ways the Grade 3 students could take action in their unit of inquiry all about how water is essential to life, how it’s a limited resource, and conflicts that arise over water. As a collective action, we are planning a water walk to raise money and awareness for the water crisis in South Sudan; we will donate the money to build a well. The students will also take individual action in their cause groups as a result of their research. In Junior Kindergarten, we discussed the transition of one teacher to another, as one is about to go on maternity leave. We reflected on the previous unit in Grade 5, discussing ways we can improve upon the assessments for next year.

Today I engaged in three conversations about the curriculum work we’re doing, my energy palpable as I got to talk about what I love to do. We are doing some really great stuff!

Today I ate my lunch in under 5 minutes, as I went from one thing to the next. I barely remember what it tasted like.

Today I assisted in the antigen testing of a Grade 5 class who had a confirmed positive Covid case. Luckily all are negative (so far), but they were picked up at noon and will be doing online learning for the next three school days.

Today I made plans for us to extend online learning for our JK Prep students (preschool aged), as two thirds of them have tested positive.

Today I read and commented on other slicers’ slices.

Today I sent 18 emails. Not many at all…I’m surprised!

Today I smiled as I read the comments left on my first slice of life, fueled by this writing community.

Today I left work well after dark, after going down a rabbit hole of finding resources for our new Grade 1 unit of inquiry.

Today I missed my walk with Gail. We are going tomorrow!

Today I had an impromptu conversation with a colleague about writing, the SOL challenge, books, book clubs, and memoirs. It was energizing!

Today I laughed many times.

Today I took 6,142 steps, which is honestly more than I expected considering all the meetings I sat in.

Today I admired the four bouquets of flowers I currently have at home and school. The tulips are my favorite.

Today I felt like I was inside a pinball machine, being bounced around from one thing to another.

Today I am getting to bed late. Let’s hope I don’t oversleep tomorrow.

24 thoughts on “Today I…

  1. Pam Ela

    I am exhausted reading that. And, there’s NOTHING wrong with a form slice! Early in the challenge, it inspires others to mimic it later. Thanks for sharing your day.

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  2. Terje

    Forms are for using when needed, may it be the second or the twenty-second day of the challenge. Busy day. Breathe. Sleep. Another one waits for you tomorrow.

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  3. Leigh Anne Eck

    I like how you find some sweet small joys amongst the busy of your day like smiling and laughing and smelling flowers!

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  4. Erika

    Busy, busy! We have the Exhibition outside the PoI also and introduced it to our staff last week and have 29 mentors/experts signed up, so really excited about that! I loved a peek into your day.

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  5. Trina

    These are busy days for us teachers! Sometimes I feel like these days are SO long! Did I read correctly that you must go virtual for the next few days? What a bummer.

    I understand not being able to land on an idea. I sometimes get panicky about this. Thank you for giving me a new format for when I need it!

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    1. aggiekesler Post author

      The days are so busy! I’m not going online, but some of my teachers are. It’s hard to change on a dime like that. But they are troopers!

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  6. Book Dragon

    Today was hectic for you. I can see why you pulled out a trusty format.
    Hope tomorrow is not as busy for you

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  7. Susan Kennedy

    I love this slice of your life. It’s amazing to think about all the minutia of our days. Your steps, your short lunch, curriculum talks, so many similarities in our lives. Love it.

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