Five for Friday: Friday the 13th Edition!

Time for my favorite part of the week...linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday!

Anybody out there superstitious? I remember making sure I wasn't wearing red on Friday the 13th in elementary school because someone told me "bad" things would happen if I did!

Here's what my week looked like:

You know how your students act like they've won the lottery when you give them some old file folders and labels that have been in your closet since the dawn of time?  My class this year is taking it a step further by using my closet trash wonderful gifts to start their own "businesses." So far we have an arts and crafts store, a newspaper, an ad agency, and a mysterious business I still don't understand that "makes stocks" and for some reason needs lawyers and bodyguards. They announce how many "positions" they have in our class meetings and do "job interviews" at recess. Since we've been working so hard on our portfolio assessments, I don't mind giving them 10-15 minutes at the end of class to run their businesses! It's so funny to watch their interpretation of what a business does!

Speaking of portfolios, we have FINALLY finished! <Cue ecstatic cheering from 51 kids and 1 relieved reading teacher>

Oh, what's that?

We have to do EOY Benchmark Testing next week?



Can't wait to actually teach a lesson again!

I let my students call class meetings when they feel an important issue has come up. All on their own, they've tackled name calling, cleaning up after themselves, and taking more responsibility for their choices. This is GREAT and exactly why I want to have them hold their own meetings.

This ALSO means I have to keep a straight face when three of my girls call a meeting to very earnestly explain how annoying it is when the boys "dab" after getting an answer correct, and how it makes it hard for them to get their work done. They came prepared with specific examples ("Last Tuesday I was writing a story and I lost my concentration because a classmate wouldn't stop dabbing") and used their feeling words (This frustrate me because...).

As a class we came to the consensus that dabbing is best done outside of the classroom. Sorry, Cam Newton!

This week I participated in a little blog switch with Erin over at Chevron and Crayons. I blogged about using the multiple intelligences when teaching a novel. You can read my post HERE...and don't forget to check out Erin's post as well! I'd love if you checked out the FREEBIE Charlotte's Web Choice Board I whipped up for the post as well.

What's that, you say? An entire weekend with no home improvement projects?

I don't even know what to do with myself!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Don't forget to stop by Doodle Bugs Teaching and share your own Five for Friday!


  1. I love that you let your kids run classroom meetings! I love the idea and tried to start after reading Alfie Kohn's Beyond Discipline. It didn't work that well with my resource students (8 kids), but I would love to try again if I get my own self-contained class next year. And I have to ask... what is dabbing?!... do I want to know? Have a great weekend!

    The Designer Teacher

    1. Lol! It's a "dance" that was popularized by Cam Newton in the NFL playoffs this year. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love it when the kids run their own class meetings! My class was able to do it successfully once or twice, but being that it's the end of May…it's just not happening anymore. I love that your class decided dabbing was best done outside of class. We had a similar discussion about whipping and nae naeing a few months ago. :) ("It's not okay to whip and nae nae in line. We don't want to whip our friends in the back of the head.) Have a great weekend!

    1. It took a lot of trial and error...I have two groups and only the morning group can handle it. Thank goodness whipping and nae nae-ing seems to have gone out of style! Thank you for reading!

  3. I love the idea of kids running their own class meetings. Great idea! I also love the "businesses" the students created!
    Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

    1. Thank took a looooot of practice! Glad you stopped by!

  4. Haha! It's pretty awesome that your students are calling their own meetings, especially when they need the 'dabbing' distractions to stop! Love it.
    Word Walls and Wanderlust

    1. One day the things they think are urgently important and the things I think are urgently important will be a little more on the same path! Until then, we will work on resolving our dabbing issues! Thanks for stopping by!


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