We are coming up to the midpoint of second semester, and my students and I have finally found our rhythm. The administration continues to be amazingly supportive, which has been a huge help. I implemented a new strategy/lesson into my daily lesson plan at the beginning of the second term, and it's proving to be quite successful on a number of different levels. It's really an old concept, Daily Grammar, but I'm using a book called Caught Ya, that has pre-written lessons incorporating punctuation and grammar within a story line. The one I'm using is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, but in a more modern format. It's kind of hokey, but it has turned out to be a wonderful way to begin class every day. The daily repetition gives my lower level students a chance to contribute a right answer, and I've noticed I'm getting more participation than I expected. Plus, the regular routine gets the students settled down more quickly than they used to do. Having said all that, I can't wait until spring break begins! I have six more teaching days plus one workday before break begins, and it can't come too soon.
I'm still working on Meredith's grey knee socks, but the end is near. I just turned the heel on the second sock, so it won't be long now. I'm trying to finish quickly, so I can start something new. Photos next time, I promise.
Meanwhile, here's Gracie, ready for some snuggling:
And here's one of her favorite places to hang out and get a little sun.
I think I should have named her, Queen Grace, don't you?