This was the last week of school.
Lessons: This was the week I gave students the closest thing to “free time” they ever get when using technology: a menu of choices with the ability to ask for more choices that I might have been unaware of or forgotten.
Except there was an element that we had never had before.
Okay, so if you follow me on Twitter, you certainly knew about the chickens already. I think I’ll write about them in more detail in their own post. But to summarize, I had my afterschool science group set up and study an incubator. The program ended the week before the chickens were due to hatch. I kept the incubator in the computer lab so when chicks hatched, we livestreamed it using Periscope so everyone in the building could see without issues. The chicks hung out in my room until the last day of school (today). Another teacher took them to her father, a farmer, who will try to provide us with fertile eggs in the future so we can repeat the activity.
And it did sort of work out, class management-wise.
It’s 2:30pm, they have free time on computers, they just came back from a field trip, how are these first graders so quiet? Barely a peep… pic.twitter.com/4eNhjWTR3g
— ☕C Driscoll🍩 (@teacherofftopic) May 24, 2017
Support: One of the more techie things I did this week was DJ the end of year carnival. I’m really glad I solicited requests in advance, firstly because it’s clear I am not very aware of what music the kids are into lately. Secondly, because I was able to find clean versions of some songs that were requested.
Things I Did Well: Everyone I was responsible for made it to the end of the week healthy. Even fourteen chicks.
Things I Will Do Better: Friday Caitlin left Tuesday Caitlin a heck of a lot to do. Friday Caitlin feels some guilt. But not enough to have actually done more.
Cold Prickly: Lots of physical damage this week. I’m talking about folks in the building, not the technology. The person who wore the “I Survived Field Day” shirt on Field Day ended up in the emergency room before noon. This is not a joke, but she did turn out okay so it’s still kind of funny.
Warm Fuzzy: Doesn’t get much warmer or fuzzier than this. Happy summertime!